TOEFL TEST PREP
A good TOEFL test prep will require a well planned, dedicated and sincere effort from you. TOEFL or Test of English as a Foreign Language, which is conducted by ETS, is a tough exam and the only way to do well in this exam is to prepare well. A thorough knowledge of the subject and a sincerely executed TOEFL test prep will help you to secure a high TOEFL score and get admission in the college or university of your choice.
Let us examine the expectations of a student from a good TOEFL test prep. At the culmination of TOEFL test prep you should have sound knowledge of English language and you should be able to get a high score in TOEFL. A good TOEFL test prep should make you familiar with the test format and the directions to appear for various sections. Once you have decided what your goals for TOEFL test prep are, you should plan your preparation in a manner such that you are able to achieve them.
TOEFL Test Prep Study
TOEFL test prep should be divided into several parts each aiming to achieve a different goal. The first major part of TOEFL test prep would be the study for the exam. This part is very important and will play the role of an anchor for your preparation. There is no alternative to thorough study and good understanding of English language. You should study hard. You should plan your study to cover all the aspects of each section of TOEFL. Good knowledge of English language and a vast vocabulary will be of great help. A good book or a good tutorial will be helpful for your study for TOEFL. There are a large number of books available in the market. There are books to study for TOEFL exam in general or to improve upon a specific skill of English language. Some tutorials on the web tell you about techniques to improve your vocabulary.
TOEFL Test Prep Practice
The second part of the TOEFL test prep is to practice well for the exam. Practice makes a man perfect. The practice part of TOEFL test prep may be further divided into three levels. In the first part you should practice a large number of similar question types, understand their difficulty and develop logic to handle them with minimum wastage of time during the exam. In the second part you should practice to answer the entire section at a stretch. These practices should be both timed and un-timed. The feedback from these practices should be used to identify the weaknesses in each section and follow it up with regular study to rectify the mistakes. The third part should be a practice of the complete test against time in test-like circumstances. The third part will not only prepare you mentally for the actual exam but will also make you aware of the problems and tensions you are likely to face during the examination. As mentioned earlier feedback from these tests should be used to focus your study to remove those weaknesses. There are web sites and tutorials available which provide you with the facility of taking the test online. It is difficult to say how many such practice tests are required. But these tests can be very useful if taken at the beginning of your preparation and then at regular intervals. The score from these tests will also tell you about your present level of preparation and how much effort you should put to improve your score in the exam. The score in the online practice test provided by ETS, which is the organizing authority for TOEFL, can be a good measure of your present preparation level as the questions in these tests are very close to those in the real test.
TOEFL Test Prep Format Familiarization
The third part of TOEFL test prep should be to know the format of the exam. This would mean to know the details of the questions types, marks distribution and time allotted for each section in detail. You should also familiarize yourself with the directions for different types of questions in the exam. This will not only give you tremendous confidence but also help you save a lot of time during the exam. We will discuss the iBT (internet based test) format briefly
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