• Alex Carlon

How to Prepare for Your English Language Proficiency Test

Updated: Aug 25, 2021

From writing essays to chatting with classmates, strong English language skills are a necessary component to studying at a U.S. college or university. In reviewing your application, college admissions officers want to see that your English skills are strong enough to allow you to succeed in and out of the classroom. This is where English Language proficiency tests come in. The TOEFL®, IELTS, and Duolingo exams all assess your English proficiency and can show colleges that you’re equipped for international study. To best prepare for your upcoming English Language proficiency test, review the following steps.

  1. Use EdAgree’s tools to determine your strengths and weaknesses: Before planning for your English proficiency exam, it’s important to identify your strengths and weaknesses. EdAgree’s free English Diagnostic Test helps you to recognize where your listening, reading, grammar, and vocabulary skill levels are and can show you how best to spend your study sessions. Similarly, EdAgree’s English Speaking Practice pinpoints your strong and weak points using the same technology that scores the TOEFL®.

  2. Check-in with a school counselor: When planning your English proficiency exam, there are many factors to consider, like what exams are accepted by the schools you plan to apply to and whether it’s best for you to take an online or in-person test. Your school counselor can help you weigh these factors, and provide support when registering and studying for English proficiency exams.

  3. Schedule your exam: Once you've determined which exam you'll be taking, a helpful next step is scheduling your exam. Having a date for your exam allows you to plan your studying accordingly so that you're at peak-readiness when it's time to take your test. Information about test dates can be found on each exam's website. For help scheduling your exam, check in with your school counselor.

  4. Take a preliminary practice exam: The best place to begin preparation for your English exam is with an initial practice exam that can help you to determine your starting point. Regardless of which exam you plan to take, free practice exams are available to you online at the