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TOEFL Study Plan

Of course we think the best way to prepare is to study with us at TestMagic. However, if that is not possible, we can recommend the following study plan.

One of the best ways to prepare for the test will be to receive our practice questions via e-mail. To do this, visit this page:

FREE TOEFL Test Questions

The first thing for you would be to get some good books and prepare yourself for the test. If you are not really familiar with the test, the most important thing to do is become familiar with the test. The best way to do this is to practice, practice, practice.

To practice, you need to get copies of the REAL ETS tests. Since the TOEFL changes a lot with time, you should get the latest materials. Right now, the newest publication that ETS has is the TOEFL Preparation Kit. It has six tests with tapes and a short computer TOEFL test on CD-ROM. These paper tests will help you, but they are different from the new TOEFL. You can click to read about these books or to buy them:

Best TOEFL Books and Materials

You can click on the links to buy the books from Amazon.com. Amazon.com is one of the best places to buy your books, even if you are not in the United States.

Since you will take the test on computer, you really need to practice the computer test. It is very different from the paper test! It has several types of questions that are not on the paper test--for example, you are required to write an essay on the computer test; in the reading section, you will have to add a sentence to a passage in the best location; and the listening section is much harder than it was before. Because the TOEFL changes over time, be sure to check out the TestMagic TOEFL Forum to find out what is new on the TOEFL.

Preparation courses are also helpful. You should make sure that your teacher is familiar with the TOEFL and can answer your questions in a way that you can understand. Ask the school to observe a class before you sign up. If you are in San Francisco, we would be happy to help you raise your TOEFL score!

Here are some things that we would teach you at TestMagic:

We focus on your score only. What does that mean? It means that we will teach you all the tricks, strategies and patterns for the TOEFL, and only for the TOEFL. In other words, we will NOT waste your time with things that are not related to the TOEFL. Many American teachers waste time talking about things that are not related to the TOEFL--for example, the focus on pronunciation, make you read the newspaper, or show a video in class; things that are not directly related to the TOEFL. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we can show you lots of tricks to raise your score.

Here's a TestMagic tip:

When you see these answer choices on the Structure section...

A) to evolve

B) evolving

C) evolved

D) was evolved

...90% of the time, the answer is either:

B) evolving

or

C) evolved

because TOEFL is testing active voice (-ing form) or passive voice (-ed form). In other words, when you see both the -ed form and the -ing form in a set of answer choices, the answer is probably one of the two.

We have lots of strategies like this. We have some other strategies for the Listening and Reading Sections as well. We will teach you what kinds of topics you will almost always hear and what kinds of answers are usually correct. In other words, we will show you how to guess the correct answer even if you don't know the answer (this is most helpful for the listening section when you didn't understand or the reading section when the passage is too difficult). We call this TestMagic Intelligent Guessing.

Finally, you should take every chance you have to study, read and practice your English. I think one of the most important parts of preparing for the test is reading and learning vocabulary. Most people don't do this. Reading is the backbone of language learning.

Good luck!!

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