Headphones & Microphone

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Your Headphones & Microphone

Head-Sets For The TOEFL Exam

Although it is required for the testing-center to provide you with (as the organization that created The Exam says) “Noise-Cancelling” headphones and a microphone — this will probably be in the form of a head-set with a built-in microphone.  And these will probably NOT be “Noise-Cancelling”.

Unfortunately — once the Testing-Center has been approved — there is almost no over-sight to ensure that the people at the Testing-Center live up to their requirements.  I have spoken with far too many people who said that their headphones or the microphone did not work properly, and were told that they had to re-do the entire exam…  at their expense.

If This Happens — it is possible to get a refund.  But that becomes YOUR problem — not the Testing-Center’s or the organization that created The Exam.  But what’s worse…

  • The process of getting the refund (if it happens at all) could take months
  • You still have to take the entire exam over — not just the portion that was affected
  • If you have to take The Exam again — you may miss the deadline for getting your Exam scores submitted

The Solution…

If there is a problem with any of your equipment, you MUST tell someone Immediately, so that they can provide you with better equipment or a different computer.  There will be an equipment test that happens before the exam starts.

But The Best Things That You Could Do..

  • If You Know Where You Will Be Taking The Exam — go there early and ask to see the Testing-Center & Equipment
  • If You Know Someone Who Has Taken The Exam At The Testing-Center You Will Be Going To — ask what their experience was so you can prepare

(So… If You Are Ready To Achieve Excellence…)

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