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11Oct 2017
TOEFL Reading

Introduction to the TOEFL reading section. In this article, we'll look at why the reading section is part of the TOEFL test, how the test format is structured, and other interesting facts about it.

9Oct 2017
Using Idioms on the TOEFL

Should you use idioms during your TOEFL exam? In this article, we will take a look at idioms and whether or not you should use them on your TOEFL test.

23Sep 2017
TOEFL for Business School

Many of the top business schools worldwide do not only require TOEFL scores but require high scores. Business schools value competence in English and they require that in their students. If MBA is ever in your future, you will probably have to submit a TOEFL score and it will never be too early to start studying, especially when you know their requirements are high.

23Sep 2017
Good TOEFL score

There are a couple different ways to determine what a good TOEFL score is. In this blog we'll look at both ways to analyse whether your TOEFL score was good or not.

8Aug 2017
TOEFL Reading Practice with Answers

Get your answers to the previous TOEFL Reading Practice with Question Types blog. Learn with our clear answer explanations to better help you understand where you went wrong and exactly why you got it right!

8Aug 2017
TOEFL Reading Practice

TOEFL® reading practice experience a full TOEFL reading practice with all question types. Test your English by reading this university level reading passage and answering the reading questions.

28Mar 2017
TOEFL Reading Test

Each section can pose different problems for test takers. Here are a few common difficulties with solutions students often encounter in the Reading section.

8Mar 2017
TOEFL score

Get a full acceptance without a qualified TOEFL score with Conditional Acceptance

1Mar 2017

Did you know that it is difficult or almost impossible to predict an exact TOEFL score? Are you surprised? Here, let me tell you why this is the case.

15Feb 2017
Studying Abroad

Taking the TOEFL is not easy. Before committing to take TOEFL, make sure the college or graduate program actually requires it.

15Feb 2017
TOEFL Score

Unlike many other types of tests, the TOEFL does not have a pass or fail score bar. So you can’t pass or fail the test. You can have a score as low as 1 and as high as 120/120. You can only judge your score as “good” or “bad” based on what you need the score for.

1Feb 2017
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As the TOEFL being the test for non-English speaking students, we understand that many of the test takers are not in the US and also not taking the test in the US. That is why we would like to talk about the test taking process in other countries. And in this blog post, we will talk about India in particular.

1Feb 2017
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Malaysia is one of the biggest countries in East Asia and many Malaysian students study abroad in many English speaking countries. According to the US Embassy, there are currently about 6,735 Malaysian students studying in the United States. From that information, you can guess there are many people in Malaysia taking the TOEFL exam every year. Let’s talk about how taking the TOEFL in Malaysia is.

17Jan 2017
Globe

English proficiency as well as TOEFL score requirements vary drastically from college to college, university to university, and even from one program to another at the same school.

17Jan 2017

If you are looking to continue with higher education like graduate schools or professional programs in an English speaking environment, you should consider taking the TOEFL. More schools and programs accept TOEFL scores than IELTS.

5Jan 2017
TOEFL rescore

Have you ever received a grade for an exam that is significantly lower than what you expected? You think you did well and the score is unfair. That can happen with the TOEFL as well, and just like in school, you get the chance to request a rescore.

3Jan 2017

TOEFL is not a pass/fail exam. So no matter how badly you have done or how well you perform, you will always get back a numeric score. If there's no Fail rate, how can you know what is a good TOEFL score? Honestly, that is a difficult question to answer correctly. A good score can be 90 or 100 or 110. It all depends on the program you apply to and your personal goal. On average a TOEFL score of 90 is really good, however, if your program requires 100, then it's not good enough. Some programs don’t require a specific overall score, but require a higher score in the speaking section. Please be aware of this when you are studying.

9Dec 2016

Whenever talking about an exam, a question always comes up. It's "how difficult is the exam?" It is no difference with the TOEFL. Before taking the test, many test takers wonder about the difficulty level of the TOEFL. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to that question. TOEFL is a language test and real research has proved that it is very difficult to scientifically determine the difficulty level of a language. However, we will try our best to estimate the difficulty level of the TOEFL with all the information we know.

21Nov 2016
TOEFL Scoring System

If you are a non-native English speaker who wants to study at an institution in an English-speaking country, most of the time you would be required to submit a TOEFL score. The TOEFL does not have a straightforward grading system like what you have at schools, a wrong answer will surely make you lose points and a correct one will gain you points. So the TOEFL score itself can be confusing. This post hopefully can help explaining the score for you.

21Nov 2016
TOEFL format

There are two forms of the TOEFL: the paper-based (PBT) and the internet-based (iBT) tests. Even though the paper-based format is still used in several around the world, it is very rare compared to the places that use the iBT format. So we will look into only the iBT format in this post.

4Nov 2016
best time to take toefl

When is the best time to take the TOEFL? It is a difficult question. There is no solid, always correct answer for this question. You do not want to take the exam too early since you might be unprepared. You also do not want to take it too late, you will not have enough time in case you need a re-take for better scores. The timing for TOEFL is pretty much just guess work, sadly. However, here are a few things that you can consider when choosing a test date so you can maximize your performance while limit difficulties.

23Oct 2016
Register for TOEFL

The first step to taking the TOEFL is registering for the test. There are two types of TOEFL: The Paper Based Test (PBT) and the Internet Based Test (iBT). Depending on your location, you can take either of the two types. Normally, each testing center only offers one of the two types, not both. The TOEFL is not free, sadly. There is a registration fee for the TOEFL iBT and PBT with some optional additional fees.

13Oct 2016
toefl_or_ielts

If you have ever research about standardized tests for non-English speakers, you would have come across both the TOEFL and the IELTS. The TOEFL is short for Test of English as a Foreign Language, and the IELTS is short for International English Language Testing System. They are both widely accepted tests to certify your level of English proficiency. Some specific English-speaking countries prefer one test over another, but generally, they can both be accepted almost anywhere. If they are so similar to each other, which test should you take? That depends on what your strong suit is and what your program requires.

11Feb 2016
TOEFL Reading Question Type - Essential Information Question

This is part of a series of TOEFL Reading Question Types. In today’s post, we will discuss an “Essential Information question”. In an “Essential Information question”, you will see the question you see an entire sentence highlighted in the reading passage.

The question will ask you to choose which of the 4 answer option sentences is equal to the highlighted sentence. The correct sentence will be paragraphed so it is different than the highlighted one, but still convey all the important information. Incorrect sentences will represent a detail or concept inaccurately, leave out an important detail, change the original meaning of the sentence.

11Feb 2016
TOEFL Reading Insert a Sentence Question

This is part of a series of TOEFL Reading Question Types. In today’s post, we will discuss an "Insert a Sentence" question. In an "Insert a Sentence" question, you will be asked to decide where a new sentence best fits into the reading passage.

This question type tests your understanding of the logic in the passage. It also tests your ability to understand the grammatical connections from one sentence to another.

11Feb 2016
TOEFL Reading Rhetorical Purpose question

This is part of a series of TOEFL Reading Question Types. In today’s post, we will discuss a "Rhetorical Purpose" question. In a "Rhetorical Purpose" question, you will see the question phrased like the following:
Why does the author mention that “...” in paragraph 5?

This type of question requires you to understand why the author has included piece of information. The answer to this question is not directly stated in the reading passage. To solve this type of question, you need to understand the main point of the paragraph and how the referenced information(Usually a sentence) is related to the main point of the paragraph.

11Feb 2016
TOEFL reading vocabulary question

This is part of a series of TOEFL Reading Question Types. In today’s post, we will discuss a "Vocabulary question". In a reading "Vocabulary question", you are asked what a word or phrase is closest in meaning to and are given 4 answer options. You need to be able to understand the meaning of the word as it is used in the passage.

11Feb 2016
TOEFL Reading Inference Question

This is part of a series of TOEFL Reading Question Types. In today’s post, we will discuss an "Inference" question. In an "Inference" question, you will see the question phrased something like the following:

11Feb 2016
TOEFL Reading Negative Factual Information question

This is part of a series of TOEFL Reading Question Types. In today’s post, we will discuss a "Negative Factual Information" question. You can recognize a negative factual information question by either the word “NOT” or “EXCEPT” in the question. The question can appear like one of the following:

11Feb 2016
TOEFL Reading reference question

This is part of a series of TOEFL Reading Question Types. In today’s post, we will discuss a "Reference" question. In a "Reference" question, you are asked what the highlighted word refers to. If it's a pronoun then you need to identify what word the pronoun is replacing.

25Nov 2015

This study plan was created by professional TOEFL instructors to help you organize your TOEFL studying over a one month period. This plan includes suggestions on how to study each TOEFL section and a one-month study schedule.

This plan is broken down into 6 months and 4 phases
- Month 1: You will be focussing on building fundamental English skills.
- Month 2 - 4: Using the skills you learned during month 1, you will do many TOEFL exercises, TOEFL practices, and 3 reserved simulated tests.
- Month 5: You will review everything you learned in months 1 - 4.
- Month 6: You will do a final reserved simulated test and review everything before the official TOEFL exam.

25Nov 2015

The TOEFL® is not an easy exam to study for and pass, much less in a month. Dedication, however, and hard work can make it possible for you to go through an accelerated program such as the following one. We realize that the TOEFL® reuses questions and therefore we have structured our program to rely on the use of questions. To handle questions you must have at least basic level knowledge of English. Beginners must put in more practice and especially in listening which has been found to be the quickest way to learn a new language. There are plenty of ESL (English as a second language) books to help in this practice.

27Oct 2015

The most basic thing is to know what format of TOEFL® you will be tested by. In most countries the option of internet based TOEFL® (iBT) is available while in some few others there is only the paper-based test (PBT) format on offer. Before you commence your studies it is imperative that you find out what centers are available in your country and in what format the TOEFL® is tested. It is not possible to sit the iBT TOEFL® for instance in a country offering PBT TOEFL®. People often get exam stress when they do not know what to expect in an exam but once you know what format you will take your paper in, the ETS offers a standardized test on which there are very clear guidelines.

27Oct 2015

Speaking is a practical skill and therefore the best way to prepare for the test is to gain the skill and put it into as much practice as possible. This way you can speak in English naturally and comfortably. The best approach is to engage in conversation with native speakers of English. Practice using the English language to give your opinion, describing problems and solutions, pronunciations and using contractions so as to sound more natural when speaking. Apart from listening to actual people, there are numerous resources to help you master the same skills such as websites and books.

27Oct 2015

Unlike most exams or tests, the TOEFL® does not have one passing or failing. Rather, you just get your score and your success is dependent on your school of choice or the mark required of an applicant for your institution. As such it is important to secure that one aims for the highest score possible. The following is a guide that would help a student maximize their TOEFL® score.

As aforementioned, the TOEFL® is quite unlike other exams so a good start would be to ensure that you understand the test profoundly. If you are aiming for a slot in a specific university, look up their requirements to have a specific target in mind. Some require one to hit a certain overall mark while others require specific marks in particular sections for one to be accepted. That aside you must understand the structure of the test and how to prepare for each. There are numerous resources online to help one understand all they need to about the test, including blog articles on this very website.

27Oct 2015

When practicing for independent writing, come up with a list of familiar topics and write essays about them. Practice timing your activities so that you take thirty minutes to plan, write and revise each essay. Prewriting entails thinking about and listing all ideas related to a task before writing. Pick out one main idea and create a list of the major points you would use to support it. Then you are ready to develop an essay using appropriate explanations and details. Once you have the essay written, reread it to ensure all the points you have written are relevant to the main idea, developed in detail and grammatically correct.

18Oct 2015

Academic reading is aimed at three things: finding information, basic comprehension and learning. The only sure way to improve one’s reading skills is to read voraciously and regularly, more so university textbooks or other materials on a variety of subjects such as science, art and business that are written in an academic style. Today there is the advantage of the internet which is the richest source in which to fish for reading material.

18Oct 2015

Academic is done typically for one of three purposes i.e. basic comprehension, pragmatic understanding or connecting and synthesizing information. The best way to increase one’s vocabulary and build listening skills is to actually listen to the English language and read a variety of academic material in English. Listening is found to be most engaging when it is entertaining. Movies, live interviews and television shows are therefore perfect opportunities to hone listening skills especially because they also have visual cues and reinforcements. Just as useful are audiotapes and CDs of other material such as lectures and books.

18Oct 2015

The key to success in a test as daunting as TOEFL® is in detailed, intense and purposeful preparation. What one individual needs to get to their goals is different from what the next one might need. This is why the need to have one personalized study plan based on one’s needs and situation arises. Once you have a plan created, it is easier to follow through with it. The following five steps are to help you create your own personalized study plan.

18Oct 2015

1. Familiarizing with TOEFL® format
Lack of sufficient preparation is one of the main causes that people face exam stress. Detailed studying of the TOEFL® iBT exam format is a sure way to get prepared for the test. Our TOEFL® iBT course and simulated tests help master the structure of the test.

18Oct 2015

The first step to doing well in any paper is in proper preparation and TOEFL is no exception. It matters highly what sort of preparation you have had. Do you understand what format you will sit your test in i.e. whether it will be internet based or paper based? After you know that ensure that you are well versed with the academic English language. If it is possible every candidate should get a mentor to guide them through their revision and preparation. If not, there is www.bestmytest.com where you can easily get similar skills and practice for all sections of the test.

10Oct 2015

The new treatment for Dengue Fever ____________ to work. Good news is that Dengue Fever is not contagious. People get the virus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

A. isn’t appearing
B. doesn’t appear
C. not appear

Answer: B
Some verbs have different meanings when they are used to talk about states and when they describe actions. With their ‘state’ meaning, they usually take present simple rather than continuous forms. With their ‘action’ meanings, they may take present simple or continuous forms, depending on context.

22Dec 2014
TOEFL Listening

There are 8 types of questions in the Listening section. These types are divided into 3 categories as follows: Basic Comprehension Questions, Pragmatic Understanding Questions, and Connecting Information Questions. We will take a look at each of the three categories and the TOEFL listening question types associated with each.

22Feb 2014

It's important to study with TOEFL practice questions before taking the iBT TOEFL exam. In order to improve your TOEFL speaking score, practice is the number 1 method.

22Feb 2014
TOEFL Test

BestMyTest developed an interactive simulated TOEFL® test that looks and feels like an actual TOEFL® test.
We developed the test simulator to be a little harder to fully prepare you for what's to come.

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