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How is TOEFL grammar tested?

Using Grammar in Life A friend of mine has an interesting trick that he uses in spoken language tests: before it starts, he memorizes one sentence that uses a lot of impressive language and complex grammar. During the test/interview, he finds an opportunity to work this sentence in (I assume—and hope—that he changes it as needed […]

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TOEFL Grammar: Using Conjunctions

Lately, I’ve been dealing with what makes a sentence and what doesn’t. As we’ve dealt with run-on sentences (How Not to Write a Sentence – Run-On Sentences) and sentence fragments (How Not to Make a Sentence – Sentence Fragments), we’ve talked a lot about conjunctions and how to use them properly. Since it’s a slippery […]

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TOEFL Grammar Mistake: Sentence Fragments

Recently, I wrote about how to avoid run-on sentences, or sentences that contain several incorrectly-joined parts. If you have the opposite problem, you’re dealing with sentence fragments. A sentence fragment is missing one of the necessary parts (How to Make a Sentence) of a sentence. These are all fragments (I put the asterisk * next […]

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How to Make a Sentence

I’ve started getting some submissions to the writing activity (Woohoo! Keep them coming!), and I’ve noticed that some people are having problems with run-on sentences and sentence fragments. If you did the activity a few weeks ago about finding your problem areas in grammar, you’ve already at least touched on this topic. First of all, […]

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Finding Your Problem Areas in Grammar

Although grammar is not tested directly on the iBT, you can count on raters noticing if your grammar is especially good—or especially bad—in each of your responses. Grammar tends to fall by the wayside when people are preparing for the TOEFL, since it lacks the urgency of the subjects that are directly tested, and a […]

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