TOEFL Test - Tips to take you to the top!

Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL)

TOEFL Test - Tips to take you to the top!

The test is divided into four sections - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.Here are some pointers and resources to help you get on your way to score well for the test

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1. Find something interesting to read and listen to, then practice speaking and writing about it:

Listen to Podcasts, recorded lectures – check the website of your favorite university. Go to news websites such as,, Read up on your favorite subjects on popular websites such as Tell a friend or family member about what you learned.


2 Work with a speaking partner:

The more opportunity you have to speak English, the more proficient you will become with the language.


3.Take on the role of a great journalist:

Take good notes and use them to make summaries.


4.Make vocabulary flash cards and pretend you are a contestant on a vocabulary quiz show:

Carry the vocabulary flash cards with you often. Try to learn as many words of English every day and frame sentences from those words to improve your vocabulary. 


5. Reading Tips

Practice summarizing and paraphrasing texts. Use charts and outlines to organize the ideas in a text. Practice speed reading techniques. Practice reading (and answering questions) on a computer screen. Expand your vocabulary with daily-use of vocabulary cards.



6. Listening Tips

  • Listen for basic information – did you comprehend the main idea, major points and important details?

  •  isten for “pragmatic” understanding - Can you recognize a speaker’s attitude? What is the purpose of the speech? 

  • Listen for connecting and synthesizing - Can you understand the relationship between ideas? Compare and contrast. Determine the cause and effect.

7. Speaking Tips

Read aloud a short article from a newspaper, campus newspaper, magazine, textbook or the Internet. Write down 2 – 3 questions about the article.


With a speaking partner - Answer the questions. Outline the main points of the article. Give a one-minute oral summary of the article. Express your opinion about it. If there is a problem discussed, give the solution.

  • Work on your Pronunciation. Your pronunciation doesn’t have to be perfect, but native speakers should be able to understand you.
  • Speak in s-l-o-w motion. You could imitate American or British intonation and rhythm patterns.

8. Writing Tips

Find a writing buddy who can give you feedback. Read an article and find listening material on the same topic. Write a summary of the article. 


Combine all your skills!

Find listening and reading materials on the same topic from the library or Internet (e.g., news websites such as Take notes or create outlines on each. Give a one-minute oral summary of each.


Explain how the two relate in a short written response (150 – 225 words). Take notes or create outlines on each. Give a one-minute speech about the same.


Use free resources:, download TOEFL iBT Tipswatch video clips highlighting study practices, download sample questions, join communities on SMS GupShup for free updates.


Source : TOEFL


First Published On : 11 Sep 2012 06:25 PM IST
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