Following TOEFL Test Experience is shared by Happy Schools Reader who scored 118 out of 120. That’s CRAZY score right?
Now, you can learn the tips and strategies to improve your TOEFL Score.
TOEFL Test Score 118:
My score in TOEFL Test is 118 and the break-up of scores for TOEFL Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing Sections:
TOEFL is a test of an individual’s ability to use and understand English especially in an academic setting. This means that you have to take a holistic approach to the exam and the language per se.
It being the first section provides you with a great chance to score well on it. You’re fresh and your mind as a clean slate for gathering new information.
Take care to read and reread every choice. Sometimes the answers are very similar and rereading them after a few seconds might be the difference between getting it right or losing marks there.
To prepare for this section, read as much as you can. Newspaper articles (NY Times, Hindu editorial sections) and novels, everything works. It sounds simple, but you need to work on your speed as well as your ability to comprehend the text and make inferences.
TIP: You don’t necessarily have to read the whole passage in the first instance. The relevant text is visible all the time. Simply scroll to the end and move on.
It is a very quick section. Be very careful while listening to the conversations and lectures.
Don’t try to write down EVERYTHING because that’s simply impossible and isn’t really necessary if you pay attention.
Jot down the most important information. And take care to decipher the intonation and tone of the speaker. Listen to podcasts, songs or close your eyes while watching a movie/TV show.
TIP: If you get done with all the questions very quickly then on the last question mark the answer but DON’T click on next. Take an extra break! You’re gonna need that for the next section.
Come back from the break a minute or two before it’s over. Sit down and take a few breaths. You’re gonna need to clear your mind. This is also a very rapid section. You need to practice speaking in the test environment to be actually comfortable on the test day. I regret not doing the same.
For this section, make use of your gadgets! Time and Record yourself. Choose a topic and talk to your friends about it. Indulge in intellectual debates and conversations. An added advantage would be talking to native speakers (if they have different accents, then that’s even better) if possible Timing is of utmost importance.
45 to 60 seconds are never going to be enough, so deal with it. Don’t worry about the umms and uhhs. They are pardonable as long as you are able to deliver a clear, coherent and concise answer.
TIP: Most questions are spoken and as well as displayed on the screen Read the question quickly and start making your notes. Don’t wait for the audio question to get over or for the starting beep. It gives you extra 3-5s, which could mean all the difference.
This is the last section. You’re going to be exhausted after the 3 odd hours. So take a few deep breaths and clear your mind before attacking this section. The integrated task requires you to read a passage and then listen to a lecture regarding the same.
Be quick with the reading and note down ONLY the VERY important points, since the passage would be visible later as well. Pay attention when the lecture starts. You only get to hear it once. Make proper notes, concatenating the information from both. For the independent task, you can rely on your GRE prep.
Write a clear essay, preferably 3-4 paragraphs long, with illustrations and examples to support your view. Fabricate details and statistics if you have to (it doesn’t mean LIE in the essay. But you can use approximate numbers if you want).
TIP: Don’t try to be too verbose. The tasks require your to present clear information which displays that you have effectively understood everything. And don’t repeat the information as it is mentioned in the passage/lecture. Also, don’t try to bulk up the word count by being repetitive regarding the information. That always proves to be counter-productive.
General TOEFL Test Prep Tips:
- Try reaching the venue ASAP! The checking might take time, and being late always stresses you out!
- Have proper breakfast in the morning.
- Have a good night’s sleep the day before. It’s very important to be completely relaxed and fresh on the test day.
- Carry something with yourself for the break between Listening and Speaking section. Biscuits, fruits or a light snack.
- DON’T be verbose. You’re supposed to provide a proof that you understand the questions and KNOW what you’re supposed to answer for the same. Using incorrect vocabulary would make you look like a fool, not a sesquipedalian or grandiloquent. Makes sense?
And finally, have fun. It’s not an easy test, but it’s not that difficult either. All the best everyone who’s preparing for the TOEFL.