The English Language Institute offers two types of TOEFL® preparation courses for those individuals seeking admission to American universities, licenses, certification in professional fields, or proof of proficiency for job placement.

The ELI TOEFL® preparation courses are offered at convenient times each term. Classes are small (15 students max.) to ensure personal attention to students’ needs, and instructors are trained test specialists.

Internet-Based (iBT) TOEFL® Preparation Course

This course prepares students for every skill area of the examination.  It begins by reviewing writing structures for both the academic writing and integrated writing portions of the examination.  Students are taught exactly what they should expect on these sections so that they can cover all of the important areas in their responses.The reading comprehension portion of the course covers the ten questions that are asked in the section and how students should find the credited response quickly and efficiently. The preparation of the speaking portion of the examination covers the six questions that are asked and how to respond in ways that will help the students achieve the best possible score.  In the listening comprehension section, students review the question types and the structure of the section (dialogues, lectures, etc.) so that they are able to maximize scores even when they encounter comprehension difficulties. Students who attend regularly and do all of the assignments should achieve the required scores for undergraduate or graduate programs.

iTP/PBT (Paper-Based) TOEFL® Preparation Course

This course is designed for advanced students seeking admission to college/university who need a TOEFL®score of 550 for undergraduate studies and for graduate programs. It is a rigorous course focusing on the three (3) skill areas tested:  Listening Comprehension, Structure and Written Expression, and Reading Comprehension. There is no speaking or essay-writing on the iTP/PBT (Paper-Based) TOEFL® and the entire test is in multiple-choice format, so the course concentrates on the recognition skills and speed needed for this kind of exam. In the 50-hour, 10-week course we will cover various topics in grammar, such as subj-verb  Agreement, Verbs & Time Words, Word Order, Word Forms, Clauses, Participles, Article Usage, Gerunds & Infinities, and Commonly Confused Words. In listening, we will review Idiomatic Expressions, Phrasal Verbs, Pronunciation Distinctions, and comprehending formal and informal English. Reading covers Main Idea, Vocabulary in Context, Fact vs. Inference, and Negative Questions. Lots of homework and timed practice tests will help you in all areas. Most students improve their initial scores by 50-60 points in 10 weeks, but this is entirely individual—you can do much more if you’re willing to work really hard!

FIU accepts both IBT and iTP/PBT (Paper-based), but if you are applying elsewhere, check to make sure which TOEFL® is required.

Steps to register for the TOEFL® preparation course:

  1. Visit
  2. Pay for TOEFL® preparation course fee $529 (includes a $50 non-refundable placement test fee)
  3. Take placement test in any of the days/times below:

    Spring 2020                                        Summer 2020                           Fall 2020
    January 6 at 9:00 A.M.                        May 4 at 9:00 A.M.                    August 31 at 9:00 A.M.
    Location: FIU MMC Campus, Labor Center 204. For directions, click here.
  4. Obtain test results and attend the TOEFL® preparation course. (A level 5 in the placement is highly recommended)

Twice per week* (PBT)

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Length: 10 weeks 
Price: $479
Total hours: 30

*Exact days depend on availability.

Fridays (iBT)

Time: 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Length: 10 weeks
Price: $479
Total hours: 30

Saturdays (PBT)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Length: 10 weeks
Price: $479
Total hours: 30

Class schedule:
Spring 2020:
January 21 to March 27

Summer 2020:
May 18 to July 24

Fall 2020:
September 14 to November 20

Class schedule:
Spring 2020:
January 24 to March 27

Summer 2020:
May 22 to July 24

Fall 2020:
September 18 to November 20

Class schedule:
Spring 2020:
January 25 to March 28

Summer 2020:
May 23 to July 25

Fall 2020:
September 19 to November 21

  • A minimum level 5 or higher on all four sections of the placement exam is required for TOEFL preparation classes.
  • These courses are open to any US resident, US citizen, and valid employment authorization holders (H1B, L1, J1) among others.
  • I-20’s are not issued for this course
  • F-1 students may add this class to their full-time program.
  • Dates, tuition, and fees subject to change without notice.
  • Application and testing fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable.
  • Fees do not include books, supplies, or parking permit.

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