In this E2Language article we’ve not only shared some of our favourite free TOEFL resources, but we also outline some of Jamal’s top tips for preparing for your exam.
With any English proficiency exam it’s hard to know where to start. Sure, having your hands on the right free TOEFL material is critical but students also need to know what to focus on.
Every section (and even specific tasks) test different skills so it’s important to prepare yourself for each one. Throughout this article I will link helpful webinars, lesson videos, and articles that will provide you with some of the methods and strategies needed for effectively tackling the different parts of the TOEFL.
TOEFL Speaking: Task 1 INDEPENDENT DESCRIPTION
For this task it’s important you practice narrating or ‘describing’ different stories and events. You should try thinking about something personal, possibly the plot of the book you just read or a funny memory, retell these stories to yourself or family members.
For more help on this task and a sample response from E2 TOEFL.
Task 1 INDEPENDENT OPINION:
We suggest you begin researching a wide range of topics; choosing one daily. Focus on articles which inspire different opinions. Then decide where you ‘stand’ on the topic. Practice explaining your opinion in 1 minute spoken responses, giving detailed reasons to support your viewpoint.
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TOEFL Integrated Speaking & Writing
A major skill you’ll need to develop for both these tasks is synthesising information from two separate sources to give both a written or spoken summary.
You should try finding an article and lecture on the same topic. Some examples might include: culture, the environment or history. Then you can discuss (through voice or word) the main points of the two pieces.
Similar to preparation for other sections of the test:
- Chose a Topic
- Speaking: 1 Minute (summarize)
- Writing: Write a summary focusing on the points that were similar or different.
Some more on Integrated Speaking:
TOEFL Reading (Inference) Preparation
TOEFL Reading tests for many skills. One of which is INFERENCE. Students must be able to make inferences about what an author means by something.
As you read through articles highlight or note any words or phrases that are new to you. Try to guess from context what the author means by their choice of words. Then look it up! This will help you improve both your vocabulary and get you comfortable with making inferences.
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And whilst you’re there, check out another TOEFL reading tips article.
We have articles on the E2Language Blog, webinars on the E2 TOEFL YouTube Channel, and more! Make sure to browse all your favourite E2 archives. Make use of the free TOEFL resources we provide.
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Written by Olivia.