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TOEFL Reading


The TOEFL reading section consists of 3 or 4 passages, and you’ll have 60 to 80 minutes (or 20 minutes per passage) to complete the entire section. This section tests your ability to understand and interpret college-level academic writing. The TOEFL reading section will probably be a bit more difficult than most other tests you’ve taken, so read on for helpful tips, practice passages, and more. 🙂

If you want complete preparation for the reading section, including video explanations, top strategies, practice tests, and email guidance, check out Magoosh TOEFL.

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20 Responses to TOEFL Reading

  1. Mohammed March 25, 2015 at 1:24 am #

    I really would like to express my appreciation to you towards what you have done to make us feel English language and get more skilled in taking TOEFL exams

    thanks so Mush

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas March 25, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

      I’m glad we’ve been able to help, Mohammed!

  2. Anis Fasiha April 26, 2015 at 6:46 pm #

    It’s really did helping.Thanks. Especially the type of questions for reading section of TOEFL.

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig April 27, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

      Thanks, Anis! I’m so glad that you’re finding this helpful. Best of luck with your TOEFL prep! 🙂

  3. Aishwarya January 23, 2016 at 9:07 pm #

    Thanks so much Magoosh. Lucas, you are a very energetic and awesome teacher. Support for magoosh!!!!

  4. Praveen January 24, 2016 at 10:22 am #

    You guys are best. The free videos on TOEFL helped me a lot. I was able to score 104 (R27,L29,S24,W24). It’s not my achievement guys. I should say a million thanks to your team. I just had a simple brain to follow the tips from magoosh.

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel Wisuri January 25, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

      That’s awesome, congrats Praveen!

  5. Asal February 13, 2016 at 1:39 am #

    I have a question about TOEFL reading section.

    Underlining some sentences from a book that we are reading helps us to understand it easily.
    Does the application allow us to underline or highlight some points from the reading as we read? Some numbers or important facts that we think it might be useful while answering questions.

    • David Recine
      David Recine February 16, 2016 at 7:15 pm #

      Unfortunately that’s not really an option, because the TOEFL is computer-screen-based these days. Fortunately, the TOEFL will re-present the reading passage on the screen, and words that are key to the question will sometimes be highlighted or indicated with an arrow. If you want to see what this actually looks like, check out the practice test software that comes with The Official Guide to the TOEFL Test, or download the free software for the TOEFL Interactive Sampler (

      • Asal February 22, 2016 at 12:43 am #

        Thanks for helping.
        It could be much easier for me to mark as I read.

  6. Avit February 17, 2016 at 6:48 am #

    Dear Magoosh

    I have a question about how reading raw scores are converted to scale score. I only know about reading scale score’s level such high, intermediate etc. I want to score as hihg as possible in reading. And what if I want to score between 28-30 what scale score do I need? Thanks you for your help.

    • Avit February 17, 2016 at 6:50 am #

      Sorry I mean what raw score do I need? Thz

      • David Recine
        David Recine February 19, 2016 at 9:37 pm #

        This is a very good question, Avit. Because raw scores are adjusted based on ETS’s internal statistics on question difficulty, it’s impossible to know with 100% accuracy how raw scores correlate with official scores. That being said, the percentage of answers you get right (your raw score) roughly corresponds with the percentage of points out of a total of 30 on each section.

        28/30= 93%, 29/30=97%, and 30/30=100%. So to get an official score between 20 and 30 on each section, you’ll need to get 90%+ of the questions correct in each section in terms of raw score.

  7. vcbabu May 2, 2016 at 11:47 am #

    May please post an article on how to attack prose summary questions

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 3, 2016 at 9:46 pm #

      Well, we do have this article by Kate, which gives strategy tips and walks students through an example passage and question. This is one of the trickier question formats though. We’ll try to put up some extra posts on this with more examples soon.

  8. Wali Ahmad Shirzad September 21, 2016 at 2:16 am #

    Thank you so much for tireless efforts and valuable documents, I am from Afghanistan, the English is not very professional in my country as other: like Pakistan, India and etc.

    I recently, have found your resourceful site. I have many problem with TOEFL Test, but I will do my best to get the score.

    I don’t have anyone to review my essay, if I write some independent essay on the topic that you mentioned in the site, Is it possible for you to get reviewed them.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 23, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

      Hi Wali,

      Thank you for your kind words! One of the things I love most about working for Magoosh is getting to help students form all around the world. 🙂 Unfortunately, Magoosh TOEFL doesn’t offer TOEFL Writing feedback at this time. We’re a small team, and to keep offering our TOEFL service at a good price worldwide, we focus just on the blog and our video lessons, ebooks, and flashcards.

      Still, there are a number of affordable– and possibly free-of-charge– ways to get TOEFL Writing feedback on the web. For tips on getting helpful TOEFL essay reviews, see our post about getting feedback on your TOEFL writing.

  9. Mustafa November 6, 2016 at 2:44 am #

    Great! Great! Great!
    I really found your website very useful and technically goes through the TOEFL iBT test, so I would like to thank all your guys and wish all the luck in the world for you 

  10. VERONICA November 28, 2016 at 9:41 am #

    Hello, this is a great blog and your video lessons are very useful too. I have a question about the writing section, is it possible to visualize the entire lecture when answering the questions? or it is not allowed?. I appreciate your response!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 29, 2016 at 10:03 am #

      I’m not quite sure what you mean by “visualizing” the entire lecture? Explain a little more, and I’ll give you the best answer I can, Veronica.

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