From the last slice of pizza to exams, Competition & competition everywhere. Your ability to read and write is judged by your scores. So as the topic says it all, we’re here to guide you with some tips & tricks for the perfect score in TOEFL. Lets find out.
1. Know the TOEFL format
Before studying for the test be sure about its format that the country offers if it’s IBT or paper-based. Study the format of the test in detail to prevent stress on and before the exam. One reason people experience exam stress is because they don’t know what to expect before a test. TOEFL is a standardized test and therefore ETS is very clear about its format.
2. Research score requirements
The requirement for TOEFL is for any non-native English student who wants to get into post-secondary school in the US. Research about the requirements of the school or college you are interested in. The paper-based and IBT scores are not alike. Many schools expect higher score in the writing section than speaking. The validation of TOEFL scores is 2 years.
3. Learn Academic English
TOEFL measures your skill and ability to succeed in an American college or university. TOEFL is also required by other countries as a prerequisite for admission. Concentrate on studying the language, reading textbooks, encyclopedias, journals and good articles. Its of great benefit. Also, watch modern television shows and movies.
4. Take practice tests
Practice does make a man perfect. During studies practice test papers and materials that your teacher provides you. Trust me, it is the best way. If you’re studying on your own, purchase good textbooks that have exercises, vocabulary, practice tests, CDs and explanatory answers.
5. Discover mentor
Somebody on whom you can rely on before your TOEFL test is a native English teacher who has full knowledge about the TOEFL. HE will help you answer the questions that textbook can’t. Your friends who’ve taken this test before can also be a great guide to help you out with questions, excellent hints and grammar.
6. Patience and stamina.
The paper-based test takes 2.5 hours whereas IBT takes around 4 hours. It was found that many students have an attention span of 2 hours, after this, the performance starts weakening, therefore it is better to train your brain for longer hours devoting that longer hours to study.
7. Be prepared
Arrive prepared at the exam venue. Nervousness leads to forgetfulness. Don’t let this happen to you. Arriving prepared with all necessary stuff and information will keep you calm and ready.
8. On-time or before time?
Always plan to arrive at the exam center 30 minutes ahead of time especially for the paper-based test. Try managing your time according to the questions, devoting much time on difficult questions leads to the poor scoreboard. Use your break period in planning and checking your writing as you get very short time for the essay.
9. Improve your typing skills
You’ll have to type out your essay on the computer, make sure you’re confident typing on the QWERTY keyboard. So start practicing online. Also, practice on other computers as students become familiar with their own device and it turns out to be a little difficult during the exam.
10. Become an expert note taker
You will be able to take notes in each section as you take the TOEFL iBT. Note taking is allowed because it is an important skill you need for taking university or college courses. As you study, practise taking notes on the main idea of what you read and hear as well as on the main details. Do this throughout your day as you listen to news reports, read websites, and watch TV. Create your own shorthand for frequently used words and phrases.
11. Answer all.
Normally the chance of getting the right answer is 25% and our advice for you is, never leave the question blank. Try answering them all. Swipe off to next section once you’re done with one section. Whatever you do, do it with the concentration on the task at hand.
12. Reading section- The secret.
Familiarizing with the key academic vocabulary is helpful as you need to prove that you’ve a strong grasp of grammar. Practice reading without a dictionary. Knowing every word in a passage is not necessary. Go through the passage, read the questions and concentrate on the relevant areas. Anticipate the type of questions you’re asked in each section. At least two vocabulary questions, some detailed questions and some inference questions in this section.
13. Listening section- The secret.
While practicing for the listening sections, don’t play the tape or CD more than once as during the exam you get to listen to it one time only. Train your ears that way only. Don’t look back at a listening question once you’ve decided to answer it as you cannot change it. Learn to listen to the main ideas and key details.
14. Speaking section- The secret.
Hesitating before responding is okay. Take your time and use extra few seconds to sum things up in a short conclusion. There are deductions for poor pronunciation, improper use of vocabulary and idioms. Make sure of their proper usage in the right place.
15. Writing section- The secret.
The foremost thing is to keep your writing simple and clear. No spell check function will be accessible. Don’t use unnecessary vocabulary and punctuation. Plan what to write before you write. Find a format of an essay in which you’re comfortable with and use this every time. Use a lot of examples to support your essay. Traditional words and writings will make your essay easier to read. Read your essay for a final check.
You’re now all set to score high for TOEFL. All the best!