If you are taking the TOEFL you have one simple goal, to earn your TOEFL score as quickly and easily as possible.
However, there are a ton of books, courses, videos, and practice tests out there, so it can be hard to figure out which is best for you.
This list of resources is meant to help you save time and choose the best resources for you based on your needs.
For TOEFL Beginners:
Inside the TOEFL: This free course is designed by ETS, the company who makes the TOEFL. It won’t help you much in terms of strategy or practice questions, but it will give you a general idea of what to expect from the test.
TST Prep’s Complete TOEFL Test Pack: I am going to start with our own tests, which were designed by a team of TOEFL experts committed to providing high-quality materials that reflect the exact type of questions you can expect on test day. And, by the way, you get these for 20% off. Just use coupon code FAMILY20OFF at checkout.
EduSynch: Our competition, but they do have some excellent practice questions, particularly in the reading and listening section. The best part is that much of it is free, all you have to do is create a username and password and you’re all set.
There are some other popular TOEFL websites for students like 4Test or Best My Test. I have linked to them here because some students find them helpful, however, some of the test questions and passage formats do not match what you will see in the TOEFL.
Official ETS Guide to the TOEFL: Like the Inside the TOEFL Course, this book is great for students who want to get a better understanding of the test structure and an accurate idea of what to expect on test day. However, it provides little in terms of strategy.
Pearson Longman’s Guide to the TOEFL: Many fellow TOEFL teachers disagree with me on this, but I’m partial to Pearson Longman’s TOEFL book because I used to teach out of in class. I chose this book over others because it had a lot of practice and strategy. Unfortunately, there is also some outdated information and practice questions that do not align with the current test structure, particularly in the speaking and writing sections.
No book is perfect and you will find almost all of them both helpful and confusing. TST Prep’s TOEFL Mastery Course might be a good alternative 😉
For students studying for less than a month…
As mentioned in the TOEFL beginners section, I would recommend the Inside the TOEFL Course.
For students studying for more than a month…
TST Prep’s TOEFL Mastery Course. This is my own course, so I will begin by recommending it. It includes 3x complete practice tests, 200x reading and listening questions, over 20x hours of video lessons and over 500 pages of downloadable PDFs that guide you through each section of the test. You can get my life’s work for a 20% discount with coupon code FAMILY20off.
Notefull’s TOEFL Mastery Course: The granddaddy of the TOEFL. These guys have been teaching the TOEFL online for well over a decade. A few of their videos on Youtube have received well over a million views and I must admit that they helped me when I first started teaching TOEFL. While I find some of the material outdated and advice questionable, they are a great resource for students looking for more TOEFL strategy. However, they don’t have much in terms of practice questions.
Additional TOEFL Resources:
There are a few more sites that didn’t fit neatly here, but are worth a mention:
TOEFL Resources: This site has a ton of valuable information, especially for students looking for materials on the TOEFL Writing section. Owned and operated by friend and colleague Michael Goodine, he has been consistently updating the site with fresh content.
TOEFL Speaking Teacher: Our sister site, this is a great resource for students who are struggling to get a 26 or higher in the TOEFL Speaking section. You can find evaluations, private lessons, and group lessons for all of your TOEFL Speaking needs.
Looking for a TOEFL teacher? You can also check out our teachers at the TOEFL Speaking Teacher site.
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