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The new exam is called the EFSET, which is short for Education First Standardized English Test. The company, Education First, is known by the letters EF. It operates schools and offices in more than 50 countries. More

Audio Having Problems with a School Paper?

A Duke University expert advises against waiting to write until you’ve done all the research. Instead, write a little even if you are just half finished with the process. She says this way, you may get a better idea of what you want to understand and express.

Audio Getting Started with TOEFL

If you are interested in studying at an American university, you have probably heard about the Test of English as a Foreign Language. The test is widely known as the TOEFL. It is the most widely used language assessment exam for American universities.

Audio Is a College Education Worth the Price?

Attending a four-year college in the United States can cost more than $40,000 a year. That information comes from the College Board, a private company. Many people with a college education are drowning in student debt. They had to borrow money to finance their education.

Audio Tips for Better Writing

Everyone struggles with writing, however there are ways to ease your struggle when working on an essay or paper for class. Jennifer Ahern-Dodson, assistant professor of the Practice in Writing Studies at Duke University is here with some tips.

Audio Australia Links Aboriginal Aid to School Attendance

Parents in South Australia’s Aboriginal lands may lose some of their financial aid if they do not send their children to school. New rules link school attendance with payments for parents living. But the top advisor to the prime minister suggests other ways to get children to school.

Audio New US College Entrance Test Worries China

Recent changes to the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) are creating some political unease in China. The new SAT will require test-takers to read from parts of the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence or other historical documents.

Audio Street Vendor Helps Poor to Learn English and Japanese

Two brothers are helping the Hanoi’s poorest students by giving classes in English and Japanese. Demand for the classes are growing. About 1,000 people are on a waiting list to enter. Ten people have offered to teach for free.

Audio Experts Share Tips for Writing School Papers

Many secondary and university students have returned to classes, or soon will. And some of you have told us that you worry about academic writing – writing for school. We know that writing papers can be hard – even a little frightening. Here are some tips.

Audio Changes in SAT Exam Make it Harder for Foreign Students

Changes to the US college entrance exam SAT will take effect in 2016. Those changes could make the tests more difficult for foreign students. | As It Is

Audio Progress Seen for Education in Africa

An United Nations report shows progress being made in education in Africa. But will all African countries meet the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015? | As It Is

Audio New Opportunities Open for Foreign Engineering Students

New scholarship opportunities are available for foreign engineering students to study and work in the United States. And, an American performer shares his talents with children in Rwanda. | As It Is

UN: One Million Syrian Children Are Refugees

Many of these children are separated from their family and not in school. In Burma, efforts are underway to build schools in rural areas. | As It Is

Audio Economists Say College Costs Hurt the Economy

Many students are turning to online classes to meet their goals for higher education | As It Is

Audio Asian Countries Top International School Test

Also, we look at the growing demand for classes in English slang | As It Is

Audio Music and the Human Brain

American study explores how musical training in childhood can influence the adult brain | SCIENCE IN THE NEWS

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Audio Program Helps First Time Parents

And, Homeboy Industries helps kids quit Los Angeles gangs | As It Is

Audio Graduating Early from Medical, Law School

Should students be able to graduate from medical school in three years and law school in two? | As It Is

Audio A Non-Profit Group Gives Millions of Needy Children 'Room to Read'

Also, children learn about business basics, and we remember the United States Supreme Court ruling that banned discrimination in schools.

Learn with The News

  • Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures to the crowd during a street parade following his inauguration in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibraham)

    Audio Hope, Expectation for New Indonesian Leader

    Joko Widodo is a former businessman and governor of Jakarta. He has no ties to the political establishment. There are huge expectations for the new president in the world’s third-largest democracy. More

  • Bishops attend the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI, and a mass for the closing of of a two-week synod on family issues, celebrated by Pope Francis, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican,  Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.

    Audio Catholic Bishops Reject Plan to 'Welcome' Gays

    Conservatives had criticized an early document from the two-week-long meeting of bishops in Rome. That document sought to limit criticism of people who have same-sex relationships. The final document approved by the bishops disappoints liberals but pleases conservatives. | As It Is More

  • A man works on a cassava farm in Nigeria.

    Audio Climate Change Could Destroy Farms in Africa

    About 70 percent of those who live in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa are small-scale farmers. They produce about 80 percent of the food needed to feed the people of Africa. And they need a lot of help dealing with the effects of climate change. | As It Is More

  • Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, left, walks with former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct. 20, 2014.

    Audio Indonesians Welcome New President

    Also, Turkey and US help Kurdish forces fight Islamic State, and finally some good news on the fight against Ebola. | In the News More

  • African Cheetahs

    Audio Is the Cheetah Fast Enough to Survive?

    In 1900, about 100,000 cheetahs lived in the world. Today there are only 10,000 of the animals. It appears that the cheetah is vulnerable to attacks by other animals because of its physiology. More

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    Audio Dealing with Distractions and Overreactions

    More and more children are diagnosed with ADHD, a condition that makes it hard to focus. | HEALTH REPORT More

  • Millions of years of history, which can be found on the ocean floor, are collected and analyzed at the Core Repository in New York.

    Video Scientists Create New Maps of Ocean Floor

    Until recently, scientists had mapped only about 20 percent of the sea floor. But our knowledge of the deep seas is changing because of information from satellites. Scientists have produced a new map that provides a detailed picture of the oceans. More

  • General George McClellan created a strong Union force, but he worried he did not have enough men to defeat the Confederacy.

    Audio McClellan Approaches Richmond ... And Waits

    The North and South clashed in a series of battles called the Seven Days Campaign. The struggle saved the Confederacy but came at a terrible price. But victory came at a terrible price. Twenty thousand Confederate soldiers were killed or wounded. More

  • Solar Storm

    Audio How to Weather a Solar Storm

    The sun’s energy creates light and heat. It also produces charged electrical particles and magnetic fields. The sun can keep the earth nice and warm and helps our crops to grow. But a sudden burst of that solar energy can cause a power outage. More

  • Video Sting, War, Lou Reed for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officials nominated Green Day, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, N.W.A., Nine Inch Nails, The Spinners and The Smiths. More

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