Is the TOEFL a Good Test of English Ability?

The question above is a bit hard to answer. There are two ways we can think of the TOEFL, and depending on how you think, the answer might be “yes” or “no.”

If you compare the TOEFL to other English tests, you could definitely say that it is well made. That’s because it directly tests your actual English ability—how well you can understand and communicate.

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American or British English ABA English

American and British vocabulary

As you know, ABA stands for American and British Academy. This is because our course incorporates vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation from both sides of the Atlantic. In fact, we have even more accents in our course since our teachers come from all over the world!

However, our students often ask us questions regarding the differences in vocabulary between American and British English. 

Here is a great infographic with some of the words you might come across:

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Prepositions after adjectives ABA English

Intermediate Grammar – Prepositions after adjectives

Some adjectives need a preposition before their object. 

For example:

Spain is famous for its Mediterranean cuisine.

My dad is very proud of me.

They are so excited about their vacation to Brazil!

Unfortunately, however, there is no rule to know which prepositions go with which adjectives. This means there is only one solution: using the power of memory. 

Our tip is to try and remember a 3 combinations every day (or every week if you're very busy!). Make sentences with each combination, practice writing them down and saying them out loud. Slowly, you will remember them all.

Here are some of the common combinations of adjectives and prepositions: 

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