10 preparation tips for TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Preparation Tips

1)   Understand the TOEFL test format: It is very essential that we understand the test pattern and prepare accordingly. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Exam is conducted both as paper based and internet based. If your country offers only internet based test, you need to prepare for the same. ETS has very clear standards about the format and this should be read and understood well before preparing for the exam.
2)   Understand the scores or the bands required: This is keeping your aim in mind before starting your study. Also make some homework on what are the colleges you wish to try and what is their requirement in TOEFL.
3)   Concentrate only on academic English: TOEFL is looking at academic english which we read in text books and newspapers. So, it is always preferable that candidates avoid slangs and read textbooks, journals and encyclopedias to improve vocabulary and sentence formation.
4)   Take up practice tests: This is very essential for TOEFL. More you take mock tests, you become familiar with the test pattern and also understand the level of difficulty with TOEFL.
5)   Improve your typing skills: If you are appearing for the internet based test, it is essential that you improve your typing speed and become familiar with computer.
6)   Learn new words from the dictionary: Follow only the Oxford dictionary and start reading new words which is helpful in improving your vocabulary. Start using new words in sentences.
7)   Strengthen all 4 skills: TOEFL exam checks candidate’s ability in reading writing, speaking and listening. So develop all these skills and spend more time on weak areas. All of these carry equal marks and none of them can be neglected.
8)   Refer the official website: TOEFL official website provides all the required information on the syllabus, test pattern and candidates should only refer this site for information.
9)   Answer every question: There is no negative marking in TOEFL , so do not leave any questions unanswered.

10)   Good preparation develops good confidence: Only when you practice well, you can develop the required confidence to crack TOEFL.


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