The TOEFL® is a complex test that requires intensive and detailed preparation. The recommended time for preparation is a minimum of 6 months up to one year. Where there is even less time than this, a comprehensive study plan is mandatory to ensure optimal utilization of the little time available. This is the reason we came up with this four month study plan that would position optimally to score a minimum of 95 points with four months of study time. Please note that this model assumes at least a basic knowledge of English as it is question based, using questions to learn.
Like good doctors, we recommend that the very first day of the study period should be spent on the diagnosis. This TOEFL® diagnostic test may be found on the ETS® website at a cost but it returns score reports and is quite accurate. We offer two such tests on our course for free and all you have to do is register and go ahead to take it. Another important first day task is to study the structure of the TOEFL®; familiarize with the test types and all the different types of questions asked.
The next step upon knowing where you are at is practice. From our questions section, attempt at least ten of our listening questions. Use these to hone your listening skills as that is the easiest way to learn a new language. In the same vein, choose any three independent writing topics and attempt to write an essay with a fluent and natural flow. At first it is better to pick topics from the same category. It would also be idea to have a teacher to review the essays you write. For the speaking section, practice with 10 of our speaking 1 questions and 10 more from the speaking 2 section. All this while make sure that you learn at least 20 vocabularies. Repeat this same routine daily for the whole month save for the last two days in which you review what you have studied so far.
In the second month, you move from speaking 1 and 2 questions to taking 4 of the integrated speaking 3 and 5 integrated speaking 4 questions. Apart from that you must keep taking ten of our listening questions on a daily basis as well as 3 of our independent writing topics for practice. At the end of the day you must have learnt the mandatory 20 new vocabularies. We recommend that you immerse yourself in an English environment all through, listening to English episodes or podcasts when relaxing. Keep this in practice for all of the second month, again only reserving the last two days to review everything learnt in that one month.
For the first two weeks of month three, 5 questions each for the independent speaking 4, integrated speaking 5 and integrated speaking 6 questions are recommended daily. We put a hold to the listening section questions here but introduce 3 reading questions for which you may use our questions or other academic books. The independent essay writing practice is however recommended to continue, churning out three essays daily. The last part of month three are much the same but the integrated speaking 5 questions are dropped while integrated speaking 6 questions increase from five to ten. The last change is the introduction of 2 integrated writing topics daily. As usual the last two days of the month are reserved for the review of work done in that month.
The final month is mainly for reviewing the areas the student may feel the need to if they are not confident enough in them. This can be done exclusively in the first two weeks with a rest weekend in between. While still reviewing the weaker areas, the student is advised to take two model papers daily. In the final two weeks, the pace slows down as the recommended activity is only one model test and relaxing. This helps avoid fatigue and build confidence in the build up to the test day.