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Detailed TOEFL Home Edition Experience – Alessandro Fusco

Hi guys! I took the Home Edition TOEFL exam today and I wanted to share with you my experience.

First of all, let me tell you that I’m quite satisfied with the ProctorU testing system.

My equipment: laptop, external speakers, internal camera and microphone, one transfer sheet with an erasable marker, and a kitchen cloth to take and erase notes.

My exam was scheduled at 9.30 am CEST, so I logged into the ProctorU website around 9.25 am. I started the session and I followed all the instructions. The only issue, if you wanna call it an issue, was that it took about 40 mins before the proctor was able to properly connect to my laptop. Once he was able to remotely control my laptop, I had to show him a 360° view of the room with the internal camera of my laptop (and the front screen using a mirror) and then I started the exam.

Reading: 3 passages in 54 mins, 10 questions each. I found it a bit more difficult than the practice tests (I used the Official Toefl books by ETS and the Barron’s).

Listening: 3 sets (1 conversation + 1 lecture and 6’30” to answer, 1 conversation + 2 lectures and 10′ to answer, 1 conversation + 1 lecture and 6’30” to answer). 7 listenings in total.

Break: 10 minutes. I had time to go to the washroom and have a quick snack. I went back to my room when there were still 3 mins left. Before continuing the exam the proctor asked me to show him the room again.

Speaking: independent question: some teachers adopt a more informal teaching approach with their students (they treat them like friends), others prefer a more formal approach. Which one do you think is better and why?

Writing: the integrated task was about crew-less cargo ships. The independent task: some universities involve students in making decisions about issues that affect daily life on campus, other universities prefer involving experts. Which one do you prefer and why?

At the end of the exam make sure you DON’T close the pages and wait for proctor instructions from the chat. They will ask you to show that you erased all the notes from the sheet. Only when they tell you that the exam is completely over, then you can close all the open pages.

It took me around 3 hours and a half to complete the whole exam.

I hope this post will be helpful for those who haven’t taken the exam yet. I wish everyone good luck with your exam and with your future career!!

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Alessandro Fusco

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