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TOEFL Tips From Past Test Takers

by zlatan90 on 2/2/2014 11:45 AM

TOEFL test is very challenging test of English Language. It’s not something you can learn overnight. So, it’s better to prepare as best as you can. It would be better if you can do it as better as you can so you don't have to take is second or third time, because, you will agree with me, $180 is not so small amount of money to take the test couple of time. So, you will need some dedication and a good will.

When I was taking the test for the first time (which was sometime in the beginning of 2009) I haven’t really prepared for it so much. I’ve learned some English from the TV’s, movies and in the High School and that was all. Actually I also have some English summer course which last only one month but that was ...

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by melodydeo on 7/22/2014 5:39 AM

I used to live in the Philippines since I was born, and in our country, English is like the second language being used. Even though that is the case, I still struggle to speak in English because I am not confident enough with my speaking skills. That is why when I had to study in Australia and knew that I had to take the TOEFL test, I signed up to an English test review center.

In the review center, they required the test takers (including me) to take a diagnostic TOEFL test first to identify the areas of strength and weakness of a test taker. My weakness was clearly in Speaking, and I did okay in Reading, Listening, and Writing parts. So, my coach taught me techniques on how to answer the Speaking questions in a clear, cohesive manner. She gave ...

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by exanimo07 on 7/21/2014 5:44 PM

I'm a registered nurse here in my country and I want to work in Nevada, USA. Taking TOEFL is a requirement if you want to apply for licensure. My required score is 84 total score and 26/30 in speaking section. I decided to take the test last March 2, 2014. I started my preparation two months before my exam date. I had a lot of resources and I practiced with some test takers like me. I didn't enroll in a TOEFL course because I was quite confident with my communication skills. My second language is English and I started learning the language since grade school. In my first try, I got 94/120 but I need to retake it because I just got 24/30 in speaking. In my second try last April 12th, my score was lower because I was ...

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by Mariia_ua on 7/14/2014 4:56 AM

I took the TOEFL iBT test in November 2012. My intention was to win a scholarship and to gain Master`s degree in an English speaking country. I believed that my level of English (10 years of magnet secondary school and 3 years of English learning in High School) was a good cause for setting such a goal.

So I had to pass the TOEFL test well (90+). I didn't want to spend money for any preliminary courses, which by the opinion of one of my friends, were not effective enough. The emphasis was usually being made on learning the general structure of the test with much less time remaining for actually mastering the command of English. Also I wanted to be goof-proofed against listening to the facts and rules I already knew, which is inevitable when studying in ...

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by Vi Dang on 8/2/2014 5:02 PM

Firstly, I want to share with you that I started working on Toefl from the beginning; 3 years ago I could not write a complete sentence in English, and I have no idea about the test. Last April, I get a score of 105 (reading: 30/30, writing: 27/30, listening: 26/30, speaking: 22/30). I do not consider it a high score since many others do better, but it is really a miracle to me. This results from a giant effort during 3 years. How could I make it? I am about to share with you now.

To get a high score in every examination, there are two factors: your real ability and your tip/ strategy. For people who are in the initial stage, you need to improve your real ability. In fact, what you need to do is to improve all ...

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by Alexander Irikov on 7/22/2014 5:54 AM

Time management is quite important skill you need to learn during your preparation for the TOEFL. Consider the following example: Let’s say that you complete the Reading and Listening sections of the test around the same time that other people do. Then you have to complete the Speaking section with all this noise around, making it really hard for you to concentrate. Avoid this by using smart time management.

There are two ways that you can go about doing this. On one hand, you complete the first two sections of the exam relatively quickly and before others do and then you can do your Speaking in a quiet environment. Of course, this method is rather tricky because you may end up sacrificing a better result on the first two sections of the test for this privilege.

On the other hand, you can ...

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by Alexander Irikov on 7/20/2014 6:14 PM

Don’t do the same mistake I did when I set out to take the TOEFL. At first I was over the place, doing different tests with varying difficulty, focusing on getting more done. However, this had a very negative impact on the quality of my preparation. Sometimes I would score 28 points on the reading part of the test and next time I did reading I would be lucky if I got 21 points.

What I’m essentially saying is the following: Begin with the end in mind. Figure out the result that you want to achieve and decide how much time you are going to dedicate. Don’t forget to take into account your English skills at the moment and from there on out work on improving them. For example, two people want to achieve a score of 90 at the TOEFL. ...

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by binaphilip on 6/4/2015 8:37 PM

The TOEFL test is all about basics. Ideally, this test requires almost no study time, just getting acquainted with the test and the type of questions will do. For anybody giving the TOEFL test, if you are already preparing for GRE and GMAT, this test should be a walk in the park for you. The most important aspect to deal with during this test is to build up enough focus to last a little more than 4 hours. Taking as many mock tests as possible during a couple weeks of preparation time should suffice. As far as the various sections go,

1. Reading section : The reading passages are very similar to the ones that appear in the GRE or GMAT tests. In fact, the TOEFL test passages are easier. Just be sure to make quick notes as you read ...

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by Alexander Irikov on 7/22/2014 5:36 AM

The Speaking section of the TOEFL. In my mind, this part of the exam can be the hardest to prepare for if you are learning alone without a teacher to guide you.

I started off like that. I thought that just because I was fluent in English I would get a high mark on the TOEFL. Of course, right? Well, that’s not how things went especially when it came to speaking. This is the section that really bugged me and I just couldn't achieve a high mark. So I decided to hire a private tutor to guide me along the way.

If you are in the same spot that I was while preparing for the TOEFL, you might be interested in a couple little tips I could offer for you to boost your Speaking result.

First of all, I would say to ...

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by Alexander Irikov on 7/22/2014 5:30 AM

One of the most daunting sections of the TOEFL for many people (including me) is the 20-min Essay which is also called Integrated Writing. In this section of the test you read a text and listen to a related lecture. You have to quickly scramble notes from both the reading and listening passages and then proceed to writing the essay.

I personally have struggled with the time aspect of this task. I just couldn't complete it in time due to the fact that I had no structure to use. Then one of my tutors suggested using a template and I gave it a try. Even though it’s always better to come up with new and original sentences all the time, speed is vital here. So this is the template I used, note that it’s not the best but at least you ...

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by arekasadara on 7/21/2014 3:58 PM

English language is a type of language that can be learned easily. Being the first language that is globally used, the tools to master this language can be found anywhere under the sun. You can have many options starting from reading books in English, writing English in your personal blog, practice speaking with your friends, watching movies in English, and so many more!

But of course, one cannot be an advance user in a flash (not even the born natives). The first step is the will to keep learning and advancing. With intense practice, you can review and correct your skill, move forward through more advance use of English, and before you know it you have upgraded your potentials.

Only then when you have the confidence (or when it is needed) you can start to exercise for the real TOEFL exam, be ...

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by Carol_laoang on 7/20/2014 4:43 PM

Studying for an exam is really stressful and tiring. There are times that we want to give up because the test is so difficult, or we do not have much time in preparing for the test. Honestly, I did not have any plans of taking this test because I do not need it, however, as time went by, I realized that I could be better, achieve more, and be more successful. By taking this TOEFL test, it could open many doors of opportunities for me. The test is costly so I waited for the academy to sponsor my test, in exchange of making curriculum for the students.

I did 2 complete practice sets each day, like 2-3 hours especially in the morning. The official test is in the morning so you have to train the body to deal with ...

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by Alexander Irikov on 7/22/2014 8:11 AM

Preparing for some parts of the TOEFL like Reading and Listening is pretty straightforward – you just do as much tests as possible to get the hang of it. However, this approach doesn't work so well for the Speaking part if you don’t have a certain structure to your approach. Don’t get me wrong, you still have to train your speaking skills but consider using the frames that I'm about to give you to better organize your answers.

So without further ado, here are the Speaking Frames I used:

Questions 1&2: (time: 15 sec for prep./ 45 sec for talking for each question)

From my point of view/As far as I am concerned I……

Firstly, First of all, because (+2-3 sentences)……….

Secondly/Second of all, because (+2-3 sentences)…….

For the states reasons I think………

Question 3: (time: 30 sec prep/60 sec talking)

The boy and the girl ...

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