SAT1 Students at FNG Score High

Two Students at First New Generation Citadel (FNG) scored high points at their SAT1 Exams, last month. Adetowo and Morenike Doherty scored 1430 and 1480 respectively, out of a total of 1600 points. These scores are the best scores for the month of October 2017 and are more than enough to secure scholarships into top American Colleges and Universities.

At FNG, we prepare students for admissions into American Universities and we have a high success rate achieving that for over a decade. We have the best teachers and a conducive learning environment in the heart of Ikeja GRA. Call us today 0806-217-2776 and kick-start a wonderful experience.

You are also welcome to visit our office at 40, Oduduwa Way, Ikeja GRA, Lagos or our contact page for more inquiries.

Tips on How to do well in the TOEFL

The TOEFL is the test of English as a Foreign Language. Millions of students from about 180 countries register to take the TOEFL every year at test centers throughout the world. Some of them do not score well because they do not understand the examination.

The majority of the questions on the TOEFL are multiple choice (Reading and Listening Sections). Some other types of questions are also on the TOEFL IBT. These questions have special directions on the screen. You will have many examples of them in the model tests that you find in the software for the test.

The test developers include experimental questions for either the Reading or the Listening Section on most TOEFL forms. You must do your best on all questions because you will not know which questions are experimental and which are test questions that will be scored. For example, you may be taking the IBT with someone who has experimental questions in the Reading, but you may have experimental questions in the Listening. For this reason, your friend’s test may have a longer Reading Section and your test may have a longer Listening Section. The experimental questions may be at the beginning, middle or end of the section.

If you are not sure of an answer, you should guess. The number of incorrect answers is not subtracted from your score. First, eliminate all the possibilities that you know are NOT correct. Then, if you are almost sure of an answer, guess that one. If you have no idea of the correct answer for a question, choose one letter (any option) and use it for your “guess answer” throughout the entire examination. The “guess answer” is especially useful for finishing a section quickly.

You will receive your own headphones with a microphone attached. Before the test begins, you will have the opportunity to adjust the volume yourself. Be careful to adjust the volume when you are prompted to do so. If there is a problem with your headset, raise your hand, and ask the supervisor to provide with another headset.
Speakers will begin to record their answers at slightly different times. The problem is that you may be disturbed by the noise while you are trying to concentrate on your answers either on the “Speaker’s Section” or on the other sections of TOEFL. It is a good idea to keep your headphones on during the entire test in other to block out as much of the noise as possible. It is important to use good grammar in the speaking and writing sections.

You are permitted to take notes and use them to answer the questions on IBT. You will be given papers for that purpose when you enter the test room. Your notes will not be graded.

Above all, it is pertinent to note that you can prepare for the test on your own but to do well on all four sections; you will need to be well tutored by specialists who will teach you and give you advice as you prepare for the test.

Written by Mr Ogunniyi

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TOEFL High Score Record Broken by FNG Student, Faith Afekhuai

TOEFL Test Record broken by Student at FNG Center. Scores 118 over 120.

High TOEFL scores for students at First New Generation Study Center (FNG Center) are fast becoming second-nature. Faith Afekhuai, 17-year-old male student from Edo State, is the highest scoring TOEFL Student in the world this year with 118 marks out of 120. Faith also broke a 7-year FNG record set in 2009 by Bruce Ogwu who scored 117 in the TOEFL test.

TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language, is one of the requirements for admission into American Colleges and Universities. FNG Center has been in the business of preparing students seeking higher education in American tertiary institutions for 2006 with numerous success stories.

An impressive 10-year track record of success and thousands of testimonies was what compelled Faith Afekhuai to enroll for his SAT and TOEFL tests and tutorials at First New Generation Study Center (FNG). Little did he know he would break not only the Test Score Record at FNG but globally.

Faith TOEFL Scores Breakdown:
Listening 30/30
Reading 30/30
Writing 30/30
Speaking 28/30

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“I never knew I could ever score this high. I was not focused or determined before I enrolled at FNG. I had always been playful and had a habit of procrastinating till exam day. At FNG, the teachers helped me change my approach, stay focused and self-disciplined. I owe much to them and would easily recommend anyone to them.”

Faith enrolled for study classes in on August 8, 2016 just two months to the October 8, 2016 TOEFL test date and he was focused to learn ‘The Power of Self-Discipline’. He fondly recalls an incident that happened in his 3rd week of study. “I was caught in class doing my home work by my TOEFL instructor, Mr. Ogunniyi, and I was punished severely. I was made to write five (5) essays instead of one and at that moment, I knew I had to be more focused.”

“Focus”, Faith says, is the key to his world-record breaking success. “I worked hard for two months, practising every day and night and I’m still surprised that I was able to score that high. It was quite unbelievable.”

Here are the 3 Tips from Faith on how to pass your TOEFL:
1. Work hard
2. Listen to the Teachers’ Instructions
3. Practice adequately for the Test.

FNG helps students gain admissions to American universities and colleges. We help prepare students for SAT, TOEFL, GMAT and GRE as well as provide visa processing assistance, counselling and advice. Visit us today at 40, Oduduwa Way, Ikeja GRA, Lagos. Or call us on 08062172776.

7 Signs You’re Ready for Grad School

Grad school has increasingly become the butt of jokes recently. Amid the financial turmoil starting in 2008, plenty of recent and not-so-recent graduates with bachelor’s degrees ran to grad school in order to avoid the job market for several years and hopefully emerge more employable than ever.

But grad school isn’t a joke – it’s a serious investment of time and money, and like all serious investments, the more you give it, the more it’s likely to give back in return.
Heading to grad school shouldn’t be done on a whim. Which is why you’ll want to sit down and ask yourself some serious questions before signing up for the next round of GRE® revised General Tests and beginning your applications.

Think you’re a good candidate for a grad program? Check to see if you’ve got these tell-tale signs.

1. You know what kind of degree and program you want
Grad school is all about specificity. Enter a program, and you’ll be expected to find your own particular niche. And chances are that as well as you know your area of study already, you will be shocked to discover how specialized and esoteric your field can get.

The more you know about your interests going in, the better your shot at survival is. It also makes the application process easier, as you can cherry-pick the schools and programs that are the best fit for what you’re looking to do. And anything that makes applications easier is sure to be a good thing, because there will be a lot of them.

2. The idea of applications doesn’t make you break into a cold sweat
Remember the application process from undergrad? Probably not too well, as you had the support of your parents and school guidance counselor helping you out. Now it’s time to shoulder all that on your own. Get cracking on some stellar essays, and in the meantime, make sure you study up for the GRE® revised General Test, and don’t forget to get your non-grad school apps in order: the ones for grants, fellowships and financial aid.

3. Your finances are – somewhat – in order
The primary gripe you’ll hear about grad school is its enormous expense. It costs a lot just to apply, and then you’ll be spending a small fortune on the ensuing classes and credits themselves. If you have a sizeable undergrad debt hanging over your head, you may not want to throw yourself into a grad program without some significant financial aid assistance.

4. You’re open to new geographic regions
As U.S. News & World Report noted in an article on questions to ask yourself before choosing grad school, returning to higher education is a great opportunity to see new places. Of course, the flip side of this sometimes means heading to new climates or corners of the nation that you’re not very fond of in search of the better degree. Not a huge fan of desert heat? You need to know that you’re willing to put up with high temperatures and dry air if the University of Phoenix is your best option!

5. Your family is on board
“Family” here doesn’t necessarily mean Mom and Dad – it refers to wife, husband, kids, partner or even your pet dog or cat. Making sure your “family” is on board is all about recognizing your own responsibilities to others. It doesn’t matter if you’re 21 or 51, whoever else might be impacted by your choice to go to grad school needs to be ready and willing to go through the motions.

6. You have real, definitive reasons to go
It’s somewhat of a cliché to say that grad school students stay in school to put off facing the real world. But that cliché has some basis in reality – for some people, grad school is a way of delaying the inevitable. Except this shouldn’t be why you’re headed back into higher education.

Your reasons to go should be definitive: You want to advance in a field you’ve already been working in. You’re hoping to make a drastic change in careers. You want to expand your knowledge base with the help of professors and advisors. Or, perhaps you want to become a college professor yourself.

If you’re going to grad school to find out what you want to do with your life, you’re searching in the wrong place. Grad school is about honing an interest, not widening your education. And you shouldn’t head off to grad school in order to prove anything to anyone, whether it’s yourself or your family.

7. You have a passion
On the Career Services Blog for Princeton University, Satomi Chudasama, assistant director of the school’s liberal arts and engineering career counseling, noted that graduate school is all-consuming: “It’s intense.”

These are the kinds of terms and phrases you hear often about grad school. They make it sound more like a torrid love affair than education. But there’s a good reason for that. Grad school requires passion. If you’re not ready to fall head over heels, it’s just not for you.

FNG Center is 10!

FNG at 10Celebrate with FNG as we mark 10 Years of Excellence, 2006 -2016.

For 10 years, FNG Center has been helping Nigerian Students to gain admissions into American Colleges and Universities. We have caused millions of smiles over the decade and all our students attest to a wonderful experience.

Since opening our doors in 2006, we have been committed to help students advance their careers and achieve their goals in life. Today, the commitment has not changed. We opened our Akure office last year and we are not relenting in our promise to create a First New Generation of talented, hard-working and educated Nigerians.

Our secret over the decade has been hard work and maintaining high standards in our teaching processes.

We specialise in preparing students for international education and assisting them to make the right choices. Our dedicated and brilliant teachers make SAT, TOEFL, GMAT & GRE easy to understand and pass. Read testimonials from some of our students here.

You too can share in the FNG experience. Contact Us today to kick start your experience.

Spring 2018 Admission: How Prepared Are You?

How prepared are you toward attending college/university in Spring 2016? If you haven’t started yet, this is the time to reconsider your decision because applying to schools for either undergraduate or graduate studies is a big deal, considering these potpourri of activities: inevitably stressful study for standardized tests; grueling application process, involving major online or paper entries and essays; and interview sessions.

Procrastination is a real thief of time, and so many prospective students tend to allow things to drag feet until, at the tail of time, they discover how much time they had wasted. The best time to start an application is actually the summer before your Senior year. You have to watch out for priority deadlines and other factors before applying. Apparently, the system is changing these days and you have to understand the dynamics.

First New Generation Study Center has been following the dynamics of application trends, and you can be sure that we are on top of this game. Why? We have specialized tutors for all the standardized tests and highly professional admission processing officers. You may check our track record in other to establish the veracity of our claims. So, visit us today and let us serve you in a special way that you have never been before.

Written by: Chidi Brian Nnadikwe

Could Somebody Hear Me Out?!

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Are you going for studies this coming Spring 2016 semester or Fall 2016 semester? You have to realize that you are going to an entirely new environment that is several distances away from your home country (probably another continent), separated from your immediate relatives (maybe) and friends. We have realized that some students do experience certain challenges in their first semester in the university as they try to cope with different environmental factors. Trying to adjust to a diametrically opposite culture, language, weather condition, and people could come with its own stress.

Yes, things could get really upsetting and confusing, and when such occurs, you would need someone to listen to you. Therefore, as a foreign student, you are expected to familiarize yourself with in-house trained professionals who would counsel you and could also provide supportive services. You do not have to overlook a problem, saying it is small. A small problem, if left unattended, could metamorphose into a bigger one. For instance, there was this case of a student who was admitted for an undergraduate program in a university. He had certain academic issues which caused his grades to plummet. Rather than ask questions and seek for an immediate attention to enable him recoup his scholastic strength, he kept everything to himself. He also ignored summer classes which could have been one of the vital avenues through which he could obtain a buffer and possibly remain on track. Eventually, he was…suspended! To add sour sauce to the situation, he refused to notify his parents. He also refused to use an opportunity granted him by the school for a second chance; nevertheless, it came with a deadline, yet it could have been the saving grace. He ignored it totally until his F-1 visa expired. It was a really painful situation because he is back to the country. So, do not let an unresolved issue, whether personal or otherwise, get in the way of your studies and experience.

Before you set off for that academic voyage, you must understand that proper prior preparation is absolutely necessary to prevent an eventual poor performance. You don’t have to battle with burnouts and you don’t have to choke. If you are confused, raise your “could somebody hear me out” flag and you could be sure that there is a listening ear somewhere to hear you out.

Written by: Brian Nnadikwe

15 Reasons Nigerian Students Fail the TOEFL iBT

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The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) which is offered as an internet-based test (iBT) in Nigeria can be very tricky and difficult to pass for many Nigerian students. A large number of Nigerian students have come to see the TOEFL (iBT) as a nightmare; however, research, surveys, and general review of various scenarios over the years have shown that Nigerian students fail the TOEFL (iBT) because some important factors are not given thorough consideration and attention. Nigerian students’ failure in the TOEFL can be attributed to quite a number of factors which include:

1. Poor Planning/Preparation: Many Nigerian students usually fail to prepare for the TOEFL test properly. They always like the fire brigade approach, trying to patch things up in the last minute. If you ask them why, they will be quick to defend themselves, telling you that the TOEFL test is no big deal but just an English language examination. It is very common to hear reckless responses like this because most of them are ignorant of the TOEFL test content and structure. They usually think that the English language knowledge they have acquired over the years in the normal classroom teachings of their various schools is enough to help them succeed in the TOEFL test. Little wonder that students in this category fumble at the test and they end up failing the exam.

2. Faulty/Weak Background in Classroom English Language Learning/Studies: Many Nigerian students do not have strong and solid foundation in the rudiments of English language because English language is not our native language (mother tongue) in Nigeria. Therefore, there is a high possibility that, such a weak background will reflect on the student’s performance at the TOEFL test. Students who lack the fundamentals of English Language usually have limited ability to understand, analyze and connect information.

3. Incoherent English Language Communication Skills: A large number of Nigerian students usually experience difficulties in expressing themselves in English; they are, most times, unable to convey their personal ideas clearly and coherently in verbal/spoken English. When they speak, they do so with great difficulty and there are usually lots of noticeable distortions in their statements and sentences. They also have difficulty in understanding lectures and conversations in English that involve abstract or complex ideas and recognizing the relationship between those ideas.

4. Poor Writing Skills and Punctuation Problems: These problems occur/appear in the writing section of the TOEFL (iBT). A large number of test takers in Nigeria cannot compose impressive and informative essays. They also have problems with common punctuation marks; not knowing how and when to apply paragraphs, commas, quotation marks, question marks, capital letters and full-stops. Tests Raters (people who review your tests and award marks) are easily discouraged and turned off when they come across poorly punctuated essays. It is similar to driving a rickety car on a bumpy road; it is usually an unpleasant experience.

5. Inability to Familiarize with the QWERTY Keyboard: The QWERTY keyboard is an important hardware device used for the TOEFL test; so, a student who is not familiar with it might have difficulties in typing on the writing section. Many Nigerian students lack proper knowledge of the QWERTY keyboard (its layout and structure), so they will waste much of their time trying to find alphabets on the keyboard. As most test takers know, the TOEFL test clock/timer cannot be paused, it will continue to tick away and this will eventually have a negative effect on the student’s composure and response delivery in the writing section.

6. Technical Issues at the Test Centers: There have been reported cases of poor facility and equipment management/maintenance by Test Center Owners/Administrators (TCAs) in Nigeria. We have heard and seen cases of malfunctioning computer systems, faulty earphones and microphones, abrupt power outage, internet server breakdown due to unreliable internet service providers or inclement weather among other issues. Problems like these more often than not, dampen the morale, self-confidence and enthusiasm of the test takers. Sometimes, as a result of these technical issues, the scheduled TOEFL test may even be cancelled/terminated and rescheduled for a future testing date.

7. Unnecessary Apprehension: Some Nigerian students, by nature of their upbringing and the environment in which they find themselves, are not inclined to computer system hardware and the technology behind its operation; so, they become confused on the TOEFL exam day regarding the use of the computer system. Such students usually find it difficult using the mouse to navigate the test screen. Though this may appear funny, but some Nigerian students have a phobia for technology, especially the computer system because working on the computer system makes them uncomfortable. This kind of feeling plunges them into a state of anxiety.

8. Bad Management of Test/Examination Time: Many Nigerian students do not give the right priority to time management in all their activities and engagements. This bad time management syndrome goes on to affect their use of time during the TOEFL test. The TOEFL test is time bounded, so test takers who are not conscious of this may not be able to complete the test within the allotted time. Unnecessary tardiness can be a great hindrance to scoring high in the test.

9. Carelessness and Nonchalant Attitude of Students towards the Test: Most test takers in Nigeria do not plan their TOEFL examination day seriously. Experience has shown that fixing a major appointment for this day can be counter-productive. Lateness to the center, more often than not, jeopardizes test taker chances of scoring high in the test. If you are required to take a long trip to the test center, please create enough time to arrive early at the test center. Most students who get to their test centers after the reporting time/check-in time usually have difficulties settling down for their exams. Some even go to the TOEFL test centers without the appropriate/acceptable identification documents.

10. Examination Phobia Caused by Sad Tales and Ugly Experiences of Previous Test Takers: Many Nigerian test takers have been fed overtime with scary stories by some lazy students/test takers. They are told of how tough and tasking the TOEFL test can be, and these unpleasant stories are registered in the minds and brains of the prospective test takers. The implication of this is that students become disoriented towards the examination and this will negatively affect their performance on the test day.

11. Refusal to attend a Coaching/Training Class: It is never enough for students to prepare for the TOEFL exam alone. Experience over the years has shown that students who attend coaching/training classes perform better than their counterparts who studied on their own. Experience, they say, is the best teacher; so, why not create time to get tutelage from tutors who can help you develop intellectually and succeed on the test. Though we must give credit to some self-trained students who went through serious personal study drills to develop themselves and ended up scoring high in the TOEFL test.

12. Inability of Students to deal thoroughly with past Exam/Test failure Experiences: Students who failed at one standardized test at some points in their lives are likely to think low of themselves when they are required to write another standardized test. Many students have failed to learn from their past failures and this continues to affect their performance in future test/exam.

13. Ignorance: Some Nigerian students fail their TOEFL tests because they are ignorant. They are oblivious of vital information that abounds all around them because they fail to make exhaustive and extensive research about the test they intend sitting for. This is very appalling going by the number of TOEFL test forums and other relevant discussions that are available 24/7 on the internet. There are also various TOEFL test prep/study materials available for free on the internet. Rather than take advantage of this, they prefer to waste their time on chatting and browsing through social media and websites.

14. Lack of Willingness/Enthusiasm to Succeed in the Test/Exam: For some Nigerian students, the willingness and zeal required to strive for success in their examinations is missing. This could be caused by illness, family issues, poverty, indecision, emotional stress and many more. As much as this could be understandable, the TOEFL test owners/organizers (ETS) do not give students any form of considerations based on these grounds.

15. Over-confidence: Though this might not look like a real problem; however, the truth is that it has caused the failure of several intelligent Nigerian students in their academic pursuit. Some students approach the TOEFL test in an egocentric manner; some test takers feel too important about themselves that they find it difficult to obey simple test center instructions/rules. Some even gloat or boast unreasonably about their English language skills/abilities before the actual test. Over-confidence in students is not encouraged; rather, self-confidence is the key to success. As a professional academic consultant, I recommend that prospective TOEFL test takers and re-takers should consider the above points seriously so they can prepare well for their TOEFL exams/test and achieve high scores. Remember that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Best of LUCK!!! See you at the top soon.

Culled and slightly modified from the blog site: http://www.urch.com/forums/toefl/143226-15-reasons-nigerian-students-fail-toefl-iBT-test-exam.html

TOEFL in NIGERIA

The TOEFL iBT® test is one of the tests administered by Educational Testing Services. For more information about the test, visit http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/about. In Nigeria, we have few centers at the moment in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Owerri, Benin City, Ibadan, Effurun-Warri, Enugu, Jos, and Kaduna.

 

What is the appropriate time to test?

 The time to test would be determined by the deadline defined by the institution(s) you intend to send your score report to. You can obtain this information by visiting the institution’s website, contacting them through email or phone conversation, or contacting an appropriate agency such as First New Generation Citadel Ltd. However, it is expedient for you to submit your score reports to the institution as early as possible to enhance a speedy decision-making on your application. One thing you should understand (and of course is the truth) is that early application would provide you with an ample chance of getting accepted; late application thins out your acceptance chances. We call this ‘survival of the intellectual fittest’.

In addition, check the availability of the date and the testing site. Why? Sometimes, some testing sites might not be available within your closest locality, and traveling to a long distance on a test day could cause much stress.

 

FNG’s TOEFL® Track Record?

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What do you think about this chart? This is one of the reasons many students rely on FNG for their tutorials. So, you need not look further when you need some tutorials on standardized tests like TOEFL®.

 

How does TOEFL iBT® compare with other Secured English Language Tests (SELTs)?

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TOEFL® Fee in Nigeria

 The testing fee is $180; although variation in fee is inevitable and could arise while converting from a given local currency to dollars, excluding administrative charges and or commission. Do not cower when you hear about variation in fees in Nigeria because of obvious fluctuations in the price of the Naira against the dollar.

 

Practice Test

Take enough practice tests on the computer and, if necessary, take tutorial classes to bolster your understanding and increase your scores.

Written by: Chidi Brian Nnadikwe
 

For more info visit us at
First New Generation Study Center
40 Oduduwa Way, off Isaac John Street,
Ikeja GRA, Lagos
Email: info@fngcenter.com or
call: 08069673315, 08062172776

Hello Ondo! FNG opens new center in Akure

FNG Center, a citadel committed to excellence, has opened a new center in Akure, Ondo state.

The opening of the Ondo center reiterates FNG’s objective to be a foremost leading educational service provider, connecting Nigerians to quality American education.

The new office is located at: 2, Idanre Street, opposite BlissWorld Hotel, Ijapo Estate, Akure.

Our full range of services are currently running at the Ondo facility.

You can register and study for your SAT®, TOEFL® test, GMAT®, GRE® revised General Test and others.

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