INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the official website of Terra Nova, a private educational institution providing advanced English language studies. Terra Nova is the only specialized TOEFL preparation center in the Republic of Moldova.

Different courses used to be taught at Terra Nova. In 2005, when a new TOEFL format called TOEFL iBT was introduced, the school decided to focus on teaching only one course, TOEFL Preparation. If you want to understand academic English better, perfect your grammar- and style-related accuracy, enrich your TOEFL iBT vocabulary, polish up your listening and speaking skills, improve your reading speed and comprehension, develop your TOEFL iBT essay writing skills, learn test-taking strategies by answering TOEFL iBT questions and taking TOEFL iBT simulations, as well as to find out a lot of interesting and useful information about the United States, then this school is for you.

Founded in September 1998, Terra Nova began its journey with only 10 students and a mission to provide intensive TOEFL preparation and advanced English education of high quality. At present, Terra Nova boasts an annual enrollment of more than 100 students. Our school is attended by students not only from Chișinău but also from other Moldovan settlements and even other countries.

Even though many English schools exist in Chișinău and some of them are well known in the city as a result of their incessant aggressive advertising campaigns, there are many cogent reasons to entrust our school with your TOEFL iBT preparation.

At Terra Nova, we have a strict English-only policy. While our students are in class or participate in school activities or events, they must speak English and ONLY English. Writing, reading, speaking, or listening to any language other than English are not permitted. Our strict English-ONLY policy promotes a serious studying atmosphere, facilitates learning test-taking strategies, and accelerates the process of acquiring advanced English language skills.

An ideal TOEFL instructor must have earned a degree from a famous American university, must have lived and worked in the United States for at least several years, must be both a linguist and a scientist as well as a psychologist. Our TOEFL instructor has native English speaker competence. He interned as a field crew member within the Pacific Resource Inventory, Monitoring, and Evaluation Program (PRIME) of the US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station (Portland, OR, USA) in 1997, pursued a master's degree at Purdue University's Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (West Lafayette, IN, USA) in 1996-1998, worked as a visiting scholar at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management of the College of Natural Resources at the University of California (Berkeley, CA, USA) in 2001, and volunteered as a ranger for Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (HNP, HI, USA) in 2012. He has done scientific research for a large number of institutions located in the United States and the European Union. He has also participated in a number of programs and projects sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State. Our TOEFL instructor has extensive English teaching experience. Since 1998, he has been preparing students of different ages and cultural and linguistic backgrounds for taking the TOEFL.

While almost all English schools in Chișinău are extremely versatile and teach everybody, from beginners to advanced students, and everything, from English for Kindergarten Children to Business English, Terra Nova is a highly specialized educational institution. Our focusing on teaching only one course, TOEFL Preparation, guarantees our TOEFL instructor's professionalism, which is undoubtedly the single most important school variable affecting student achievement.

In spite of the fact that the admission process at Terra Nova is rigorous and highly competitive, we have a relatively low student-teacher ratio, which does not exceed 11 students per class. Since English is learned with practice, it is only natural that the smaller the classes are, the more rapidly your language abilities will improve. Likewise, for fruitful TOEFL iBT preparation, it is very important that the class size be as small as possible.

We have a well-equipped classroom, which is crucial for efficient TOEFL iBT preparation. The room is fully air-conditioned. There is always potable water (cold and hot) in the office, and so are complimentary Greenfield tea and Bucuria candy. We make every effort to create a homey atmosphere in our school, which, we believe, is one of the keys to fruitful acquisition of advanced English language skills and efficient TOEFL iBT preparation.

Our unique TOEFL iBT preparation program is an amalgam of TOEFL iBT preparation, advanced English language skills acquisition, and American studies. Throughout the course, our students answer hundreds of TOEFL iBT questions borrowed from Barron's TOEFL iBT, Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL iBT, McGraw-Hill's TOEFL iBT (The Official Guide to the TOEFL iBT), Longman Preparation Course for the TOEFL iBT, Delta's Key to the TOEFL iBT, Princeton's Cracking the TOEFL iBT, Kaplan's TOEFL iBT, and other excellent TOEFL iBT preparation guides. They have access to our library consisting of audio and video materials, DVD movies, books and periodicals, and TOEFL iBT preparation computer programs. They also enjoy regular TOEFL essay checking, administration of TOEFL iBT simulations, assistance with TOEFL registration, assistance with admission to colleges and universities, 24/7 consultations, etc.

While preparing for the TOEFL iBT, our students explore American geography, history, politics, health care, education, legal rights and responsibilities, consumer behavior, social customs and values, etc. Our course books are full of interesting facts about many different facets of living in the U.S. Sometimes the TOEFL instructor invites guest speakers from the United States and other English-speaking countries. Our TOEFL Preparation course helps our students understand American life and Americans better and avoid many cultural problems while in the U.S.

Our school is located in the very heart of Rîșcani Sector, Chișinău, at the intersection of Moscova Boulevard and Miron Costin Street. Our close neighbors are the largest Rîșcani branch of Moldova Agroindbank, the Rîșcani Sector Civil Registration Office, Max Fitness (a fitness center), Marks (a shopping center), Giant (a bicycle retail and service store), branches of FinComBank, Moldindconbank, Victoriabank, and Mobiasbancă, Jardi (a convenience store), La Plăcinte (a fast-food restaurant), Linella (a convenience store), Foișor (a fast-food restaurant), Jar Pizza (a fast-food restaurant), Furshet (a supermarket), MoldMart (a supermarket), Camelia (a retailer of consumer electronics), a Rîșcani branch of StarNet (an Internet service provider), and Andy's Pizza (a fast-food restaurant). The Soviet-Afghan War Memorial is located right across Moscova Boulevard. A McDonald's restaurant, a KFC restaurant, a Tucano Coffee outlet, Soiuz (a shopping center), and a Green Hills supermarket are situated only one block from the center.

Preparing students for taking the TOEFL since 1998, we have earned the confidence of our students and our community over the years. Here yesterday and today, we will be here tomorrow as well. Prepare for the TOEFL iBT and study advanced English with Terra Nova - a name you can trust!

We encourage you to compare us with English schools in Chișinău offering TOEFL preparation courses. With our small classes, comprehensive TOEFL iBT preparation program, engaging and experienced TOEFL instructor, convenient location, and reasonable tuition fees, you will find that choosing Terra Nova adds up to a superb value!

If you have already decided to enroll in our TOEFL Preparation course, please check the current enrollment situation first. The enrollment in our school has been extremely competitive lately, and it is very important that you apply well in advance.

IMPORTANT:
In case you have any questions about the enrollment process, TOEFL preparation at Terra Nova, the structure of the TOEFL iBT, or TOEFL administration in the Republic of Moldova, please feel free to send your inquiries directly to the TOEFL instructor of Terra Nova at terranovamd@yahoo.com. You may also give us a call at (373 22) 425 258, (373 22) 490 265, or (373 79) 581 561. You are also welcome to leave a message on the wall of Terra Nova's Facebook group.