Essential Resources to Take Down TOEFL

Already assessed all aspects of TOEFL based on your current conditions and probably chose the big date? Here is the next step: Choose the best resources to begin your journey!

Ready? Let’s start with a general explanation on test’s content. There are four sections (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) in TOEFL iBT® which take a total of about four and a half hours to complete. During the test, you are asked to perform tasks that combine more than one skill, such as:

  • Read, listen and then speak in response to a question
  • Listen and then speak in response to a question
  • Read, listen and then write in response to a question

TOEFL iBT Test Sections

Section Time Limit Questions Tasks
Reading 60–80 minutes 36–56 questions Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.
Listening 60–90 minutes 34–51 questions Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answer questions.
Break 10 minutes
Speaking 20 minutes 6 tasks Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.
Writing 50 minutes 2 tasks Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.

The test you take may include extra questions in the Reading or Listening section that do not count toward your score. These are either questions that enable ETS to make test scores comparable across administrations or new questions that help ETS determine how such questions function under actual testing conditions.

The instructions in the timing section will indicate how many passages you will receive and the amount of time you have to respond to questions for those passages. Be sure to read them carefully and pace yourself so that you have time to answer all the questions.

In order to improve in each section, I’ll give you insights on two types of available resources. The first group consists of books designed to provide you an overall view while helping you indicate your strengths and weaknesses. My recommendation for you guys would be to choose one of the mentioned below books, ordered from the easiest to the most advanced, according to your level of English. Try to learn the tactics related to each part. Make sure to completely comprehend the structure of each section, take some notes, and track down the criteria where you think you have to improve! (That will help you along the way)

  1. The Official Guide to the New TOEFL iBT
  2. Longman Preparation Course
  3. Cambridge Preparation
  4. Delta’s Key to the TOEFL iBT
  5. Kaplan TOEFL iBT


Reading at least one of these resources is somehow a “must do” for each individual taking TOEFL, no doubt on that matter. Generally, these are well written, excellent selection of example essays and readings. Simply, the most basic and complete guide for applicants to be prepared for the content of the test especially in reading and listening section although it lacks enough and detailed exercises on the two remaining parts.

Luckily there exist additional sources such as books, sample tests, and websites which are not only helpful in reading and listening but also they are great means to make sure that you’ll have whatever you need to succeed in speaking and writing as well.

In order to read a complete guide on that subject make sure to check out the next post!

Keep up the good work!


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