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Resources to Help you Prepare for the TOEFL Reading Test

The first test section you'll have face in the TOEFL iBT test is the reading section. At first glance, the TOEFL reading test seems straightforward. All you have to do is to read a few passages and answer questions. The whole purpose of the reading section is to measure your ability to read and understand academic texts (passages) in English. However, to get a high TOEFL reading score, it takes more than just understanding academic reading passages. You also need to complete all questions in an allotted time frame. So how can you achieve that?

In this guide, you'll find articles teaching you how to approach reading passages and questions, explaining how the TOEFL reading is structured, and different question types you will encounter on the TOEFL reading test.

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TOEFL Reading Guide Guide Glossary

10 TOEFL Reading Question Types James Liu July 25th, 2018 TOEFL Reading Guide

Becoming a great reader in English takes an exceptional amount of skill and practice. And, on the Reading section of the TOEFL, it’s not just that you’ll need to read passages, you’ll also need to be able to show that you truly understood what you read. Questions on the Reading section will test your reading comprehension ability, and you can give yourself a boost on this section by getting to know the types of questions before they’re right in front of you.

Want to learn more about the types of questions on the Reading section of the TOEFL? This article compares the 10 types of questions found on the Reading section, along with explanations and example questions and passages for each question type.

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TOEFL Reading Tip: How to Read Faster By Breaking Down Long Sentences Madison Oster July 25th, 2018 TOEFL Reading Guide

On the Reading section of the TOEFL test, time-management is key to give yourself enough time not only to read, but to answer questions. The best way to save time is simple: you must learn to read faster. That sounds easy enough, but learning to read more quickly isn’t about moving your eyes faster across the page. There are ways to read faster while still maintaining comprehension.

Want to learn how to read long sentences at a faster pace, understand more, and save yourself some time on the Reading section of the TOEFL test? This guide will break down reading longer sentences into three parts, each one with plenty of tips to get you reading more quickly. Read on to become a faster reader on the reading section of the TOEFL test.

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TOEFL Reading Question Type - Inference Question Madison Oster July 25th, 2018 TOEFL Reading Guide

Some of the questions you’ll see on the Reading section of the TOEFL test are more straightforward than others. One type of question that may require more critical thinking to answer, an “inference question”, will ask you to figure out what is implied by something you’ve read.

It might sound like you’ll just be taking a guess with these types of questions, but there are ways better prepare. This helpful guide, part of a series on different questions which appear on the TOEFL Reading section, will explain “inference questions” with examples, and show you how to answer logically.

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TOEFL Reading Question Type - Vocabulary Question Madison Oster July 25th, 2018 TOEFL Reading Guide

Different types of questions on the Reading section of the TOEFL test are intended to test a variety of your English reading skills. One such question type is a “vocabulary question”. To answer these questions, you’ll need to put your vocabulary knowledge to the test, and the best way to succeed is, of course, to know the meanings of lots of words.

Is there an easier way than memorizing the dictionary? Check out our guide to learn targeted strategies with examples to prepare you for “vocabulary” type questions on the Reading section of the TOEFL.

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TOEFL Reading Question Type - Insert a Sentence Question Madison Oster July 25th, 2018 TOEFL Reading Guide

There are a variety of question types that may show up on the Reading section of the TOEFL test. Can you tell the difference between them? One type of question you may see is an “insert a sentence question”, which asks the reader to choose which part of the reading passage a selected sentence would best fit in.

Identifying this type of question might be simple, but with the help of our guide, you’ll get a better insight into the best way to approach "insert a sentence" questions specifically. Check it out and see more in this post, part of our series on different questions in the TOEFL Reading section.

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TOEFL Reading Question Type - Negative Factual Information Madison Oster July 25th, 2018 TOEFL Reading Guide

On the Reading section of the TOEFL, one type of question you may be asked is a “negative factual information question”. You can spot this question type by looking for a few specific words in the question, like “not” or “except”. Do you know how to approach this question type on the Reading section?

To learn more about “negative factual information questions”, as well as the best way to deal with these question types, check out this guide, part of our series on different question types appearing in the TOEFL Reading section. You’ll find information, tips, and examples here about “negative factual information questions”.

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TOEFL Reading Question Type - Essential Information Question Madison Oster July 25th, 2018 TOEFL Reading Guide

One question type you may see on the TOEFL Reading section is an “essential information” type question, which asks the reader to pick out the right sentence from four choices to explain a concept correctly. To recognize these question types, plus answer effectively, it’s a good idea to learn more about them and check out some examples.

What do “essential information” type questions look like, and how can you give your best answer? You’ll find more information on those questions and more here. Take a look at our helpful guide for taking on this specific TOEFL Reading section question type, and start preparing now.

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TOEFL Reading Question Type - Reference Question Madison Oster July 25th, 2018 TOEFL Reading Guide

Do you know all the different question types that will appear on the TOEFL Reading section? One that you may encounter is a “reference” type question, which asks the reader to explain what a specific word in the passage is about. To recognize these question types, plus answer effectively, it’s a good idea to learn more about them, while also checking out some examples.

What do “reference” type questions look like, and how can you best answer them? All the answers to those questions and more can be found here. Take a look at our helpful guide for taking on this specific TOEFL Reading section question type, and learn more.

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TOEFL Reading Question Type - Rhetorical Purpose Question Madison Oster July 25th, 2018 TOEFL Reading Guide

You can expect several different types of questions to appear on the TOEFL Reading section, and you’ll want to be prepared for them all. One such question type, a “purpose” question, may ask you to explain the reason some information was included in the passage by its author. Even if you’re used to these types of questions, it’s a good idea to get as much practice as possible before the TOEFL Reading section, and there’s always room for improvement.

Our step-by-step guide, with provided example text and questions, will help you to recognize these questions right away. In addition, you’ll learn how to answer these question types strategically. Take a look to learn more about dealing with the “purpose” type questions you’ll see in the TOEFL Reading section.

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Identify the main ideas in TOEFL Reading Passages Madison Oster July 25th, 2018 TOEFL Reading Guide

On the TOEFL Reading section, just understanding the meanings of words alone won’t be enough to help you answer many of the questions you’ll be given. Questions which require true reading comprehension will test the reader’s ability to find, and interpret the main idea within a reading passage. Locating the main idea will be easier once you have a better understanding of what to look for.

You can learn all about how to spot main ideas within a reading passage on the TOEFL Reading section by checking out this article. Here, you’ll find 3 strategies which you can put to use right away, and start picking out main points like a pro when reading on the TOEFL Reading section.

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Common TOEFL Reading Difficulties Ron Ross July 25th, 2018 TOEFL Reading Guide

As with any part of the TOEFL test, the reading section comes with its own specific challenges. Students familiar with the Reading section will also want to avoid falling into any unexpected traps that could damage their score. What do you need to be looking out for on the Reading section to ensure success?

Here are 4 common difficulties that students may encounter on the TOEFL Reading section, along with tips on how to tackle each one individually. Take a look, and find out how to avoid a misstep with any of these common kinds of mistakes on test day.

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Pacing Tips for the TOEFL Reading Madison Oster July 25th, 2018 TOEFL Reading Guide

There’s limited time to read several passages and answer questions on the TOEFL reading section. It’s estimated that you should spend no longer than a minute most questions, but some questions will take up even more time. It’s up to you how to manage your time, but what’s the best way? Using strategies to pace yourself will help you save time, and stay on track for a high score on the Reading section.

This article breaks things down clearly, introducing what you need to know to help you get a better understanding of the TOEFL Reading section. Most importantly, you’ll be able to find helpful and specific tips for pacing your reading and time-management, giving yourself enough time to both read and answer questions. 

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