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 Preparation 2020: 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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    Karan Rathod

    Can I get sample papers?

    22 Nov, 2020 23:53

    Hii Karan, Greetings from collegedunia. English language proficiency is mandatory to study abroad and clearing TOEFL makes this path smoother. Kindly refer this link for sample papers:- IELTS SAMPLE PAPER

    23 Nov, 2020 09:08
    Shubham Sharma

    How to score above 550 in PBT?

    20 Nov, 2020 23:15

    Hi Shubham

    You can click here to know about the whole preparation tips 

    21 Nov, 2020 18:59
    Shruti Verma

    Suggest me some good online classes to give mock tests.

    03 Nov, 2020 20:28

    Dear Shruti Verma

    Greetings from Collegedunia. We are providing the Best Destination for Online Preparation for TOEFL Examination. For more information, kindly go through this link – TOEFL Online Preparation Classes

    04 Nov, 2020 11:43

    Have anyone ever scored 100% marks in TOEFL?

    31 Oct, 2020 19:01

    Hi Naman, yes people have scored full marks in TOEFL exam. For more details visit: TOEFL EXAM

    31 Oct, 2020 19:25

    I don’t want to go to coaching, please suggest some books and material to prepare for the exam.

    31 Oct, 2020 18:39

    Hi Swarup, for details regarding preparation materials and books please click here.

    31 Oct, 2020 20:15
    Shreya Sarkar

    Suggest some good books to prepare.

    29 Oct, 2020 20:25

    Hi Shreya, Some of the good books are:

    • The Official Guide to the TOEFL Test
    • Official TOEFL iBT Tests, Volume 1 (ed. 2)
    • Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL Test
    • Complete Guide to the TOEFL Test (iBT Edition)

    29 Oct, 2020 23:12
    Vishal Sharma

    Do I need to get a score in TOEFL and TOEFL iBT? What if I get good score in one and average in another?

    29 Oct, 2020 20:16

    Hi Vishal, When it comes to universities and colleges, their minimum TOEFL scores can vary significantly. The highly competitive and prestigious universities often require a 100 or higher score on the TOEFL. While other colleges and universities require TOEFL scores in the range of 60 all the way to the 80-90.

    29 Oct, 2020 23:18
    Kashish Tomar

    Please suggest good coachings for preparation in Delhi?

    29 Oct, 2020 19:44

    Hi Kashish, Some of the coaching institutes are: 

    29 Oct, 2020 23:21
    Nafisa Khatoon

    How long should I prepare for TOEFL?

    28 Oct, 2020 19:20

    Hi Nafisa, If you only need to improve your score by a few points (5 or fewer), one month is enough for many students. If you need closer to 10 points, it may take a few months of regular training and English usage. If you need 20 points, then simply studying the TOEFL and the skills that it rewards may not be enough. For more information, please refer to the following link, TOEFL Preparation Tips.

    28 Oct, 2020 23:09
    Shiya Devi

    How do I start preparing for TOEFL?

    28 Oct, 2020 00:41

    Hi Shiya, 

    1. Get to Know the Format of the TOEFL Test. 
    2. Know Why You Are Taking the TOEFL Test. 
    3. Have a Minimum Score in Mind. 
    4. Create Three Ideal Study Spaces. 
    5. Get a Study Guide. 

    For more information, please refer to the following link, TOEFL Exam.

    28 Oct, 2020 00:49

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