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Just starting TOEFL prep [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2011, 01:41
Hi all,

I am just starting my TOEFL prep and trying to get an idea how much time do I need.
I am fluent in English (both speaking and writing).
I just took GMAT and got 80 percentile for Verbal.

So, what is your estimate, how much time I need to prepare for TOEFL?
What books do you recommend?

Thanks and Happy New Year!
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Re: Just starting TOEFL prep [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2011, 02:04
Hello,

Please take some time to read the stickies in this forum, where you will find a lot of information about how to prepare the exam.
You can start for this one: everything-you-need-to-prepare-for-the-toefl-100641.html

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Re: Just starting TOEFL prep [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2011, 02:14
Thanks.
I did not notice how much information is there... Sorry.
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Help about Toefl [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2011, 23:38
Dear friends,
I am writing this message regarding Toefl iBT, and i am sure after reading this message u would like to guide me properly.
I have been taking toefl iBT in 2010 and all the times i have been getting almost same marks.

Reading 18
listening 19
Speaking 24
Writing 26
But i need 23 in reading and 25 in listening. Unfortunately during reading session i cant concentrate for a long time. Five long passages and 14 questions each make it more difficult. As far as the listening is concerned ,the lectures and the dialogues are presented in a simple way but the questions are very tricky. It is funny to say sometimes they ask why professor does this... why he burbs, why he breaths etc.lol
This test has been made more memory and less logicable. Even most of the native speakes cant get advance level in this exam. Plz i request u to help me, to make my reading and listening better. I am so frustrated i want to replace it with IELTS.
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Re: Just starting TOEFL prep [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2011, 00:02
the only thing I'd suggest you is to read and listen English as much as you can. For example, buy The Economist and read it entirely, or rent movies in English. You need to improve your concentration skills, not only for the TOEFL but for the next (GMAT? GRE?).

You are getting high scores in the usually harder sections of the TOEFL, and low scores in the easier ones :shock:
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Re: Just starting TOEFL prep [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2011, 00:52
Thank you rid82 for your valuable suggestion. Actually i am a veterinarian from India and residing in USA for last two years. I need toefl iBT for my ECFVG programme. Believe me i have taken the toefl iBT three times and all the times almost same marks. I am trying to improve my listening and reading skills. Would u suggest some reading and listening material ( Books, audio cds). so that i could directly purchase them instead of spending money on some rubbish stuff?
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Re: Help about Toefl [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2011, 03:11
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Dear friends,
I am writing this message regarding Toefl iBT, and i am sure after reading this message u would like to guide me properly.
I have been taking toefl iBT in 2010 and all the times i have been getting almost same marks.

Reading 18
listening 19
Speaking 24
Writing 26
But i need 23 in reading and 25 in listening. Unfortunately during reading session i cant concentrate for a long time. Five long passages and 14 questions each make it more difficult. As far as the listening is concerned ,the lectures and the dialogues are presented in a simple way but the questions are very tricky. It is funny to say sometimes they ask why professor does this... why he burbs, why he breaths etc.lol
This test has been made more memory and less logicable. Even most of the native speakes cant get advance level in this exam. Plz i request u to help me, to make my reading and listening better. I am so frustrated i want to replace it with IELTS.
Raja.


Hi Raja,

Its really an unique problem that is very difficult to assess without actually knowing you in person. I can give you a tip which helped me in my preparations. Pick up the newspaper everyday and go through the editorial section, specially on topics which do not interest you. That way not only will your reading and comprehension skills increase, but I feel it would help you with your patience too which I feel has played a big part in your previous TOEFL attempt. Since you are a doc, I am sure you have huge amounts of patience already! Just utilize it in the first 2 sections of the test.

All the Best!
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