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TOEFL Study Plans and Guides

 

Whether you’re planning to study for a long time, or you’ve waited until the last minute, it helps to add some structure to your TOEFL study plan to keep you organized and on track. Planning out a study schedule is the key first step in scoring well on the TOEFL. Here are some tips to help you build a study schedule that works for you!

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To help take the guesswork out of all of this, we’ve created a couple of schedules to help you get started.

Magoosh TOEFL Study Guides

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GRE + TOEFL Study Schedule
 

Pro Tip: Before getting started on your study plan, we recommend reading our top tips for making the most of your TOEFL study schedule. And, if you’re looking for a more flexible study plan, try our post on preparing for the TOEFL in 20-30 minutes per day. 🙂

Building Your Own TOEFL Study Schedule

If you want to build your own, customized study schedule, start by asking yourself these questions:

  • Am I ready to start studying for the TOEFL?
  • What score do I need on the TOEFL? How much do I need to improve from where I am today?
  • How long am I going to study? How much time can I study each day or week?
  • Do I want to make a daily schedule that outlines what I need to do each day? Or do I want to make a weekly schedule, that has more room for adjustments?
  • What skills do I need the most help with?
  • What skills do I need the least help with?

Once you’ve answered all of these questions, it’s time to choose the right study materials for you. These book reviews should help, and be sure to check out Magoosh’s TOEFL lessons!

After you have your materials, it’s time to plan out your study schedule. I’d suggest using our one month plan (mentioned above), as a guide, and take it from there.

Happy studying! 🙂

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20 Responses to TOEFL Study Plans and Guides

  1. Anamika August 1, 2015 at 3:21 am #

    I have some questions.. How can I contact you to clear all these questions?

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

      If you have questions for us, you can always email help@magoosh.com 🙂

  2. Vikram December 10, 2016 at 5:08 am #

    Hi Lucas,

    I have 1 week to study for TOEFL.How can I get best out of it.I want to score 100+.

    Thank you,
    Vikram

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 10, 2016 at 9:30 am #

      Hi Vikram,

      One week isn’t a lot of time to study, but you can definitely use your current knowledge for success on the test. With one week, it doesn’t make sense to work on improving your general English level. Instead, you should focus on learning the strategies and methods you need for the test. I recommend that you look at the 2 week plan to get an idea of what you should focus on in the next week. Make sure that you focus on the best strategy for each question, and take a look at our templates and example responses for the speaking/writing tasks. Explore our blog for ideas of how to answer each type of question and the best methods to use for each section 🙂

      And remember: strategy is only helpful if you can practice it! Take some time to make sure that you are comfortable with these methods and can apply them on test day 🙂

  3. sadegh April 4, 2017 at 5:28 pm #

    Hi Dear Lucas
    I took TOEFL sample exam at 6 month ago that my score was 73 (R=18, L=16, S=18, W=19) and I took a real TOEFL exam 10 days ago that my score has been 77 (R=21, L=17, S=17,W=20), while my average scores of reading and listening in TPO were 27 and 22. I think I was under stress during the test time:((
    I want you to help me how I can receive +90 . Which one of the schedules is better for me? Can I get 100 in 3 month ? Excuse me for bad writing.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 5, 2017 at 12:00 am #

      Going from 73 to 100 in 3 months is a tall order. But it’s certainly not impossible. I’ve seen students achieve this before.

      What I recommend is that you use the two month study plan as a model for your studies. But change the two month study plan somewhat. Instead of taking two months to study, give yourself 3 months, or even 4 months if you can. Use the extra time to get in additional practice with the English language. And be willing to watch video lessons a second or third time, to make sure you really get everything. With that longer version of our two month plan, you have the best possible chance of reaching your 100+ target score.

      • Abdul wahid June 3, 2018 at 11:08 pm #

        Hi Dear Magoosh test prep Expert
        I hope this email finds you healthy and fresh ,
        please it would be much appreciate to send me some materials for tofel prep .

  4. Yasin April 30, 2017 at 9:24 am #

    Dear All
    Hi
    I am in learning course for take TOEFL test and I have about 3 mounts to studding. I don’t have regular time to go to class and I prefer self study than class. according to time I have to make schedule to practice and studding. I read some TOEFL resource such as Delta, Barons, TED videos and other source related to English and TOEFL. my goal is getting at last +95 score in TOEFL test.
    I have TPO now. please guide me to make plan, schedule by consider the 4-6 hours per day time to study.

    Thanks all

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 30, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

      Hi Yasin,

      First, I have to apologize–we simply don’t have enough people working at Magoosh to provide personalized study schedules for each student. We’re a very small company working to create the best self-study product possible (rather than a tutoring service), and we have thousands of students.

      We do, however, recognize how important using a schedule can be, and that’s why we offer a number of pre-made study schedules for guidance. I definitely recommend that you utilize one of these plans on this page, or you can use them as a base and build your own personalized schedule.

      I also highly recommend that you check out our subscription plans if you’re looking to self-study. If you want to get a better sense of what we have to offer, I would suggest signing up for our free 1-week TOEFL trial. This will allow you to see how the site works and try out a selection of lesson videos and practice questions. You should also know that if you buy a full membership, you’re protected by our 7-day money-back guarantee—contact us within a week of your purchase and we’ll give you a full refund for any reason. 🙂

      Best of luck! 😀

  5. KUMAR REDDY March 16, 2018 at 4:21 am #

    HOW CAN I APPROACH TOEFL… CAN YOU PLEASE CONFESS ABOUT THIS……

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 16, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

      Hi Kumar,

      In order to succeed on the TOEFL, you must use high quality study materials, get plenty of practice, and have a strong English level! I recommend that you look through these study plans carefully to get a deeper understanding of how to approach the TOEFL 🙂 If you are looking for high-quality and affordable study materials, check out the Magoosh Premium TOEFL Program 🙂

  6. Aditya Dash May 6, 2018 at 11:11 pm #

    I have planned 6 months to prepare for both GRE and TOEFL simultaneously. Is it possible? If yes, then can you provide me suitable steps to follow for preparing both?

  7. krish May 30, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

    Hello, I gave toefl exam 5-6 times and scored 23-24 all the times in speaking section. I need 26 in speaking section. other sections, I already got required scores. I only need to focus on speaking. I have 5 -6 weeks. How Magoosh can help me to achieve my score?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 1, 2018 at 4:51 pm #

      Hi Krish,

      I forwarded your message to our team of tutors. They can provide you with some more information and in-depth advice…you should hear from someone (in a separate email) soon!

  8. Mehmet Cetin July 19, 2018 at 1:19 am #

    Hello,
    I’m going to take the toefl itp and it’s a bit different from the toefl ibt. For instance, the reading sections has 50 questions and they give you 55 minutes to answer them, therefore I’m struggling with my timing. What do you suggest me ? Thank you for your response!

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 19, 2018 at 9:43 am #

      Hi Mehmet,

      My advice is to avoid iBT-oriented study plan and guides. The TOEFL ITP is significantly different than the TOEFL iBT. It’s not just the pacing that’s different; TOEFL ITP actually has different content and question types.

      Instead, use practice materials designed for the TOEFL ITP itself, and practice materials designed for the TOEFL PBT. The PBT and ITP are very similar. For more details on the ITP vs the iBT, the ITP/PBT similariities, and links to prep on the ETS website, see the article “What is the TOEFL ITP?”

  9. Mina Salama August 15, 2018 at 11:26 pm #

    Do you offer 1 on 1 tutoring sessions?

    • David Recine
      David Recine August 16, 2018 at 11:52 am #

      Hi Mina,

      For TOEFL, Magoosh doesn’t offer 1:1 tutoring at this time. (We only offer it for GRE and GMAT right now.) If you’re looking for good online TOEFL tutoring, I recommend you read our blog posts Places to Find Online TOEFL Tutoring, Part 1 and Part 2.


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