My 3 favorite TOEFL websites (besides TST Prep)

Happy Friday TOEFL Insiders;

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

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TST Prep’s Top 10 TOEFL Tips videos have turned into our most popular lectures. If you are looking for some quick tips that actually work, start with our Ten Awesome Tips for the Reading Section of the TOEFL® Test. You won’t regret it.

In this 1-minute video, Leticia shares her success story and has some advice for students still struggling with the TOEFL. Check it out if you need some inspiration. Congratulations, Leticia!


Here’s a tip from Jamie Tanzman, one of our TOEFL Teachers.

“When I meet students for evaluations, I often hear examples of “bad templates”. I do believe in using templates, but it’s important that they are delivered with natural, spontaneous sounding intonation. Here’s how:

First, be sure to use a template that has some more natural-sounding vocabulary. For example, avoid phrases like “In my humble estimation”, no one talks like this.

If you are still in need of some natural templates, you can download them here.

Once you have a template that you feel comfortable and confident using, you know exactly how you will begin your responses, how you will organize them and how you will conclude. And you will have become a TOEFL Speaking machine (haha).”
– Jamie

TOEFL Resources

Good TOEFL practice is hard to find (besides the free resources at TST Prep).

There are, however, three great sites that you can use for free to find academic passages similar to the ones in the TOEFL Reading and TOEFL Listening sections.

1. National Geographic – Articles and videos on a range of scientific topics that can fit almost anyone’s interest.
2. TED – Everyone knows about TED at this point, but try a filtered search of lectures less than 5-minutes long to mimic the length of lectures during the TOEFL test.
3. Scientific American – Check out their 60-second podcasts for short listening passages that can help you prepare for the lectures you will hear on test day.

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