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[eBook] Guide to the TOEFL iBT

Introducing Magoosh’s Guide to the TOEFL iBT!

Today is an exciting day here at Magoosh. We’ve worked long and hard to create the ultimate TOEFL resource — a guide that can help both beginning students learning about the TOEFL iBT for the first time and advanced students looking for strategies and extra TOEFL practice to boost their score.


What to expect from this eBook

This 150+ page eBook covers all aspects of your TOEFL iBT preparation. It:

  • Explains the format of each section of the TOEFL iBT
  • Covers every type of question the TOEFL could ask
  • Provides proven strategies for each question type
  • Includes practice problems and explanations to help you along
  • AND provides additional resources for continued studying

Did we mention that this new TOEFL eBook is completely FREE? You can download it by clicking the green button:

Everything You Need for Your TOEFL iBT Preparation

Don’t think of this as a textbook. Magoosh’s Guide to the TOEFL iBT isn’t dense or full of academic language. Start by skimming through the parts you find most interesting, or the parts you need the most help with. Then, when you’re ready, dive deeper into individual sections, learning the strategies and practicing the concepts.


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Psst… Don’t forget to download your FREE guide to TOEFL IBT.

102 Responses to [eBook] Guide to the TOEFL iBT

  1. laith fahim iraqi April 1, 2015 at 10:41 am #

    I love you magoosh

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig April 1, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      Thank you!! 😀 Best comment ever.

    • Sawsan Fawzy August 12, 2016 at 11:43 pm #

      You’re awesome!!

    • Avni Mehta February 3, 2021 at 1:34 pm #

      Hello, I am having difficulty scoring reading section.. I need tips or should I take personal tutor for it

  2. Prashant Singh April 1, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

    You guys are simply such a Sunshine in our Preparatory lives! Thanks a lot! 🙂

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel April 2, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

      Thanks, Prashant! I hope you find the eBook helpful. 🙂

      • mohammad January 25, 2016 at 4:47 am #

        hi i wana find a Scooring Strategies for the Toefl iBt A Complete Guide
        can you help me ?

        • Rachel Wisuri
          Rachel Wisuri January 25, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

          Hey Mohammad,

          I’m happy to help, but, what exactly do you mean by “scoring strategies”? There are a ton of strategies in this free eBook! 🙂

          • Saroj May 3, 2017 at 6:42 am #

            How much cost

          • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
            Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 3, 2017 at 8:19 am #

            Hi Saroj,

            Would you mind clarifying if you’re inquiring about the cost of the Magoosh TOEFL ebook? If so, please note that it’s free! If I misunderstood, please let me know! 🙂

      • Jonathan March 30, 2016 at 9:40 pm #

        Hola disculpe esto solo sirve para el TOELF ibt no sirve para el TOELF presencial (PTE)

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 2, 2016 at 3:40 am #

          Hola Jonathan!

          Tienes razón, esto sirve solo para el TOEFL perfectamente. La realidad es que hay mucho en común entre el TOEFL y el PTE, pero son diferentes exámenes totalmente. El PTE es de Pearson Tests y el TOEFL es de ETS. Aunque son diferentes exámenes, la gramática y tipos de conocimientos básicos (de lectura, escritura, etc.) son similares.

          Espero que esto te ayude. 🙂

      • Hisham Ibrahim August 17, 2016 at 2:03 am #

        hi i wana find the best way to study free Toefl iBt
        thank you

  3. sara April 2, 2015 at 6:45 am #

    I love magoosh

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel April 2, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

      We <3 you too, Sara! 🙂

      • Admire March 18, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

        I love Rechal alots it is the love from the first message, isn’t it ?

  4. Catrugo April 11, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

    Hi Magoosh!

    You’re so helpful, thank you so much!

    Have you ever thought in release your eBooks in kindle format?

    Best regards. Goodbye!

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel April 20, 2015 at 10:49 am #

      Hi Catrugo!

      That’s a good idea. 🙂 We’ll look into it and see if other students would find this helpful!

  5. Ammarah May 5, 2015 at 3:35 am #

    Dear Magoosh team,

    I can’t mention the countless ways you guys have helped me and thousands of other students move forward with their studies. Thank you so much!

    The free resources are like a dream come true for the students who can’t afford paid services. I don’t know how to express my love and respect for the Magoosh team, but hats off to you guys!

    Stay blessed.

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas May 7, 2015 at 11:29 am #

      Thanks for the kind words! We’re just happy we could help. That’s the goal. 🙂

  6. fateme May 7, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    Oh tnx for ever 🙂

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas May 7, 2015 at 11:23 am #

      You’re forever welcome!

  7. Harsha Kumar Daniel K May 15, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    I am so glad to get a chance to improve my vocabulary and as a teacher it is helpful to boost vocabulary of my students … thank you Magoosh….

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas Verney-Fink May 18, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

      I’m glad we get the chance to help you! Enjoy!

  8. Omer May 15, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    What a nice web !!!!

    I thank you very very match Magoosh

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas Verney-Fink May 18, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

      You’re welcome! Glad you like it. 🙂

  9. Dinara May 20, 2015 at 2:00 am #

    thank you magoosh!

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas Fink May 20, 2015 at 10:43 am #

      Happy we could help. 🙂

  10. sam May 25, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    magoosh is in my heart 🙂

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas Fink May 26, 2015 at 11:21 am #

      And you’re in Magoosh’s!

  11. Sona May 28, 2015 at 1:34 am #

    Thank You for eBook Magoosh)))) it’s very helpful)))

  12. suresh mainali June 7, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

    This site is very helpful for the TOEFL students and thank a lots Mangoosh .

  13. Steven Salim July 11, 2015 at 12:49 am #

    Thank you!! May God bless Magoosh even more *hugs*

  14. Farhan Fadhilah July 12, 2015 at 12:08 am #

    don’t know what to say, but it such an angle-book that come out free and rich form its quality. Thank you magoosh! i’ll tell my frands to grab one!

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas Fink July 14, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

      You’re welcome!

  15. Nabeel Kirmani August 2, 2015 at 12:31 am #

    You guys are the best in this business!

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel Wisuri August 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

      Thanks, Nabeel! 🙂

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas Fink August 3, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

      Thanks, Nabeel! I’m glad to hear you like our work. 🙂

  16. divya August 6, 2015 at 10:54 am #

    thank you magoosh …you guys are really helped me:)
    you guys have ebook for gre too?if yes please can you send the link

  17. divya August 6, 2015 at 10:56 am #

    * you guys really helped me:)

  18. Yasy August 7, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    Thank you so much Magoosh!! A few hours ago I got my results and I actually got 116! I’m over the moon! This material was so helpful when preparing for my exam. It gives you a great overview of each part, useful examples and tips. Would definitely recommend. An enormous thank you for all you, we love you <3!

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel Wisuri August 10, 2015 at 9:59 am #

      Hey Yasy,

      That’s an awesome score, congrats! We love you too! 😀

  19. Ganbold August 26, 2015 at 5:49 am #

    Thanks you so much, it is very helpful book. Can you give me some video about how to improve, increase, note the TOEFL speaking? please…

  20. aida mobasher September 17, 2015 at 4:52 am #

    thank you for useful suggestion and helpful book that you have suggested.

  21. murhaf October 8, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

    It’s really helpful thanks a lot for your effort

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas Fink October 12, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

      You’re welcome!

  22. Farid Habibi November 15, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

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  23. Manoj December 2, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

    Hi Magoosh team,

    This e-book is amazing. Thanks for compiling it and making it available for free. Great work on the design and the information.

    I have one small question – in the reading section does paraphrase question type only have five answer choices as pointed out in this book or six as the ETS Official Guide states and shows in its Quick Prep Practice papers? Also, it states that in Prose Summary questions the order in which we select answers does not matter for scoring purposes but does it matter putting them in the right order anyway? I have seen some prep courses pointing out that the order is important. Is that so?

    Please let me know.



    • David Recine December 4, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

      Hi. First, I’m not sure which part of the ebook you’re referring to with your question about paraphrase questions in the Reading section. On pages 31-33 of our ebook, we look at paraphrase questions and give an example question with four answer choices, not five or six. I may be misunderstanding your query. Can you tell me which page you’re referring to? Sorry for the inconvenience— I just want to make sure I can give you a good complete answer.

      As for prose summary questions, the order of your answers isn’t important for scoring purposes. But trying to select the answers in the correct order can really help you focus your thinking, and understand the passage clearly. In other words, this extra step doesn’t directly affect your score, but it can prevent you from making incorrect selections.

  24. Manoj December 8, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

    Hi David,

    Sorry for such a confusing comment. Maybe all the question types were goog through my head and I got confused one question type with the other.

    My first question was not about paraphrase question type but about summary question type again. On page no. 44, it is written that there will be five answer choices but actually there are six(as seen in ETS quick prep and ETS Official Guide)

    Regarding my second question, I didn’t quite understand how selecting the answers in an order will help me focus my thinking. Can you please elaborate?

    Thank you so much!!


  25. Qasem December 8, 2015 at 10:21 pm #

    Wonderful site & great work

    Stay blessed Magoosh Team

    • David Recine December 10, 2015 at 8:20 pm #


      You cleared things up perfectly! I just checked, and yes, you’re right. In official TOEFL materials, text summary questions generally have six possible answers, not five. I’ll contact Rachel and Lucas about that inaccuracy in our ebook. Thank you so much for bringing that to our attention, and sorry about any confusion!

      To answer your second question, selecting the answers in the same order you read them is helpful because it allows you to see and think about the answers *in their correct order*. If you read the ideas in one order, and then select those ideas in a different order, this can be a little confusing and unnecessarily complicated. It’s simpler to read the ideas and then give answers related to the ideas in the exact same sequence.

      Does that make sense?

    • David Recine December 10, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

      Always glad to help, Qasem. 🙂 Thank you for your kind words.

  26. Rohan January 6, 2016 at 11:49 am #

    This is a very detailed guide. Thanks for uploading it for free. Indebted to you !!
    Is this all i need to know for the TOEFL? The guide explains everything in detail, but i wanted to confirm. Also, Can you please suggest a few links for practice questions?


  27. Allan January 10, 2016 at 9:55 pm #

    Hi Team,

    Thanks from your information, You guys are doing a great help to guys like us…

    God Bless…

  28. Mannuell February 4, 2016 at 3:44 am #

    Magoosh, you guys rock! Thumbs up!

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel Wisuri February 4, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

      Thanks, Mannuell. You rock too! 🙂

  29. Juan Pablo February 20, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

    thank you guys for your time to prepare this material. You are the best ever.

    • David Recine
      David Recine February 22, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

      And thank you for your kind words, Juan! We all had a great time putting together the material for this book, and we’re glad it’s helping students like you. 🙂

  30. subash kandel April 4, 2016 at 4:57 am #

    oh its really helpful for those students who preparing the TOEFL IBT examination..
    thanks magoosh…
    lov u frevr

  31. Abhinav June 1, 2016 at 7:40 pm #

    A few hours ago i had no idea what to expect in TOEFL.Now i have got a crystal clear picture of this test.Thanks Magoosh and keep up the excellent work.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 2, 2016 at 7:52 am #

      On behalf of the Magoosh team, you’re very welcome, Abhinav! 😀

  32. Shahzeb Akhtr June 2, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    Gee! Grateful to you….. Can’t elaborate it….

  33. Gabi October 18, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    Thank you so much guys! your book is awesome!!
    From a non-english speaker this gives me a great idea of what to expect and preparation for the test 🙂

  34. Saalem January 27, 2017 at 11:15 pm #

    I would like to thank you for sharing this wonderful eBook.

  35. hesham alghobari April 8, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

    i really love magoosh so much , cuz magoosh give me chance to improve my languge ,
    Magoosh it is institute for those who can’t pay to study english “poor guy”
    from deep of my heart thanks alot

  36. lateef June 1, 2017 at 7:09 am #

    Hello Rachel , How can I get all the books ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 3, 2017 at 4:50 am #

      Hi Lateef,

      You just need to enter your email into the box and subscribe. We will send a confirmation email, and after you click confirm, the ebook will be sent. 🙂

  37. Emmanuel June 1, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

    Thanks for the help MAGOOSH!
    Realy appreciate it!👍

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 2, 2017 at 10:49 am #

      You’re very welcome 🙂 Happy studying!

  38. Dhea Fahira September 5, 2017 at 7:22 pm #

    Magoosh so helpful 🙂 thank you !

    • David Recine
      David Recine September 7, 2017 at 9:10 am #

      Thank you for your kind words, Dhea. 🙂

  39. Aditya October 6, 2017 at 8:35 pm #

    Thank you so much magoosh 👍😊

  40. Admas October 26, 2017 at 6:22 am #

    What a gift You Provided Us!!! Specially for z one like me unable to buy it.Stay Blessed!!!!!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 27, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

      I hope you find it helpful! 🙂

  41. Luthfiah Shalsabilah November 13, 2017 at 4:14 am #

    Thankyou so much 😄

  42. Shahjahan December 18, 2017 at 1:25 am #

    Hi, Magoosh is the best platform to prepare for the tests like GRE, TOEFL and many more.

    Magoosh Excels!!!!

    Best wishes.

  43. Nabilla Safitri December 25, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

    Thanks for help. U’re everything hehe

  44. Johora Tulloo January 5, 2018 at 12:51 am #

    I am unable to download the free Guide to TOEFL ibt because there is a black ribbon on Magoosh which appears at the top when I click on the link. This black ribbon covers the download button, so I cannot download it. Please help

  45. FRISKA VALENTINA May 11, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

    Thankyou so much magoosh. I hope u’ll always lucky.

  46. nirmal kumar July 6, 2018 at 10:38 am #

    Hi, I am Nirmal Kumar. It is necessary to buy ETS TOEFL guide to for TOEFL free test (CD) which comes with the book. can I find these free test in ETS website? these tests are same as test come with the book?

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 10, 2018 at 7:55 pm #

      In order to get the main TOEFL practice test CD that ETS offers, you do need to buy the Official TOEFL Guide. You also need to purchase Official TOEFL iBT Tests Volume 1 and Official TOEFL iBT Tests Volume 2 if you want the CDs primarily associated with those books. All of these books can be bought in hard copy or purchased as a download through links on the ETS TOEFL preparation web page. If you buy the electronic versions of these books, you get a PDF of the book and a download of the CD contents.

  47. Saba Farzanyar October 5, 2018 at 5:39 am #

    Thank you Magoosh. I wasn’t expecting it to be this great and comprehensive. It really did help me and sure will in my days leading on to the test. The PDF is a complete source itself. everything you need, and everything you’ll ever hear from a tutor. You know how I know this? Because 3 years ago I had a tutor for a few months to help me with TOEFL. the recent years I forgot about many things he helped me and advised me on. When I was reading this PDF I was like “Ah this is everything he told me about” “Ah, I remember these tips”. Thank you very much. I don’t usually give feedback about things, but when they appear to be incredibly awesome and worked through sincerely, I feel obliged to express my gratitude and wish the greatest success.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 13, 2018 at 9:15 am #

      We are so glad to hear that this resource as a big help to you, Saba! 🙂

  48. Waseem Akram March 8, 2019 at 3:14 am #

    Love you magoosh
    And specially to Lucas Fink sir for his great teaching method.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 8, 2019 at 9:52 am #

      Thanks for your kind words, Waseem!

  49. Margaret Akosua Makae August 2, 2019 at 12:39 am #

    please send me the e-book. the whole toefl course is getting me confused. I really need help. I could you please send me a sample of how the initial toefl exams looks like

    • David Recine
      David Recine August 9, 2019 at 10:45 am #

      You can get the eBook by clicking the “Get your FREE guide to the TOEFL iBT” link in this post, or by going here: . That will bring up the PDF for the eBook.

      The TOEFL definitely can seem a little overwhelming at first. Our eBook can help! Be sure to also check on the recent updates to the TOEFL.

      And for a look at what the real TOEFL exam is like, consider checking out Magooh TOEFL. A Magoosh TOEFL free trial will give you a look at individual practice questions, and a paid subscription will get you full practice tests in the current TOEFL format. And to get a feel for the real ETS TOEFL exam, you can also download the TOEFL Interactive Sampler software. The Sampler has some features of the previous version of the TOEFL, but still gives you a good overall sense of what the real exam is like today.

  50. mada December 15, 2019 at 2:18 am #

    I love you Magoosh
    you’re just awesome💕💕💕

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 20, 2019 at 11:43 am #

      Thanks, Mada! So glad to hear that you are enjoying our material 🙂

  51. Zain December 22, 2019 at 10:58 pm #

    Hi, any age criteria for giving toefl exam.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 24, 2020 at 9:34 am #

      Hi Zain,

      There is no age limit or any other eligibility criteria required to take the TOEFL. Here is an article that discusses this in more detail: TOEFL Eligibility. I hope that helps!

  52. Patricia April 4, 2020 at 6:11 pm #

    Does this e-book adapted for the changes that happened last year on the TOEFL test?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 15, 2021 at 1:04 pm #

      Yes, we have updated all of our resources to reflect the changes to the TOEFL that took place in 2019.

  53. Samuel Burns April 9, 2020 at 8:21 pm #

    Hi! Thanks a lot. I noticed a mistake on p115

    ” while in the third task, the details will be the  reasons that you heard a student give for disliking some piece of university news”

    It’s the second task.

    I hope that helps 🙂

  54. Daniela November 18, 2020 at 7:54 pm #

    I love Lucas ♥
    Easy to pay attention :9

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