TOEFL Preparation Tips 2020: Section Wise Details, Exam Pattern, Sample Books, Practice Papers

    Sayantani Barman Sayantani Barman
    Study Abroad Expert

    TOEFL is one of the most popular and difficult English language proficiency exams for higher education or job or immigration in foreign countries. To obtaina good TOEFL score, compact TOEFL preparation for all sections – Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing is mandatory. Here, it is essential to note that being an English proficiency exam meant for the non-English speaking candidates, TOEFL appears to be more difficult, especially the listening and speaking section. We have a few tips for a master preparation for TOEFL, check these out:

    TOEFL Preparation Plan

    As TOEFL is nonetheless a difficult exam, the preparation of TOEFL needs proper planning. Here is the step-by-step planning for TOEFL preparation

    • First of all, the candidates need to be familiar with the syllabus and question types
    • Secondly, they need to find out university and course, they are willing to get enrolled.
    • Thirdly, the test-takers need to check the TOEFL score requirement for the specific university and course to determine their target score.
    • Fourthly, they need to take a mock test to understand their strength and weaknesses

    In case the candidates want to go through a 4 week TOEFL study, they should utilize the first five days of each week to learn the basics and shortcuts of each section. The last 2 days of each week must be for mock tests. For every single day,

    • Learning at least 10 new words with their meanings, opposite words, application of the word in different context should be a mandatory lesson
    • Use TOEFL preparation apps for an enhanced vocabulary
    • Rapid reading of English books newspaper, magazines, and journals is must
    • Listen to random English recording
    • Speak in English with your family members
    • Speak in English in front of the mirror
    • Practice English writing with fast speed and accuracy of the spellings
    • Take help of TOEFL preparation books for shortcuts
    • Boost your confidence and learn to avoid all sorts of distractions

    The following paragraph holds the section-wise tips for better guidance of the candidates:

    Section-wise TOEFL Preparation Tips

    The following table holds specific preparation tips for different sections of TOEFL:

    TOEFL SectionsRecommended Preparation Tips
    Reading tips for TOEFL
    Speed up your reading;
    Learn read the question first technique for fast completion of the paper;
    Learn to guess the complicated word by reading this sentence technique;
    Be familiar with TOEFL reading topics;
    Practice with TOEFL reading practice papers at least twice a week
    Listening tips for TOEFL
    Gather English recording of different accents;
    Understand the questions types of this section;
    Take help of official TOEFL listening materials;
    Record parts of English news and listen to it;
    Know the topics ofTOEFL listening section;
    Learn note-taking of the relevant points and keywords;
    Check TOEFL listening practice papers for a better quality practice
    Speaking tips for TOEFL
    Learn to speak with confident;
    Accent does not matter;
    Know the topics for TOEFL speaking tasks;
    Check the sample questions of TOEFL speaking to prepare in a better way;
    TOEFL speaking topics are diverse, having prior knowledge helps here to prepare the answers logically
    Writing tips for TOEFL
    Learn about template for TOEFL writing tasks;
    Check sample TOEFL writing papers to get an idea of how to construct the essay;
    Keep the essay paragraphs interrelated;
    Refer to the context;
    Use connecting words;
    Avoid generic sentences;
    A thesis statement is mandatory;
    Check TOEFL writing topics;
    Practice with TOEFL writing practice papers

    TOEFL 2020 Preparation: The Ideal Way

    The ideal way to start preparing for TOEFL is to find the admission deadline of the universities the candidates are willing to study. Test-takers often tend to start preparation after completing the registration for TOEFL, which is not the correct way; rather, the ideal way is to complete the preparation and proceed with the registration.

    Right now, it is possible to register for TOEFL 24x7 and it is also OK to register 2 days (48 hours) before the test.

    In case the candidates want early registration to avoid hustles, they may register early but in that case, they need to be calculative enough to start preparation on time.

    TOEFL Preparation Time

    A number of test-takers often question, "how long should I prepare for TOEFL?" but TOEFL preparation time will not necessarily be the same for all. Some candidates may crack TOEFL with a preparation of 2 weeks, but some may need 2 months. Usually, 1-month preparation is considered to be a good plan.

    During TOEFL preparation, the candidates only need to polish their language skills. It’s not that the candidates have to learn a new thing - English is a subject which everyone had studied, sometimes as a mother tongue and sometimes as the second language. So, 1 month’s preparation is enough to obtain a high TOEFL score. For even better preparation, 6 or 8 weeks TOEFL study will be good too.

    So, that's all about TOEFL preparation and it can be summed up that in spite of being a difficult exam it is possible to crack the exam. No matter how the candidates choose to get TOEFL preparation - be it TOEFL coaching or TOEFL self-preparation or TOEFL preparation with books or TOEFL preparation with apps, it is not that difficult to secure 100 scores in TOEFL. The candidates need to be confident and have an excellent level of practice without delay.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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    1 Comment
    Simran Nigam

    What is the total duration of the test?

    24 Jul, 2020 17:15

    Hi Simran, The total test takes about 3 hours to complete, but you should plan for 3½ hours, allowing 30 minutes for check in. For more information, please refer to the following link, TOEFL Exam.

    27 Oct, 2020 23:21

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