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One Month TOEFL Study Plan | How to Prepare for the TOEFL

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If you have any questions or comments about this TOEFL study plan or TOEFL preparation in general, please leave them at the bottom of the post and we will get back to you right away. Happy Studying! 🙂

30-Day TOEFL Study Plan

This one-month TOEFL study schedule is designed for self-studiers looking to prepare for their TOEFL exam date. I highly recommend that you seek out other opportunities to practice, especially conversation with English speakers, but that is not included in the schedule because it depends on what opportunities you have.

This month-long TOEFL study plan is mostly designed to get you familiar with the TOEFL format and question types, but with the ultimate aim of getting your TOEFL scores to an acceptable level. That means some of the material focuses on academic English in general. But if you’re concerned about your overall level of English, one month of study for the TOEFL may not be enough time. In that case, consider taking some time to get your English ability high enough beforehand, studying grammar, vocabulary, and practicing the four skills (reading, listening, speaking, and writing) outside the context of the TOEFL.

Each week, there are 6 days of TOEFL prep. One day per week will be a rest day, which isn’t included in the schedule. Use that day to relax!

if you have more time to devote to your studies, then buy the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests for additional practice.

TOEFL Prep Resources

To follow this schedule fully, you’ll need four things:

  1. A computer with speakers, a CD drive, and Internet access
  2. Magoosh TOEFL Prep
  3. The Official Guide to the TOEFL iBT, 4th Edition with the accompanying CD
  4. Magoosh’s free Study Timer app for iPhone/iPad for timing yourself on exam sections and keeping yourself on pace. Currently only available in iTunes.

Plan on spending about one or two hours each day to stay on this schedule, although some days will be less, and the practice tests will take longer.

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One Month TOEFL Study Schedule Breakdown

How to Prepare for the TOEFL: Week One

TOEFL Preparation Week 1
Week 1, Day 1:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the first four videos in Magoosh: under Introduction to the TOEFL, from “Overview of the TOEFL” to “Listening Section.”
    • Watch the video “Using the Grammar Lessons” in Introduction to TOEFL Grammar.
    • Watch any 4-5 grammar videos in Magoosh of your choice according to your weaknesses.
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Start working on Magoosh’s TOEFL flashcards. Begin with the “common” deck. Master 20 words at minimum. If you believe this deck is very easy for you, finish it today.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the reading and listening questions in ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 4. Your goal is to become familiar with the format of the test—don’t worry too much about how many right and wrong answers you get.

Week 1, Day 2:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next three videos in Magoosh: under Introduction to the TOEFL, from “Speaking Section” to “Studying for the TOEFL.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Reading” button on your Dashboard. Answer 14 questions, until the text changes to a new topic passage. Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong. If you see a new passage after 14 questions, return to the dashboard by clicking “Magoosh” at the top left of the screen.
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with four different recordings (about 23 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong. If you start a third recording, return to the dashboard by clicking “Magoosh” at the top left of the screen to exit your practice.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the speaking and writing questions in ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 4. Your goal is to become familiar with the format of the TOEFL and how much time you have for each task. Don’t worry about grading yourself.

Week 1, Day 3:

  • Lessons:
    • In Magoosh, watch the first two videos under Reading, titled “Pacing While Reading” and “Sample Passage: Clonal Colonies.”
    • Watch any 3-4 grammar videos in Magoosh of your choice according to your weaknesses.
  • Official Practice:
    • Take the “Reading” section of Practice Test 1 from the CD that accompanies the Official Guide. The format is not identical to that of the iBT, but it will give you a more authentic practice session than the practice tests in the book. Use the self-scoring chart in the back of the book (page 285) to see where you stand. Review your wrong answers carefully so that you understand why you made every mistake.

Week 1, Day 4:

  • Lessons:
    • In Magoosh, watch the first two videos under Speaking, titled “Task 1 – Choose One from Many” and “Task 1 – Sample Answers.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Speaking” button on your Dashboard. Answer 6 questions. Watch the explanation video for every question.
    • Master at least 20 more words in Magoosh’s TOEFL flashcards. Again, if you believe the deck you are working on is easy for you, finish it today.
  • Official Practice:
    • Take the “Speaking” section of Practice Test 1 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide. Use either your phone or this online recorder to record your answers. Don’t worry about grading them today. You will listen to them on day 6.
    • Complete the reading questions in ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 3. Review your incorrect answers carefully, learning from your mistakes

Week 1, Day 5:

  • Lessons:
    • In Magoosh, watch the first three videos under Listening, the “Sample Recording” videos.
    • Watch any 3-4 grammar videos in Magoosh of your choice according to your weaknesses.
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete one essay, and watch the explanation video.
  • Official Practice:
    • Take the “Listening” section of Practice Test 1 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide. Use the self-scoring chart in the back of the book (page 301) to see where you stand. Review your wrong answers carefully so that you understand why you made every mistake.

Week 1, Day 6:

  • Lessons:
    • In Magoosh, watch the first six videos under Writing, from “The Five-Paragraph Essay” to “Integrated Introduction Sample.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Reading” button on your Dashboard. Answer 14 questions, until the text changes to a new topic passage. Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong. If you see a new passage after 14 questions, return to the dashboard by clicking “Magoosh” at the top left of the screen.
  • Official Practice:
    • Take the “Writing” section of Practice Test 1 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide.
    • Listen to the recordings of your answers that you made on day 4. Compare them to the sample answers on the CD and explanations in the book (page 320 – 330).

 

How to Prepare for the TOEFL: Week Two

TOEFL Study Plan Week 2
Week 2, Day 1:

  • Lessons:
    • In Magoosh, watch the next three videos under Reading, the “Question Type” videos from “Vocabulary in Context” to “Except.”
    • In Magoosh, watch the next four videos under Listening, from “Question Type: Main Idea” to “Using Your Notes.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Spend 10-20 minutes working on Magoosh’s TOEFL flashcards.
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with four different recordings (about 23 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong. If you start a fourth recording, return to the dashboard by clicking “Magoosh” at the top left of the screen to exit your practice.
  • Official Practice:
    • Read the essays that you wrote on week 1, day 6. Compare them to the sample answers explanations in the book (page 331 – 342). Grade yourself based on which sample essays yours was most similar to. Edit both your essays to improve them.

Week 2, Day 2:

  • Lessons:
    • In Magoosh, watch the next two videos under Speaking, “Task 2 – Choose One from Two” and “Task 2 – Sample Answers.”
    • Watch 4-5 new grammar videos in Magoosh.
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Speaking” button on your Dashboard. Answer 6 questions. Watch the explanation video for every question.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the listening and speaking questions in ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 3. Use either your phone or this online recorder to record your answers to the speaking section. Review your incorrect answers to the speaking section carefully. Listen to your recordings, and note what could be improved. Then, answer the questions again with those improvements.

Week 2, Day 3:

  • Lessons:
    • In Magoosh, watch the next two videos under Speaking, “Task 3 -Conversation and Reading” and “Task 3 – Sample Answer.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete one essay, and then watch the explanation video.
    • Spend 20-30 minutes working on your vocabulary either with Magoosh’s TOEFL flashcards or these vocabulary exercises. (The easiest set of words is sublist one; the most difficult is sublist ten.)
  • Official Practice:

Week 2, Day 4:

  • Lessons:
    • In Magoosh, watch the next two videos under Writing, “Integrated Structure A” and “Integrated Structure B.”
    • Watch 3-4 new grammar videos in Magoosh.
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with four recordings (about 23 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the reading section and speaking sections from ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 1. Carefully review your answers and learn from your mistakes in the reading section. Save the recordings of your answers to the speaking section.

Week 2, Day 5:

  • Lessons:
    • In Magoosh, watch the next two videos under Writing, “Integrated Body Sample (Structure A)” and “Integrated Body Sample (Structure B).”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete one essay, and then watch the explanation video.
  • Official Practice:
    • Return to the essay you wrote for ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 3. Edit and add to it to make it even better.
    • Return to your answers to the speaking questions on ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 1. Listen and note what could be improved. Answer them again with those improvements.

Week 2, Day 6:

  • Lessons:
    • In Magoosh, watch the next two videos under Reading, “Inference” and “Purpose.”
    • In Magoosh, watch the next two videos under Listening, “Question Type: Function” and “Getting in the Speaker’s Head.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Reading” button on your Dashboard. Answer 14 questions, until the text changes to a new topic passage. Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
    • Spend 10-20 minutes working on your vocabulary either with Magoosh’s TOEFL flashcards or these vocabulary exercises.

 

How to Prepare for the TOEFL: Week Three

How to Prepare for the TOEFL Week 3
Week 3, Day 1:
Congratulations–you’ve now reached the halfway point of your one month of TOEFL study.

  • Lessons:
    • In Magoosh, watch the next two videos under Speaking, “Task 4 – Lecture & Reading” and “Task 4 – Sample Answer.”
    • In Magoosh, watch the next two videos under Writing, “Essay 2 -Independent” and “Independent Introduction Sample.”
    • Watch 3-4 new grammar videos in Magoosh and review 1 more.
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with four recordings (about 23 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the first three reading practice sets in the Official Guide, starting on page 60. Carefully review your wrong answers, learning from your mistakes.

Week 3, Day 2:

  • Lessons:
    • In Magoosh, watch the next two videos under Reading, “Reference” and “Paraphrase”
    • In Magoosh, watch the next two videos under Listening, “Question Type: Attitude” and “Tone of Voice.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Speaking” button on your Dashboard. Answer 6 questions. Watch the explanation video for every question.
    • Spend 10-20 minutes working on your vocabulary using these vocabulary exercises.
  • Official Practice:
    • In the Official Guide, read the essay prompt on page 211. Outline your own answer to the question (don’t write the essay yet—just prepare for it). Then, read pages 211-215. After you read each essay and before you read the rater comments, critique the essay yourself. What are its strengths and weaknesses? What would you have done differently? What aspects of this essay might you try to incorporate into your own writing? Then return to your outline, and write your own response.

Week 3, Day 3:

  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete one essay, and then watch the explanation video.
  • Official Practice:
    • Do the Reading section of Practice Test 2 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide. Give yourself exactly one hour to complete it. Score yourself with the table at the back of the book (page 399). Review your incorrect answers carefully.

Week 3, Day 4:

  • Lessons:
    • In Magoosh, watch the next two videos under Speaking, “Task 5 – Conversation” and “Task 5 – Sample Answer.”
    • In Magoosh, watch the next two videos under Reading, “Insert Text” and “Summary.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Reading” button on your Dashboard. Answer 14 questions, until the text changes to a new topic passage. Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the writing section from ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 1.
    • Return to the essay you wrote on week 3 day 2. Edit and add to it to make it even better.

Week 3, Day 5:

  • Lessons:
    • In Magoosh, watch the next two videos under Writing, “Independent Structure A” and “Independent Structure B.”
    • Watch 3-4 new grammar videos in Magoosh and review 1 other lesson of your choice, grammar or TOEFL-based.
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with four recordings (about 23 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:
    • Do the Speaking section of Practice Test 2 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide. Record your answers so you can review them later.

Week 3, Day 6:
Today, you’re going to take a full practice test. If you don’t have a full four hours to spend, then switch this day with a day next week when you will have the time. You need four hours with no interruptions at your computer.

Take the practice test 3 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide. Do not take breaks during a section, and be careful with the clock. The software will give you the timer for most parts, but here is the timing for reference:

  • Reading section: 60 minutes
  • Listening section: 20 minutes total to answer the questions of all six recordings. Stop the timer when you are listening to the recordings.
  • BREAK: 10 minutes (have a quick snack!)
  • Speaking section: (You will need to time yourself and record yourself in the speaking section, so be prepared.)
    • 15 seconds to prepare, 45 seconds to speak.
    • 15 seconds to prepare, 45 seconds to speak.
    • 30 seconds to prepare, 60 seconds to speak.
    • 30 seconds to prepare, 60 seconds to speak.
    • 20 seconds to prepare, 60 seconds to speak.
    • 20 seconds to prepare, 60 seconds to speak.
  • Writing section:
    • 20 minutes
    • 30 minutes

 

How to Prepare for the TOEFL: Week Four

TOEFL Prep Week 4
Week 4, Day 1:

  • Lessons:
    • In Magoosh, watch the last three videos under Writing, from “Independent Body Sample (Structure A)” to “Independent Conclusion Sample”
    • In Magoosh, watch the next four videos under Listening, “Question Type: Organization,” “Structural Key Words,” “Question Type: Inference,” and “Don’t Go Too Far.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete two essays, watching the explanation videos.
  • Official Practice:
    • Review all of your answers from the full practice test you took at the end of last week. Pay careful attention to your wrong answers in reading and listening, learning from your mistakes. Grade your speaking and writing tasks by comparing them with the examples given on the CD.

Week 4, Day 2:

  • Lessons:
    • In Magoosh, watch the last two videos under Speaking, “Task 6 – Lecture” and “Task 6 – Sample Answer.”
    • In Magoosh, watch the final video under Reading, titledCategory,” and the final two videos in Listening, “Question Type: Filling in Tables” and “Easiest to Hardest.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Reading” button on your Dashboard. Answer 14 questions, until the text changes to a new topic passage. Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:
    • Do the Listening section of Practice Test 2 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide. Score yourself with the table at the back of the book (page 415). Review your incorrect answers carefully.

Week 4, Day 3:

  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with four recordings (about 23 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:
    • Do the Writing section of Practice Test 2 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide. Grade your essays by comparing them with the examples given on the CD.

Week 4, Day 4:

  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Review all your vocabulary from both Magoosh flashcards and EnglishVocabularyExercises.com
    • Click the “Practice Speaking” button on your Dashboard. Answer 6 questions. Watch the explanation video for every question.
  • Official Practice:
    • Return to the speaking task recordings you created on week 3 day 5. Repeat the same tasks better than the first time, attempting to include new vocabulary in every answer.
    • Return to the essays you wrote yesterday. Edit them and add to them to make them even better.

Week 4, Day 5:

  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete one to two essays, watching the explanation videos.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the last three reading practice sets in the Official Guide, starting on page 90. Give yourself no more than 20 minutes per passage (including the questions). Carefully review your wrong answers, learning from your mistakes.

Week 4, Day 6:

  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Reading” button on your Dashboard. Answer 14 questions, until the text changes to a new topic passage. Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the five listening practice sets in the Official Guide, starting on page 143. Carefully review your wrong answers, learning from your mistakes.
  • Listen to Amy Cuddy’s TED talk about posture, and consider how this could help you on your test.
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If you have time remaining:

  • Review Magoosh videos and practice questions daily.
  • Review vocabulary that you’ve already learned.
  • Plan 10 essays based on the questions in pages 216-230 of the official guide. Write 1 or 2 of them. Set them aside for a day or two, then come back and edit/improve those essays.
  • Answer questions from the list on pages 260-230 as if they were speaking task 2 questions. Record your answers.
  • Complete Quick Prep Volume 2
  • If you use Windows, complete these free practice materials:
  • Regularly listen to TED talks and read articles from New York Times or Newsweek. After every article or talk, summarize what you learned either in writing or in speech. If you speak your summary, record yourself.

 

The day before your TOEFL test:

Tell yourself you’re a rock star who’s going to ace the test. Don’t study today—you’ll just build up anxiety! Instead, find out what to expect on test day by reading about what you need to bring on test day and reading ETS’s TOEFL Test Day Tips. If you’ve followed this one month TOEFL study schedule, you should be in good shape for the test. Get a good night’s sleep, and have a healthy breakfast in the morning. Good luck!

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2013 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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56 Responses to One Month TOEFL Study Plan | How to Prepare for the TOEFL

  1. Kate Hardin
    Kate Hardin March 11, 2014 at 5:31 am #

    Hi, Aditya– Go ahead and combine several of the days that don’t have much going on (for instance, 1 and 2 can be done together, as can 5 and 6). It shouldn’t be hard to do this schedule a little faster than expected. The schedule is designed to be useful to people at every level, so I can’t predict what score you’ll get after following it. It’s different for every student. Thanks for writing, and good luck on the test!

  2. Vivian April 2, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Hi Kate,
    My Toefl test schedule is on May 10. I am in Day 2 of your suggested study plan. I tried the http://www.howsyourgrammar.com , I got 40% weak score 🙁 . Any recommendation to improve my skills and eventually my score.
    Thanks.
    Vivian

  3. Eden April 4, 2014 at 6:20 am #

    Dear Kate,

    I took TOEFL exam in Sep 2013 and scored 88(R: 23 L:24 S:20 W:21)
    I want to score 100 or higher with minimum of 24 in listening and writing. Can I achieve this level with this plan? I think my biggest problem is in grammar and speaking.
    I read Borons for the previous exam.

    Thanks in advance for advice.

    • Kate Hardin
      Kate Hardin April 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

      Hi there–

      This plan can help you to improve your score at whatever level. If grammar is your weakness, though, it’s probably a good idea to get a separate, non-TOEFL book about English grammar. Most libraries have a handful of comprehensive English books that would be handy–it doesn’t really matter which one, as long as it has exercises and answers. If you don’t know what areas of grammar to work on, try doing a set or two of practice questions from each chapter to find out. Look up the topics that don’t make sense in the book or online to learn more about how to use them correctly. Some common grammar areas that you may want to check out are using the correct tense (especially continuous tense), forming sentences correctly (using variety in your sentence structure, not writing run-ons or fragments), and using articles properly. And, of course, you can never learn too many phrasal verbs! Thanks for writing! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  4. Lina August 24, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    Hi Kate,

    I’ll take a Toefl in October, I’ve been practicing about structure and strategies to taking-notes, but I’m a little nervous because I need a score of 95 or more. I think I have many weakness for speaking and writing. So, do you have some tips and recommendations to improve that? Thanks a lot!

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas August 25, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

      There are many things you could do to improve speaking and writing, so that’s a bit hard to answer without more context or detail. But generally speaking, you should be speaking a LOT of English and writing often, too. That means doing more than just TOEFL practice. Take every opportunity you can get to use English.

      The speaking section has some very specific questions and patterns that are important to be familiar with, so you should also be learning how to structure your answers and practicing real TOEFL questions often. By the day of the test, you should know exactly what will happen and when.

      It also helps a lot to record yourself. Many people hate doing that, but it can be very useful for improving pronunciation and speaking speed.

      As for writing, it helps to write and rewrite the same essays a few times. Keep trying to improve what you’ve already written. Never write a practice essay then just leave it. You have to come back to it the next day—find problems and write the essay again, better.

      Of course, there’s plenty more advice on the blog and in our premium video lessons. 🙂 Keep reading and learning!

  5. Hitendra September 1, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    Hi Lucas,

    I’ll take a Toefl in first week of October 2014. I have exactly one month to go. I have not started any preparation as of now. For admission in my targeted university, I have to score overall 102 in IBT test while in speaking and writing I have to score 26 and 22 respectively. These are the minimum qualifying scores. Do guide me how to achieve these scores. Suggest books, other study-materials and minimum hours to practice.

    Thanks
    Hitendra

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas September 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

      Well, the study schedule above is a good place to start! That gives you a clear set of material and guidance on what to study and when. 🙂

      If you’re looking for book recommendations, check out our book reviews. I cannot say how long or how hard you, personally, need to study to reach 102, because that depends on your starting point. If you want to know where you stand now—how much you might need to improve—I highly recommend starting with the Official Guide. That will explain the test to you and give you material to test yourself with. Plus, it’s used in the study schedule above if you choose to use that!

      • Hitendra September 2, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

        Thanks a lot Lucas for your detailed reply. I will indeed follow the above study schedule. As stated in one of the Kate’s blog – I have taken the vocabulary test and my vocab size is 10,400 words, basis this can one estimate TOEFL score. Also how easy it is to achieve my targeted score (102)? Would you suggest any specific books or manner of studying.

        Best Regards
        Hitendra

        • Lucas Fink
          Lucas September 8, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

          The TOEFL is much more than just a vocabulary test, so I’m afraid I can’t give a good estimate of your score based on just that. Again, I really recommend using the official guide if you want to estimate your scores—taking on of those practice tests will give you a good idea of how much work you need. 🙂 How easy it is to hit 102 depends on your personal skills and weaknesses and your English experience. For a student who lived in the U.S. for years and spoke English every day, a 102 might be very easy. For another student who only uses English a couple times per month and never studied or used English seriously, it might take more than a year to reach 102.

          As for books, you can find my recommendations in those book reviews. Enjoy your studies!

  6. Gabriel September 10, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Hi,

    i am going to take toefl in a month and wondering about possibility of it. I am very happy with found it. Do you think is it possible to take it in a month by following your guideline?

    thanks

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas September 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

      You can learn a lot about the test in one month. 🙂 The schedule above will definitely help to guide you through it!

  7. Progyatez Chakma October 11, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    Hi Lucas!
    Ta for this quite interesting schedule. I have just finished my GRE 2 days ago, and planning to score 100+ in TOEFL. Well, in some way it seems quite touch cause i got only 20 days remaining, but, anyhow i’m confident can conquer this score. By the way i’m planning to buy 1 month account. Do you think i can finish this 1 month study plan with in 20 days if i give extra effort? Looking forward for your reply.
    🙂

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas October 13, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

      It’s certainly possible to finish the 30-day schedule in 20 days, but you may need to prioritize at points and skip some tasks that are less important for you, personally. After a few days of studying, I think you’ll have a pretty clear idea of how much time it takes to finish a day’s assignments and you’ll understand how much you’ll need to cut, if anything.

      Happy studying!

  8. Soha October 17, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    Hi there
    I want to pass Toefl exam after 5 months. Now I want to plan an excellent schedule for this time. But I don’t know how do i plan it? Of course I should plan a schedule that helps me to get 100 – 110 from 120 score.

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas October 28, 2014 at 11:57 am #

      Planning a schedule for a longer period of time can be tough! Focus on weekly goals, instead of daily tasks like in this schedule. Spend the first month or two of your studies focusing primarily on academic vocabulary and identifying your common grammar errors. Also, it’s very important that you completely surround yourself with English from the start. Read real English texts every day! Listen to lectures and watch documentaries regularly. These resources will help. Speak with friends in English, if possible, or find a language exchange partner to practice your spoken and written English.

      After a month or two of intensive English practice, when you start studying the TOEFL itself, your goal each week should be to learn about and do practice material from at least 2 sections of the TOEFL, and you’ll want to take a full practice test that includes all 4 sections every few weeks (once every two or three weeks should be appropriate if you have 3 or 4 months to study).

      Above all, give yourself strong specific goals for each week—some big, some small. And be sure that you always complete the small goals, but try to also complete the big ones. 🙂

  9. Manuela October 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    Hi,
    When would be the IDEAL time to start studying the toefl skills? Like, if I have 12 months to study (and my English level is high enough) when should I start learning the toefl specific skills? 2 months before the test? 1 month before the test? 5 months before the test? thnx!

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas October 28, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

      It’s not easy to give a single ideal time, because it depends partly on how much you can study per day or per week, and partly on how much work you will need with specific TOEFL skills (such as note-taking). Most students can learn the format and strategies for the the test very well in 1-3 months, though sometimes less is needed (for very advanced students).

  10. Spandana November 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    Hello, i want to score 105 and my exam is Jan 10th and i have taken coaching in princeton review 6months back. so can you please suggest me this plan will able to achieve my goal.

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas December 2, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

      Whether or not you can get to a score of 105 depends on your starting point—your English experience and skills—not just which study schedule you use! For example, if you had just started to study English this year for the first time, this study schedule definitely would not be enough. High TOEFL scores come partly from years of English experience. It’s very possible that the one-month plan would bring you to the score you need, but I cannot say for certain without knowing you and your skill level better.

  11. Luu Hanh December 25, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    Hi.
    I’m Vietnam Student. I’m worrying about my ability English skills. I want to self-study English to take a test like Toefl. I have 4 months to self-learn. But now I don’t know how the way I can start? There are many Toefl books to learn and I don’t know which I should choose! With 4 skills, what the suitable Toefl book to self-study and get a high score ( more 100 score is a level that I want to achieve). Please help me! Thank a lot ^_^

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas December 30, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

      That depends on what exactly you need. Have you seen our book reviews? I think those will help!

  12. Hassan March 25, 2015 at 1:09 am #

    Hi everybody!
    I will take TOEFL in 5 months. Do you think is it enough? I mean my level is upper and my goal is 100. I have 24 hours in a day to study. I am totally free.
    I have been using Skype for conversation and watching movies. Switched all technological things into english mode. Thats my situation.
    Have a nice day guys

    • David Recine March 26, 2015 at 10:34 pm #

      Hello Hassan!

      If you are an intermediate or advanced-level student and you have five months with nothing but time to study, you’re in a very good position. Whether you reach your goal of 100 depends a lot on how you manage your studies and your study time.

      As you’ve seen in this post, the Magoosh one-month study plan focuses on very exam-specific practice. Since you have a lot more than one month, I recommend focusing on all of your English skills (grammar, vocabulary, listening, speaking, reading, writing, etc…), and not just test strategy and test practice.

      Lucas has some very helpful general thoughts on managing your study time here: http://magoosh.com/toefl/toefl-study-plans-and-guides/ .

      As for other ways to practice, I myself wrote a seven-part guide to practicing all of your TOEFL skills. Post #7, which focuses on writing, can be found here: http://magoosh.com/toefl/2014/practicing-toefl-writing-skills/

      At the beginning of the post, you’ll see links to the other six posts.

      Hopefully, this blog can be a good starting point for you as you get ready for your five month study marathon. Definitely consider purchasing some of our subscription/premium TOEFL products, if you haven’t done that already.

  13. jose garcia June 8, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

    Hello, I would like to know if you think that a month is enough to study for TOEFL

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel Wisuri June 10, 2015 at 11:20 am #

      Hey Jose!

      Whether or not one month is enough time to study for the exam does depend on your English level. Lucas says this in the post: “if you’re concerned about your overall level of English, one month of study for the TOEFL may not be enough time. In that case, consider taking some time to get your English ability high enough beforehand, studying grammar, vocabulary, and practicing the four skills (reading, listening, speaking, and writing) outside the context of the TOEFL.”

      This post should help: http://magoosh.com/toefl/2014/are-you-ready-to-start-studying-for-the-toefl/

  14. Fuad Zain December 7, 2015 at 12:34 am #

    Hai Magoosh Team,

    Is it okay to skip some days in between TOEFL 1 month study plan for?. And If so, can I come back and get those classes I’ve missed by spending extra time late on?.

    The issue is I’ve one month ahead and I’ve some busy days in between.

    • David Recine
      David Recine December 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

      Hi Fuad,

      You definitely can “skip around” a little in Magoosh’s TOEFL study schedules. Our schedules and our online materials are designed to be flexible and changeable to meet your unique needs.

  15. Gonca January 5, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

    Hi!

    I already learned you today, I have only one month to prepare myself fot TOEFL exam. Will this one month program be enough for me? Do I need any more resource to study?

    • David Recine
      David Recine January 8, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

      Hi Gonca,

      Whether or not one month is enough depends partly on the English proficiency you start with and the amount of time you have each day for studies. having said that, I’ve seen this one month plan work for a lot of students! 🙂 Generally Magoosh TOEFL TOEFL Premium and the OG are enough materials to prepare for the exam. But I definitely recommend using other official ETS materials too: https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/prepare/

      Quick Prep is especially good: https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/prepare/quick_prep/ . And with a subscription to Magoosh TOEFL, you’ll get email support for any official ETS materials, as well as support for the Magoosh materials, of course.

  16. Nader Tavaf March 18, 2016 at 2:15 am #

    Hi,
    First of all, I want to thank you for your wonderful website, including reviews on resources other than your own material.
    I’ve taken the GRE exam roughly 5 months ago, with the following grades:
    4.5 analytical writing
    163 verbal; 170 quant
    I have got to take the toefl test before May, 2016 and I’ve got to earn a score of 115+.
    Currently, I estimate my score to be between 100 and 105 (based on ETS official practice material). I’ve got certain points to work on, including punctuation, certain grammatical structures, some practice on inference questions in reading, and else. I mean, I know my foibles. However, the resources to which I currently have access, including the Cambridge book, are difficult to follow. I need to focus on these points of weakness, not to read an entire book which equals reiteration of lots of practices whose subjects are pretty easy for me.
    The question is: do you think magoosh’s instruction material are organized in such a way that allows the user to select and review only his points of weakness?
    Please advise.
    I plan to register for your one month study program, and hence another question:
    do you provide just grades of writings or speakings OR you also provide comments on mistakes and difficulties and how to improve them?
    Thanks.

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel Wisuri March 21, 2016 at 10:54 am #

      Hi Nader,

      We can better respond to this type of question if you email us at help@magoosh.com. Can you do that?

      Thanks!
      Rachel

  17. Joaquin March 20, 2016 at 8:50 pm #

    Hi

    I’m taking GRE for the second time on 5/11. My plan for GRE preparation is to follow the Magoosh 1-month schedule starting tomorrow with the Magoosh preparation materials. I just found out that another school wants me to take TOEFL again by 5/1. Can you help me figure out how to incorporate studying for TOEFL at the same time as I prepare for GRE? Do I need to do a TOEFL course too or just doing GRE would be enough as GRE is more difficult than TOELF? Or perhaps I just need to so a portion of the TOEFL specific preparation? Could you help me figure out a day-by-day schedule of how to combine TOELF and GRE preparation in this tight schedule?

    Thank you!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 4, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

      Great questions, Joaquin! Our blog has a few general resources on combined GRE and TOEFL study. Chris and I have both written posts giving some general pointers on combined GRE and TOEFL study (my post is here on the TOEFL Blog, and Chris’s post is here). Magoosh also offers a study plan for combined GRE/TOEFL prep. It’s a four-month plan, but it’s designed to be customizable–you should be able to take components of the plan and turn them into a more short-term study schedule that suits your needs.

      As for the difficulty of the two exams, the GRE certainly tests vocabulary at a much higher level than the TOEFL, and GRE essays require more complex higher-level writing. But the TOEFL is harder in some respects too. Unlike the GRE, the TOEFL requires listening and speaking. So depending on where your strengths and weaknesses lie, it may be better to take the TOEFL first as a form of skills-building for the GRE, or it may be best to really focus on the GRE and then do the TOEFL as an easier afterthought to your GRE studies.

      -David Recine

      • Adriana Yépez Kuri March 6, 2017 at 11:54 am #

        Hi,

        I would to know, if in TOELF course some teachers can check any of my writings or this is not possible??

        Sincerely,

        Adriana

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 7, 2017 at 9:21 am #

          Hi Adriana,

          At the moment, we don’t offer an essay or speech review service. We provide explanation videos that tell you exactly what a good response should have and give examples, and the lesson videos describe in detail how to best write and speak for the TOEFL. Using those explanations and examples, you can evaluate your own responses. This is something we’d like to improve in time, but for now, this page helps a lot! https://toefl.magoosh.com/grading-your-answers

          I hope this helps a little. Have a great day, and happy studying! 😀

  18. Sacha March 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

    I would like to know if there is a feed back for speaking and writing exercices

    thank you

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 4, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

      Hi Sacha,

      At the moment, Magoosh doesn’t offer scoring or detailed feedback for individual Speaking and Writing responses. For our premium members, we can give general feedback on Speaking and/or Writing performance, after several responses have been entered into our platform.

      We are looking into possible ways to give detailed individual-response-feedback, although we have no plans to do so at this time. For that, you may want to look into online tutoring options, or submitting your work to TOEFL forums for feedback.

  19. Betsabeh June 13, 2016 at 1:16 am #

    Hii, first I really appreciate for your great website, I’m happy for finding you.
    My english level is intermediate and I want to know can I get toefl with 83 score in 2 months..??
    It’s very important to me.
    And I don’t have anything else to do except studying. I mean I can study 8 hours every day.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 16, 2016 at 10:24 am #

      Hi Betsabeh,

      I only have this comment to go on, but it seems you have a basic grasp of English and writing in English, so there is a great chance you can get an 83 in 2 months’ time. You will need to sit down and take some kind of diagnostic or assessment so that you can determine which of the four areas (speaking, reading, writing, or listening) need attention.

      An 83 is definitely possible I would say! Now it’s just time to get studying. 🙂

  20. Umut June 23, 2016 at 1:27 am #

    Hello,

    I took the test 12 days ago and my score is 80 (18, 22 ,19, 21). I need 90 and I am going to take a TOEFL August 6 again. Do you think 1 month preperation with Magoosh Toefl Prep is enough to reach my goal ? I am a bit nervous about test.

    Thank You !

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 29, 2016 at 9:04 pm #

      A 10 point increase in just a month is hard to do. But I have seen students successfully make big point increases in a few weeks before. If your main problems on the TOEFL have to do with test strategy (pacing, understanding multiple choice questions, etc…), you’ve got a chance of getting to 90 in just a month. Test strategy skills can be learned and improved quickly!

      But if you got an 80 mostly because of your language skills, you’ll probably need more than one month to jump all the way up to a 90. It takes more time to improve language skills, compared to improving test-taking strategy.

  21. YYY September 12, 2016 at 9:39 am #

    Hi there, my previous score for TOEFL is 54. (R9, L10, S17, W18) My uni’s requirement is above 71. I would like to inquire some ways to improve my scores and hit my target. I only have 1 month left for the second attempt. Thank you.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 13, 2016 at 11:02 am #

      Boosting your score all the way from 54 to 71 in just one month is a tall order. It’s not impossible to do this, but be prepared to do a third retake… and maybe miss your initial application deadline.

      Exactly how you should proceed depends a lot on your own learning needs. Carefully think about your strengths and weaknesses. Which TOEFL skills and TOEFL question types are the hardest and easiest for you? For the biggest possible improvement in just a month,you should be focusing on test strategies rather than language skills. Test strategy can be mastered much faster than language skill.

  22. cendresse September 23, 2016 at 12:25 am #

    hi,i have some suggestion is it possible to put the schedule study plan in the dashboard page too? ,i found out in the last day before my exam about the schedule plan,i have some problem i have just spend my time on lessons i didn’t practice the exercices because i didn’t know how to plan
    thank u

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 23, 2016 at 11:48 am #

      Wow! That is a shame about not discovering our TOEFL study plans until the last day. At Magoosh, we definitely want our students to be as aware of the study plans as possible. I’ll mention your suggestion to our tech/content team, and we’ll see what they do.

  23. fousseni cisse November 22, 2016 at 3:37 am #

    november 22st 2016
    Hi everyone I am fousseni cisse from Mali undergraduate student i will like to do the toefl get scolarship for my master and phd so i need you all helps to get toefl what help can any of you do for me because i do not much about the toefl

  24. emy March 20, 2017 at 9:42 am #

    hello . im preparing this schedule and im on day 2 i dont understand where this 14 “practice reading questions can you tell me about that?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 20, 2017 at 10:50 am #

      Hi there,

      So, for these study plans a required resources is the Magoosh TOEFL Prep subscription. If you have a subscription, on your Dashboard, you should see an icon that says “Practice Reading”. You simply have to answer 14 questions, until the text changes to a new topic passage. I hope this helps–Good luck! 😀

  25. zara March 23, 2017 at 8:24 am #

    hi,
    i scored 88 in my test and the college i am planning to get in to , accepts only 100 above . So i am planning to retake the test . i scored 16 /30 in reading, 22 in listening , 23 in speaking and 28 in writing. Reading and listening was very difficult for me since the lady next to me was reading out loud . Now i am confused when to take an appointment for the retest . please suggest

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 23, 2017 at 9:30 am #

      Hi there,

      So, it’s hard to say exactly when is the best time for you to take the retake. It depends on a number of variables such as your availability, your deadlines, and more. Consider these pieces, and if you have a lot of flexibility, give yourself more time. If not, maximize the time you have. I would recommend that you utilize your test prep materials and check out Magoosh if you haven’t already! Now with regard to the lady next to you, this may happen again. I would recommend practicing in these distracting environments to get used to it and better prepared for it. Best of luck! 🙂

  26. Khumara May 2, 2017 at 1:02 am #

    Hello, I didn’t find reading section to practice from ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 4. Could you help me, please?

  27. shruti May 2, 2017 at 3:41 am #

    Hi,
    In the one month study plan it has mentioned about the “Introduction to the TOEFL” and videos like “Using the Grammar Lessons” in Introduction to TOEFL Grammar.Where can I find these in the magoosh blog?since the direct link is not given I am unable to figure it out.
    It will be very helpful if you reply.

    • David Recine
      David Recine May 2, 2017 at 3:49 am #

      Hello Shruti,

      Good question. You can access those videos by purchasing a Magoosh TOEFL Premium subscription and logging in to your account. You can see plan and pricing here. If you’re not sure if a Premium subscription is for you, that’s OK too. In that case, just try our free trial of Magoosh TOEFL, which gives you a sample of our Premium video lessons and practice questions.


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