Archivos de la categoría TOEFL Reading

tips for reading section of the TOEFL exam.

The Days Before the Exam

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.

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TOEFL Reading: Prose Summary Questions

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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TOEFL Reading: Insert Text Questions

First of all, before returning to the reading section, I’d like to announce the information about my next TOEFL preparation course for all of you in Seville:

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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

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TOEFL Reading – Vocabulary Questions

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.

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