07 Sep Pass The TOEFL: Three Strategies To Help You Pass The English Exam
Each year, approximately 8 million students take the university English proficiency exam to get into the university, college, or school of their choice. Certainly, the most widely used English entrance exam is the TOEFL iBT test.
Unfortunately, a good percentage of the ESL students taking the test fail it the first time. This can be devastating for many students who are counting on passing the test before they move to the United States, Canada, or England.
Clearly, there are few thing that students can do to help them ensure a better chance at passing the TOEFL ibT exam. Here are three key strategies that will increase your TOEFL score every time:
1. Understand the TOEFL words. The TOEFL exam isn’t meant to trick anyone. The TOEFL exam regularly puts out sample test which contain words that students must master in understanding and usage. The good news is that since the words are provided you are expected to know them. Study TOEFL word lists and make them a part of you daily communication with friends and family.
2. Make Friends. This seems like the simplest thing, but many people who take the test may not have access to someone who is a native English speaker. In addition, they might not have access to friend who speaks at a college level. To do this you have to make friends with native speakers. This will require you to get out of your comfort zone. Making new friends can be fun and the conversations that you have in the beginning of your friendships will serve to help you practice your speaking and listening skills. This type of activity is critical because the “give and take” of a conversation is exactly what is one test and which is required to pass the test. Students will have to show the test takers that they are able to listen and clearly respond to a variety of real life situations. So, get out there and make some friends!
3. Read. Read as much English material as you can. The reason reading is so important when it comes to English exams is that many of the words in the English language are not phonetically spelled correctly. This simple fact makes it difficult for non-native speakers to master. For example, the word “drought” or “knowledge” does not acknowledge a few sounds that are represented in the letters the words contain. Reading will help put an end to the mystery and help you tremendously come test day.
Joel T. Reynolds