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Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


13 Aug 2015 815 Book icon 2 mins Share

The Best Resources to Prepare for the TOEFL

The TOEFL is a real tough test to crack. Don’t worry we have a list of resources that will help you win the TOEFL battle.

13 Aug 2015 815 Book icon 2 mins Share
Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


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The Best Resources to Prepare for the TOEFL

The TOEFL is a popular English proficiency test accepted by over 9000 institutions across the world. Year on year the number of students from India writing the TOEFL is steadily increasing. The past few years have also seen the growth of specialist English language training centres that offer special programmes to help crack the TOEFL and IELTS. This article will give you an insight into the best books that you can buy and study to prepare for the TOEFL. We will also share information about some reputed websites that you can use to prepare for the TOEFL.

The Definitive Book:

No one understands the TOEFL better than the people who created the test. So without a shade of doubt, the “Official Guide to the TOEFL Test with CD-ROM” issued by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) is the best book that will help you crack the TOEFL. The guide contains authentic TOEFL questions, sample essays that were written by previous test-takers, and three previously administered practice tests with answers and explanations. We recommend that you buy this book for sure and use any one of the following books for additional reference material and practice tests.

Everything Else:

“Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL” published by the Cambridge University Press is another excellent resource. The latest edition of the book comes with a CD-ROM with ample practice material and audio CDs which have listening tracks covering a variety of topics. This book is a steady mix of tests to improve - grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and test study skills. The book has four model tests and the CD has an additional three model tests. 

“Barron’s TOEFL iBT” by Pamela Sharpe is also quite popular among students. Similar in structure to the book issued by the Cambridge University Press; this book also comes with an interactive CD-ROM and an audio CD with listening exercises. The book has seven practice tests; the CD has an additional practice test and a selection of TOEFL test preparation videos. 

“400 Must-Have Words for the TOEFL” issued by the publishing house McGraw Hill is a good reference book for students who wish to improve their vocabulary. The book is structured in a clear manner and words are classified under eight categories for easy understanding. Usage tips, sample sentences and TOEFL-style reading exercises at the end of each chapter are other important aspects of the book.

Free Online Resources:

“” offers a great selection of learning resources for students preparing for the TOEFL. There are free as well as paid resources. The Magoosh TOEFL blog has an excellent selection of articles and tips that will help you crack the test.  

“” primarily has a lot of paid resources but there are some free TOEFL test samples and tips to prepare for the test as well. A detailed list of official TOEFL preparation booksissued by ETS is also available. Since this is the official TOEFL website the number of free resources is limited.

“”- Yes, you read it right. YouTube has an excellent selection of videos by students who have successfully cleared the TOEFL and by numerous test experts who run TOEFL training classes. There is a huge database of content available.Use your discretion to browse through the massive collection of videos and download and watch relevant videos. 

Check these channels:

  • TOEFLtv
  • TOEFLteacher

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