Here are some general, yet helpful tips you can use to improve TOEFL score:

 

  1. Familiarize yourself with the TOEFL format – One reason people experience exam stress is because they haven’t prepared sufficiently and don’t know what to expect before a test. One way to prevent stress on exam day is by studying the format of the test in detail. With our TOEFL Preparation Course you will learn how the exam is stuctured, helpful strategies for taking each section of the exam, and other general tips that will boost your score a few points. After taking our TOEFL Preparation Course you will feel comfortable and prepared to take the exam.
  2. Research TOEFL Score Requirements – It’s important to research the minimum requirements for the university or institution you are interested in going to so that you know how many points you need to increase your score.
  3. Learn Academic English – TOEFL is used for a different purpose than other ESL tests. The TOEFL specifically measures your ability to succeed in an American university or college. You should concentrate on studying language that you would hear and see on campus and in the classroom by reading textbooks, encyclopedias, journals and research articles. This will help you become familiar with the presentation and language used in academic material.
  4. Pace Yourself – During the exam, monitor your time and pacing of the test very closely. Many students do poorly on the TOEFL because they spend too much time on difficult questions. You should dedicate a certain amount of time to each section of the exam and it is important not to exceed that limit.
  5. Become an Expert Note Taker – You will be able to take notes in each section as you take the TOEFL iBT. Note taking is allowed because it is an important skill you need to excel at the university level. We will practice taking notes on the main idea of what you read and hear as well as on the main details. We recommend you do this throughout your day as you listen to news reports, read websites and watch TV. Create your own shorthand for frequently used words and phrases.
  6. Answer Every Question – Never leave a question blank. Eliminate all of the answers you know are wrong and then make an educated guess. Even if you can’t eliminate an answer, you have a 25% chance of getting the correct answer.
  7. Secrets for the Reading Section – Familiarize yourself with key academic vocabulary. – Practice reading without using a dictionary. This will help you improve your reading comprehension without the need to understand every word. -Concentrate on the areas in the passage that the questions pertain to. Skim the passage, read the questions, then read again for more details. -You will usually be asked a main idea question, at least two vocabulary questions, some detailed question and inference questions. -You will not have the time to re-read a whole passage in detail.
  8. Secrets for the Listening Section -Simulate a real testing environment – when practicing for the listening section, only play the CD once. This will train your ears to listen fully the first time. -During the real exam do not look back at listening questions you have already answered. -Learn to listen for main ideas, presentation and key details.
  9. Secrets for the Speaking Section -Although it is best use much of the time as possible with you oral response, it is okay to hesitate a moment or two before giving your response. -Sum things up in the end with a short conclusion. -Try to only use words that you feel comfortable pronouncing- you will lose points for poor pronunciations. -Donot use vocabulary or idioms that you do not fully understand as you will lose points for their improper use.
  10. Secrets for the Writing Section -Memorize phrases from practice tests that show you how to make connections in the first part of the writing section. -Keep your writing simple and clear. -Only use vocabulary and pronunciation you are use of. -Spend time planning your essaybefore you write it. This will save you time in the long run! -While practicing for the essay section, find a format you are comfortable with and use that format every time. -Use lots of supporting examples. -Make your writing eaasier to read by using transitions. -Leave time at the end to check over your essay.