What to Look for in a TOEFL Study Guide Book

5 Jul

There are many reputable (and some less reputable) study guide books available in multiple languages, aimed at helping students better prepare for their TOEFL test.   With so many books to choose from, you want to find the one or two that will really help you achieve TOEFL success.

When you’re choosing a study guide book one of the first things you’ll want to do is be sure to consider the type of TOEFL test you need to prepare for.  Not many places still offer the written test, so you’re more likely to write a computer-based test (CBT) or an internet-based test (iBT).   Also, look for a current edition.

ETS (Educational Testing Service) is the company that manages and creates the TOEFL tests, and so naturally their study guides are really popular.

Look for guide books that have CD’s to help with listening comprehension and audio exercises.  Sample tests should also be included, preferrably with answer keys.   I find the student planners included in some books help my students reach their study objectives in an organized manner.

The essay-writing section of the book should be clear and with many examples and opportunities to write your own.  Practice drills of all aspects of the TOEFL test are key to success.

If the study guide your considering doesn’t meet the above recommendations, keep looking!  And remember, this is a challenging test and there is no “magic book” that will magically prepare you for your TOEFL  test.  You’ll need to study hard, work with an ESL Teacher or Tutor who specializes in TOEFL test prep and find opportunities to practice the language.

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5 Responses to “What to Look for in a TOEFL Study Guide Book”

  1. fragriver July 7, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    Hello Ms. Jennifer! I am student coming from Vietnam, who is struggling with TOEFL essays. I have written some essays on my own blog. If you have time, would you possibly pass by my blog:D? It is also nice to know your blog. I will visit your site more to gain more experiences for my English.
    http://fragriver.wordpress.com/category/toefl-writing/

  2. JenniferTeacher July 8, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    Hello @Fragiver!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I visited your blog and enjoyed reading a couple of your essays. As I commented there you have a strong sense of argument when writing an essay, and I quite enjoyed them. I also agree when you said that essay writing, or English writing in general, takes practice. It’s great that you try to take some time each day to write in English. That will really help you on your path to fluency!

    All the best!

    Jennifer Teacher

    • fragriver July 8, 2011 at 6:12 am #

      Thank you very much for your constructive comments! I am trying my best to take TOEFL or IELTS by the end of this year. Your blog is really helpful. I wish I were in Seoul and attend your class, it would be nice!

      • JenniferTeacher July 10, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

        Thank you! Good luck on taking the test and be sure to pop back in here and let me know how you do!

  3. Rose Lee January 13, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    Good information about TOEFL. its need is still required for higher education. TOEFL Study Guide

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