As test time approaches, you may be asking yourself just what it will take to pass the TOEFL. Well, above all, practice is the most important part of any long term goal. The only issue is where to start. With a dozen new TOEFL guides coming out each year, it’s tough to know which books will benefit you most. That’s why we took it upon ourselves to narrow the search for you and make your life a bit easier. Here are 5 resources that will best prepare you for the TOEFL.
There’s more to perfecting your language skills than memorizing lists of words. Moreover, you can read as many grammar explanations on how to construct a sentence in English as you like, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to actually do it come test day. The best way to both build vocabulary and familiarize yourself with how to apply it to sentences is by seeing the words in action. Painless Vocabulary presents useful vocabulary that’s likely to appear in the test in the form of interesting and stimulating stories. Also, the TOEFL reading and listening sections are heavy on stories just like the ones in this book.
One of the trickiest yet most defining aspects of the English language is its use of phrasal verbs. For example, the word pick and the phrasal verb pick up mean entirely different things. Learning English phrasal verbs can be a grueling exercise. But it’s important, and English Phrasal Verbs In Use can help you. The book presents more than 1,000 phrasal verbs in list form and provides clear definitions and easy-to-understand examples.
British and American English differ innumerable ways. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in the accent, which you’ll want to familiarize yourself with in preparation for the listening sections of the test. Additionally, the United States is an enormous country, which means that there is a lot of variety among accents even within US borders. Each pocket of the country has a different way of speaking. Speak Like An American comes with audio CDs that contain listening clips. The CDs cover all the American accents, many of which appear in the listening sections of the TOEFL.
In many ways, preparing for the TOEFL is not the same as learning the language. There are a number of aspects of the exam that are challenging in their own right, regardless of how well you speak the language. For example, the listening section allows you only one listen per part. It’s 60-90 minutes long. You have to listen to a series of recordings of lectures and conversations and take notes as you listen. This is a skill in and of itself that you’d be wise to work on in the preparation stages. The best way to do so is with Practice Exercises For The Toefl With MP3 CD, which has listening sections structured exactly as they are in the actual exam.
Finally, last but not least, we have the official guide. The real deal. This will give you all the info you need about the TOEFL, so that on the day of the test, you’re not met with any score-altering surprises. It’s no thriller, but that which doesn’t put you to sleep will only make you stronger. It’s the only book on this list that’s written by the people who created the test. In it you’ll find four practice tests. By the fourth try, you should be adequately familiar with the test and prepared to take on the real thing.
Passing the TOEFL can lead you to a career in the United States. It could also get you in the door to study in the US. All in all, it’s a terrific resource to have on your CV, and, in many cases, is necessary to find work. Did you like our list? Have you found any other resources that you think we should add to it? Let us know in the comments section below.