This eBook gives you instruction, practice, and advice on strategies for perform-
ing well on the TOEFL iBT.

  • Chapter 1 provides an overview of the test, information about test scores, and an introduction to the on-screen appearance of the different parts of the TOEFL iBT, along with general test-taking suggestions.
  • Chapters 2, 3, 4, and 5 provide in-depth discussions of the kinds of questions that appear in each part of the TOEFL iBT. Each chapter also includes practice questions and explanations of correct answers so that you will understand the actual communicative skills that are being tested in each section.
  • Chapters 6 and 7 provide two full-length actual TOEFL iBT tests that will give you an estimate of how you would perform on the actual exam.
  • The downloadable electronic files provide on-screen versions of both full-length actual TOEFL iBT tests from Chapters 6 and 7. They also include numbered audio tracks for all of the listening passages that accompany the practice questions in this book. For more information about how to use them, see the instruction pages at the start of this eBook.

You can use this book to familiarize yourself with the appearance, length, and format of the TOEFL iBT. For additional practice and to experience the real test, go to TOEFL Practice Online at http://www.ets.org/toeflpractice. TOEFL Practice Online offers:

  •  A real TOEFL iBT experience
  • A variety of practice tests that help prepare you for test day
  • Instant scores and performance feedback on all four tested skills
  • Access to discussion boards

TOEFL Practice Online can help you become familiar with the tools available in the TOEFL iBT and what it is like to answer the questions under timed conditions. This Official Guide will help you understand the language skills you will need to succeed on the test and in the classroom.

Use the practice tests in this eBook and from TOEFL Practice Online to determine which of your skills are the weakest. Then follow the advice in each skill chapter to improve those skills. You should use other materials to supplement the practice test questions in this book.

 

Because the TOEFL iBT is designed to assess the actual skills you will need to be successful in your studies, the very best way to develop the skills being measured on the TOEFL iBT test is to study in an English program that focuses on:

  • communication using all four skills, especially speaking
  • integrated skills (i.e., listening/reading/speaking, listening/reading/writing)

However, even students who are not enrolled in an English program should practice the underlying skills that are assessed on the TOEFL IBT. In other words, the best way to improve performance is to improve your skills. Each chapter of this book gives you explicit advice on how to connect your learning activities to the kinds of questions you will be asked on the test. Perhaps you want to improve your reading score on the TOEFL iBT. The best way to improve reading skills is to read frequently and to read many different types of texts in various subject areas (sciences, social sciences, arts, business, etc.). The Internet is one of the best resources for this, but any books, magazines, or journals are very helpful as well. It is best to progress to reading texts that are more academic in style, the kind that would be found in university courses.

In addition, you might try these activities:

  • Scan the passages to find and highlight key facts (dates, numbers, terms) and information.
  • Increase vocabulary knowledge, perhaps by using flashcards.
  • Rather than carefully reading each word and each sentence, practice skimming a passage quickly to get a general impression of the main idea.
  • Choose some unfamiliar words in the passage and guess the meanings from the context (surrounding sentences).
  • Select all the pronouns (he, him, they, them, etc.) and identify which nouns each one refers to in the passage.
  • Practice making inferences and drawing conclusions based on what is implied in the passage as a whole.

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