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How to Study for the TOEFL - Test Prep. 23 with Steve Ford

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Hello Everyone! Here is a free English lesson to help anyone preparing for the TOEFL or IELTS tests. All of these tips are based on my personal experience teaching TOEFL over the past 20 years. 


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The process of elimination on multiple choice questions is a topic of much controversy. Whether you are doing the reading or listening sections, you can most likely eliminate two answers from your choice. An important thing to remember is to try and choose the answer which is most likely linked to what you have read or heard. If you feel you made a bad choice, don't worry about it. You will ALWAYS get a few questions on each section which can be very subjective and are the most difficult to answer. The good news, however, is that these kinds of questions are only a few in number.

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As you can see from the picture above, you will get some questions in the reading or listening which require you to organize information in charts and diagrams. These questions are more complex and if done correctly will give you 3 or 4 points. The reading section in particular is something that students quite often underestimate and I highly suggest everybody studying for the TOEFL or IELTS to get as much practice material as possible to make sure you are ready. Too often I get feedback from my private students who say the reading section was extremely long. 

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During the TOEFL integrated speaking and the listening section, you will have the chance to take notes. note taking is a skill that is a must and what I see is students who either have developped a good strategy for taking notes or those who simply get lost in their notes. One important tip I can give you is that usually in the listening lectures, there is an introduction which leads the listener into the main points in the topic. If you can recognize what the intro. is, you can ignore it and focus on the main points and examples which will be asked about in the questions that follow.