The TOEFL learning difficulties faced by EFL students of English department

Wendy Meika Kristiyanti, Luqman Baehaqi


This study was aimed at finding out the factors that cause the difficulty in TOEFL learning faced by EFL students of English Department of IAIN Palangka Raya. The purposes of the study were (1) to know skills are most answered incorrectly in the TOEFL by English department students; (2) to describe how English department students prepare themselves for TOEFL; (3) to analyze the students’ reasons toward their difficulties in the TOEFL. It was used qualitative method. The data was taken from the document records and interview. This study addressed to English Department students who failed in several occasions of the TOEFL PBT. Purposive sample was taken into account, in which all 10 participants were female in their 9th and 11th semester study. The finding of this study shows some points as follows: (1) areas of most incorrect answers such as Structure and Written Expression; the problems of subject-verb agreement, tenses, nouns and the use of article, (2) the problems of preparation shortages and incapability of understanding several grammars area were common found, (3) the reasons behind students’ difficulties in the TOEFL were underestimate attitude toward the test and their poor English mastery.


Test of English as foreign language; TOEFL; students difficulties; EFL students

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