Jane, a teacher with English Success Academy, shares her 5 tips that will help you prepare for the TOEFL test. Jane talks about vocabulary building, speaking more clearly and thinking quickly under stress.
You shouldn’t keep your list of vocabulary in a notebook. And there are a lot of good reasons for that, but one of them is that if you have vocabulary flashcards, then you can take them everywhere you go. You can put them in your purse and if you’re stuck on the bus/train, you can just pull them out and look at them.
2. You should read transcripts out loud.
It’s really valuable to actually read out loud rather than read in your head. It just helps with the mechanics of speaking. When you’re reading out loud, you can hear how you sound and that helps you so much with speaking more clearly.
3. If you are practicing speaking responses 1 or 2 (especially speaking response 2), if the question asks you whether you agree or disagree, answer the question one way first, but then immediately afterwards answer the question the other way round.
So, if you agree first of all, then say that you disagree the second time and quickly think of a reason. That really helps you with quick thinking, mental agility, and it just gets you used to dealing with the same kind of vocabulary.
4. When you’re practicing speaking responses, even if you’re not paying enormous attention to time (e.g. you’re doing more topic development and language use work), still have the timer going.
It reduces the stress that you feel when you start doing timed responses. If you actually got a timer running all the time, you just get used to it, you get used to it being there in the background, and that really helps with stress and nerves.
5. If you are practicing writing, practice writing thesis statements.
Go and find a list of the ETS essays. You don’t have to write the whole essay, just choose a prompt and start brainstorming what you would write for that thesis statement. Again, that helps you to think quickly.