Achieving any goal in the life we should be confident, persistent, assiduous and responsible. At the very beginning we should believe in our strength and that everything we want will realize. And of course we should prepare to the hard work.
Taking and analyzing practice TOEFL tests is only part of a comprehensive plan for TOEFL preparation. Every student should understand necessity of personal work on improving the global level of English fluency. It’ not enough to study once, pass a test and that’s all. Even if you have quite high level of English you should study anyway keep in good physical shape not to lose your qualification and feel comfortable and free in American culture. Fortunately, there are many activities in which you can combine several goals.
Below are some specific suggestions for you to build skills for specific parts of the TOEFL:
Listen to the radio
Go to the movies
Use the telephone (in English)
Listen to books on tapes and CDs
Go to public places (libraries, cafes and restaurants), listen and try to socialize
Attend lectures, readings or free classes
Visit the courthouse
Start conversations with strangers
Get a job or volunteer
Any listening and speaking practice is needed. So try to understand even difficult and strange accent, listen to children and old people; they speak not clearly; understanding them will raise you listening ability.
Study the list of most frequently tested grammar points
Look for grammar exercises in your favorite grammar book on those points
When you read, identify sentence components
Practice writing TOEFL grammar questions
Study lists of regularities, such as make/do, infinitive/gerund, etc.
Try to identify all grammar structures, verb forms etc. in everything you read
Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension
Choose what you are interested to read
Read for pleasure, every day or night
Read the newspaper and look up several new words each day
Identify what words are of literary or colloquial language
Get an English language dictionary and thesaurus and use them
Learn more adjectives, synonym to have a rich vocabulary
Study the list of reading passage topics
Read popular science articles when it is possible
Read encyclopedia articles on science and history
Read introductory-level college textbooks
Become familiar with English roots, prefixes and suffixes
Buy a television with close-captioning
Get on-line and read electronically on the Internet