Step 1 Get to Know What the Test Is Like
Get acquainted with the test format, sections, and question types. Be sure to know the peculiarities of the assignment in the reading, writing, speaking and listening sections, as well as the level of language awareness and knowledge one should possess to successfully pass a test.
Step 2 Take a Preparatory Course
If you feel you need more training to improve your language skills, join an online training course or enroll for a English language course, which will prepare you thoroughly for the TOEFL.
Step 3 Take an Online Test
Take a sample TOEFL test to check your competence and readiness for the real one. You can take advantage of the online tests available, which provide:
• instant scores and performance feedback on all of your skills;
• a variety of tasks that train specific language skills;
• discussion boards accessibility;
• detailed information about the peculiarities of the TOEFL.
Step 4 Practice on Your Weakest Skills
After receiving feedback and scores from your trial TOEFL, pay attention to your weakest skills and make sure you practice more improving them. Read about different ways to practice your reading, writing, listening or speaking skills.
Step 5 Use iBT TOEFL Test-Taking Strategies
There are some proven successful test-taking strategies, which will surely help you score better on your test:
• Carefully read the instructions/directions, not to waste your time doing the unnecessary things.
• Go to the “Help” button, only in absolute necessity, since the clock does not stop when the “Help” function is being used.
• Don’t panic. Focus on the question you are answering at the moment and don’t think about all the questions that are ahead or behind and how you have answered or are going to answer all of them (this technique can be learned by practicing).
• Don’t spend much time on one question. If you do not know the answer for sure, eliminate as many answers as possible and then choose the best (from your point of view) answer that is suitable.
• Keep the pace. Remember that time is limited that is why you should answer the questions in such a way, that you will have enough time for every question, not being in a hurry at the end of each section. You can hide the clock button if you don’t want to be constantly disturbed; however, it is recommended that you check systematically the time. You will be warned by the clock when 5 minutes remain in the Listening and Reading sections, and in the independent and integrated tasks in the Writing section.