Ten Awesome Tips for the Reading Section of the TOEFL® Test

The TOEFL Reading takes time, and it sometimes seems like the questions are trying to trick you.

Well, they often are!

The good news is that we have some TOEFL Reading tips and tricks for you so you can save time and improve your reading score.

But that’s not all!

You can also download TST Prep’s Complete Test #13 for free right here.

Sit tight.

Don’t run off and start practicing yet. We have some TOEFL tips designed to help you study smarter and read better so you can achieve the TOEFL score of your dreams.

By the end of this TOEFL article, you will not only know what to do on test day, but how to prepare in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

Let’s jump right in!

Tip #1: Memorize the question types

The TOEFL Reading contains 10 different types of questions. Some appear more frequently than others and some take more time than others. Most are worth one point but some are worth two or three.

Instead of me rattling on and explaining the difference between each TOEFL Reading question type to you, it would be much better if I just put it a nice, friendly chart.

On the left hand column is the question type, in the second column gives an approximation of how often you will encounter each question, the third column identifies the value and the last column provides at least one example of how this type of question is usually worded.

The Reading Section Question Types

Question Type Frequency Time to Answer Question Value Question Phrasing
1. Vocabulary 2-4 60 seconds 1 “The word _________ in paragraph 2 is closest in meaning to…"
2. Factual Information (Detail) 3-6 90 seconds 1 “According to paragraph 4, what….”
“Which of the following…”
“It is stated in paragraph 4 that…”
3. Negative Factual Information (Negative Detail) 2-4 120 seconds 1 “All of the following are mentioned in paragraph 3 EXCEPT…”
“Which of the following is NOT mentioned....”
4. Inference 2-4 90 seconds 1 “What can be inferred from paragraph 5 about…”
“Paragraph 5 implies that…”
“Paragraph 5 suggests…”
5. Rhetorical Purpose (Author’s Purpose) 2-4 90 seconds 1 “In paragraph 6, the author discusses ________ in order to…”
“Why does the author mention…”
6. Sentence Simplification (Paraphrasing) 2-3 120 seconds 1 “Which of the sentences below best expresses the essential information in the highlighted sentence in paragraph 4?”
7. Insert Text (Sentence Insertion) 2-3 120 seconds 1 “In paragraph 2 there is a missing sentence. Where would the sentence best fit?”
8. Reference (Pronoun Referent) 0-1 60 seconds 1 “The word _________ in paragraph 1 refers to…”
9. Prose Summary (Summary) 1-2 150 seconds 1 “An introductory sentence for a brief summary of the passage is provided below. Complete the summary by selecting the THREE answer choices that express the most important ideas in the passage."
10. Fill In A Table (Organization) 0-1 150 seconds 2-3 “Complete the table below to summarize information about _________ in the passage. Match the appropriate statements to _________”

If you want to see these questions in action, I recommend downloading TST Prep complete test #13.

Tip #2: Find keywords and focus on them

For many of the question types, you can rely on the keywords in both the question and answer choices to help you find the correct option.

Keywords are important words in the question that you can use to help you find answers quickly.

For example, below is a paraphrase question, and you will notice that it is pretty wordy.

Which of the following best expresses the essential information in the highlighted sentence in paragraph 3? Incorrect choices change the meaning in important ways or leave out essential information.

  1. Discoveries of ceratopsian remains suggest that they lived in groups
  2. Fossils of individual herds of ceratopsians have been discovered in bone beds
  3. The evidence shows ceratopsians of all ages and genders lived, ate, and slept in groups
  4. Numerous fossils support the idea that individual ceratopsians differed from each other

First of all, here is a little bonus tip, paraphrase questions are always worded the same. You don’t need to waste any time reading the question, you should see it and know immediately that it is a paraphrase question.


Let’s get back to the topic, keywords.

What are keywords?

I am going to teach you three ways to identify them. Here are the first two: 

  • Keywords are almost never prepositions (under/in) or articles (a/an/the)
  • Keywords are almost always verbs, nouns or adjectives

Let’s apply these two new rules to the four possible answers:

  1. Discoveries of ceratopsian remains suggest that they lived in groups
  2. Fossils of individual herds of ceratopsians have been discovered in bone beds
  3. The evidence shows ceratopsians of all ages and genders lived, ate, and slept in groups
  4. Numerous fossils support the idea that individual ceratopsians differed from each other

So far we have cut about 20% of the text we need to focus on for this particular TOEFL Reading question. Notice that I cut some other types of words like conjunctions (and).  I do NOT want you to get too caught up with the grammar terminology. In general, pay little attention to these extra little words that don’t carry too much information. They are sometimes referred to as function words, which implies that they are used as grammatical tools rather than to carry any valuable information.

Next up…

  • Keywords are almost never prepositions (under/in) or articles (a/an/the)
  • Keywords are almost always verbs, nouns or adjectives
  • Proper nouns are almost always keywords

Proper nouns are words that identify a specific person, place, or thing. For example, “city” is a common noun, but “New York City” is a proper noun. 

Pretty clear from all of the given choices that ceratopsian is a pretty important word.

  1. Discoveries of ceratopsian remains suggest that they lived in groups
  2. Fossils of individual herds of ceratopsians have been discovered in bone beds
  3. The evidence shows ceratopsians of all ages and genders lived, ate, and slept in groups
  4. Numerous fossils support the idea that individual ceratopsians differed from each other

Notice that I continued to eliminate other words that were not part of the three rules.

Think of the three keyword rules as a guide, and then use your own common sense to eliminate other words that are not necessary for you to focus on.

Tip #3: Practice reading with a timer

You will be given 36 minutes to complete the TOEFL Reading section, and that’s going to be a challenge.

After each reading passage, you will have 10 questions about the text. In other words, you have 36 minutes to read approximately 1400 words (700 words per passage) and answer 20 questions (10 per passage).

Reading 1400 words and answering 20 questions in 36 minutes is tough.

It’s a good exercise to time yourself while you do TOEFL Reading Practice questions. Simply set a timer on your computer or phone.
You can start by timing yourself to see how long it takes you to complete each question.

Some questions take longer to answer than others, for example, let’s compare a TOEFL Reading vocabulary question to a TOEFL reading negative detail question:


The word extract in paragraph 3 is closest in meaning to…

  1. Allow
  2. Express
  3. Obtain
  4. Recover


Which of the following best expresses the essential information in the highlighted sentence in paragraph 3? Incorrect choices change the meaning in important ways or leave out essential information.

  1. Discoveries of ceratopsian remains suggest that they lived in groups
  2. Fossils of individual herds of ceratopsians have been discovered in bone beds
  3. The evidence shows ceratopsians of all ages and genders lived, ate, and slept in groups
  4. Numerous fossils support the idea that individual ceratopsians differed from each other

Clearly, some question types will take longer to answer than others. Below is the list of TOEFL Reading question types along with the average amount of time you should take with each question (each time measurement represents the maximum amount of time you should take)

  1. Vocabulary – 60 seconds
  2. Detail – 60-120 seconds (ideally 90 seconds)
  3. Negative Detail – 120 seconds
  4. Paraphrasing – 120 seconds
  5. Sentence Insertion – 120 seconds
  6. Inference – 90 seconds
  7. Author’s Purpose – 90 seconds
  8. Pronoun Reference – 60 seconds
  9. Summary – 120 seconds
  10. Organization – 120 seconds

Of course, you probably won’t be able to answer the questions within these time frames right away. Practice this skill. Eliminate choices to improve your odds of getting the correct answer and don’t hesitate to take an educated guess. Sometimes, you will not be 100% certain if you are correct, but you have to move on and answer all of the questions before time runs out.

Tip #4: Beware of modifiers in answer choices

One way to eliminate wrong choices and select the correct one is to pay close attention to modifiers.

First of all, what’s a modifier?

A modifier is a word, usually an adjective or noun that changes the meaning of the head noun. The wrong modifier can change the significance of a statement. 

The best way to understand is to look at a few examples: 

  1. This event has had a tremendous impact
  2. This event has had some impact
  3. This event has had almost no impact

As you can see, modifiers are an easy way to make a possible choice incorrect. All you have to do is change a single word and it changes the entire meaning of the sentence. This is one of the more infamous trap answers on the TOEFL, so be sure not to fall for the modifier trap. There is a huge difference between “tremendous impact” and “almost no impact“.

Tip #5: Store knowledge of academic vocabulary

Since the passages on the TOEFL Reading are all academic texts, the vocabulary is also at the academic level.

So, why does this matter?

You probably already know that you should study academic vocabulary, but did you know that there is an actual Academic Word List? It was created by linguist Averil Coxhead in 2001 and it contains 570 of the most common academic words used in scholarly journals and texts.

You can get yourself a copy of the Ultimate TOEFL Vocabulary List.

Here’s a quick example of one of the academic vocabulary words and all of its variations:

  • Verb form(s) – acquire
  • Noun form(s) – acquisition, acquirement, acquirer
  • Adjective form(s) – acquisitive, acquirable 
  • Adverb form(s) – acquisitively 

Let me make something clear…

You do NOT have to know all the forms of a single word. The point is that if you know the simple verb form, (i.e. acquire), then you can probably figure out the meaning of the other forms of the same word. Don’t memorize every word in each word family, just focus on familiarizing yourself with the headword.

Understanding these words won’t guarantee that you will know every word you encounter in the TOEFL Reading but this is the most concise vocabulary list you can find. There are other sites that promote TOEFL Vocabulary Lists of thousands of words, but all you need for the TOEFL Reading section is to focus on these 570 words.

Tip #6: Learn word parts and apply to unknown vocabulary

In addition to learning academic vocabulary, it’s beneficial to learn the parts of words, i.e., the prefixes, suffixes, and roots of words.

Knowing that “ex-” means “out of or not“, or that “pro-” means “before or forward” will you give you the advantage of being able to dissect words that you do not completely understand.

Whether you like it or not, there will be words in the TOEFL Reading section that you simply do not know. This TOEFL Reading tip will not only help you with vocabulary questions but for any part of the text you do not fully comprehend.

The problem is that there are literally thousands of word parts and some are more useful than others. Her is a link to our Essential Word Parts List, which includes all 219 word parts that can help you discern the meaning of a word, even if you are unfamiliar with it.

Below is a list of our 54 most common prefixes. You can find the rest in our Essential Word Parts List.

Group 1 – Location and Movement

  1. ab away from, down – abandon, abstain, abnormal, absurd, abominable
  2. ad at, towards – admire, adapt, adjacent, admonish, adversary
  3. circum to go around, circle – circumvent, circumstance, circumstantial, circumference, circumcise
  4. con-/co-/com-/col together – collect, company, concentrate, converge, coexist
  5. dia through, across – dialogue, diachronic, diameter, diatribe, diagram
  6. equi equal – equidistant, equity, equilibrium, equinox, equivalent.
  7. ex out of, not – exposure, exaggerate, exonerate, exude, exclusion
  8. fore front, in advance – foreground, forearm, forecast, foreclose, foreshadow
  9. in in, on, not – inception, intone, insinuate, incorrect, inaccurate
  10. inter among, between – interaction, intercept, intermediate, interject, international
  11. para besides, irregular, beyond – paramedic, paranormal, paragraph, paraphrase, paranoid
  12. per thoroughly, through – perceive, persist, peruse, persevere
  13. peri about, around, near – periodical, periscope, perimeter, peripheral
  14. pro before, forward – procession, proficiency, prominent, prologue, prognosis
  15. sub under, below, slightly imperfect – subatomic, subconscious, subdivide, subjugate, submission
  16. syn-/sym with, together – sympathetic, synergy, synonym, symbiotic, symmetrical
  17. tele afar, at a distance – telecast, telecommunication, telephone, telescope, television
  18. trans through, across, beyond – transcript, transfer, transcendence, transport, transaction

Group 2 – Numbers

  1. bi-/du two – duplicate, dual, bisexual, biweekly, bipolar
  2. cent 100 – centenarian, century, centigrade, centimeter, centipede
  3. mill 1000 – millennium, milliliter, milligram, millennial, millipede
  4. mono one – monochrome, monotone, monogamy, monopolize, monotheism
  5. multi more than one – multicellular, multicultural, multimillionaire, multitask, multifaceted
  6. poly many – polyglot, polygamy, polyphonic, polytheism, polygon
  7. quad four – quad, quadriplegic, quadrangle, quadruplet, quadriceps
  8. tri three – tricycle, tripod, trio, trimester, triad
  9. uni one, together – unicorn, unicycle, unify, uniform, universal

Group 3 – Negatives

  1. anti against, opposite of – antidepressant, antitrust, antiwar, antidote, antisocial
  2. contraagainst, in opposition of – contraband, contraceptive, contrast, contrarian, contradiction
  3. dis away from, the reverse effect – disable, disadvantage, disarm, displace, disrupt
  4. il-/im-/in-/ir not, opposite of – illegal, imbecile, irregular, inability, inconsistent, illogical
  5. mal wrong, badly – malefic, malcontent, malpractice, malnourished, malevolent
  6. mis wrong, incorrect – misjudge, mislead, misprint, mistreat, misfortune
  7. non not – nonchalant, noncompliant, nonexistent, nonrenewable, nonfiction
  8. un negative, opposite force – unacceptable, uneasy, unhinged, unrealistic, unspeakable

Group 4 – Academics

  1. astro the stars, outer space – asteroid, astrology, astrolabe, astronaut, astrophysicist
  2. geo earth – geometry, geothermal, geography, geolocation, geometric
  3. hydro water – hydroelectric, hydrometer, hydrophobia, hydropathic, hydrodynamic
  4. neur nerves, nervous system – neuron, neurological, neuropathy, neurosis, neurosurgeon
  5. psych mind, spirit, that which breathes – psychedelic, psychic, psycho, psychosis, psychotic
  6. socio social, society – sociocultural, socioeconomic, sociolinguistic, sociopolitical, sociopath

Group 5 – More Prefixes

  1. ana back, again, upwards – anagram, analogy, anatomy, anachronism, analyze
  2. auto by oneself, itself – autobiography, autocracy, autograph, automatize, autonomy
  3. em, en to cause to be in, to confine – embark, embezzle, entourage, enjoin, encroach
  4. hyper over, exaggeration – hyperactive, hyperbolic, hyperlink, hypertension
  5. meta after, change, beyond – metamorphosis, metaphysical, metadata, metabolism, metaphor
  6. neo new – neologism, neolithic, neofascist, neon, neonate
  7. over more than usual, too much – overcooked, overachiever, overeducated, overdose, overslept
  8. pan all – pandemic, panorama, Pangea, pan, panacea
  9. post after – postmortem, postmodernism, posterity, postscript, postseason
  10. pre before – precaution, preconditioned, predestination preordain, preview
  11. re back, again – rebuild, recall, recede, reflect, reconsider
  12. super above, beyond – superimpose, superlative supernova, superstar, superrich
  13. ult last, beyond – ultraconservative, ultrasound, ultimatum, ultimate, ulterior


Remember, using word parts will not always work. The prefix “ab” may mean “away from or down” but the abs around your stomach have nothing to do with this prefix. These word parts are tools to help you on your TOEFL journey.

And don’t forget, this TOEFL Reading tip is incomplete. You can download the entire Essential Word Parts List exclusively from TST Prep right here.

Tip #7: Be an active reader

Let’s face it, TOEFL Reading passages are pretty dull.

Some people may be interested in the phases of the moon or the geopolitics of Ancient Rome, but most tend to nod off after the first paragraph.

Focus is an enormous part of your grade for the TOEFL Reading. If you can read the words, but don’t understand what they mean or how they connect with each other, you will not be able to answer the questions.

You can NOT read TOEFL passages the same way you read the newspaper or a novel, you have to read with certain goals in mind.

You must read actively.

Passive reading is when you read a newspaper and then pretty much forget everything you read besides some vague main idea. You might remember that you read about the war in Syria, but you will not be able to recall the first line of the third paragraph in that article.

Active reading will help you remember a lot more of what you read.

While most exams in college test your memory, the TOEFL tests your comprehension. They don’t want to see if you can remember the material, but if you can understand it. So, your goal is to understand what you read.

STEP 1 – Before you start reading any TOEFL paragraph, not TOEFL passage, just a paragraph within the Reading passage, imagine you are a teacher and ask yourself, “How am I going to explain this paragraph to a six-year-old?”

And that’s it.

That’s how we are going to read actively. That’s your goal when you read any TOEFL paragraph.

“I need to explain this to a 6-year-old”

So when you see a paragraph before you start to answer the question, imagine you are going to have to teach about this stuff to a bunch of children. Focus on understanding the main idea of the paragraph in a clear and simple way before you start to answer the question. 

Let me show you a quick example from a paragraph from a reading text.

“The ceratopsians, also known as ceratopsia or ceratopia, are among the most well-known and distinctive of all dinosaur species. The majority of ceratopsians were four-legged dinosaurs that ranged in length from one meter (three feet) to nine meters and in weight from 23 kilograms (50 pounds) to 5,400 kilograms. The earliest ceratopsians lived around 161 million years ago, and the last ones died out approximately 66 million years ago during the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event. The first fossil remains of ceratopsians were discovered in the mid to late nineteenth century, and they were first classified as separate from other dinosaur species in 1890 by Othniel Charles Marsh, one of the preeminent paleontologists of the period.”

My own simple summary of this paragraph would be something like, “This paragraph acts as a general introduction to ceratopsian dinosaurs with details about how they lived and when their bones were later discovered.

I think a six-year-old would get that. 

Now you try. Download TST Prep’s Complete Test #13 and try to summarize each paragraph in the reading section in a way that even a six-year-old would understand (after you finish reading this article of course). 

You will be shocked by how this small mental shift can totally change your reading comprehension. 

Tip #8: Study the same test more than once

The title sums this tip up fairly well, but it is a crucial aspect of studying that most students neglect.

I have seen countless TOEFL takers fall into the practice trap. They feel that the best way to improve their score is to keep doing TOEFL practice, but they never reflect n what they have learned.

This is why all of our private TOEFL students are taught a specific four-step-system for studying the TOEFL, called The PARA Framework.

P – Plan 

A – Act 

R – Reflect 

A – Adjust 

In this system, taking a practice step is just one step in the four-step process (act). They must also spend a significant amount of time planning, reflecting and adjusting.

It’s crucial for you to reflect on what you have done and adjust based on what you have learned through reflection. After you reflect and adjust, it’s time to plan. Plan on taking the same test 1-2 weeks after the first time you did it. Anticipate that you remember most of the answers visually, not necessarily through comprehension. However, your goal is not to comprehend more, but to remember what you have already learned and ensure you do not make the same mistake twice.

Tip #9: Explain why you were correct or incorrect

Reflecting on your answers and explaining why you were correct or incorrect is step 3 in the 4-step PARA Framework you just learned about: Plan, Act, Reflect, Adjust.

Each part of this 4-step-system is important, but you will experience the most growth through reflection. Reflection is where you will act as your own teacher. Of course, it is always better to work with a teacher and we have a team of TOEFL Teachers ready and waiting to help, but if you have to do it on your own, know that there are only three reasons why you might get a question wrong on the TOEFL Reading.

That’s right, only three.

  1. Misread the passage
  2. Misread the question
  3. Did not understand the vocabulary

It is hard to imagine, but the reason why you might get a question wrong in the TOEFL reading boils down to just these three possible reasons.

Now that you know how to identify what the problem was when you answered correctly, the next step is to adjust. When you adjust, you decide what you are going to differently next time to avoid making the same mistake again. Let me give you an example of each for an incorrect TOEFL Reading question so you can see it in action:

  1. Misread the passage“I have to pay better attention to keywords in the question next time. I was looking at the wrong place in the passage for the answer.” 
  2. Misread the question“I always make the same mistake with negative detail questions, I choose a correct answer rather than an incorrect one. From now on, I will pay special attention to each question and keep a sharp eye out for the words “not” or “except”.
  3. Did not understand the vocabulary“I didn’t understand the word ‘acquire’. I am going to look up some examples with the word and then practice writing a few sentences on my own. If I have a teacher, I will ask her to correct my grammatical mistakes.” 

This is a tough habit to start because it takes time and thought, two of our most precious resources.

If you are serious about improving your TOEFL Reading abilities, I suggest starting a journal, reflecting on your answers and making plans on how you intend to adjust your approach based on your scores.

Tip #10: Practice with short passages

You are still here?


You have made it to the end, and since you have invested your time into reading an article about TOEFL Reading tips, I know you are serious about your TOEFL score.

Here is a link to our free PDF of 100 TOEFL Reading short questions.

The average TOEFL Reading passage is 700 words, followed by 10 questions, but these short passages are between 100-250 words and are followed by just one or two questions.


So you can focus on understanding what you read and mastering each question type. Not only will practicing short passages help you understand why you got a certain question wrong but it will also allow you to narrow your focus on your reading strengths and weaknesses.


But that is it, your top ten TOEFL Reading tips.

I know it was a lot to digest, but if you want to know more, check out our TOEFL Emergency Course that covers the essentials on not just the reading section, but every aspect of the TOEFL.

Did we miss anything? (or just want to say thanks!) 

Let us know in the comments section below. 

Don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know if you have any questions at [email protected] 

Happy studies!



  1. Paradise Andishe

    That was really short and sweet. The content I’ve been searching for weeks!

  2. Melody

    Thanks you so much for providing various and abundant learning tips

  3. Musa Hodman

    Thanks so much for the valuable tips and resources.

  4. Lena

    Hello! Thank you for the article and the tips. I have a question regarding reading strategies. What is the procedure for completing the tasks?

    For ex.,
    1. read the first sentence of each paragraph
    2. Then go to the question and read it (but not answers because they might confuse you)
    3. search for the answer in the text

    Or what would the procedures/steps be?

    • Josh

      Hi Lena and great question! I really do encourage students to find a strategy that works best for them, but in general, I recommend skimming the passage (the first sentence of each paragraph would be fine) and then answering the questions one at a time and reading while you answer. The questions go in chronological order so it will feel natural to read and answer the questions. Try not to skip questions. Focus on eliminating one choice at a time instead of finding the right answer out of four possible choices. That’s a quick bullet list. You can find a good summary of tips here – https://youtu.be/dBIix5rR4Nc

      • Lena

        Thank you for your answer!
        So, do you also think that it is better not to waste time on reading the answer choices first, but find the answer from the text and then match it with the correct answer choice? It feels like one just wastes time trying to grasp the meaning of each answer choice, or do you think that it is better to first read one answer choice at a time and check it in the text.

        • Josh

          Great question Lena. At this level of detail, I would recommend that you experiment and decide which works best for you. What I usually do (and recommend) is to read options “a” and “b” and start reading the given paragraph where you believe the answer is located, see if either fits or could be crossed out. If you don’t see any connection, then glance over at “c” and “d” and see if they connect to those two sentences. Repeat this process for every two sentences. I hope that makes sense, but if you need more detailed advice like this, you might want to try a trial lesson with a TOEFL teacher here – https://tstprep.com/store/toefl-trial-lesson/

  5. Farooq muataz ali

    Hi, Josh thank you for such valuable and priceless tips. Do the words list and these tips still apply to TOEFL 2022? And also do you have other tips about the other sections?

  6. Racheal Faith

    Hello, Josh. I am new to the whole TOEFL system. I was inquiring about the practice part where everybody is talking about scores because I would also want to try out and maybe be grading so I can track my progress and I can know my weaknesses because I have my TOEFL exam in literally a month which is on 18th September 2021

    • Josh

      Hi Racheal and this is a good question. We used to have a diagnostic test to help students like you in this type of situation, but it proved unpopular so we got rid of it. However, I will link out to a website that does have something similar. I do disagree with some of their advice and practice materials, but most of them are helpful and reliable. Here’s the link and I hope that helps – https://www.toeflbank.com/

  7. PRU

    Thank you so much; I will take the TOEFL test on August 6, 2021; these are very useful tips. Wish me luck!

    • Josh

      Happy to hear it helped. Good luck on the test and let me know how it goes!

  8. athaya

    Thank you so much for these tips, very helpful!

  9. Taeb Madady

    Hi, josh I’ve got another question. I’m good with my speaking part my average score is 25+, but, in the 3 remain part I’m I have a problem my average score on them are 14-18.
    Can you help me in this case? my goal is 100+, and my test date is on the 5th of AUG. Can you give me some special tips and tricks to achieve 100+?
    I will be so thankful if you reply to my comments.

  10. Taib Madady

    Hi, Josh at first kindly thanks for all of your services.
    I’ve my TOEFL exam on the 5th of AUG, my goal is 100+ can you recommend me some special tips for (reading, listening, writing).
    Also some tips for speaking, I’m good with the speaking practice test I got 25+ on them but my main problem is the 3 remain parts which in the practice test I’m between 14-18.

  11. Amir

    Hey Josh. I’m practicing the Toefl reading section but I’m not able to get a score of 20+. Im stuck between score of 16-19. I’ve got a score of 20 just 2-3 times out of 15 sections. How can I improve my score ? I always lose 1 mark in all 3 three summary type questions. Please help me if you can. I’ve my toefl exam on 10th July.

    • Josh

      Hi Amir and thank you for your question, of course, I would recommend the TOEFL Score Builder Course, which I will link to below because it includes specific activities designed to help improve your score. In general, practice with shorter texts, review your answers, find challenging vocabulary and review those words, and so on. There is a lot to say and much depends on your level, study routine, etc., but in general, I usually recommend the program – https://tstprep.com/toefl-store/toefl-score-builder-program/

      Also, since you mentioned you have some trouble with summary questions, I thought this video might help with that particular one – https://vimeo.com/424766439

      I hope one of those links will be useful for you.

  12. Elliot

    Hi, Josh! MY TOEFL writing score stuck at 21 points, and so does my reading. Are there any good strategies you can recommend?


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Due to the spread of COVID-19 and the subsequent closing of many in-person testing facilities, ETS has created a home version of the TOEFL iBT. This article will take an in-depth look at the special home edition of the TOEFL iBT by delving deeper into the registration process, technical requirements, and overall differences between this test and the original TOEFL iBT.