TOEFL Test Preparation Strategy

The English texts in the TOEFL Reading section are typically collected from textbooks and course materials, while the main tested topics in the TOEFL Listening, Speaking and Writing sections include lectures and interactive classes, labs, office hours, study groups, everyday service interactions (for example, at the bookstore or registrar's office).

Although the TOEFL exam is largely a test of language ability, there are certain test-taking strategies that will ensure that you do your best on the exam. You can improve your English and your TOEFL score through expanding your vocabulary, listening and watching educational software programs, and concentrating on areas of grammar and usage that are particularly difficult for you. Read, listen, speak, and write more, take some specialized courses, and always learn from your mistakes!

Remember that the actual exam is on the computer. For many test-takers, this is not easy because reading large amounts of material on the screen not only dries out their eyes but makes it hard to absorb the material. Simply practice reading on the computer.

When Preparing For The TOEFL Exam, You Should:

  • Create a study environment that is as similar as possible to the actual testing environment. That means a quiet space, possibly a computer room or office-type environment. Force yourself to sit still for an extended period of time and focus on practicing.
  • Eliminate distractions and be conscious of time. Especially when you are taking practice tests, try to be aware of the clock to monitor your pace.
  • After completing a practice test, be sure to go over the answers you missed - it is the only way to improve.
  • Read English news websites, school websites, download school brochures, watch a few college campus-life related movies, watch news clips on, and
  • Read and listen often to the same content but focus on different types of training at each time. For example, start with understanding the gist of the text, then the meaning in detail, the construction of key phrases, tones, hidden opinions, and inter-relations between different viewpoints or facts.
  • Consult with us for best preparation and take our TOEFL classes!


While this may be a surprising suggestion, your typing capabilities are not to be overlooked. Most people take the TOEFL iBT which is solely Internet-based; your typing skills are insurmountably important for achieving a high score on the writing section, in particular.

  • Did you know the TOEFL independent essay should be a minimum of 300 words?
  • Were you aware the integrated essay has a minimum of 150?

Many students might feel frustrated they are not able to get their ideas on the computer screen as fast as they’d like and it can ultimately end up hurting their score. Practice typing for so many hours as week, particularly if you have the luxury of studying for the TOEFL 2-3 months. Practicing typing might prove to be a welcomed break from studying the four skills!

Specific TOEFL Preparation Strategies

As the TOEFL incorporates listening, reading, writing, and speaking and combinations of each into many of its exercises, it is extremely helpful to build these skills in English programs that mixes and matches them. In addition, it is also important and essential to practice and improve in each mode expression: written, verbal, and auditory. Below too are several suggestions that you can employ in your daily lives to help prepare for the TOEFL.

Reading Section Strategy

  • Practice reading for information and facts
  • Work on vocabulary
  • Practice Skimming for Main Idea (Highlighting transitions, facts, unknown terms)
  • Practice inferences
  • Practice identifying what nouns pronouns allude to
  • Practice summarizing book, articles etc.

Listening Section Strategy

  • Listen to news, films, radio in English. Lots is accessible through the web
  • Practice summarizing lectures, programs
  • Practice identifying other aspects of statements like main idea, supporting points, examples
  • Listen for tone, attitude, levels of formality
  • Listen for transitions
  • Chart/outline ideas expressed in programs

Speaking Section Strategy

  • Speak to Native Speakers on a range of topics
  • Argue points with Native Speakers or if not native speaker more advanced speakers
  • Practice giving one minute responses to topics
  • Read articles and summarize them orally
  • Locate listening and reading material on similar topics and discuss similarities, differences, solutions to problems posed
  • Incorporate transitions when speaking
  • Try to plan quickly a response to an article or lecture
  • Work on pronunciation and annunciation

Writing Section Strategy

  • Combine reading and writing tasks by reading an article, outlining a summary of it, and then writing a summary of it.
  • Combine listening and writing as well by listening to lectures or programs and writing on them in an organized fashion.
  • Practice restating sentences in your own words.
  • Review citation rules
  • Practice writing on a range of topics within a 30 minute period. Include a thesis, supporting points and examples in your statement.
  • Work on increasing vocabulary and word choice skills
  • Incorporate transitions

Overall don’t hesitate to ask questions of English teachers, native speakers or TOEFL teachers. Questions help you not to make the same mistakes over and over and help put you on track.

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