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Author Archive | Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Reading Practice Passage for the TOEFL: Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride

When you’re planning to take the TOEFL, there’s one thing you can never get enough of: practice! With that in mind, I’ll be posting some TOEFL practice problems here so you can keep developing your skills and working on perfecting your approaches to different problem types. Each post will contain a reading passage and sample […]

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NYU TOEFL Requirements

New York University, located in the heart of New York City, is made up of a number of different “schools,” all of which look at the TOEFL slightly differently. The good news is that the majority of these schools do not have minimum scores that they require for admission; however, in most cases, successful applicants […]

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How to Score a 5/5 on the TOEFL Essay: Independent Task

Last time, we looked at how to score a 5 out of 5 on the TOEFL integrated writing task, or essay. Now, let’s take a look at how to get that same high score on the independent task. Just as with the integrated task, ETS (the test-makers) have kindly provided the scoring rubric online, allowing […]

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The Best ESL Podcasts

For students of ESL, podcasts can be a great way to improve your English. Although it may seem that they’re only useful for improving your listening skills on the TOEFL, they can actually expand your vocabulary and comprehension in ways that translate into higher scores in the reading, speaking, and writing sections as well. Furthermore, […]

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What Else is the TOEFL Used For?

If you’ve been studying for the TOEFL, you may have realized that the test uses very specific types of examples for prompts and passages. In a reading passage, you might read about the extinction of a particular kind of bird, or about the life of Albert Einstein. A listening question might be based on a […]

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How to Score a 5/5 on the TOEFL Essay: Integrated Task

For many students taking the TOEFL, scoring a 5 out of 5 on each of the two TOEFL essays—which would lead to a perfect score of 30 in the writing section—is the ultimate goal. Getting there takes a lot of practice, but it pays off nicely! Scoring so high in one section can counterbalance slightly […]

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The Best TOEFL Forums

When you’re preparing for a test like the TOEFL, the sheer amount of information on the Internet can be daunting. It can be hard to know where to begin! First of all, congratulations on finding Magoosh—you’re off to a great start! As you work through our variety of resources, however, you may find it helpful […]

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Should You Memorize TOEFL University Codes?

Let’s face it: most people don’t take the TOEFL for fun. When taking the test, most people have an ultimate goal in mind, whether it’s studying at the undergraduate level, pursuing graduate education, or going into a specialized course of study. Because of this, making sure that the right university receives your scores is of […]

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How to Start Your TOEFL Independent Speaking and Writing Responses

While everybody has their own personal preference as to their favorite (or least-favorite) type of speaking and writing prompt, I’ve found that many students struggle with beginning their answers to independent tasks. Although speaking is a different skill than writing, test-takers can waste a good amount of time struggling to begin both speaking and writing […]

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Tricky English Grammar: Commonly Confused Verbs

Let’s face it: Typos happen to everyone. When you’re writing your TOEFL essays on test day, making one or two small spelling mistakes or typing errors probably won’t affect your score. However, once they start to change the meaning of your sentences, these little errors can start adding up big-time. While your scorers won’t know […]

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