TOEFL Lesson: Top Ten Tips For Getting a High Score in the TOEFL iBT Exam

Top Ten Tips For Getting a High Score in the TOEFL iBT Exam - Free Lesson

As a person who speaks English as a second language, taking the TOEFL test is one of the hardest things a person can do. It determines not only your comprehension of the English language; it can determine your ability to get into many of the prestigious English-speaking universities.

Since taking the test is important, you should understand that there are 10 easy steps to prepare and take the test so that you get a great score and show that you can do what so many fail at the first time.


1. You first need to fully understand what the test is and how it is conducted. There are 4 sections of the test as you will need to be competent in reading, listening, speaking, and writing. Each section carries 30 points or one quarter of the total weight.
2. You need to properly prepare for the test. Give yourself a minimum of six months up to a year to properly study and hone your skills as you will need each and every day to give yourself the best edge possible.
3. Broaden your horizons by reading and listening to as much as you can. Read books that you normally wouldn’t enjoy and listen to all aspects of news. You will need to be well versed in many aspects of daily life, sciences, arts and literature. This practice will give you better reading and listening vocabulary.
4. You will need to learn how to take proper study notes. This will help you remember later on what you need to learn as well as noting things you may not fully understand and how to research them later on. Good note taking leads to better studying.
5. Learn to practice speech through proper pronunciation. Recording your own speech is easy via many of the recording software options for laptops and desktop computers. You can record your speech and then playback to see where your strengths are as well as improvement points. This is crucial to the speaking portion of the test where pronunciation is critical to a good score.
6. Learn to properly type on a keyboard as this will make things much easier when taking written tests. The hunt and peck method of typing is slower than simply learning to touch type on a keyboard as well as making corrections easier as you do not have to look at the screen and keyboard constantly.
7. Learn to write a western style essay. Knowing how to properly paragraph using headings, body and conclusion will make the writing portion of the test as simple as picking up a pencil.
8. Practice as much as possible. Engage in everyday activities that will push you to use your skills and make using proper techniques easy for you. This will ensure that much of the test will be easier for you when the time comes. Use the many resources online to practice the test subjects.
9. Relax: I know this seems hard at times but this is simply a test and nothing more than that. Get plenty of sleep and eat a good meal prior to test day. Do things as you would normally do and you will feel normal and relaxed.
10. Don’t fret if you do not pass the first time. This test is hard by any standard and many do not pass the first time. Even natural born English speakers would find the test difficult. Take the test again using what you have learned and you will eventually pass.

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