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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.
  • If you use Windows, complete these free practice materials:
  • 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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