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Kavitha Vijeyavelan
11 Aug 2015 6.3K 2 mins Share

Ten things to consider when preparing for TOEFL

Tackling the TOEFL can be quite tricky. We offer you 10 tips that will help you crack the TOEFL with ease.

11 Aug 2015 6.3K 2 mins Share

The TOEFL iBT is a test that measures your English language skills at the university level and evaluates how well you can combine your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to perform academic tasks. More than 27 million people from around the globe have taken it!

Here are ten tips to get your TOEFL exam preparation started for 2015:

1.  Study program

Make up your study time-table and study in a regular basis rather than wait till the last minute to cram in everything. Taking the time required to start preparation is crucial for the TOEFL iBT.

2. Research TOEFL score requirements

Before you kick start your study for the TOEFL, find out what the requirements are for your study destination and keep yourself motivated to achieve them. TOEFL scores are only valid for two years.

3. Learn academic English

Focus on studying the language by reading up!  Read textbooks, encyclopaedias, journals and research articles and familiarise yourself with the presentation used in academic material. Interestingly even watching modern television and movies can help! So take all required steps to upgrade your academic English.

4. Work on weak areas

It is vital that you spot your areas of weakness and practice for this section for a longer time than you would for the other sections. Plan accordingly and ensure you put in all the hard work required to prevent losing out any points in the exam.

5. Mock tests

The best way to prepare for the TOEFL is to practise with mock tests. Be prepared with all the material you need. It’s worth looking for a textbook with exercises, practice tests, vocabulary, explanatory answers, and CDs. Do not restrict yourself to just one type of study material.

6. Find your mentor

Sometimes a textbook can’t provide solutions to all your questions, which is why it is ideal for you to have a native English teacher for guidance and encouragement.   If this is not a possibility, take the advice of a student who has taken the TOEFL in the recent past. This may be your lead to some excellent hints.  

7. Improve typing skills

Given that TOEFL iBT is a computer-based exam, it is definitely going to matter how fluent you are with your typing skills especially when it comes to typing out the essay. Try performing practice tests on other computers as some students tend to mess up typing with new keyboards.

8. Listening tips

Improve your note-taking skills for the listening section by thorough practice. When practising, don’t make a practice of replaying the CD more than once. When taking the test, you will be given the chance to listen to the passage only once.

9. Reading tips

Learning how to skim text will help you go a long way as far as TOEFL is concerned. As you skim, you must be able to obtain the impression of what the passage is about and be able to say what the major points of the passage are. Once done skimming, then read the text.  Practice reading from this angle and this will really help you make the most of the time allotted.

10. Writing tips

Define your writing style with simplicity and clarity. If it helps, find a format that works for you and stick to it for the essay.  Use this format every time. Keep a clear outline of what the essay should be like.

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