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Two Month TOEFL Study Plan

 

(60-Day) Two Month TOEFL Study Plan

This two-month TOEFL study schedule is designed for self-study test prep only. I highly recommend that you seek out other opportunities to practice, especially conversation with English speakers, but that is not included in the schedule because it depends on what opportunities you have.

This plan is mostly designed to get you familiar with the TOEFL format and question types, but with the end goal of getting your TOEFL scores to an acceptable level. That means some of the material focuses on academic English in general, including vocabulary and grammar.

Each week, there are 6 days of preparation. One day per week will be a rest day, which isn’t included in the schedule. Use that day to relax!

TOEFL Prep Resources

To follow this schedule fully, you’ll need five things:

  1. A computer with speakers, a CD drive, and Internet access
  2. Magoosh TOEFL Prep
  3. The Official Guide to the TOEFL iBT, 4th Edition with the accompanying CD
  4. Official TOEFL iBT Tests
  5. Magoosh’s free Study Timer app for iPhone/iPad for timing yourself on exam sections and keeping yourself on pace. Currently only available in iTunes.

Plan on spending between one and two hours each day to stay on this schedule, although some days will be less, and the practice tests will take longer.

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Two-Month TOEFL Study Schedule Breakdown

Week One

Week 1, Day 1:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the first four videos in Magoosh: under Introduction to the TOEFL, from “Overview of the TOEFL” to “Listening Section.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Start working on Magoosh’s TOEFL flashcards. Begin with the “common” deck. Master 20 words at minimum. If you believe this deck is very easy for you, finish it today.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the reading and listening questions in ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 4. Your goal is to become familiar with the format of the test—don’t worry too much about how many right and wrong answers you get.

Week 1, Day 2:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the video “Using the Grammar Lessons” in Introduction to TOEFL Grammar.
    • Watch any 4-5 grammar videos in Magoosh of your choice according to your weaknesses.
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Master at least 20 more words in Magoosh’s TOEFL flashcards. Again, if you believe the deck you are working on is easy for you, finish it today.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the speaking and writing questions in ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 4. Your goal is to become familiar with the format of the TOEFL and how much time you have for each task. Don’t worry about grading yourself.
  • General Reading and Listening Practice
    • Go to ALdaily.com. Find a short article to read. Use a dictionary as you read it, and put new words that you think will be helpful onto flashcards. Review the flashcards after reading
    • NOTE: From now on, this schedule will not include “non-TOEFL” reading like ALdaily. This assignment today is only to introduce you to the resource. If you have extra time in future days, return to ALdaily (or other English news sites) for challenging reading.

Week 1, Day 3:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next three videos in Magoosh: under Introduction to the TOEFL, from “Speaking Section” to “Studying for the TOEFL.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Reading” button on your Dashboard. Answer 14 questions, until the text changes to a new topic passage. Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong. If you see a new passage after 14 questions, return to the dashboard by clicking “Magoosh” at the top left of the screen.
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with three different recordings (about 17 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong. If you start a fourth recording, return to the dashboard by clicking “Magoosh” at the top left of the screen to exit your practice.

Week 1, Day 4:

  • Lessons:
    • In Magoosh, watch the first two videos under Reading, titled “Pacing While Reading” and “Sample Passage: Clonal Colonies.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the speaking section of practice test 1 in the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests. Use either your phone or this online recorder to record your answers. Don’t worry about grading them today. You will listen to them later.
  • General Reading and Listening Practice
    • Go to TED.com and find a presentation by a native English speaker that you want to watch. Take notes on the presentation. Be sure to keep your notes as short as possible while still including all the main ideas of the presentation. After watching once, turn on English subtitles, if they are available, so you can read while you listen again.
    • NOTE: From now on, this schedule will not include TED.com presentations. This assignment today is only to introduce you to the resource. If you have extra time in future days, return to TED.com, similar to ALdaily.com

Week 1, Day 5:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch any 3-4 grammar videos in Magoosh of your choice according to your weaknesses.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the reading section of practice test 1 in the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests. Give yourself exactly one hour to complete it.
  • General Reading and Listening Practice
    • Return to the flashcards you made when you last read an article from ALdaily.com. Review them for 10-20 minutes.

Week 1, Day 6:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the first two videos under Speaking, titled “Task 1 – Choose One from Many” and “Task 1 – Sample Answers.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Spend 10 – 20 minutes reviewing vocabulary flashcards that you studied this week.
  • Official Practice:
      • Take the listening section of Practice Test 1 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide.

    Score yourself with the table at the back of the book. Review your incorrect answers carefully.

 

Week Two

Week 2, Day 1:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the first three videos under Listening, the “Sample Recording” videos.
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Speaking” button on your Dashboard. Answer 6 questions. Watch the explanation video for every question.
  • Official Practice:
    • Return to the speaking task recordings you created on week 1, day 4. Listen to your responses, noting any problems. Repeat the same tasks better than the first time, attempting to include new vocabulary in every answer.
    • Complete the reading questions in ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 3. Review your incorrect answers carefully, learning from your mistakes

Week 2, Day 2:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch any 3-4 grammar videos in Magoosh of your choice.
  • Magoosh Practice:
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the listening section of practice test 1 in the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests. Review your wrong answers carefully so that you understand why you made every mistake.

Week 2, Day 3:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the first three videos under Writing, from “The Five-Paragraph Essay” to “Integrated Introduction Sample.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete one essay, and watch the explanation video.

Week 2, Day 4:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch once again the second video under Reading, titled “Sample Passage: Clonal Colonies.”
    • Watch the next two videos under Reading, the “Question Type” videos from “Vocabulary in Context” to “Detail.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
  • Official Practice:
    • Take the speaking section of Practice Test 1 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide. Record your answers so you can review them later.

Week 2, Day 5:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next two videos under Listening, “Question Type: Main Idea” to “Where is the Main Idea?”
  • Magoosh Practice:
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the writing section of practice test 1 in the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests.

Week 2, Day 6:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch 4-5 new grammar videos in Magoosh.
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Reading” button on your Dashboard. Answer 14 questions, until the text changes to a new topic passage. Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong. If you see a new passage after 14 questions, return to the dashboard by clicking “Magoosh” at the top left of the screen.
  • Official Practice:
    • Listen to the recordings of your answers that you made on week 2, day 1. Compare them to the sample answers on the CD and explanations in the book (page 320 – 330).

 

Week Three

Week 3, Day 1:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next two videos under Listening, “Question Type: Detail” to “Using Your Notes”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with three different recordings (about 17 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong. If you start a fourth recording, return to the dashboard by clicking “Magoosh” at the top left of the screen to exit your practice.
  • Official Practice:
    • Return to the speaking task recordings you created on week 2, day 4. Listen to your responses, noting any problems. Repeat the same tasks better than the first time, attempting to include new vocabulary in every answer.
    • Read the essays that you wrote on week 2, day 5. Compare them to the sample answers explanations in the book (page 331 – 342). Grade yourself based on which sample essays yours was most similar to. Edit both your essays to improve them.

Week 3, Day 2:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next two videos under Speaking, “Task 2 – Choose One from Two” and “Task 2 – Sample Answers.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
  • Official Practice:
    • Take the reading section of Practice Test 1 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide. Give yourself exactly one hour to complete it. Score yourself with the table at the back of the book, and review your incorrect answers carefully.

Week 3, Day 3:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next two videos under Speaking, “Task 3 -Conversation and Reading” and “Task 3 – Sample Answer.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Speaking” button on your Dashboard. Answer 6 questions. Watch the explanation video for every question.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the listening and speaking questions in ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 3. Record your answers to the speaking section. Review your incorrect answers to the speaking section carefully. Listen to your recordings, and note what could be improved. Then, answer the questions again with those improvements.

Week 3, Day 4:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next two videos under Writing, “Integrated Structure A” and “Integrated Structure B.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
  • Official Practice:

Week 3, Day 5:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch 3-4 new grammar videos in Magoosh.
  • Magoosh Practice:
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the reading section of practice test 2 in the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests. Carefully review your wrong answers, learning from your mistakes.

Week 3, Day 6:

Today, you’re going to take a full practice test. If you don’t have a full four hours to spend, then switch this day with a day next week when you will have the time. You need four hours with no interruptions at your computer.

Take practice test 2 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide. Do not take breaks during a section, and be careful with the clock. The software will give you the timer for most parts, but here is the timing for reference:

  • Reading section: 60 minutes
  • Listening section: 20 minutes total to answer the questions of all six recordings. Stop the timer when you are listening to the recordings.
  • BREAK: 10 minutes (have a quick snack!)
  • Speaking section: (You will need to time yourself and record yourself in the speaking section, so be prepared.)
    • 15 seconds to prepare, 45 seconds to speak.
    • 15 seconds to prepare, 45 seconds to speak.
    • 30 seconds to prepare, 60 seconds to speak.
    • 30 seconds to prepare, 60 seconds to speak.
    • 20 seconds to prepare, 60 seconds to speak.
    • 20 seconds to prepare, 60 seconds to speak.
  • Writing section:
    • 20 minutes
    • 30 minutes

 

Week Four

Week 4, Day 1:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next three videos under Reading, from “Except” to “Purpose.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with three recordings (about 17 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the reading section and speaking sections from ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 1. Carefully review your answers and learn from your mistakes in the reading section. Save the recordings of your answers to the speaking section.

Week 4, Day 2:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next two videos under Writing, “Integrated Body Sample (Structure A)” and “Integrated Body Sample (Structure B).”
  • Magoosh Practice:
  • Official Practice:
    • Return to the essay you wrote for ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 3. Edit and add to it to make it even better.
    • Return to your answers to the speaking questions on ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 1. Listen and note what could be improved. Answer them again with those improvements.

Week 4, Day 3:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next two videos under Listening, “Question Type: Function” and “Getting in the Speaker’s Head.”
    • Watch 3-4 new grammar videos in Magoosh and review 1 more.
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete one essay, and then watch the explanation video.
    • Click the “Practice Reading” button on your Dashboard. Answer 14 questions, until the text changes to a new topic passage. Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.

Week 4, Day 4:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next two videos under Speaking, “Task 4 – Lecture & Reading” and “Task 4 – Sample Answer.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the first half of the listening section (three recordings, 17 questions) of practice test 3 in the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests.
    • Complete the speaking section of practice test 2 in the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests. Record your answers for review next week.

Week 4, Day 5:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next two videos under Writing, “Essay 2 -Independent” and “Independent Introduction Sample.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the writing section of practice test 2 in the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests.

Week 4, Day 6:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next two videos under Reading, “Reference” and “Paraphrase”
    • Watch 3-4 new grammar videos in Magoosh and review 1 more.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the first three reading practice sets in the Official Guide, starting on page 60. Carefully review your wrong answers, learning from your mistakes.

 

Week Five

Week 5, Day 1:

Congratulations—you’ve finished half of the two-month study schedule! Keep up that hard work. 🙂

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next two videos under Listening, “Question Type: Attitude” and “Tone of Voice.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with three recordings (about 17 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
    • Spend 10-20 minutes working on your vocabulary using these vocabulary exercises.
  • Official Practice:
    • Return to your answers to the speaking questions in practice test 2 of Official TOEFL iBT Tests. Listen and note what could be improved. Answer them again with those improvements.

Week 5, Day 2:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next two videos under Writing, “Independent Structure A” and “Independent Structure B.”
    • Watch 3-4 new grammar videos in Magoosh and review 1 more.
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Speaking” button on your Dashboard. Answer 6 questions. Watch the explanation video for every question.
  • Official Practice:
    • In the Official Guide, read the essay prompt on page 211. Outline your own answer to the question (don’t write the essay yet—just prepare for it). Then, read pages 211-215. After you read each essay and before you read the rater comments, critique the essay yourself. What are its strengths and weaknesses? What would you have done differently? What aspects of this essay might you try to incorporate into your own writing? Then return to your outline, and write your own response.

Week 5, Day 3:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next two videos under Speaking, “Task 5 – Conversation” and “Task 5 – Sample Answer.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete one essay, and then watch the explanation video.
    • Click the “Practice Reading” button on your Dashboard. Answer 14 questions, until the text changes to a new topic passage. Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.

Week 5, Day 4:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch 3-4 new grammar videos in Magoosh and review 1 more.
  • Magoosh Practice:
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the listening section of practice test 2 in the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests.

Week 5, Day 5:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next two videos under Reading, “Insert Text” and “Summary.”
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the listening section from ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 2. There are no recordings, so you will treat this as reading practice.
    • Complete the reading section from ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 2.
    • Complete the second half of the listening section of practice test 3 in the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests.

Week 5, Day 6:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the final video under Reading, titled “Category”
    • Watch 3-4 new grammar videos in Magoosh and review 1 more.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the reading section of practice test 4 in the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests. Give yourself exactly one hour to complete it.

 

Week Six

Week 6, Day 1:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next two videos under Listening, “Question Type: Organization,” and “Structural Key Words,”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with three recordings (about 17 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:

Week 6, Day 2:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next two videos under Writing, “Independent Body Sample (Structure A)” and “Independent Body Sample (Structure B)”
    • Watch the next two videos under Listening, “Question Type: Inference,” and “Don’t Go Too Far.”
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the listening section from ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 1. There are no recordings, so you will treat this as reading practice.
    • Return to any two of your previously written essays. Edit and add to them to make them even better.

Week 6, Day 3:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the final video under Writing, “Independent Conclusion Sample.”
    • Watch 3-4 new grammar videos in Magoosh and review 1 more.
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with three recordings (about 17 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the speaking section of practice test 4 in the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests. Record your answers so you can review them later.

Week 6, Day 4:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the last two videos under Speaking, “Task 6 – Lecture” and “Task 6 – Sample Answer.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the reading section of practice test 3 in the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests. Carefully review your wrong answers, learning from your mistakes.

Week 6, Day 5:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the final two videos in Listening, “Question Type: Filling in Tables” and “Easiest to Hardest.”
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with three recordings (about 17 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:

Week 6, Day 6:

Today, you’re going to take a full practice test. If you don’t have a full four hours to spend, then switch this day with a day next week when you will have the time. You need four hours with no interruptions at your computer.

Take the practice test 3 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide. Do not take breaks during a section, and be careful with the clock. The software will give you the timer for most parts, but here is the timing for reference:

  • Reading section: 60 minutes
  • Listening section: 20 minutes total to answer the questions of all six recordings. Stop the timer when you are listening to the recordings.
  • BREAK: 10 minutes (have a quick snack!)
  • Speaking section: (You will need to time yourself and record yourself in the speaking section, so be prepared.)
    • 15 seconds to prepare, 45 seconds to speak.
    • 15 seconds to prepare, 45 seconds to speak.
    • 30 seconds to prepare, 60 seconds to speak.
    • 30 seconds to prepare, 60 seconds to speak.
    • 20 seconds to prepare, 60 seconds to speak.
    • 20 seconds to prepare, 60 seconds to speak.
  • Writing section:
    • 20 minutes
    • 30 minutes

 

Week Seven

Week 7, Day 1:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch half of the Magoosh grammar lessons that you have not seen before.
  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete two essays and watch the explanation videos.

Week 7, Day 2:

  • Lessons:
    • Finish watching the Magoosh grammar lessons.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the listening section of practice test 4 in the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests.

Week 7, Day 3:

  • Official Practice:
    • Review all of your answers from the full practice test you took at the end of last week. Pay careful attention to your wrong answers in reading and listening, learning from your mistakes. Grade your speaking and writing tasks by comparing them with the examples given on the CD.

Week 7, Day 4:

Week 7, Day 5:

  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with three recordings (about 17 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the writing section of practice test 4 in the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests.

Week 7, Day 6:

  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the reading section of practice test 5 in the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests.
    • Complete the speaking section of practice test 3 in the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests.

 

Week Eight

Week 8, Day 1:

  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Speaking” button on your Dashboard. Answer 6 questions. Watch the explanation video for every question.
  • Official Practice:
    • Return to the essays you wrote for practice test 4 of Official TOEFL iBT Tests. Edit them and add to them to make them even better.

Week 8, Day 2:

  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Spend 30 to 60 minutes reviewing vocabulary that you have studied in the last two months.
  • Official Practice:
    • Return to the recordings of your responses to practice test 3 from Official TOEFL iBT Tests. Repeat the same tasks better than the first time, attempting to include new vocabulary in every answer.

Week 8, Day 3:

  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete one essay and watch the explanation video.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the last three reading practice sets in the Official Guide, starting on page 90. Give yourself no more than 20 minutes per passage (including the questions). Carefully review your wrong answers, learning from your mistakes.

Week 8, Day 4:

  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Spend 30 minutes reviewing vocabulary that you have studied in the last two months.
  • Official Practice:
    • Take the writing section of Practice Test 1 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide. Grade your essays by comparing them with the examples given on the CD.

Week 8, Day 5:

  • Magoosh Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Reading” button on your Dashboard. Answer 14 questions, until the text changes to a new topic passage. Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the five listening practice sets in the Official Guide, starting on page 143. Carefully review your wrong answers, learning from your mistakes.

Week 8, Day 6:

  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the listening section of practice test 5 in the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests.
    • Complete the speaking section of practice test 5 in the book Official TOEFL iBT Tests.
  • Listen to Amy Cuddy’s TED talk about posture, and consider how this could help you on your test.

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If you have time remaining:

  • Review Magoosh videos and practice questions daily.
  • Review vocabulary that you’ve already learned.
  • Plan 10 essays based on the questions in pages 216-230 of the official guide. Write 1 or 2 of them. Set them aside for a day or two, then come back and edit/improve those essays.
  • Answer questions from the list on pages 260-230 as if they were speaking task 2 questions. Record your answers.
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  • Regularly listen to TED talks and read articles from New York Times or Newsweek. After every article or talk, summarize what you learned either in writing or in speech. If you speak your summary, record yourself.

 

The day before your TOEFL test:

You’re going to dominate tomorrow! Be confident, and don’t study today. Relaxing is much more important. If you’ve followed this two-month TOEFL study schedule, you should be in good shape for the test. Get a good night’s sleep, and have a healthy breakfast in the morning. Good luck!

 

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51 Responses to Two Month TOEFL Study Plan

  1. khorshid May 11, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    how long would each lesson take?

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas Verney-Fink May 15, 2015 at 11:18 am #

      The lesson lengths vary, but they are mostly 5 to 10 minutes. 🙂

    • Rogério SIlvestre July 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

      Hey Lucas !!! Firstly, I’d like to say you’re doing a great job, along with your team! Congrats! I have some concerns about my writing skills. I am not so confident. Although I had been studied recently in a extension course in a US University, I had a hard time to write my paper over there. How long do you think it takes for me to reach a 100 points. What should I do to improve and optimize my time? Thanks a lot!

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 5, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

        On behalf of Lucas and the rest of the Magoosh TOEFL team, thank you for your kind words, Rogério!

        As for writing skills, it’s hard to say how long it would take you to reach a 25 in writing (proportional to a 100 on the test overall). If you struggle with writing more than other skills, you’ll want to devote some extra prep time to writing. This could mean more hours per day or an extra week or two of study. But you coudl also do this by spendign less time in a TOEFL area you’re stronger in,a nd focusing on writing more.

        That being said, it’s hard to tell how much extra work you need to do on your TOEFL Writing, based just on your performance in a university extension class. TOEFL Writing is designed to be similar to general academic writing, but TOEFL essays and “Real” college essays are not 100% the same, and can involve different skills.

        I would advise doing some actual practice TOEFL essays, either through a service like Magoosh TOEFL, or by using questions from ETS’s official TOEFL materials. Then have someone give you feedback on your TOEFL Writing– maybe a tutor, or maybe a fellow test prepper on a TOEFL forum. You may find that you are already at the 25-point level for your TOEFL essays, even if you struggled a bit more int he class you took. Or you may find you still need to improve your TOEFL Writing skills. But make sure you really gauge your TOEFL skills specifically before building a study plan toward your target score of 100.

        • Rogério SIlvestre July 13, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

          Thank you so very much team!!! you are the greatest!! I’ll begin my studies with you next july 25th. Wish me luck!!! Yes, we can !D

          all the best

  2. SANJANA WOONNA August 31, 2015 at 7:11 am #

    Hi,
    I am going to write my TOEFL exam on 16th October. I can spend upto 1-1.5 hours a day for TOEFL prep as I am currently doing my engineering too. Which plan should I follow?

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas Fink September 1, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

      I’d recommend using the one-month study schedule, and if you have extra time after, you can use it to review or finish material that you weren’t able to use during the month. 🙂

  3. Faisal January 16, 2016 at 10:03 pm #

    Thanks for your hard working. I really appreciate it.

  4. LEE January 28, 2016 at 7:28 am #

    Hi Lucas,

    I’m gonna study pathway Master Degree in August 2016 but I haven’t taken TOEFL exam yet.

    I registered for the test on 23rd April 2016. My TOEFL target score is more than 80 points.

    I also have to take GRE exam too, my GRE target score is 320 [Quantitative Score more than 165 and Verbal Score more than 155].

    I haven’t register for the GRE exam yet.

    So I can’t decide which study-plan should I use (one month TOEFL study plan, two months TOEFL study plan or Four Months GRE and TOEFL study plan).

    I’m looking forward to hearing from you

    Thank you.

    • David Recine
      David Recine January 28, 2016 at 9:03 pm #

      Hi Lee,

      I can answer this for you— I’ve worked with a lot of students in your situation. Whether you should study for the TOEFL before the GRE or study for both exams at the same time depends on your English ability.

      If your’e fairly comfortable with the TOEFL and are starting to get pretty close to your target score in practice, then it’s a good idea to study for both exams at the same time. The extra challenge of the GRE can push your forward to reach and maybe even exceed your TOEFL goal, and the TOEFL practice can provide a little extra language study that can help boost your GRE performance.

      However, if you aren’t so close to your TOEFL target score in practice and you struggle with confidence in English, you should probably master the TOEFL first before you move on to studying for the even more challenging English on the GRE

  5. Williams Sbardella March 17, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

    Hi, I have 34 days for take my TOEFL on May 7th (without counting weekends). Which schedule should I use? I have a lot of free time. I also have a Teacher that is my friend. How I can study with him? I want to keep studying with him every day, two times per day.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 4, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

      I apologize for the late reply William. Thanks for commenting nonetheless, as I think your question is a good one for any Magoosher who is trying to choose a study schedule.

      If you have a lot of spare time and slightly over thirty days to study, I recommend using our one month study schedule as the main framework for your study, but incorporating parts of the two month plan into your studies. Use aspects of the two-month study plan to devote extra time to any areas that you’re weak in.

      I’m also really glad you asked how best to include work with a tutor in your studies. Tutors come in the most handy for Speaking and Writing skills, since these need to be graded on a rubric and can’t be automatically scored. So I recommend focusing mostly on TOEFL Speaking and TOEFL essays during your study schedules. Tutors are also very useful if there is an answer choice you don’t understand, and the answer explanation in the materials isn’t quite doing it for you.

  6. Nui April 19, 2016 at 11:20 am #

    Hello,

    With the materials I need before I start following this plan, is it okay to have Official TOEFL iBT® Tests Volume 2 to work on?

    Thank you

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 19, 2016 at 10:27 pm #

      That will certainly work! Official TOEFL iBT tests Volume 2 has the same amount of practice material in the same format as Volume 1, so it can fit into your studies in the exact same way. 🙂

  7. Mohammad May 26, 2016 at 8:12 am #

    Hi,

    I am preparing for TOEFL iBT exam and only have two months for it. My English is quite and have already published some papers in recognized conferences in my field of study. But I have a bit stress about my exam. The time constraints in the exam is my problem which increases my stress in responding, especially in reading section. Normally, I have only 40 seconds for the last question in this section.
    I have studied different methods from different recognized publishers. I really need your valuable and accrue recommendation to help me solve this problem of mine.

    Thanks in advance,
    Mohammad

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 27, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

      Beating the clock really can be the hardest part of TOEFL prep. It can also be one of the hardest things on the exam itself. One way to breeze through questions more quickly is to rely on your own logic and prior knowledge. Some answers can be gotten with common sense– at times, you can tell that only one answer really “works,” without having to double check the passage. And since TOEFL passages are factually accurate, sometimes your own knowledge of the academic subject can tell you what the correct answer is. The Magoosh TOEFL Blog also recommends a special method for improving pacing. In this method you temporarily stop using a a timer while you practice, and then you slowly reintroduce the time limits as you build pacing skills. Be sure to check out our post on prior knowledge and logic in TOEFL pacing, and try our tutorial for untimed-to-timed TOEFL pacing practice.

  8. Linh June 29, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

    Hi,

    Thank you for the study plan! I will start it tomorrow.

    I took the TOEFL test 2 years ago and got 108 (R: 26, L: 26, S: 27, W: 29). However, I haven’t used English regularly since then, so I’m quite worried about the test this time, especially the speaking and writing sections (my reading and listening skills have improved greatly in the past 2 years). My goal is to get 110. Do you think that it’s possible with 2 months of studying? I’m on summer vacation so I have a lot of spare time.

    Thank you,
    Linh Pham

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 29, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

      Losing some of your English skill because you aren’t using English can be frustrating. But it happens. The good news about “losing” your English in this way is that English skills are easier to recover if you’ve had them before.

      I’ve seen students in your situation recover their English quickly when they start to study again. It’s certainly possible that you could catch up on your English and boost your TOEFL score a few points, if you study full time for two months. I would say it’s definitely worth a try.

  9. Arshit July 18, 2016 at 11:02 pm #

    Seriously I am unknown about the test but when i heard about it, i thought to give it a try, kindly guide me from the beginning like how to prepare, how much to prepare, when and how to submit the test, validity of the test…. i know this is a whole bunch of questions but i am sure you’ll help me sort it out.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 19, 2016 at 8:18 pm #

      Wow, that is a lot of questions. It would be hard to answer all of them here, but I can give you some resources to help you get started. I recommend reading through our blog’s free eBook, the Magoosh Guide to the TOEFL iBT. And look through our complete list of Magoosh TOEFL Blog posts. We have many different posts on prep, when and how to submit scores, which schools, employers and immigration offices accept scores, and so on.

  10. Dmitry August 22, 2016 at 6:50 am #

    Good day!

    My level of English proficiency is somewhere between B2 and C1. Do you know whether it is possible for me to score 110+ using this schedule considering that I’m planning on taking the test on the 26th of November? Thanks in advance.

    Best,

    Dmitry

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 22, 2016 at 10:51 am #

      ETS has actually published a conversion scale for CEFR and TOEFL iBT. You can find that scale at this link on the official TOEFL website. (Scroll down past the IELTS score conversions to see CEFR.)

      As you can see, your score puts you somewhere between a 72 and a 95 on the TOEFL. These conversions aren’t precise though. If you study and really work to build those TOEFL skills, you could conceivably get yourself up to 110 plus, even if there isn’t a corresponding increase in your CEFR levels.

      • Dmitry August 25, 2016 at 5:00 am #

        Thanks!

  11. Romina August 23, 2016 at 6:22 pm #

    Hi, I would like to konw, which is the main difference between the one month and the two month study plans? How much time per day requires the two month plan? If I have about 30 to 40 minutes per day to study, which plan do you recommend for me and how many months do I need to be prepare for the exam?
    Trank you!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 25, 2016 at 6:25 pm #

      Both our two month plan and our one month TOEFL study schedule require 1-2 hours of study time per day on average. The difference is that the two month plan allows for more study and longer prep time, assuming you need more total study time to master the TOEFL.

      Because you have only 30 or 40 minutes a day, you should probably double or triple the calendar length of any plan you choose. So if the two month plan seems right for you, you could do that same amount of work in 4-6 months, studying 30-40 minutes a day instead of 1-2 hours a day. Similarly, if you opt for the one month plan, you’ll probably need 2 or 3 months to go through all of the activities listed in the plan.

      It’s also worth mentioning that you will sometimes need more than 40 minutes in a day to study. It can be useful to really get into a study session and study for an hour or two. And it’s best to do the practice exams in one sitting, and those take more than 40 minutes. So I suggest setting aside some longer periods for study over the weekends or on your days off.

  12. Ahmed Elabd August 26, 2016 at 5:16 am #

    Why you mentioned in Official IBT tests to use book not CD ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 5, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

      The Official TOEFL iBT test also comes with a CD that you’ll need to use in your prep. But the Official iBT Tests CD isn’t quite as important. The CD for Official TOEFL iBT Tests doesn’t have any actual testing software. It only has audio files. So you use that CD just for the Listening and Speaking sections and the first Writing task. And the CD can’t simulate the way the exam will actually look and feel.

  13. Andrey August 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

    Hello, how long take each study day? What if I will not be able to take some of exercise days in the week?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 5, 2016 at 12:55 pm #

      You need one or two hours per study day to stay on track with this schedule. But of course, sometimes you have a day where you simply can’t fit in even an hour of study. When you miss a day of study or have a day where you aren’t able to complete all of the planned activities, make sure that you do more hours in the next 1-3 days, so that you can make up for lost time. And even when you don’t meet your daily goals, make sure you meet your weekly goals. That way, you don’t risk falling behind, even when you have a day where you can’t do all the planned exercises.

  14. Nur Andi August 29, 2016 at 11:29 pm #

    Hi, I will take iBT test on the beginning of January next year to fulfill scholarship application. My target score is 85.

    I have not taken IBT test yet, but I have PBT score 513 (listening 51, structure 48, reading 55).

    Would you please advice me which study-plan should I use to reach the target?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 5, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

      There’s not an easy way to directly compare iBT and PBT scores, since the test structures are very different. However, based on what you’ve told me, your PBT score might be roughly equal to a TOEFL iBT of between 65 and 70. Raising your TOEFL score 15-20 points takes time. I’d definitely recommend our two-month plan. I also suggest you start the two month plan about 90 days before your actual test date. That way you have a few extra weeks to continue building skills in any weak areas you have with TOEFL iBT.

  15. Luigi October 4, 2016 at 9:27 am #

    Does the Official Guide 3rd edition fit in this plan?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 5, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

      The Third Edition of the TOEFL OG has all of the same explanatory content (info about the test, tips, tricks, and strategies), but has 2 full practice tests instead of 3. So if you use the OG 3rd edition, you’ll need to adjust your study schedule, either by taking one less practice test, or by getting an extra practice test from Official TOEFL iBT Tests Volume 2 or TOEFL Practice Online.

  16. Rasha January 2, 2017 at 2:09 pm #

    Hi , any printed version for this plan ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 3, 2017 at 5:51 am #

      Hi Rasha,

      Unfortunately we do not have a printable version, but if you make a PDF of the entire page you can unselect the comments section and will be left with about a 16 page document. 🙂

  17. Armin March 23, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

    Hello, I’d like to apply for a master degree. The deadline for application is June 1, 2017.
    Let me know which your study plan is suitable for me? and when your advice is for my test date? My iBT test score should be 100. Thank you for your time.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 23, 2017 at 9:58 pm #

      Hi Armin,

      It is hard to say exactly when you should take the exam by given that you should think about a number of variables, including (1) your flexibility/schedule, (2) whether you need to take another graduate exam (e.g., GRE, GMAT, etc.), (3) how much time you require for your applications, (4) do you want to build in time for a potential retake, as well as other questions. I would think about these questions, and then I think you’ll know which option is the best for you. Good luck! 😀

      • Armin March 24, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

        Thank you for your attention. My schedule is very flexibility (could be until 5 hours per day) and I don’t need to take another graduate exams. The deadline for my application is June 1, 2017. I could take a time for May 6, 20017 and/or May 20, 2017, from TOEFL test system.
        Note: Time for to get a result is 10 days.

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 24, 2017 at 7:33 pm #

          Hi Armin,

          If these two times are available, it may be in your best interest to take the earlier date to give yourself more of a cushion. You can also decide whether you would like to schedule for a potential retake proactively (hopefully you won’t need it). That being said, both options are good! 🙂

  18. peyman April 22, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

    Hi, I scored 65 on my Toefl around 8 months ago. reading:11- listening:15- speaking:23 and writing:16.

    I want to take two month plan, can I score above 80?

    • David Recine
      David Recine April 23, 2017 at 12:38 am #

      I’ve definitely seen students go up 15 points in two months. Doing so will take hard work, of course. And make sure you study test strategy as well a language skill. Improvements to your test approach (multiple choice elimination, pacing, note-taking, etc…) is a powerful way to boost your score, and can be just as important as general English ability.

  19. Borun May 13, 2017 at 3:14 am #

    Hi Lucas, I have almost more than 3month left to the exam. Which schedule should I follow? I am not a native speaker. My speaking in English is not good. Please help me out .

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 13, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

      Hi Borun,

      Given your timeline, I would work off the 2-Month study plan first, and then build off of it as you better determine your needs! These plans can be adapted easily, or you can do more targeted studying on your areas of weaknesses once you complete the 2-month plan. I hope this helps! 🙂

  20. Huyen May 25, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

    I want to ask about study plan for 6 months? How can I improve my English in 6 months?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 25, 2017 at 7:57 pm #

      Hi Huyen,

      First of all, it’s great that you’re dedicating 6 month for your studies! Unfortunately, we don’t have a six month study plan for TOEFL at this time. What you can do is utilize the 2 month study plan as a base, and build from there. Identify areas you need more work on, and do more targeted studying on those areas. I apologize for this inconvenience at this time, but definitely consider the two month plan as a base. Best of luck Huyen! 🙂

  21. Karen Garcia May 28, 2017 at 9:26 pm #

    Hello. I’m going to take my TOEFL on september but I have taken this exam on april and I hadn’t gotten a great score (62). I need to have more than 95 because I have to apply for my master scholarship. What study plan could you recommend me? And How many hours per day should I have to spend? I’m working in engineering 🙁 please help me

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 29, 2017 at 1:49 am #

      Hi Karen,

      I’m sorry to hear that your TOEFL score wasn’t at the level it needed to be. That sounds frustrating. 🙁

      In your case, it may take longer than two months to prepare for the TOEFL and get the higher score you need. Before you get started on TOEFL prep, however, ask yourself an important question: are you ready to start studying for the TOEFL? By this, I mean: are you ready to begin test prep, or should you first spend a little more time improving your general English language skills. Click the link above to read more about how to assess your TOEFL readiness.

      If you need to study English a bit more first, you should probably spend 3-5 months building up your general English skills, and then start this 2-month TOEFL study plan. However, if you’re pretty good at English already, yet are still struggling with the TOEFL, then you’ll want to focus on test strategies and skills.

      In that case, give yourself a month or two to really learn multiple choice for TOEFL Reading question types and the TOEFL Listening questions, good pacing for TOEFL Speaking and good TOEFL Writing pacing, useful note-taking skills, etc…. Then, when you feel more confident in the test skills, and you’re getting scores that are at least in the high 70s on practice tests, you can use our 2 month plan to boost your score all the way up to 95.

  22. Camila May 29, 2017 at 7:39 pm #

    Hi Magoosh team! So, here’s my question: Im already studying for the GRE, using the 90 days study plan for advanced students (i did a practical test before starting any study and scored 152 in the verbal section and 145 in the quant section). i made a weekly study schedule that has 10 hours for GRE and 7 hours for TOEFL. i did this based on the assumption that by studying to the GRE im already training a lot of TOEFL skills, so in my TOEFL hours i can focuse more on speaking and listening. Is that assumption correct? Can i assume that, by studying to the GRE, im already kind off studying for TOEFL too?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 29, 2017 at 8:55 pm #

      Hi Camila,

      Great question! In some ways, studying for the GRE will help you in parts of the TOEFL. However, the TOEFL requires skills and strategies that you will not see on the GRE. The skills that you learn when you study for the verbal section will be helpful in building your general English abilities (vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, writing etc), but the reading and writing sections for the TOEFL will require different strategies than the reading and writing sections of the GRE. So, you should make sure to review the question types and strategies for reading and writing as well, even if your TOEFL study time is more focused on the speaking and listening section.

      Check out this blog post about studying for the TOEFL in 20-30 minutes per day. It sounds like you have a good idea of what your study schedule should look like, but this blog post can help you figure out the best way to master all 4 TOEFl skills while studying for the GRE.

      I hope this helps! As a Premium student, remember that you can always send use questions through help@magoosh.com 🙂

  23. Harold June 10, 2017 at 7:43 pm #

    Hi Magoosh,

    Do you have a Six Month TOEFL study plan? I want to purchase the 6 months plan and I would like to know if you provide a schedule for that time?

    Thank you.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 14, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

      Hi Harold,

      We don’t have a 6-month study schedule, but you can easily extend our 2-month schedule to accommodate your study needs! If you’re wondering how long you should study for the TOEFL, this blog post might help. Many students purchase our 6-month Premium package and study for 2-3 months. If for some reason they need to re-take the TOEFL, they have more time left on their subscription 🙂

      If you have any other questions about our plans before purchasing Magoosh, you can send your questions to help@magoosh.com 🙂


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