Choosing to take the TOEFL test is the first step that you take in your pursuit of Higher Education or Immigration to an English speaking country. The different tests and application procedures make the whole process overwhelming for someone who doesn’t have previous background information regarding all this. Follow the below tips while preparing for TOEFL and you will start feeling better about your preparation and will even score more on your mock tests. The following toefl reading tips are guaranteed to improve your TOEFL reading Score :
Know what you’re going to face!:
The TOEFL reading section is often the first or second section on the test and thus starting it off well also gives you the confidence to excel at other sections. Here is a quick post that I wrote about a month ago on the TOEFL Reading section format, which will help you to follow the subsequent toefl tips better. Have a look at the format and come back to read further!
It IS possible to finish the section in time:
There would be 1-2 tricky questions on your toefl reading test, but what matters is how much time you take to identify them and mark them to come back later have ponder over it. Identifying time-consuming questions and marking them for re-visit is the single most important time saving TOEFL reading strategy. The level of confidence on the day also plays a major part in the way you mark these questions.
Moving through a passage’s surface (First couple of lines and the closing line of each paragraph), is one of the ways to capture the importance and use of the paragraph in the context of the whole passage. The more you practice this, the less time you will take to solve the difficult questions. A good way to practice this toefl reading tip would be to paraphrase news paper editorial article and try to summarize each paragraph in two lines without missing its importance and context with the whole passage.
Identify negations, breaks and transitions:
It is often noticed that people tend to ignore or overlook the words that negate an arguement in one of the paragraph, using single words like “instead, contrary to, inspite of”. Sometimes, people also miss breaks in the flow, typically caused due to the missing sentence type question and this doesn’t help in further questions where they have to fit in a new sentence or find the piece of information that contradicts the arguments. Such questions in tend consume a lot of time and at-last students tend to blindly guess from the options due to time shortage.
Contextual Vocabulary is the key:
Some of the most simple toefl questions test the test-taker’s vocabulary with its usage in context. So while it is not necessary to learn 3000 fancy words, it is very necessary to know the context of the 500 that you already know the meaning of!