Dear YALI 2017,
Barely 3 months have passed since you submitted your application for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship. While other countries have already started the interview process, in some countries , it is now time for the English test.
Remember when the application stated: “you must be proficient in English”?
Well it is time to prove it and YOU CAN DO IT !
How it is going to happen?
The applicants who have been shortlisted will either receive a telephone call or email notification from the US Embassy Abidjan. You will be among them, standing in the long line, in front of the Embassy, on time. Slowly but surely, you will individually go through the security screening and all be reunited again in one or two big rooms inside the embassy, depending on the number of shortlisted applicants.
The staff from the Cultural Affairs section will distribute the answer sheets and the pencils as they give out instructions. Please listen to them VERY CAREFULLY. From this point on, you will need to FOCUS at 300%.
TIME will become your best friend but also your enemy if not managed carefully.
First part of the English test: the Listening section
Quite similar to the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the Listening section will test your ability to comprehend conversations and lectures in English. Short dialogues or lectures will be played and you will need to once again listen carefully and answer to the best of your ability. Answers will be given in a multiple-choice format. I advise that you quickly go over all the questions first before answering. If you are confused about the answer, do not dwell on it for too long, choose the best possible answer and be ready for the next one.
Second part of the English test: The Reading section
The Reading section measures your ability to understand academic passages written in English (of course). You will read one passage and answer questions about it.
Unlike the listening section, you will go at your own pace. You may also fall in a trap: thinking that you have all the time in the world (which was my mistake).
I unfortunately did not look at the time, not once. Before I knew it, time was up and I had to put my pencil down. I still had two essays to read and questions to answer.
Once again, make TIME your best friend and manage it carefully.
Below is a link of the TOEFL iBT sample questions:
Additional preparation: https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/prepare/quick_prep/
Best of Luck & See you next week on the blog for Interview tips!