Tips on How to do well in the TOEFL

The TOEFL is the test of English as a Foreign Language. Millions of students from about 180 countries register to take the TOEFL every year at test centers throughout the world. Some of them do not score well because they do not understand the examination.

The majority of the questions on the TOEFL are multiple choice (Reading and Listening Sections). Some other types of questions are also on the TOEFL IBT. These questions have special directions on the screen. You will have many examples of them in the model tests that you find in the software for the test.

The test developers include experimental questions for either the Reading or the Listening Section on most TOEFL forms. You must do your best on all questions because you will not know which questions are experimental and which are test questions that will be scored. For example, you may be taking the IBT with someone who has experimental questions in the Reading, but you may have experimental questions in the Listening. For this reason, your friend’s test may have a longer Reading Section and your test may have a longer Listening Section. The experimental questions may be at the beginning, middle or end of the section.

If you are not sure of an answer, you should guess. The number of incorrect answers is not subtracted from your score. First, eliminate all the possibilities that you know are NOT correct. Then, if you are almost sure of an answer, guess that one. If you have no idea of the correct answer for a question, choose one letter (any option) and use it for your “guess answer” throughout the entire examination. The “guess answer” is especially useful for finishing a section quickly.

You will receive your own headphones with a microphone attached. Before the test begins, you will have the opportunity to adjust the volume yourself. Be careful to adjust the volume when you are prompted to do so. If there is a problem with your headset, raise your hand, and ask the supervisor to provide with another headset.
Speakers will begin to record their answers at slightly different times. The problem is that you may be disturbed by the noise while you are trying to concentrate on your answers either on the “Speaker’s Section” or on the other sections of TOEFL. It is a good idea to keep your headphones on during the entire test in other to block out as much of the noise as possible. It is important to use good grammar in the speaking and writing sections.

You are permitted to take notes and use them to answer the questions on IBT. You will be given papers for that purpose when you enter the test room. Your notes will not be graded.

Above all, it is pertinent to note that you can prepare for the test on your own but to do well on all four sections; you will need to be well tutored by specialists who will teach you and give you advice as you prepare for the test.

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