Always Think About Purpose.
Whenever you read or listen, you should be trying to understand the purpose of the author or speaker. The purpose can usually be described with a verb plus a topic. Is the person explaining, classifying, defining, or describing…[Read more]
Be aware of ‘Rhetorical Purpose Questions’.
On the listening section, some questions will replay part of the conversation or lecture and ask you why the speaker says something. These questions are testing whether you can understand idiomatic expressions, mood or feeling,…[Read more]
Make sure that your essay has the four main points.
When you write your independent essay, organization is extremely important. It is better to write a complete essay that lack some detail than it is to write an incomplete, but detailed, essay. Learn how to outline an essay and al…[Read more]
Leave a Unique Impression!
TOEFL®Test markers read many, many essays and/or listen to many, many speaking responses, and what they read or hear begins to sound the same. You should try very hard to make your responses unique, and one way to do that is t…[Read more]
The Main idea can’t be too general or specific.
Both the reading and listening sections will give you "main idea" or "main topic" questions. These questions ask you to identify the overall idea or topic of the passage or lecture. Be careful! Don't choose something that is too g…[Read more]
Everything you need in order to answer is in the passage.
You will see a lot of different topics in the reading and listening passages on TOEFL®Test. They could be about science, art, history, psychology, or just about anything else that someone might study at university. However…[Read more]
Use W5 Questions to create your responses.
You will see fact questions in both the reading and listening sections of TOEFL®Test. For fact questions, you need to answer “W___” questions (what, where, when, why, who, and how) with details, definitions, or descriptions. …[Read more]
Outline your Speaking and Writing.
When creating an outline for a TOEFL®Test speaking or writing answer, ask yourself some important questions: 1. Do I have a clear thesis statement (main idea)? 2. Do I have two or three reasons/points? 3. Do I have at lea…[Read more]