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Best TOEFL Preparation Books Resources - Reviews & Comments [#permalink]
02 Jun 2009, 10:00
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What is TOEFL? TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language - in other words it is English Language Proficiency test that all US Business Schools require International applicants to take. The new Internet Based Test or TOEFL iBT is scored from 0 to 120 but schools do not look at it from a scoring standpoint but rather Pass/Fail. Many schools will set a certain minimum that an applicants must get. If you are a native speaker or have been educated at a Western College that used English as the main language of instruction, there is a good chance that TOEFL requirement will be waived. US Residents and graduates of US colleges do not need to take TOEFL.
This book is a "must have" for TOEFL Preparation, no doubt about it. All four sections of the test are covered in detail with very thoroughly explained basic type of questions. This product is all you need to master the TOEFL. Unlike OG for GMAT, Official Guide for TOEFL is enough, you don't need any additional material. While additional scripts and books can help, they are not necessary to get the high score.
Pros: Well written, excellent selection of example essays and readings. Simply, applicant will be very well prepared for the test with this book and wouldn't find any subsequent unpleasant surprises in the test itself.
Cons: Nothing specific for this book. What used to drive me crazy during TOEFL preparation was lack of any kind of resource for practice of Speaking section.
I found best match between the real TOEFL Test and the Cambridge Practice Tests as well as i-Courses TOEFL Practice Tests. The good news is that i-Courses also offers a free TOEFL Sample that may be used online just by registering into their web page. For the full TOEFL Tests i-Courses give a nice feedback while in Cambridge that is a drawback that you cannot receive real teacher feedback nor your essays or writings are scored.
A friend of mine has lent me Cracking the TOEFL iBT, but the 2009 edition. Since I didn't find any mention of this book on this forum, just wanted to know, if it's a good enough book. If not, then I may have to purchase one of the others suggested in the posts above in this thread.
The accompanying CD had 7 full length practice tests and was comparable to what I found in the real exam.
By the way, I got this book while I was in India and they had an Indian edition.It was quite inexpensive considering the amount of practice the CD provided. The Indian edition costed less than 400 INR ( less than 10 dollars).
I got myself a copy of the Official Guide for the new TOEFL iBT from my local library(luckily they had a copy) and the book is the second edition. If I'm not wrong, the third edition is already out. So was wondering if I would need to buy the third edition? Also, is it sufficient if I go through the official guide alone? I scored 100 last time without any practice/prep. However, I need to retake it to score around 110 now with a minimum of 26 in each section. My trest is on friday march 11. thank you
I heard that the book is accompanied with 4 practice tests that are representative of the real exam. However, I read online somewhere that the practice tests will not give you a score once you are done. I was wondering if anyone can confirm this? Is it cause of the speaking section? But still if the tests won't give me a score then how will I know where I stand?