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What You Need To Know About Your TOEFL

The format of the TOEFL has recently been changed (again) but the principle of success remains the same: Passing the TOEFL test will require you to make use of two sets of skills: recalling the knowledge that you possess about the TOEFL exam; and answering exam questions quickly and accurately.

Both of these skill sets are vitally important.

What is the TOEFL?

The TOEFL iBT is intended to test your knowledge of English. The exam covers five areas:

 
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Listening examines your ability to understand what you hear. You will hear both short conversations and longer conversations and talks, and you'll be asked questions about each on the TOEFL. The TOEFL test questions are provided both aurally and in writing.

Structure tests your knowledge about the English language. You'll be asked to spot errors and complete sentences -- not the sort of thing you'll be doing in everyday conversation. This is an TOEFL exam exercise, so with the right exam technique, this section of the TOEFL exam can be very easy.

Reading is much easier than listening. You'll have the text in front of you so you won't have to try to remember what the passage was about. Again, using the right technique on the TOEFL will guide you quickly to the right answers.

Writing on the TOEFL is tested with a short essay. You won't be able to write much in half an hour so even without knowing the title, you can still prepare the structure before you step into the TOEFL exam room.

Speaking is examined by answering six questions orally. Pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary are emphasized on your TOEFL test.

Time management will be an important element in getting the TOEFL score you need to pass your TOEFL and study at the foreign school of your choice.

Two Types of TOEFL Questions, Two Types Of TOEFLChallenges

The TOEFL exam questions come in different forms. Some TOEFL test questions ask you to identify a word in the text, others will ask you to point out where on a page a missing word should appear. The most important types of TOEFL questions though are multiple-choice questions and the essay question.

TOEFL multiple-choice questions ask you to choose the best answer from a number of options. In these questions, it is important to remember that the best answer isn't necessarily the only correct answer. You may find that two answers look correct but one answer will be more correct than the other. (This also means that when two answers look the same, you've got a 50/50 chance of guessing the right one.)

The TOEFL Essay Question asks you to write a short composition on a random topic. Whatever the topic, you'll find it much easier if you prepare the outline before the exam. It's possible to use the same outline for any topic.
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