TOEFL Insider #111

Is this the hardest TOEFL Reading question ever?

Happy Friday TOEFL Insiders;

Here is your weekly summary of tips and resources in the TOEFL® world.

But first up, the next round of group classes is starting Monday, March 22nd.

Each class is maxed out at 8 students so we make sure each one of you gets the attention you need for the score you want.

Reading Group Classes:

  • Mon & Thur – 12:50 pm EDT / 11:30 am CDT, beginning March 22nd

Learn more about the Group Classes for the Reading Section of the TOEFL® Test.

Speaking Group Classes:

  • Group C: Mon & Thur – 7 pm EDT / 6 pm CDT, beginning March 22nd

Learn more about the Group Classes for the Speaking Section of the TOEFL® Test.

Writing Group Classes:

  • Group B: Mon & Thur – 8:30 pm EDT / 7:30 pm CDT, beginning March 22nd

Learn more about the Group Classes for the Writing Section of the TOEFL® Test.

If you have any questions, you can always contact our Head of Communications, Marina, at [email protected]



Struggle with test anxiety? This is a particular problem in the TOEFL Speaking section, which is why Todd Stuchinerone of our expert TOEFL instructors will be hosting a webinar on test anxiety and how to overcome those nerves for the TOEFL Speaking section. Seats are limited, so be sure to register here.

What’s the hardest question type in the TOEFL Reading section? For many, it is the inference questions. Check out our brand new video walkthrough where you learn everything you need to know about TOEFL Reading inference questions.


Here’s a tip from Katie Reaburn, one of our TOEFL Teachers.


TOEFL Speaking questions 3 and 4 are tough, but they don’t have to be. Most likely, there are some subjects that are harder than others. For example, I’m much stronger in topics about literature and history than I am when it comes to biology and environmental studies.
Here are some common topics from TOEFL Speaking questions 3 and 4:

•   Biology
•   Psychology
•   Business
•   History
•   Art
•   Environmental Studies

Once you know your weaknesses, it’s time to search for some videos about these topics. Videos that are for a younger audience are the best, because they explain things clearly and the graphics help you to follow the topic. One great site is TED Ed, where you can find hundreds of videos with clear explanations and transcripts of all these topics. Don’t worry about finding TOEFL-like topics for now. The goal is to build your knowledge.

Take notes, find vocabulary you don’t know, and build your skills so you can be ready for any TOEFL Speaking question 3 or 4 on test day.”
– Katie

TOEFL Resources

Impossible, right?

Two complete TOEFL essays in an hour! But that’s exactly what you have to do in the TOEFL Writing section.

That’s why we have compiled a list of ten of our best TOEFL Writing tips so you can feel cool and confident on test day.

Stay safe and good luck!

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— Josh MacPherson
Head Instructor at TST Prep


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