Of course you’re nervous. If you weren’t, you’d have a problem. The question is: what are you going to do with your nervous energy? Will you be able to use it to increase your focus? Or will it overwhelm you and disperse your concentration? As the day of the exam approaches, you need to be able to take that nervous energy and focus it on large, fundamental ideas, not the thousands of mini-details that are running around your head. So what I’d like to do in this blog entry is review the key ideas that you need to focus on in each section of the test so you will be able to use your energy productively. Let’s start with the Reading section.
It is difficult to overestimate the importance of the Prose Summary and Fill-in-a-Table questions found at the end of the TOEFL Reading passages. Answer them correctly and you have made significant progress in scoring high in the reading section. Struggle with these questions and the road to your high score becomes much more difficult, requiring you to be close to perfect in all the other questions. Given this importance, let’s start by looking at the Prose Summary Questions and to do our analysis, we’ll start at the very beginning: with the instructions.
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OK, now with business out of the way, let’s look at the insert text question in the TOEFL reading, a question which appears in almost every set of questions for a TOEFL Reading text
For every text in the Reading section of the exam, there will be a sentence simplification question. This question gives you a passage from the text and requires you to choose a sentence answer that best respresents the meaning of the original sentence. As a first step, let’s take a look at a key part of the instructions for this question.
One of the seemingly easier questions in the TOEFL Reading section is the reference questions. Yet, students often underestimate the difficulties involved, and make mistakes on questions that they should be able to answer correctly and relatively quickly. So, let’s start by taking a look at an example:
There is a tendency to be fatalistic about the vocabulary questions in the TOEFL Reading section: you either know the word or not, and if you don’t, play the TOEFL lottery and guess. While I can symapthize with the frustration, there are a number of things students can do to maximize the possibiltiy of answering correctly when they don’t perfectly know the vocabulary words in the text or answers. Let’s go over some of the key strategies.
Welcome to my blog which offers advice and strategies for TOEFL test-takers. Assuming a basic knowledge of the TOEFL format (if unsure, check out the TOEFL website www.ets.org/toefl, let’s begin with an overview of the first section of the first section of the exam: Reading. In future entries, we’ll look specifically at each question type in this section.