TOEFL Reading Practice Test 1
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Read the following passage and answer the question

Technology is rapidly expanding the scope of capabilities for both professional and personal use; such is the case with smart phones. Professionals now have devices available to them capable of digital media, internet access, phone communication, multi-person scheduling and office tools for documents and presentations. Businesspeople that are often mobile may maximize the use of these critical features on smart phones. Individuals who simply enjoy the luxury of multi-function devices often use these devices for frivolous pursuits such as downloading catchy ring tones, instant messaging about the latest gossip and looking up the world record for most cans crushed on one’s head during the Superbowl. This fusion of capabilities and increased availability of such devices could be a sign of a growing blend in society between work and personal life, or individuals could simply be taking a luxurious approach to their connectivity in personal lives.

The term “frivolous” implies that the author


TOEFL Test Information

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Exam is intended to measure a student’s ability to understand and use English at a college level. Over 6,000 colleges, government organizations, and businesses accept TOEFL test scores worldwide. The TOEFL Test serves a similar function to other standardized tests (such as SAT and ACT Tests) in that they used by colleges and universities as a factor in admissions.  Different institutions place varying degrees of importance on standardized tests, such as the TOEFL, and use them along with other factors such as GPA, class rank, community service, recommendations and extracurricular activities.

The TOEFL test is given in two formats: Internet-based (iBT) or paper-based (PBT).  The TOEFL iBT has 4 test sections: reading, listening, speaking, and writing.  The TOEFL iBT takes about four and a half hours to complete.  The TOEFL paper-based test is being phased out.  Currently, over 96% of TOEFL tests are taken via the internet.


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From the New York State Education Department. "High School Regents Examinations". Internet. Available from; accessed 8/29/2011.
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