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!


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. 🙂

Using Magoosh’s TOEFL Essay Feedback Service In Your Study Schedule

Magoosh offers TOEFL essay feedback to our premium subscribers. Those with a six-month Magoosh TOEFL subscription can get up to four of their essays scored. The one-month plan includes one scored essay. While we don’t strictly require the use of essay grading in our TOEFL study schedules, it can definitely be useful.

If you have just one essay credit, it’s good to use that credit in the first week of your study plan. That way you can check your Writing “baseline” and get some feedback on how you should improve over the course of your study schedule.

If you have four essay credits, it’s still get one essay scored at the beginning. However, from there, you should space your remaining essays evenly throughout the rest of your schedule. That way, you can periodcially re-check your progress. And the feedback you receive can help you decide which Writing skills to focus on in a given week. 

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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  • Rachel Wisuri

    Rachel helps eager students find out about Magoosh. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a super helpful double major in History and French. In her free time she can be found eating peanut butter, drinking five cups of tea per day, and playing with cats.