Lokasi iBT TOEFL di Jogja dan Biayanya

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Di Jogja, test center untuk iBT cuman ada dua:

REAL English

IONS International Education Building 2nd Floor Computer LAB Jl. C. Simanjuntak 50, Terban YOGYAKARTA 55223
Tel/Fax. (0274) 582992, 580740
http://www.realenglish.or.id/

CILACS-Universitas Islam Indonesia

Fakultas Ekonomi Lantai 2, Ring Road Utara Condong Catur, Depok, Sleman YOGYAKARTA
Tel/Fax. 0274 540255
http://cilacs.uii.ac.id/

Untuk enaknya test dimana, itu tergantung kamu bisa tanggal berapa. FYI, tiap bulan ada tiga kali tes, dan tempatnya diantara dua tempat itu (dan satu di salatiga). Kalau saya baru pernah tes di REAL English, dan menurut saya sih tempatnya nyaman, ada ACnya, dan layar PCnya besar hahaha.

Waktu

Seperti saya bilang, tiap bulan ada tiga kali, jadwalnya bisa dilihat di:
http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/tclists/IBT_i.html
atau
http://testoefl.wordpress.com/jadwal-dan-lokasi/jogjakarta/

Biaya

Biaya iBT berbeda-beda di tiap negara. Kalau di Indonesia biayanya USD 175, dengan catatan kamu bayar online pakai kartu kredit. Karena saya gak punya, saya daftar lewat REAL English, total biayanya setelah konversi kurs dan tambahan biaya administrasi, sekitar 1,9 Juta Rupiah. Sangat mahal buat mahasiswa T.T oleh karena itu, persiapkan diri kalian matang-matang kalau akan mengambil iBT.

EDIT: Harga di atas adalah saat saya mengambil tes ini, yaitu tahun 2013. Untuk sekarang, harganya berkisar 2 juta rupiah ke atas.

Beda iBT dengan TOEFL yang Lain

CBT (Computer Based Test) sudah ditiadakan sejak 2006.

PBT (Paper Based Test) sekarang hanya ada di negara-negara tertentu. Materinya pun sudah berubah, sekarang ada empat: listening, structure & written expression, reading, writing.

TOEFL ITP, test yang persis sama seperti PBT jadul (gak pake writing), tidak dimaksudkan untuk mengganti PBT, tetapi hanya dimaksudkan untuk mengukur kemampuan bahasa inggris seseorang di dalam institusi. TOEFL ITP itu tidak buat mendaftar perguruan tinggi, seharusnya. Namun, ada beberapa kampus yang masih menerima TOEFL ITP sebagai syarat penerimaan mahasiswa.

iBT TOEFL, yang mulai diperkenalkan sejak akhir 2005, adalah TOEFL yang state-of-the-art. Maksudnya, TOEFL yang diakui secara internasional saat ini, dan dipergunakan sebagai syarat dalam mendaftar pendidikan ke jenjang yang lebih tinggi.

Distance Learning or Classroom Learning?

Without question, classroom learning would help students to get more good relations to the Professor since they could simply ask their problems right within the class. Classroom learning is also a common and globally implemented way of learning in most of Universities. However, personally I agree with the assertion that distance learning and online computer classes should replace classroom learning. This opinion is based on ideas such as cost to go to a lecture; enjoying a class; and making your time more efficient.

First of all, it will reduce the cost to go to a lecture. While spending money to go to campus for a lecture can be fine for some people, I think for majority of students whose campus is far from their house, they are more likely to choose take an online class rather than spending money and time just to come for a lecture. Consider, for example, you are a college student who live with your family and your house is very far from campus. If you are about to go to campus for a 30 minutes of lecture, you will have to take bus for 60 minutes and spend money about 3 dollars. I don’t think that it is fair for a contition like that, since it takes longer time in the way to campus than the time you will be in a class.

In addition to the cost to go for a  lecture, distance lerning could make student enjoy the learning process in their own circumstance more than conventional class. It is true that recent modern class would be air conditioned, clean, and clear. However, this doesn’t guarantee that students will enjoy more in this situation. This condition would be making the students bored because they are forced to attend the lecture in the same room over and over again. From my own experience, I didn’t enjoy learning in such condition. I was forced to join the class in a same room whole semester. But, I could enjoy my self while I was learning the same materials for a course back in my own room.

Finally, alongside the issue of cost and enjoyment, students would be making their time more efficient. Of course, for some cases, classroom learning could deliver an efficient way of learning. However, for those who do, distance learning is a more efficient way of learning. In distance learning, you have flexibility in arranging your time. From my own experience, I could utilize my spare time in distance learning. I will take around 90 minutes for a conventional classroom learning, but I will spend 30 minutes less in an online class. Eventually I could make benefits from that more 30 minutes to, for example, read more papers or books related to that class.

My consideration of the issue of distance learning has explored factors such as spending money, enjoying the class, and making time more efficient. These considerations lead me to agree with the statement that distance learning and such an online computer class sould replace the conventional classroom learning.