Complete Guide to the TOEFL Test: iBT Edition Reviews
When I first set out to study for the TOEFL exam, I used this guide in combination with the Longman Preparation Course for the TOEFL Test to get a clear understanding of what the TOEFL is all about. Both of these resources' tests aren't as difficult as other ones but they can give you that initial push in the beginning of your preparation without shattering your confidence to pieces.
On the CD which accompanies the book come 4 tests which I found really helpful when starting out. They were very similar to the ones on the actual TOEFL exam and therefore are perfect for preparing for it.
However there are some problems with it. First of all, in order to use everything provided in the book, you will need to spend more money on extra resources ? you need to purchase Audio CDs and an Answer Key for the book. If you are looking for cheap preparation materials, then I would advise against using the Complete Guide.
Secondly, you will not be prepared enough if you only practice using this book. Although it is a good tool in your preparation toolbox, it is an "extra" resource. There are only 4 Tests and 4 Tests are nowhere near enough to get a good result on the TOEFL. The way to use the Complete Guide is in combination with other, more difficult preparation materials like the Cambridge guide.
All in all, I would say that this resource is good for beginners who are decent in English but there are some additional costs that you need to take into consideration before actually buying this product. I would also recommend it to people aiming for a score above 110 points as another resource they can use to practice their TOEFL skills.
This book is really an amazing tool for you to encounter detailed questions in the listening section. The practice tests require you to listening carefully and pay attention to detail. There are many questions related to the order of facts given in the lecture or true/false questions. Hardly could people choose the right answer without grasping the whole passages. This kind of question is the most difficult one in listening, so people who have mastered other types should work on this book to complete all of the skills.
This guide in fact helped me to gain confidence about the test. It gets you accustomed to working with the computer, headphones and microphone when passing sample tests, so during the TOEFL your will feel like a fish in the water. It offers useful tips on how to save time and quickly find the correct answer during the exam. I'm very satisfied with the materials and would sincerely recommend it to all who want to get prepared for the TOEFL. The guide will improve your score even if you spend less hours then I did during my studying.