TOEFL Test Practice Tips
For those that speak English as a second language, going to school at an English-speaking university or taking on employment in an English-speaking country may require that you prove your English fluency beforehand. This is most commonly done with the TOEFL test – the Test of English as a Foreign Language. The following tips can help you prepare for the test ahead of time.
Tip #1: Know the required minimum score
The TOEFL is not a pass or fail test. Instead, schools and employers determine the minimum score they are willing to accept for admission or employment. By knowing the minimum score you need ahead of time, you will be better able to plan your study strategy.
Tip #2: Understand the different sections
There are four main English skills you will be tested on:
Each section carries equal weight on your final score. This is helpful to know when devising a study strategy. If the school or employer only wants you to have a certain overall score, you may be able to still pass the test even if you get a poor score in your weakest area from above. You can instead focus your strategy on acing the other three skills. On the other hand, if they require a minimum score for each skill, you know that you need to focus your studies on your weaker skills.
Tip #3: Take a TOEFL course
There are many ways to study for the TOEFL, including books and practice tests, as well as both in-person and online courses. While you will need to spend a bit of time studying books and testing yourself before the big day, you should also consider a live or online study course. Taking such a course ensures you are up to date on the current TOEFL testing methods. It also gives you access to mentors that can help you develop strategies to overcome and eventually master the English language skills that are giving you the most difficulty.
Tip #4: Immerse yourself in the language
Finally, spend the weeks and months leading up to the test immersing yourself in English. This is easier today than ever before. You can listen to audio books, English-speaking podcasts, or stream English-speaking movies and TV shows. Immersing yourself in English doesn’t just complement your other test preparation studies, it also gives you a more intuitive knowledge of the language. If you do need to guess a correct answer on the test, this intuitive knowledge can help you guess correctly.
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