> Following TOEFL Prepration tips was shared by Nishant NATH.

I am Nishant Nath, a student of Electronics and Communication Engineering stream wishing to pursue my masters in the US.

I haven’t written my GRE yet but my TOEFL experience was wonderful.

I wrote my TOEFL on July 14 2012 at Kolkata (W.B.).

My scheduled time was 10:00 AM.

Having read many experiences on HSB stating reaching early has benefits. I reached my center by 08:20AM while my reporting time was 09:30AM. To my surprise the center was very small looking like a shabby internet cafe.

The center wasn’t open as yet. I waited and waited and waited more.

Finally around 09:40 AM the center opened and a guy asked us 12 odd waiting students to come behind the center for verification and asked us to fill up a form (confidentiality agreement).

After that the process moved quite fast and i was in my seat by 10:00 ready to start my test.

My sections were like this:

Reading – Listening – Speaking – Writing

  • My scores were: (Total 106)
    27 – 23 – 28 – 28

My opinion: I could have got better

My review:

Reading, Listening, Writing parts require nothing but patience.

The most unreliable part i felt was speaking as you are not sure whether the mic caught you speech or not.

Be calm during the test and one can easily get 110+.


The only thing one needs to ace the test is PATIENCE.

The 4 hour long test really drains all energy out of you.

If you are not in a habit of sitting in front of computers for hours – its gonna be very difficult.

I was comfortably giving my test but during my listening section i had an urgent call of nature but i could not leave the test and go – due to which the last part of the listening section i screwed up getting a score below my expectation (23).

After Listening section i got a 10 min break which i completely utilized for refreshing my mind. some people suggest don’t take the break go on   attempting questions continuously but i say – “take the break” make sure you are as fresh as you were when you started the test.

Reason for this being – the writing section requires a distraction free mind.

If you are fresh you can easily have word flowing onto the screen without putting an effort to think.

HERE is how i got 106 without any TOEFL Preparation and effort.


I used to read a lot of novels during my school days so i got accustomed to read lengthy passages.


I regularly watch US/UK/Aus TV-Shows/Movies on TV/DVD as well as watch CNN News. so i was quite acquainted with various accents.

Note: never use subtitles – it makes you weak in listening.

1 particular thing i did 1 week before my test was to watch movies with very low volume and without subtitles so as to get mentally prepared for worst scenarios in case of audio-problems.


I never practiced speaking. I consider myself fluent in English.

I always talk in English with my teachers/professors/any other people.

I suggest to get in habit of that to help build confidence.

Most people say start talking in English with friends, though it may be theoretically beneficial it has no practical value for the following reasons:

  1. Friends (specially applies to Indians) will make fun of you call you show off
  2. Friends often won’t correct you if you go wrong in grammar.
  3. You may get so comfy with friends that when you start speaking to strangers you would lose all that confidence.


Reading editorial articles on TOI/ online journals etc.

I felt thats the best way to make sure your writing style and grammar gets a correct shape.

Note: I never wasted money on books/coaching for TOEFL

There is a plethora of free materials for TOEFL on the internet.

Use them and spend lots of time in front of your PC.

I would advice to spend time typing on a real 101/102 type keyboard instead of touchscreens and laptop keyboards.

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  1. khan on January 28, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    How much prep do I need, If I am taking the TOFEL test after 10 days giving my GRE test? Thanks

    What sorts of things do i need to improve upon?

  2. Cheryl Wise on August 27, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Congratulations for passing the TOEFL. You have written great advices here but sad to say, people who are not as determined and as self-disciplined as you wouldn’t have it this easy, as they would probably find various distractions that could take their focus away. Your strategy would work really well for people who are used to self-learning. For those who lack discipline, taking lessons from a TOEFL coach is a must. The price they pay for a TOEFL coach would serve as a motivation for them to pass, right? I have friends who actually experienced that.

  3. Ibukunoluwa on August 2, 2012 at 4:17 AM

    I am applying for the 2013 spring admission at MSU. My GRE score is 297 but now i’m preparing for TOEFL. I’d always been told that the exam is not so difficult but i just want to know how the sections follow one another.
    Thanks all for your vital hints

  4. Bola on August 1, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Dont know my scores yet so i wont jump to say it was easy but like the other guys have mentioned, dont bother with books, just be attentive to the listening sections, read a lot of english material and practice talking in front of the mirror to an invisible listener (because that’s what it feels like during the exam). Wish me luck when i get my scores in 2 weeks!

  5. Emiola Abiola on July 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Whao!interesting,i thought the exams always though but now i got some encouragement and i am ready to register for it.Anybody with some tips on TOEFL please?

  6. anonymous on July 30, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    for of all congrats for your great score !!!….and you said that you took your test on july 24th and is it really possiblie that one can get scores in 6 days :O

  7. Mahantesh on July 30, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    TOEFL is relatively as easy exam, indicating only your fluency of language. It Doesn’t test your reasoning skills. In my personal opinion, GRE needs thorough preparation and inspite of good preparation, you may end up with a mediocre score. without much preparation I scored 110 in TOEFL. and even with a deliberate preparation I scored 146 in verbal and 151 of Quant and 4.0 in AWA of the GRE test. GRE is real test of students comprehension abilities and adeptness of language usage and mental ability.

    • Adebola Samuel on July 30, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      What do U mean by “it doesn’t test ur reasoning ability”? U mean one only jst have to be fluent even if what U are saying doesn’t really make much sense?

  8. Yousef on July 29, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    I am studying for TOEFL. I found it interesting but it needs a lot of work.

  9. karim on July 29, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    i have just registered for IBT hope i could scored good to reach my target and achieved my goals so friend boost me up and wish me best of luck my exam is going to be in 19 august.

  10. Adebola Samuel on July 29, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    I’m a Nigerian and I’m writing TOEFL in some weeks… Really scared cos I dunno if those passages would be as hard as the ones in the manual I’m using

  11. Abishai on July 29, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Nice, it is easy for you to give TOEFL if you are studying in English school from your childhood……. nice experience …….

  12. N on July 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    TOEFL is one of the easiest exams though a bit lengthy. I scored 112 🙂

    • Mr. Simple on July 29, 2012 at 10:55 PM

      I guess for those who are thinking TOEFL/GRE etc is so easy should be thankful to God as you are given such chances to enjoy English Medium environment. As for me, the typical boy from a poor family, only speaks in Mother Tongue language, its quite dificult and need to work hard. Peoples are not surfing and exploring this website to hear such things like this. Or at least, please provide some tips for us who (ARE NOT THINKING TOEFL the easiest paper on the world)…Thank you bros! 🙂

      • aditya on July 31, 2012 at 8:32 AM

        It is an easy exam all you have to do is have intensive preparation for 10 days keeping in view with following activities
        1)Read any available English content not lip reading but read it aloud this will help your vocals getting adjusted to the way they need to move while speaking English.This will enhance your speaking as well as reading skills.
        2)Patience is the key practice to have full exam without any breaks ….thereby creating an exam like environment.
        3)Don’t waste your time on gathering materials or concentrating on various books specific to TOEFL rather concentrate on knowing the pattern and then work on general English reading abilities this will help you in Speaking as well as writing while framing sentences.
        4)Try to cover your weakness in listening section by scoring well in remaining sections.

        • ashi on August 1, 2012 at 10:47 AM

          aditya thanks for your tips,and wish me luck for my test i’m going to take it in this month. And if somebody can give me some more tips i’ll be thankful 🙂

  13. vibhashu on July 29, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    congrats brother ,prepare for gre,this was just tip of iceberg,prepare well for gre,best of luck.

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