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

Click the image to go to your chosen plan:

Practice for your TOEFL exam with Magoosh.

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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45 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 🙂

  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,

    • 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 .

        • David Recine
          David Recine June 4, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

          Hi Abdul,

          I deleted your personal email address from your comment. I hope that’s OK. I just want to make sure your privacy is protected. 🙂

          As for TOEFL Prep materials, I can give you links to many free ones on this blog, including our set of free eBooks and PDFs. And of course, we also offer free TOEFL flashcards. You may also want to consider a free one-week trial to Magoosh TOEFL. That way you can sample our premium lessons and questions, and decide if you want to get the premium Magoosh TOEFL subscription you need in order to follow our study plans.

        • hedayat azimi July 13, 2020 at 11:59 am #

          I think you are from afghanistan?
          you studied in cambridge?

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

    Dear All
    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 #


    • 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!

      • Abhi August 30, 2020 at 8:08 am #


        Can I get the same set of advice. I am also not that good when it comes to speaking.

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 13, 2020 at 8:23 am #

          Hi Abhi, email us at if you have questions about any of our study programs!

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

    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.

  10. undrakh August 18, 2018 at 8:46 pm #

    I have a question. If i get magosh toefl in 1month, Can i download this video lessons with audio?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 23, 2018 at 9:39 am #

      Hi Undrakh,

      I’m afraid it isn’t possible to download our practice questions or video lessons and use them offline. I know this is inconvenient, and I’m really sorry about that! However, we do have plenty of materials, such as eBooks and practice question sets, that you can download and read offline. f you have any more questions about our product, feel free to reach out to our support team at 🙂

  11. sonu August 20, 2018 at 10:46 pm #

    Hey Lucus,
    The application deadline for college I’m looking forward to applying for is in July 2019. In which month should I take TOEFL exams as i need few months to prepare?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 23, 2018 at 10:05 am #

      Hi Sonu,

      It sounds like you are planning ahead, which means that you are in good shape for the admissions process! We generally recommend that students count backwards from the application deadline in order to prepare adequately for the test. First, make sure that you are clear on all of the admissions requirements for your universities. You should give yourself at least one month to focus on your application materials, 3-4 months to prepare for your admissions test (SAT/ACT for universities) and 2-3 months to prepare for the TOEFL. These timelines give you some flexibility in case you have to take some extra time or retake the test. This means that you should start your TOEFL preparations by January so that you have plenty of time to complete all of the requirements. The TOEFL score is good for two years, however, so you can also take things at a more leisurely pace and begin preparing now for the test 🙂 If you’re looking for high quality and affordable test prep resources, look no further than our Magoosh Premium Program!

  12. Rachel January 9, 2019 at 7:56 pm #

    I consider if I take toefl magoosh course for 6 months, is there any adequate plans study to learn this course day by day effectively ? Or I have to take my own plan ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 25, 2019 at 8:26 am #

      Hi Rachel,

      We don’t have a 6-month daily plan, but there are a few options! You could follow our advice for how to study for the TOEFL in 20-30 minutes per day and add on some time for general English skill development. Then, when the time for the test approaches, you can use our daily 2-month schedule. If you do become a Premium Magoosh student, we can help you adapt our study schedules to fit your needs 🙂

  13. Atiya June 18, 2019 at 10:29 pm #

    I had two experiences of official TOEFL test. I got 68 in my first shot. The second one was 70 – R: 17, L: 16, S: 21 and w: 16.

    I need to get 85+. In mid October, I will take a seat for another official test. I’ve studied skills and strategies several times, but I have problem with applying them.

    Now, I don’t know how can I utilize my remining time on the best possible way. I do practice but I am not improving. please help me what planning best suits for me and how can I use my time for getting a good score?

    Many thanks, Atiya

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 7, 2019 at 12:55 pm #

      Hi Atiya,

      That’s a tricky question! When you practice, but you’re not improving, it’s generally a good idea to carefully think about why that is. For example, which particular sections, question types, or skills do you find the most challenging? Once you can figure out exactly which aspects of TOEFL are the hardest for you, you can do targeted practice in those trouble areas, and start to improve. In short, if general practice isn’t helping you, switch to practice that targets your specific weaknesses!

  14. Janyce Gnanvi September 10, 2019 at 5:29 am #

    Is it possible to be prepared for both TOEFL and Gre simultaneously?

  15. Daniella Borges December 30, 2019 at 7:39 am #

    Hi, I hope you are well. I just purchased the Premium TOEFL Preparation for six months, but there is so much information, but instead PDF materials where can I find a complete simulate TOEFL Test but updated? When do you guys are going to update the material according to the new test, launched in August 2019?. It is not very useful to use older materials although we can adapt it. It is a kind of a waste of time. It is just more efficient to have the right material. I have a hard task. I need to achieve 100 in TOEFL.
    Thanks for your attention.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 24, 2020 at 10:17 am #

      Hi Daniella,

      I’ve forwarded your request on to our team of tutors. You should hear from them very soon! Keep in mind that, as a Premium student, you can always send your question to us at or by using the purple Help button in your Premium account!

  16. Pam Stipanuk June 18, 2020 at 6:09 pm #

    I am tutoring a woman for the TOEFL. There is a VERY long story here, but she must pass all four sections of the test at the same time. She has taken this test several times. Her last scores were Writing: 23, Speaking 23, Listening 16, Reading 18. She improved only slightly over the test before. She is married with two children and a very unsupportive husband, so she has limited study time. She has not been able to fully commit to any study plan we have created. Any suggestions? (Yes, she did try Magoosh . . .)

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 15, 2021 at 12:49 pm #

      Hi Pam, if you’re still working with this student, send us an email at and we may be able to provide some more targeted support 🙂

  17. yene October 25, 2020 at 9:21 pm #

    from yene
    how you doing guys, I hop you are doing good. I have a plane to take a TOEFL test and to get about 100+ to join any university without any restriction. My plane is for three month to take a TOEFLE preparation on your number one test preparation expert.
    But I have some problem whenever I am take any exam I face a stresses and I could not get what I deserved and understand that is why I have plane to extend my test and other practices for three month on your preparation plane and spending more time to familiarize the TOEFL , and studding your strategy how to answer. So would you advise me how to take my TOEFL test with none stresses to get high mark ? , is the three month time is enough to be more confident to get what I want ? , and others ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 27, 2020 at 4:23 pm #

      Hi Yene, many students are able to prepare for the TOEFL in three months, but this really depends on your starting English level and how much you need to improve. This blog post might help you think this through. Stress is certainly a big issue in any standardized test, and you should practice strategies that will help you to manage stress and overcome issues related to stress. The following blog posts may help you to do this:
      Overcome GMAT Exam Anxiety
      Beating GMAT Stress
      Zen Boot Camp for the GMAT

      These are all from our GMAT blog, but they are completely applicable to the TOEFL. All timed tests bring up the same issues.

  18. Cindy October 26, 2020 at 6:11 am #

    Good day,
    Please what strategy should be use for reading and listening, please I need a response, on my first attempt I had reading and listening a very low mark, please help me out.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 27, 2020 at 4:18 pm #

      Hi Cindy, our study schedules are designed to bring you through all of the information you need to know for the TOEFL. The Reading and Listening sections of our blog also provide you with plenty of information to excel in these sections 🙂

  19. Maya February 17, 2021 at 4:52 am #


    In the documents you have shared with plans for one month or 2 months studies!
    Links are not valid anymore!

    Can you please update the documents?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 17, 2021 at 7:05 pm #

      Hi Maya,

      I double-checked the links to our one-month and two-month study schedules. They seem to be working fine now. 🙂

      If it doesn’t work, perhaps try clearing your browser cache. I hope that works!

  20. GRACE March 18, 2021 at 11:04 am #

    well i m willing to study TOEFL alot here in Magoosh but its require me to join too, but unluckily i just end up turning back because i dont even have an fee to join the problem.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 26, 2021 at 7:11 am #

      Hi Grace, We have tons of free TOEFL resources and advice here on our TOEFL blog. However, it is true that our study guides were made to be used in conjunction with one of our Premium plans and study products. If you’d like to discuss our plans and fees with someone at Magoosh, be sure to write to us at and we’ll be glad to discuss options. 🙂

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