How to Prepare TOEFL

How to Prepare TOEFL or how to crack the TOEFL Exam is a mind-boggling question that keeps haunting. Many test-takers also start figuring out how to score high in TOEFL Exam. They want to know how to score 100 in TOEFL Exam or how to improve TOEFL band. Honestly speaking, it is not tough, if you have a road map. Here you are with the full-fledge sketch. Just follow religiously, you can score high. Trust me; under my guidance, many test-takers got proven success, 90% grade improvement, and 75% higher test score as I have been mentoring for more than 10 years.

Follow these strategies.

  1. Evaluation: where should TOEFL preparation begin from if you don’t know your level of preparation? Many test-takers hesitate to give the mock test, thinking that they are weak so there is no use thinking about any mock test. I will recommend changing such a habit if you have. Remember, mock is to mark the current level and to keep track. How much you are studying books or courses is not a matter of discussion instead how much you are scoring in TOEFL Exam is a matter of concern. This can be justified only looking at a performance report or report card. The test is only a measuring pole that will keep on piloting you. After the test, make a note: question-wise, score-wise, and test-wise (how to make a note) then buckle yourself for the next step.
  2. Material: social media and its experts suggest the same study materials to everyone, but the fact is that books vary from student to student’s requirement. Select study material as per your score and need. These are the study material for TOEFL Exam.
  1. If your score is below 15 points TOEFLExam, you can go through these three books: 

i.i   Essential English Grammar Cambridge by Raymond Murphy, for basic grammar, all the basic concepts are in detail,
i.ii  Cambridge-Vocabulary in use elementary, for basic vocabulary, with 60 different types of  daily life words
i.iii  Champak English Story, Simple Essays, and Printed Interviews of celebrity, to improve basic reading these are good materials. 

  1. If your score is below 20 points in TOEFL Exam, you can go through these three books: 

ii.i  Intermediate English Grammar Cambridge by Raymond Murphy, for basic grammar, all the basic concepts are in detail,
ii.ii  Cambridge-Vocabulary in use intermediate, medium level vocabulary, with different types of daily life words for essay writing, letter writing, and essay writing.
ii.iii  Reading Material from magazine or articles: Social Issues, Political Issues, and General Issues. 

  1. If you want to score 25 points plus in TOEFL Exam, you can go through these three books:

i.i   Advance English Grammar Cambridge by Martin Hewings, for advance writing and speaking, for advanced level knowledge and 6 plus band. 
i.ii  Cambridge-Vocabulary in use Advance, for advance writing and speaking, for advance level knowledge and 6 plus band
i.iii  The Hindu Newspaper editorial, The Economic Times editorial, and The Indian Express editorial.

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  1. Mock Test:If you have done your foundation strategically, you should get ready for mock tests. Remember, the testing phase should be more planned than the foundation and the intention of the testing phase is not to check the level but to recollect and refresh the strategy. You should begin with sectional mock tests based on a particular topic or concept. Once you find that you are well-versed in concept go for a full-length test. 

Your next step will be to go for a full-length testing phase. Divide your full-length testing phase into three parts.

  1. Pick Volume 1 of Official TOEFL IBT Tests, Volumes 1 & 2. Make an error log after attempting the test, and average your score then cover your loophole with the help of an official guide.
  2. Pick Volume 2 of Official TOEFL IBT Tests, Volumes 1 & 2. Make an error log after attempting the test. Now check which one is still the weakest area. Either clear your concept with your mentor or find out the relevant sources to justify.
  3. Now, this is the final round of mock tests to get familiar with the test. In the third round, there is no fixed number of mock tests. Attempt as per your need, The Official Guide to the TOEFL Test.
  4. Now you are ready to crack your TOEFL Exam.

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What is TOEFL?

TOEFL is a standardized test to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers. The test is accepted by many English-speaking academic and professional institutions. It is probably the best-known and most commonly used English proficiency test in USA. It is accepted by about all American universities. It has two formats one is computer based test and another is paper based test. The test is scored on a scale of 0 to 120 points. Each of the four sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing) receives a scaled score from 0 to 30. The final score is totaled including all four. The score is valid for two years.

Course Overview

Duration: 4 hours
Reading: 54-72 minutes
Listening: 41-59 minutes
Break Mandatory 10 minutes
Speaking: 17 minutes
Writing: 55 minutes

Let us have a short Note topic wise:

Analytical Writing (AW)

AW also called essay section measures articulation of thoughts and responses to complex ideas in a clear and reasoned way. It has two tasks. Task one is to “Analyze an Issue” and another is to “Analyze an Argument.”

Issue Task: issue topics are taken from a pool of questions that are GRE own publication. The test taker is given 30 minutes to write an essay about it.

Argument Task

It is an argument that is a series of facts and considerations leading to a conclusion and the test taker is asked to write an essay that critiques the argument. Test expects to consider the argument's logic and to make suggestions about how to improve the logic of the argument. It is also hoped to address the logical flaws of the argument and not provide a personal opinion on the subject in 30 minutes.

Verbal Reasoning (VR)

It is a test of the ability to analyze written material, as well as relationships among component parts of sentences, including words and concepts. The questions appear in several formats. It assesses reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and vocabulary usage. Each verbal section consists of 20 questions to be completed in 30 minutes. The section consists of about 6 text completion, 4 sentence equivalence, and 10 critical reading questions.

Text Completion: It asks to fill in the blank to complete sentences. Variations include 1-, 2-, and 3-blank questions. Time per question is given about 1–1.5 minutes. Knowledge of vocabulary helps solving such questions.

​Sentence Equivalence: It requires filling in a single blank with two choices that create two coherent sentences that are logically similar in meaning. Time per question is given about 1 minute.

​Reading Comprehension: it is based on passages of one or more paragraphs that develop an explanation or argument on a topic. It expects to get central ideas presented in the text and the structure of a text, research details in the passage and draw valid inferences from it. The questions require strategic reading and paraphrasing skills. The average of 1–3 minutes on reading a passage and 1 minute per question is given.

Quantitative Reasoning (QR)

This section tests basic quantitative skills, as well as the ability to reason and solve problems with quantitative methods. The questions cover basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis. It assesses basic high school level mathematical knowledge and reasoning skills. Each quantitative section consists of 20 questions. Each quantitative section consists of about 8 quantitative comparisons, 9 problem solving items, and 3 data interpretation questions.

​Quantitative Comparison : This section expects to compare two quantities—Quantity A and Quantity B—and to identify the relationship between the two. Problem Solving

Problem Solving: The questions are standard multiple-choice questions, with five choices and one correct answer. Variants include questions that ask to select one or more answers from a list of choices (multiple-choice all-that-apply) and questions that ask to enter the answer in a box.

Experimental section

It can be either verbal or quantitative and contains new questions that are considered to be used in future. The score is not added in main score. This section is unidentified means test takers have no definite way of knowing which section is experimental, therefore it is advised that test takers try their best and be focused on every section.