Shmoop Releases TOEFL Prep to Prepare Non-Native Speakers for Studying in the U.S.

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New engaging TOEFL Prep helps international students prepare for college in an English-speaking country and brush up on American humor and pop culture.

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Spoiler alert: English is hard. All those idiosyncratic idioms, nonsensical prepositional phrases, weird spelling rules...and what's up with the word "get," anyway? When it comes to the Tough to Learn category, English takes the cake.

Shmoop (, a digital publisher known for its award-winning Test Prep and certified Online Courses, makes things a little easier. Shmoop's new Test Prep for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) helps international students prepare to attend college in an English-speaking country. This English proficiency test is required in addition to all the other fun entrance tests that students get (ahem) to take, and Shmoop's goal is to make the process slightly less painful than a root canal.

Shmoop's comprehensive and engaging prep materials help students ace the reading, listening, speaking, and writing sections of the TOEFL test—so, in other words, all of them. Students can take a diagnostic exam to assess their skills, practice reading and listening comprehension with academic passages and on-campus conversations, and then brush up on their speaking and writing skills with a variety of prompts. The guide even includes two full-length practice exams and ShmoopTube videos galore for total English language immersion.

Of course, the materials all come with Shmoop's signature humor and encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture—something else that can prepare international users for English-language experiences. To help users understand wacky wordplay and all-American references, the Why's This Funny? feature allows students to click on any orange pin to access important background and context for idioms, pop culture shout-outs, and more.

"Shmoop is all about helping students get into college," says Ellen Siminoff, president and CEO of Shmoop." And that goes for students from all over the globe. Our TOEFL prep will help international students make their dreams of going to an American college come true."

Discounts are available for schools and districts; contact sales(at)shmoop(dot)com for more information.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 11 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES) three years in a row. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

TOEFL® is a federally registered trademark of Educational Testing Service. Shmoop University is not affiliated with or endorsed by Educational Testing Service.

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