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Q: TOEFL Examination ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: TOEFL Examination
Category: Reference, Education and News > Teaching and Research
Asked by: coyome-ga
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Posted: 18 Sep 2005 21:07 PDT
Expires: 18 Oct 2005 21:07 PDT
Question ID: 569550
What are the best resources for improving your TOEFL test score?
Subject: Re: TOEFL Examination
Answered By: politicalguru-ga on 19 Sep 2005 01:27 PDT
Dear Coyome, 

It really depends on what you need to improve, and to what extent. By
"what you need to improve", I mean that there are several parts to
TOEFL (grammar/structure, reading, listening, writing, and soon to be
introduced on the iBT - also speaking), and it is possible that your
level is appropriate on some levels, while weaker on others. To check
what are your weaknesses and strengths (having not done the test yet),
you can use sample exam questions. You can find such sample exam
questions, and practice them:

- The ETS, running the TEOFL, can send you (for free + shipping and
handling), a CD, containing some exercises for the test. This is an
option you have to choose when registering to sit this exam. More
information at:

- They also offer, for a fee, a more comprehensive practice site, available at: 
TOEFL Practice

- If you find it more comfortable to exercise from a book, they also
offer a book, available through stores such as
ETS, TOEFL Test Preparation Kit  (Book and CD ROM). 

- Free TOEFL exercises are also available from: 
(1) Free TOEFL


- You can also use an exercise book, and do one (or more) of their
sample exams to know more about your level, and where you need
improvement. I personally recommend one of the following:
- TOEFL iBT with CD-ROM 
- TOEFL CBT Exam with CD-ROM  
- TOEFL Paper-and-Pencil 
- TOEFL Listening Practice  

- Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL? Test Book with CD-ROM 

- Longman Complete Course for the TOEFL Test: Preparation for the
Computer and Paper Tests

- Peterson's TOEFL Success 2005 

These book, or the online exercises could help you in your next stage.
After determining where you need more improvement, you can choose the
way to improve your score.

If your problem is mostly with grammar and structure, using exercises
from exercise book is the thing that would help the most. However, if
your grammar/structure is really bad, consider taking a course (or
private tutoring, if you can afford that), that would explain basic
grammar to you. Some TOEFL books concentrate on the grammar/structure
- Phyllis Lim, Grammar Workbook for the Toefl Exam 
- Milada Broukal, In-A-Flash Grammar for the TOEFL Test  

If the problem is with listening comprehension, a course would be even
more advised. The general practice books have CD-ROMs with the audio
parts, and that, too, can help you prepare. However, there are ways to
enhance (in general) your listening comprehension. For example, you
can start listening to radio in English online, such as VOA (Voice of
America) news:

VOA News - Special English
<> - news in easier
English, if you find the regular version too intense.

If the problem if with reading comperhension, it is most likely a
problem of vocabulary. One option in this case is, again, to practice
through books. For example:
-  	Elizabeth Davy, et al, Reading and Vocabulary Workbook for the Toefl Exam 
-  	Peterson's Toefl Word Flash: The Quick Way to Build Vocabulary Power 

However, the best way to learn new vocabulary, is to read English
regularly, and not to use some special exercise book. Publications,
which include the type of "difficult words" that might appear on
TOEFL, include:
- The New York Times
- The Washington Post 
- The Economist 
<> - highly recommended for vocabulary
building, although it is a British publication and TOEFL checks
American English.
- National Geographic Magazine
Naturally, also books, especially non-fiction books, could help with this task. 

If your problem is mostly with the writing or the speaking parts, I'd
suggest taking a course or a tutor. These parts cannot really be
assessed or learnt on your own, and if you are totally insecure in
either or both, it would be best to take a tutor.

Nevertheless, there are also some online services providing guidance,
correction, etc.:
Get TOEFL also offers speaking practice

There are also some books, for example: 
- Barron's How to Prepare for the TOEFL Essay 
- Charles C. Park , Mastering the New TOEFL Speaking-TSE 
- Basically, any book preparing for the iBT ("next generation") would
include tips for the speaking part (recommended, as mentioned before:
Kaplan, Longman)

I hope this answers your question. Please contact me if you need any
clarification on this answer before you rate it. I mostly relied here
on my vast experience in the field of ESL, but also searched for terms
such as [TOEFL free], [TOEFL essay (or any other part of the exam].

Good luck!
Subject: Re: TOEFL Examination
From: dr_jones-ga on 18 Sep 2005 22:36 PDT
there are some book that have been recommend to read befor TOFEL exam

Subject: Re: TOEFL Examination
From: purplecloud-ga on 20 Sep 2005 07:25 PDT
Politicalguru certainly has given an impressive outline of TOEFL prep
materials which will give you help in taking the TOEFL.  I would also
recommend "Building Skills for the TOEFL" by Nancy Stanley and Carol
King, originally published by Nelson and (maybe) now published by
Thomson/Heinle.  As its title indicates, this book provides more
analysis of the subskills needed to improve the four big language
skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Many TOEFL prep
materials are either short courses in how to take standardized tests
or extensive practice in taking sample tests. "Building Skills for the
TOEFL" helps you develop the support you need to improve specific
skills. It also has a few sample TOEFL tests.

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