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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Ecobank, APEN awards FNG Boss, Michelle Ukoh

The Association of Private Educators of Nigeria (APEN) and Ecobank presented  to Mrs. Michelle Ukoh, the Director of FNG Citadel, an award in appreciation of her contribution as a faciliator at the 3rd Annual APEN Conference held in October.

We congratulate madam and wish her and FNG Citadel more successes in the near future.

Congratulations Ma!

Ecobank_AwardMrs. Michelle Ukoh

Do You Dread Either SAT, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS OR GRE?

Do you dread exams? Be honest. No, no, no…be honest. Was your last exam akin to falling off a roller-skate? Does the mention of ‘exam’ give you goose bodies? Umh? Does it sound like triggering a third world war in your mind zone? Anyway, if it should be akin to fighting a battle, think about the militarized 7Ps (Piss Poor Planning Promotes Piss Poor Performance) slogan. You really don’t have to worry because ‘failure’ simply means that your previous effort wasn’t good enough to draw to you the success you desire. Therefore, you need to redouble (maybe triple) your efforts.

To really ace your exams, you need adequate preparation to be able to do so. Life is full of tests(exams); and the rate of your performance in life’s set test is directly proportional to the rate of your proper planning or preparation. Do you know that sometimes you might sink into self-delusion, thinking you are fit but, on the contrary (based on later discovery), you would realize that you still have much to do? So, that lacuna has to be filled in order for you to hit a good score.

Your study could be in either of these three modes: self-study, group study, or tutor-led study. However, there is no absolute crime in choosing a hybrid. The most important thing is the attainment of one goal: success. Whichever one you chose must point you to your goal.

Ironically, examining bodies are into business (real business, despite being non-profit-making); so, they do not care whether you pass or not. Should you pass, you progress; otherwise, you pay another dollar worth(or whatever currency charged) into their account.

Exams, even the standardized ones like SAT®, GMAT®, TOEFL® test, GRE® revised General Test, IELTS, and so on, should not scare the fart out of you because proper planning would help dispel every fear. Therefore, seek proper understanding of the strategies or techniques required for passing them and you will be amazed at the outcome.

What if I tell you that there are strategies you need to adopt? Do you know that you were probably flummoxed by your inability to apply the right techniques? Or how would explain that what you hitherto thought was very challenging has a simple, technically-woven technique knotted in simple steps? Have you had such an experience and felt like slapping yourself? Hahahahahaha! I caught you right there.

Come over to First New Generation Citadel and we would do you good by turning your ‘fallen self’ into a ‘standing self’. It just can’t be a terrible fall off the wall like the well-rhymed ‘Humpty-Dumpty’s’.

Inside FNG: See Pictures

FIRST NEW GENERATION, (FNG) is a unique certified testing center of learning. We are an testing center; the best in Nigeria. Our Vision is to establish, manage and administer a model private study center of excellence. Our Mission is to provide “one stop services” which will enhance education empowerment for competition in the global market. Our Philosophy is to “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Here are some latest pics from Inside FNG.

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GMAT® students
FNG Discussion room
FNG Discussion room
Student taking a diagnostic test
Student taking a diagnostic test
SAT® Class
SAT® Class
Mrs.Ukoh & Parents at a breakfast seminar
Mrs.Ukoh & Parents at a breakfast seminar
Mr.Lawrence(tutor) & a student
Mr.Lawrence(tutor) & a student
Group of SAT® students
Group of SAT® students
GRE® revised General Test students in a discussion class
GRE® revised General Test students in a discussion class

 

Free STUDY IN THE USA seminar

FNG Citadel invites you to a free STUDY IN THE USA seminar at our center – 40, Oduduwa Way,GRA,Ikeja,Lagos. Take advantage of our discounted university admission placement,scholarship processing,& beat deadlines.Visa assured for study+travel abroad. We are the best in IELTS, TOEFL® test,SAT®,GRE® revised General Test,& GMAT® tutorials.Please come with your friends. Don’t wait to be told. Be there!

If you missed the previous seminars, this is an opportunity for you.
Free STUDY IN THE USA seminar

HIGHLIGHTS
-Standardized Tests required for admission into universities and colleges in the United States’
-Secrets on how to score very high marks in standardized tests like SAT®, GMAT®, GRE® revised General Test, TOEFL® test, IELTS, etc.
-Application/Admission processing titbits,
-Scholarships: Your door to paying less!
-Visa denial mistakes and avoidance,

-Many more

GMAT & GRE Evening Lectures

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Kick start your Master’s Degree Program in the USA.
FNG announces GMAT® & GRE® revised General Test evening lectures for busy executives from 6pm – 7:30pm every weekdays.
Our Expert Team of Tutors will take intensive Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Classes from Monday – Thursday and Practice Tests on Fridays.

Hurry and enrol today and take charge of this opportunity.

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, +23418977784
+1-202-236-4035 (International/USA).