If you haven’t come across it in your scramble to prepare for taking your TOEFL test, you need to check out the helpful tips guide that ETS (Educational Training Systems), the maker of the TOEFL test, has prepared. It’s called: How to Prepare for the TOEFL iBT, and is a great clarifying resource to have on hand.
This guide covers the four sections of the TOEFL test: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. They suggest ways to prepare for each section, cover the question formats you’ll encounter on the test, and tell you how the test is to be delivered and scored.
When preparing for the test, my students’ top concerns are typically: how can they form clear speaking responses in the amount of time given; and how quickly they’ll need to write their answers in the writing section? If given enough time they could prepare great answers, spoken or written, but part of the TOEFL iBT test’s success in assessing English fluency is that answers must be given in a specific period of time. Therefore students need to practice all of their English skills, and as suggested in the guide, ‘practice more on your weakest skills’ first.
In addition, this guide covers test preparation guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) by test takers.
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