A Critique of the Sample Material on TOEFL, IELTS and PTE Websites
This chapter provides an in-depth look at the free sample material posted on their websites by the examining boards of their main academic exams, and highlights a number of problems. Firstly, much of the material presented is fragmented, (whereas, typically, complete practice tests are only available to be purchased). Secondly, some of the material appears to be outdated or problematic for other reasons, with a number of poor items or inadvertent language errors, which we note. This is surprising, given the desire to project a positive image of tests which we noted in chapter two, and the financial resources available to the major boards. Overall, however, the sample material examined can give potential test takers useful insights into the scope, but also the limitations, of each certification.