ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST PREPARATION



IELTS and TOEFL iBT® Test Prep:

6 Courses, 30 Credits


Full-time Completion Length:
48 weeks, 12 months, 3 trimesters



The English Language Test Preparation Program is for advanced and high-intermediate English Language Learners who want to substantially increase their levels of reading, listening comprehension, speaking, and writing.

The goal of the program is to refine and polish learners’ skills so that they become better readers, listeners, speakers, and writers as well as better overall communicators. The program focuses on understanding and interacting in professional and academic contexts.

With its emphasis on all four language skills, the English Language Test Preparation Program is a natural fit for those who are preparing to take standardized English language tests, sit for professional licensing exams, enroll in higher education institutions, or enter the workplace. The instruction in this program focuses on developing proficiency in the language skills that are commonly measured by tests such as the TOEFL iBT® and the IELTS. These skills are also relevant for students who need to take the GMAT® or GRE®.

The program includes an optional introductory course, ELP 049 Gateway to Standardized Testing; three individual language skill courses (ELP 050 Academic Preparation Listening and Speaking, ELP 051 Academic Preparation Reading, ELP 052 Academic Preparation Writing), ELP 053 IELTS Testing Practice, and the ELP 054 TOEFL iBT® Testing Practice courses.


  • ELP 049 Gateway to Standardized Testing

    This course is designed to provide advanced preparation and practice in all four testing skills measured on the IELTS and TOEFL iBT® Standardized Testing. The course is presented in pre-program format in order to be accessible to students at lower English proficiency levels. Students study the underlying individual skills and take two simulated mini-tests analogous to the TOEFL iBT®. This course is open to all students in the Test Preparation program and may be taken as an additional course by students who feel that they need additional exam taking practice.
    Prerequisite/Placement: placement scores of TOEFL iBT® 47, CASAS 230+, or completion of ELP 032, ELP 040, ELP 041 or ELP 042.

  • ELP 050 Academic Preparation Listening and Speaking

    This course is designed to help students master listening comprehension and oral response skills as well as provide students authentic practice that prepares them for the TOEFL iBT®, IELTS, and other similar tests. Students focus on developing the listening and speaking skills needed to understand the spoken American idiom in academic and professional settings. These skills include listening for specific information, pragmatic understanding of main ideas, understanding the implied stance of speakers, understanding the organization of information, and identifying relationships among speakers and content. Emphasis is placed on effective note-taking skills and on giving appropriate spoken responses. Students who successfully complete this course can expect to effectively understand spoken English in variety of settings and to raise their scores on the listening and speaking sections of the TOEFL iBT®, IELTS, and other similar exams.
    Prerequisite/Placement: placement scores of TOEFL iBT® 61, CASAS 240+, or completion of ELP 040, ELP 041, ELP 042 or ELP 049.

  • ELP 051 Academic Preparation Reading

    This course is designed to refine professional and academic reading skills. Learners develop commonly measured reading skills such as using context to understand vocabulary, locating main ideas and supporting facts, inferring meaning, and understanding rhetorical purpose. The course focuses on developing students’ abilities to quickly locate essential information and to extract meaning from written sources in order to facilitate systematic learning. Students who successfully complete this course can expect to become better readers as well as see measurable improvements in their scores on the reading sections of the TOEFL iBT®, IELTS, and other similar tests.
    Prerequisite/Placement: placement scores of TOEFL iBT® 61, CASAS 240+, or completion of ELP 040, ELP 041, ELP 041 or ELP 042 or ELP 049.

  • ELP 052 Academic Preparation Writing

    This course is designed to refine written communication for professional and academic settings. Students focus on learning the skills necessary to quickly plan and write logical and cohesive comparative, process, and argumentative written responses. Students work in small groups and use peer editing techniques in order to effectively analyze their own writing and correct common errors. Students who successfully complete this course can expect to become competent in practical written English forms and to gain measurable increases in their scores in the written sections of the TOEFL iBT®, IELTS, and other similar tests.
    Prerequisite/Placement: placement scores of TOEFL iBT® 61, CASA S 240+, or completion of ELP 040, ELP 041, or ELP 042 or ELP 049.

  • ELP 053 IELTS Testing Practice

    This course is designed to provide timed practice in four language areas commonly measured by the IELTS paper-based standardized English language test. The course features a rigorous schedule of practice and gives students the opportunity to increase their speed and accuracy in identifying correct responses to all types of test items in all sections of the IELTS test. Additional focus is placed upon the types of questions from each section that have been shown to be most problematic for a majority of students. Students are given opportunities to take simulated tests using authentic test materials in order to create the real experience of taking complete tests. It is suggested that students take the IELTS test as soon as possible following the completion of this course.
    Prerequisite/Placement: placement scores of TOEFL iBT® 47, CASAS 230+, or completion of ELP 032, ELP 040, ELP 041 or ELP 042.

  • ELP 054 TOEFL iBT® Testing Practice

    This course is designed to provide timed practice in four language areas measured by the TOEFL iBT®. The course features a rigorous schedule of practice and gives students the opportunity to increase their speed and accuracy in identifying correct responses to all types of test items in all sections of the test. Additional focus is placed upon the types of questions from each section that have been shown to be most problematic for a majority of students. Students take two complete simulated computer-based tests analogous to the TOEFL iBT® in order to create the real experience of taking complete tests. It is suggested that students take the TOEFL iBT® test as soon as possible following the completion of this course.
    Prerequisite/Placement: placement scores of TOEFL iBT® 68, CASAS 250+, or completion of ELP 049, ELP 050, ELP 051 or ELP 052 or ELP 053.

Upcoming TOEFL iBT® Dates


Friday, June 9 at 9:30am in Devon Lab 110
Friday, September 29 at 9:30am in Devon Lab 110
Friday, November 3 at 9:30am in Devon Lab 110
Friday, December 8 at 9:30am in Devon Lab 110

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