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How to Study for the TOEFL

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Improving Your English Skills

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Think in English Do so all the time, while you walk, while you plan your day, while you eat. It will become easier as you practice more.The best way is to put your skills to use, having conversations with native speakers. There are many sites on the Internet offering pen pals and conversation partners. You can meet face to face or use Skype or other services. You may even meet an English-speaker who wants to learn your language, if you're willing to return the favor. You can also listen to radio, television, and even podcasts in English.

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Learn English grammar. Grammar alone will not assure you a good score in the grammar section, but it is important to know

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Learn to recognize the parts of speech in English. Nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, pronouns, conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections are the primary ones. There are also phrases that function as nouns, verbs, and so on.

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Learn some idioms

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Read as much as you can in English.  Magazines, newspapers, and short articles are a good start, but try to work up to reading books. The reading section will be hardest if you don't understand the main idea.

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Write as much as you can in English. Don't worry if your writing isn't perfect. Just work on putting together good paragraphs of about 5-6 sentences each. Practice pre-writing, or organizing your writing using an outline or other technique. You will find it easier to write a good piece if you have a plan.

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Take a practice test.  You can find TOEFL practice online or purchase a test preparation book such as Barron's TOEFL.Time yourself during your practice so that you learn how long each section takes. Practice each section of the test and become familiar with it, so that you understand how each section works. Learn what sort of questions have been asked before, what sort of essay topics have been assigned, and what sort of subjects have been on the test before. Find out which sections and concepts are difficult and work on getting more practice in those areas.

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Buy TOEFL prep books. A good place to start is 'The Official Guide to the TOEFL Test'. You can also find copies of books online that you can review on the computer. They'll familiarize you with the structure of the test and how the content will be presented.There are a lot of tips in most of the prep books. Read them and keep them in mind -- they can make the difference between a good score and a great score.

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Be familiar with question types. There are certain types of questions in TOEFL; make sure you know what types of questions will be on test. Here's a very brief rundown: Reading questions -- mainly multiple choice, dealing with vocabulary, detail, purpose, negative factual information, essential information, reference, and inference. You will also deal with where to put information in a sentence, summaries, and tables.

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Listening questions -- again, mainly multiple choice, dealing with main idea, detail, purpose, organization and implications. There are also tables and some questions where you give more than one answer. Speaking questions -- you'll be given a topic to listen about, a little while to gather your thoughts, and then time to speak. The topics will vary from the more academic to the personal. Writing questions -- you'll be given two tasks. The first one you'll write about for 20 minutes, the second for 30. You must give your opinion and be able to back it up.

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TOEFL course Berlitz Language Center, Translation & Interpretation Zayed the First Street Bin Haiyai Bldg P.O.Box 41720 Abu Dhabi, UAE Tel: +971 (2) 6672287 Fax: +971 (2) 6672289

Summary: Do so all the time, while you walk, while you plan your day, while you eat. It will become easier as you practice more.The best way is to put your skills to use, having conversations with native speakers. There are many sites on the Internet offering pen pals and conversation partners. You can meet face to face or use Skype or other services. You may even meet an English-speaker who wants to learn your language, if you're willing to return the favor. You can also listen to radio, television, and even podcasts in English.

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