June 12, 2019

What to do (and NOT to do) to prepare for the TOEFL iBT® test

The TOEFL iBT ® test – or any test, really – can be quite nerve-wracking. Still, when it comes to preparation, every little bit helps. In preparing for the TOEFL iBT® test, where the coverage is as wide as the Pacific and test contents are unpredictable, making sure that you are properly prepared is the best way.

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts that would help even an experienced TOEFL test taker!

DO have a target score.

Know your target and try to predict your score before the test. That way, you get to identify your strong points and weak points, and adjust how and what your study. Having a key strong point is very important (everyone has it!) but it is vital to not only rely on that. Balance it out with the weak points as well. The test has more multiple choice questions than any other tests, so there is less chances that you will run out of time.

DO prepare ahead of time.

Practice listening most of all, as this is the level the generally fluctuates the most, especially if you live in a country that does not speak English. Also try to take note of your spelling when you practice writing. With the English grammar difficult enough as it is, it’s a waste to have points docked just because of spelling! Mock tests are also available online as well. Since it is also the most popular of the English proficiency tests, there are so many online resources available.

DO get enough sleep the day before.

Getting enough sleep and rest before the exam is very, very important. You wouldn’t want to go to the exam tired and end up just falling asleep right during the listening section, would you?


DON’T forget the small details.

Take note of the test location, and the time, as well as double checking if you have all the materials you need – these small preparations for the big day will save a lot of panicking and rushing on the day of the exam.

DON’T cram for the test the day before or even the week before.

Cramming will not work, in any way – you can’t predict the content of the test after all. If, and only if, you truly lack time to study, it is better to have someone watch over your study (err, cramming) – that way you don’t end up studying the wrong thing and learn more efficiently. There are express TOEFL iBT® preparation courses available online, which would have an expert with you at all times.

DON’T memorise your speaking answers.

There is no use in doing this, because as we’ve said, it’s impossible to know the exact contents of the exam beforehand. Still, it’s better to know how to organise your answers in your head. That way, you don’t panic and end up not answering the question.

Since the TOEFL iBT® Test have multiple human raters, compared to other exams, there is no need to exaggerate your diction and intonation to follow a specific accent the way some people tend to do when just reciting something they’ve memorised.


While there are many ways to study, ensuring that you are in your best condition to take the exam is key. Think of it as equipping yourself properly before heading on for battle. So keep calm and carry on studying! Good results will surely be worth it. The best of luck to you!


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