TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. It is a standardized English-Language test conducted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), USA, and is accepted by thousands of educational institutes in more than 130 countries, including Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the United States.
Step 1: Familiarize Yourself with the Test Format
You must be familiar with the format of TOEFL before you start preparing for it. The test consists of 4 sections i.e. Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. See the following table for details.
For further details from the test-makers, visit the link: here.
|Reading||60-80 minutes||36-56 questions||You are asked to read 3-4 passages and answer questions based on the passages|
|Listening||60-90 minutes||34-51 questions||You will be asked to listen to lectures, classrooms discussions and conversations and then answer the questions|
|Break||10 minutes|| |
|Speaking||20 minutes||6 tasks||In this section, you will be asked to speak on a given topic. You will also be asked to speak based on reading and listening tasks|
|Writing||50 minutes||2 tasks||Task 1: You will be asked to write an essay based on reading and listening tasks|
Task 2: Support an opinion in writing
Step 2: Diagnostic Test
Before starting preparation for the test, take a diagnostic test using the official ETS TOEFL Software. This will give you an idea about your strengths and weaknesses. Once you know your weaknesses, you can work in a systematic manner to improve yourself. The diagnostic tests will also give you an idea about how much time would you require for preparation. Please note that no one can tell you about an accurate duration of time required for your preparation; you should decide it by yourself keeping in mind your weaknesses and your general command over English language.
Step 3: Register for the Test
Once you know about your weaknesses, and the time you will need for preparation, immediately get yourself registered using the link:
Registering early for the test is highly suggested because it will keep you motivated to work hard for the test.
Many books and software’s are available for TOEFL preparation. It is suggested to use the following material. Please note that the official books, software’s and other material from ETS are the most helpful and closer to the real test. You must utilize all the official preparation material to get a good score.
Every person is different and so are the preparation strategies. Here are some general strategies and tips which you may find helpful. You can modify these strategies per your needs.