> 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
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+.
DURING THE TEST:
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:
- Friends (specially applies to Indians) will make fun of you call you show off
- Friends often won’t correct you if you go wrong in grammar.
- 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.