The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) measures a student’s ability to succeed in an American college or university. Other English-speaking countries also require TOEFL scores when international students apply. Here are a few tips to help in your TOEFL preparation.
Make English Your Second Language
English can be difficult to learn. In the beginning, you will find the spelling, grammar structures, idioms, and other aspects of English to be challenging. However, the more you practice reading, writing, and speaking English, the easier English will become for you. A good command of the English language is the most important part of your TOEFL preparation.
Verify the Version of Your Test
Before starting your TOEFL preparation, be sure you are studying the correct version. The internet-based test (iBT) is the test most commonly offered. If yours is the paper-based test (PBT), be sure to study that version instead. To reduce the stress of exam day, familiarize yourself with every detail of either test’s format. The last thing you want is a last-minute surprise.
Know the TOEFL’s Goals
The TOEFL is designed to assess your English skills in four specific areas:
In this section, you will read a passage and then answer questions about it. Don’t worry if you do not know every word. Skim the whole passage to get the overall ideas, and then focus on the areas that the questions are about.
Hearing and Understanding English
In this section, a spoken passage is played one time, and then you answer questions about it. As you listen, it can help to jot down notes about basic facts, comparisons and contrasts, and important details.
Speaking English Fluently
In this section, you will answer six questions by speaking out loud. You’ll have a little time to plan out each answer, so be sure to take a deep breath and focus on familiar words. If you finish before your time is up, sum up your response with a brief conclusion.
Writing in English
When answering the written questions, make sure your writing is clear, simple, and to the point. Use the beginning of your time to organize your thoughts into a short outline. Also, try to leave yourself enough time to review your answer at the end.
Taking the TOEFL can seem scary, but the ESL courses at ALCC American Language will help you feel prepared. For more TOEFL advice, visit our blog! We have helpful tips to help you prepare and a checklist of everything you need for the exam.