DIFFICULTIES FOUND BY ENGLISH STUDENTS IN ACHIEVING HIGH SCORE OF TOEFL IN ENGLISH EDUCATION STUDY PROGRAM OF MUHAMMADIYAH UNIVERSITY OF BENGKULU
The objectives of this research are: 1) to identify the difficulties found by the English students of Muhammadiyah University of Bengkulu in achieving high score of TOEFL required by the English Study Program of Bengkulu; and 2) to identify the most dominant difficulties found by the English students of Muhammadiyah University of Bengkulu in achieving high score of TOEFL required by the English Study Program of Bengkulu. The design of this research is descriptive research. The subjects in this research are the English Study Program students of 2019/2020 Academic year who cannot pass the test in one time. The number of the subjects are 14 students taken from UPT Pusat Bahasa UMB. The instrument used in this research is questioonaire. The data in this research were collected by: 1) Asking the data of students who do not pass the test one time to UPT Pusat Bahasa UMB; 2) Distributing the questionnaire and do the interview to the students in the list of UPT Pusat Bahasa UMB; 3) Collecting the data. The data in this research were analyzed by: 1) Identifying the types of skill become difficult for students; 2) Grouping the students’ difficulties; and 3) concluding the results. After finding the results, the researcher would like to conclude that: 1) From all sections of the TOEFL, it can be summarized that the difficulties found by the students are existed in all sections of the TOEFL, but the percentages are diffirent from one to another; and 2) the Structure and Written Expression Section become the most dominant difficulties found by the students because from the average of percentage, it has the highset percentage of difficulties, it is 73,4%.
Key words: TOEFL, Standardized Score, Difficulties