Following TOEFL Study plan and testing tips was sent by Umank who took TOEFL iBT couple of days back.
Scores are yet to come, but I think the test was better than good. Few things you should keep in mind on the test day.
- Get ample amount of rest on in the night before the test. It’s a long test and if you are tired after the first two sections, your speaking section might not go well.
- Another important thing that I realized about it, DON’T take TOEFL with a sour throat. And keep some throat soothers like Vicks or Strepsils candies, just in case. I forgot, paid the price 🙁
- Arrive at-least 40 minutes before the test timings. TOEFL usually has more candidates than GRE, and the check-in thing takes a lot of time.
- RELAX before starting..
- In the reading section, you don’t need to read the whole passage before looking at the questions. Just scroll down the whole passage once and click on ‘NEXT button’, this takes you to the first question. It saves time.
- Don’t forget to take notes in the Listening section. And you have to be really quick, try not to miss any important detail.
- Most important. During the speaking section, all the candidates starting almost simultaneously. Get prepared to think in a very short time and speak clearly in a noisy environment.
- Writing (Essay) is more or less similar to GRE. Take notes in the part where you have to listen.
TOEFL Study Plan
Preparation for TOEFL is mostly covered in your GRE preparations. I say TOEFL English is not difficult for two reasons:
- I think GRE English is more tough, and if you prepare well for GRE, TOEFL is covered too.
- Usually you find all difficult words in TOEFL in some context, i.e. in some sentence. So you can always guess the meaning of any word by reading the whole sentence.
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If possible do this. Everyday think about any abstract topic and speak on it for about one minute. While you speak, record your speech and listen to it, you will know where your pronunciation needs improvement.
TOEFL Prep Books
Books are the same as GRE i.e. Kaplan, Nova (it has a word-list too), Barron’s word-list and the invaluable HSB word-list. These should be more than enough for TOEFL.
Hope this helps 🙂
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