The TOEFL reading section is broken down into 8 different reading question types and 4 formats. The way to get a high score is to become familiar with all types of questions. This will help you to narrow down the options and select the right answer. Here is a quick run-down of each question type you will encounter:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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