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How I Scored 102 in TOEFL iBT

Greetings of the day to one and all !

I am a Mechanical Engineering Senior at the Muffakham Jah College of E&T in Hyderabad . I aspired to go to the US to do my Higher Studies, right from the day  I entered into my Professional course of Mechanical Engineering. For this, the first step that was required of me , was to write the TOEFL (Test of English as  a Foreign Language). I had to choose between the ToEFL or the IELTS, but I was sure in mind that I wanted to take up a challenge that was exclusive and very conventional with the US Education, I chose TOEFL. Most of the people, if not all, recognize TOEFL as the oldest and the most comprehensive test of one’s English skills.

On TOEFL Test Day

So I set foot on the exam center and was ready to take the challenge on the D-day – THE 8th of MAY 2010. Before I start off, I would like to share with you, my scores in the exam:-

  • Reading:   25
  • Listening:  22
  • Speaking:  26
  • Writing:    29

Total TOEFL Score :102/120

TOEFL Test Prep

Let us analyse my score later. For now, let me give you a hindsight into my pre-exam preparation:-

The May-June Season is a busy season for engineering students in this part of the world. We have exams, assignments, lab records to deal with, so  I was not very wise in choosing my date, but I didn’t want to disturb the momentum and so went ahead with the exam.  To be honest, all I did for ToEFL was to carry the momentum that I had picked up while studying for the GRE ( My GRE was sometime before my TOEFL). I just glimpsed at the TOEFL Test pattern of the exam and went for the exam.

TOEFL: Analysis of scores

As you may notice, it seems as though I have missed on the usually considered “easy” areas, viz-a-viz, Reading and Listening; this can be attributed to my bad home work.

This bad home work elaborates to : Not enough practice tests, Not a very close study of the pattern etc. On the other areas : I was satisfied with both the performances. One more thing :On the speaking section ” I used a very neutral accent that I was comfortable with”. As for writing, I love writing and made the most of my time with a very verbose essay, an essay which was a concoction of real life examples and easy vocabulary.

How to Crack TOEFL iBT

If I were to summarize what TOEFL is : It is a test that can be cracked if you have studied, made use of English in your life for almost all your life (:-) It is very sensible to say that if you are from a good school and have had a good knowledge of all aspects of English (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing), you can easily score the dream 100 mark. Added to it, if you have been preparing for GRE and other competitive exams (Like CAT, JMET etc..), TOEFL can be more easy.

To conclude, I would stress on the fact that I, through my article, would never under-rate the TOEFL in anyway, for TOEFL’s always been a test for serious takers and a test that’s been respected for ages for its most balanced way of assessing an individual’s over-all English language skills. So if you think that you can crack TOEFL without any proper preparation, think again.

Thanks to Mohammed for sharing his TOEFL Test Prep Tips.

21 Comments

  1. Valkyrie on January 12, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    “was to write the TOEFL”, “this can be attributed to”… I personally and professionally am confounded on how you scored 29 on writing.
    ‘JMET”? I know GMAT. is “JMET” a similar test for Indians only?

  2. Waqas on July 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Hello there everyone . I have a question to ask you guys . I am giving GRE Exam on 25th of July . After that I am giving TOEFL exam on 28th . Will i be able to prepare in 2 days ?? Will the preparation for GRE help me in TOEFL ?

    P.S: My English level at the moment is above average .

  3. kittu on July 19, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Hello i didnt take my tofel test plz give some advises nd what kind of preparation is needed nd how i am prepar plz help me……….

  4. Sunny on June 28, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Helo frndz , , m gng 2 gve toefl test on 14th july. . My prblm is dat i hesitat to speak in eng in frnt of people ,like i wrte abve lines in eng (oh ya obvious u ol cn see dat) bt if u said me to speak dat , dn i cnt . . Suggest me smthng. . PS i cn speak eng with myself far better. . Cnsdr urslf in my shoes . wat would u do

  5. Faris Anas on May 8, 2012 at 6:12 AM

    Well done all of you, but unfortunately I got my first TOEFL score a 57 grade which I believe it’s very bad any why, It’s actually the same average score here in Saudi Arabia but I will never give up I will prepare good enough to get higher score .

    That’s my experience …

  6. anuj on March 25, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Is there any website on which I can check my essays? I mean that want to check whether my sentence is correct or not. Please tell me any website or forum on which i can get feedback on my essays. Thanks

  7. Mohammed Inayath Ur on January 11, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    @ Aatish Shai: Bro, it would be wise to take ToEFL in your 3/2 ending. I feel that ToEFL should always be taken at a later date as you just got a 2 year validity.

    @Nitin: Dude, keep watching BBC world, CNN and then probably migrate to NDTV 24X7. Read the Op-Ed ( Open Editorial) of The Hindu. Try to make use of all the four aspects of the Language.

    @ Danish: Thanks a lot, dude! Best of luck on your journey. Great to know that you too are from MJ.

  8. Kirti on January 10, 2011 at 1:10 AM

    My daughter score 109 in TOEFL. She slogged the last three weeks before the test. I helped her with the speaking part but lots of the preparation she did on her own… And it paid…

    • Michael J. Anthony on December 26, 2011 at 7:14 AM

      Well done !!! I always admire the hardworking human beings. You must have been a good mother and a good mentor. Appreciate your effort . We are a school coaching TOEFL iBT , maybe we will contact you if we need some advice, if that is okay with you !

      http://www.toefl-toeic-ielts.com

      Please let us know if you would like to contribute some of knowledge to young people in Thailand.
      Once again thank you !!!

  9. aishwarya on January 9, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Regular follower of HSb.

    I scored 112 in TOEFL..

  10. Venakatesh Panneerse on January 8, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    hi guys, i scored 106 in my TOEFL exam R-28,L-28,
    S-26,W-24. and i really got to thank HSB because i really think
    some posts regarding the exam and materials were really useful for
    me and boosted my confidence level . thanks once again HSB u r
    doing a great job. continue the good work.

  11. Hari Krishna Veturi on January 8, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Hey, I just forgot to add one thing, the TOEFL is easy for those who've already studied at a CBSE or an ICSE school as the standard of teaching in English is pretty good than what we can expect from other schools. I say this(I am not insulting other schools though) because I am from a CBSE school and I've done my TOEFL… Well I don't want to say anything, I can't assess on how good/bad I've done it.

  12. Hari Krishna Veturi on January 8, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Awesome, I mean an incredible score, I've given my TOEFL today… Just waiting for the computer to evaluate my responses and receive my score card! Congos on your test!

  13. Felix on January 8, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    I took Tofel IBT in 2007, October, which has been a long time ago. I got 105 at that time, my first attempt. Actually I think IBT is just a game of listening and speaking. Perhaps some logic in writing and reading. For all those who use English in everyday life, it's just a piece of cake. Only for those native language is not English and English is not the official language in life, Tofel could be a hard job to do. Congraduations to writer, hope you good luck in your future study in US.

  14. Jubaid on January 8, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    Hi,

    First of all, I would like to congratulate you for your score. My score was close to yours(Total-110 reading-29, speaking-23, listening-30, writing-29). Regarding the preparation for Toefl, I would recommend all those who are yet to sit for Toefl, give as many mock tests as you can. barrons cd has 7, kaplan 4, longman 4 and some more. If you practice the mock test, I assure you that you can imrove your Toefl score by at least 15.

    Best of Luck to everyone.

  15. Saurav Kumar on January 8, 2011 at 8:19 AM

    I gave it Nov,2010 and secured 113.

  16. danish on January 7, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    well….first of all congrats on getting a good score in ur
    competitve xams…really appreciable task..nw u r feling urself at
    top of the world….iam also pursuing my bchelors in mech engg in
    mjcet…third yr……!!!!!!!!!!!11

  17. Tania on January 7, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Hi! great score. I gave my toefl on 12th of Dec and I got
    112. And there is no greater feeling than doing great in a test!!!
    Good score!! best of luck for your future…

    • Mohammed Inayath Ur on January 7, 2011 at 12:22 PM

      Thanks a lot, Tania!! You did better than me, congrats on that!

      • AATISH SHAIK on January 7, 2011 at 8:43 PM

        WOW…THXs for tht it sure does giv lot of help….i havnt
        taken toefl test yet but i planned to take it soon…right now i m
        in 3rd year engineering do u think i should go for it right
        now

      • Nitin on January 7, 2011 at 11:19 PM

        Hi dude..I'm Nitin 4m Karnataka.. I'v given mu Gre m in the verge f givin Toefl.. But ma pbm s i'm not gettin how 2 prep 4 Toefl.. In wait f ur reply…

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