Expert Tips & strategies to ace TOEFL

Expert Tips & strategies to ace TOEFL

  • Posted By TOEFL Tutorials TOEFL Tips / August 09, 2018

If you are taking the TOEFL, this blog is a must-read for FREE tips and strategies to get a perfect score in TOEFL. Don‘t miss!

TOEFL iBT or the internet-based test for Test of English as a Foreign Language tests the English skills and proficiency of non-natives. The TOEFL exam format is such that it evaluates your ability to combine your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.

A good TOEFL score is a ticket to enter the university of choice. TOEFL is recognised by 10,000+ colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries! These include Australia, Canada, the UK and the US.

If you have signed up for TOEFL iBT, here are some tips and strategies to get a good score:

#1 Use a variety of study material to prepare

Get used to American English pronunciation, vocabulary, intonation, phrases, expressions etc. You can achieve this by following North American media sources. Get used to Americanised English from various sources like newspaper, radio, videos, audios, podcasts etc. Remember, the TOEFL test will include readings and listenings on several academic topics. So, it''''s a good idea to listen to watch as many TED videos as possible and to practice with them. The idea is to surround yourself with as many relevant English resources as possible to get familiar with the language and its quirks.

#2 Work on your vocabulary

Polish your vocabulary with a focus on the test. Use a lot of linkers, conjunctions and connections in your writing. For TOEFL, a test-taker is asked to express their opinion on a specific topic; therefore, it is best to memories some linkers etc. Learn some common idioms and phrasal verbs which are frequently used in conversational American English. Get familiar with common idiomatic expressions and phrasal verbs, so that you are able to tackle them adequately in the Speaking section in which you will be given dialogues. Further, it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with standard university vocabulary since a lot of TOEFL iBT material is related to everyday situations of university life.

 #3. Practice note-taking

Your TOEFL test centre will give you black or rough papers to use during the test for the purpose of note-taking. These notes are collected and destroyed at the end of the TOEFL exam for the security reasons. Listening, Speaking and Writing sections are the ones which will require smart note-taking. Develop an intelligent system of note-taking: abbreviations, essential details (names, places, titles), relationships between concepts (denoted by shapes like arrows etc.) These are only some suggestions. You can develop your own system of taking notes, but get a lot of consistent practice.

#4. Improve your reading and comprehension speed

Time management is a crucial aspect of the TOEFL test. The TOEFL iBT test takes about 4 hours to complete. Therefore, the ability to pace yourself is an essential skill to master to get a good TOEFL score. In the reading section specifically, you will have to employ a smart sense of time and pace. The Reading section can have 36–56 questions, which you are expected to answer in 60–80 minutes, which means that you have only about 5 minutes to read the on-screen text and nearly a minute to answer every question in the Reading section. To have more time to answer the questions, you will have to read each passage in about 3-4 minutes, for which you have to improve your reading speed.

Time yourself during practice when you are going through a given passage, and note how long it takes for you to go through a given message. Reading time is directly related to your comprehension. Your goal should be to cut down time without bringing down your understanding of the passage provided. For this, you have to read a variety of English language literature from sources as diverse as possible. Further, the Reading section of the test can surprise you by throwing challenging words you may not have encountered before, at you. Of course, it is impossible to commit to memory an entire thesaurus. Therefore, you will have to train yourself to stay calm in such situations. The trick is not to get stuck with the words you do not understand, and to move on and read ahead. Attempt to get the context and overall meaning of the entire sentence.

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