The TOEFL Test, is the most widely accepted English-language assessment used at more than7,300 institutions in 130 countries including the U.K., U.S. and Canada. The test is divided into four sections - Reading, Writing,Listening and Speaking.
Here are some pointers and resources to help you get on your way to score well for the test.
1. Find something interesting to read and listen to, then practice speaking and writing about it. Listen to Podcasts, recorded lectures – check the website of your favorite University. Go to news websites such as Ndtv.com, ibnlive.com,timesofindia.com. Read up on your favorite subjects on popular websites such as Wikipedia.org. Tell a friend or family member about what you learned.
2. Work with a speaking partner, preferably with a native speaker of English or try an online video chat! The more opportunity you have to speak the language, the more familiar you will become.
3. Take on the role of a great journalist: Take good notes and use them to make summaries.
4. Make vocabulary flash cards and pretend you are a contestant on a vocabulary quiz show. Carry the flash cards with you often. They are a great way to make a bus ride go by quickly.
5. Visit TOEFL-TV on YouTube. www.youtube.com/TOEFLtv for great resources and tips from English-language instructors and students that have taken the TOEFL test.
6. Reading Tips
7. Listening Tips
8. Speaking Tips
With a speaking partner - Answer the questions. Outline the main points of the article. Give a one-minute oral summary of the article. Express your opinion about it. If there is a problem discussed, give the solution.
Speaking Tips -Pronunciation
Speakin s-l-o-w motion. You could imitate American or British intonation and rhythm patterns. You could also work on problematic sounds, such as:
[ t ] and [ d ] - uncurl your tongue
[ p ], [ t ], and [ k ] - add some air!
[ p ] and [ b] – close your lips
[ f ] and [ v ] – lower lip to teeth
Listen for connecting and synthesizing - Can you understand the relationship between ideas? Compare and contrast. Determine the cause and effect.
9. Writing Tips
10. Combine all your skills!
Explain how the two relate in a short written response (150 – 225 words). Take notes or create outlines on each. Give a one-minute speech about thesame.
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