TOEFL iBT® Study Tips

TOEFL iBT® Study Tips

Step 1: Learn how to do well on the TOEFL iBT® test

By scoring well on the TOEFL iBT® test, you can be eligible for admission to virtually any school in the United States. For helpful tips, visit You can also find helpful videos on the TOEFL® TV Channel on YouTube® which includes tips created by English-language teachers and students like you.

Step 2: Take a practice test

TOEFL® Practice Online offers real TOEFL iBT® tests and an actual TOEFL iBT testing experience for all four skills (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing). Take a practice test to preview your performance level and get instant scores and feedback on your performance. Practice now at

Step 3: Build up your weaker skills

Use the targeted practice sets in The Official Guide to the TOEFL® Test, available in eBook and paper book formats at Then take another complete practice test from TOEFL Practice Online to confirm you are ready for test day.

Step 4: Use good test-taking strategies on test day

Follow directions carefully in each section to avoid wasting time. Select Help to review directions only when absolutely necessary because the clock will not stop while the Help function is being used.

Do not become overwhelmed or panic. Concentrate fully on the current test question and not on other questions you may have answered. This is a good test-taking strategy that helps you focus and can be learned through practice.

Avoid spending too much time on any one question. If you have given the question some thought and you still do not know the answer, eliminate as many choices as possible, then select the best choice.

Remember to pace yourself so you have enough time to answer every question. Be aware of the time limit for each section and budget your time to avoid having to rush at the end of the test.

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