Tips and Strategies you need to Know for the Toefl Test


Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) is basically used to assess the English language skills of the candidate in listening, writing, speaking and reading areas. Students appear for TOEFL test who wish to study in USA, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. You can also see many IELTS/TOEFL coaching centers in your city providing training for IELTS/TOEFL test. Moreover, TOEFL score is valid for two years.

TOEFL test can be conducted as Internet based test and Paper based test depending on when and where the test is conducted. TOEFL iBT is a four and half hours test with four sections i.e. reading, listening, speaking and writing while TOEFL PBT is three and half hours test with three sections i.e. listening, structure/written expression and reading. Inorder to score the required bands in TOEFL, make a proper test plan before appearing for the TOEFL test. First of all, collect all the necessary information regarding the basic format of the test and ensure whether the TOEFL test score in the particular format is accepted in the college/university you are applying for. If you are appearing for TOEFL PBT then practice on question papers available on the website to identify your strength and weaknesses in the each module. And if you are appearing for TOEFL iBT then visit the iBT website to understand the basic format followed during the test. Each module has a limited time period, so make sure that you attend all the questions in time.

Here are few tips for each module:-


First go through the paragraph and highlight the key information like numbers, dates, facts or terms used in the paragraph which will later help you to identify the answer to the question.


Be attentive to the speaker and take down the notes. Make sure that you answer to the questions as per its order because once you get off track you can’t go back to the question for answering it again.


Stay calm and listen to the interviewer carefully. Understand what the person wants to ask and accordingly reply to it. Don’t speak until you are being asked to do so and also don’t interrupt in between the conversation. Be audible while you are speaking or replying to the answer, don’t hurry and maintain a normal speed. Make sure that you answer to the questions in the allotted time period itself.


Note down the keywords like any examples, information or explanations while listening to the audio so that even if you forget to read the passage these keywords will help you in writing the summary of the passage. While appearing for the independent writing task, there is not word limit so you can write the essay accordingly. Moreover, you will be graded based on your writing skills and how well you have pen down your thoughts within the limited timeframe. Always try to finish writing your essay before time so that you can get enough time to review it once and make the necessary changes. During structure/written expression; first exercise will be to complete the sentence correctly while in another exercise, you will be required to identify errors.

It’s obvious that at first, you might feel that you won’t be able to clear it at first attempt. To help you out, there are so many IELTS/TOEFL coaching centers that will support you and provide personalized coaching for the TOEFL test. These centers also conduct mock tests be it internet based test or paper based test to rate your performance and accordingly provide you guidance.