TOEFL or Test of English as a Foreign Language is an exam conducted by ETS or Education Testing Service. The aim of the test is to examine your skills in English language and rate your knowledge based on the score obtained. A large number of schools and colleges in English speaking countries use TOEFL score as a criterion to judge your competence in English language, if you are from a non-native English speaking country. TOEFL review should aim at increasing your knowledge of English language so that you can score high marks in the test and get admission in the institute of your choice.

Method for TOEFL Review

Before you start your TOEFL review, you will have to decide about the methodology for TOEFL review. You may decide to do self study or you may like to study with your friends. Some of the students even join coaching institutes for complete guidance. There are also many web sites which offer online courses. A combination of both the methods for your review may be a good idea.

Whichever method you choose the choice of a good book is very important. There are a large number of books available for TOEFL review but it is important that you select your book properly and with the proper guidance of the book you will score high in the exam. The book should be from a renowned author or publisher. It should have detailed explanatory notes for each type of question along with the sample questions and practice tests. There is an official guide for new TOEFL iBT, a web site for online test and a sampler by ETS to help students prepare for TOEFL. Some other good books for TOEFL preparation are Delta's Key to the TOEFL Test, Barron's How to Prepare for the TOEFL Essay, Kaplan TOEFL iBT with CD-ROM and Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL Test. The same guidelines can be used for the choice of a good course.

Time Plan for TOEFL Review

The time required for TOEFL review cannot be specified in the terms of days or months. It is the knowledge and skill that you would have acquired over the years that will help you to get a high score in the exam. Time required for TOEFL review may vary from one person to another. An average person should take three to four months for preparing for the exam. During this time you should familiarize yourself with the format of the exam, study hard, practice well and keep your calm during the test. These things will help you get a high score in the exam and help you get admission in the institute of your choice.

Familiarization with the Format

TOEFL is presently being conducted in two formats namely iBT or Internet Based Test and PBT or Paper Based Test. PBT was first conducted in 1964 and since then a large number of students have appeared for TOEFL. iBT, which was introduced in 1995, replaced the other format that is CBT format which has been stopped since September 2006. PBT format is still continuing in few of the countries where the conduct of iBT is still not feasible. You should choose the center and the format suitable to you at the earliest.

Familiarization with the format is an important part of TOEFL review. This will not only give you confidence but will also help you to save a lot of time during the exam. iBT, which is the latest format of the TOEFL exam, has four sections namely Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. While the first three sections are as per the old format with slight modifications, Speaking is the new section that has been introduced. The new format is better as it examines the student for the integrated skills also. It is fair, modern, instant and the most suitable method for checking the four skills. The duration of the examination is approximately four to five hours. The reading section and the listening section have been allotted 60-90 minutes. Speaking section is the shortest section with just 20 minutes being allotted to it. The Writing section is the last section which lasts for about 60 minutes. Time is of utmost importance in TOEFL and the time plan for the test should be a matter of great concern during your TOEFL review.

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