Get information about the preparation for TOEFL PBT test (Test of English as a Foreign Language Paper Based Test).

TOEFL PBT Test Preparation

Test of English as a Foreign Language, popularly known as TOEFL Test, is considered as one of the most difficult tests conducted for English language at the international level. Conducted in two modes - TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) and TOEFL PBT (Paper Based Test), the entrance exam requires preparation well in advance. One can prepare for TOEFL PBT in many ways. The candidates should prepare for every aspect and section of the TOEFL PBT Test.  
Using English language in daily life certainly helps you to prepare for the test. You can set time, according to your convenience, to speak, listen and write only in English. As a candidate, you should be familiar with all the tips that have to be followed on the test day. Practicing sample question papers can help you to get an idea about the format of the test and which types of questions are generally asked in the test or how much time should be spent on each section.

Sample question paper/model question paper can also help you to learn how to mark answers in the given answer sheet. The official website of ETS provides you separate sample question papers for each section of TOEFL PBT test i.e. listening section, reading section and structure and written expression.

Tips to Prepare for Test of English as a Foreign Language Paper Based Test
  • Use English every day as much as possible. You can set time in which you only speak, listen, read and write in English.
  • It will be better for you to keep a journal. You can write down things you are doing to prepare for any event in your daily life. This will help you to organize thoughts and practice writing in English.
  • You can listen to music, radio, movies, television and online broadcasts in English. It can certainly help you to understand vocabulary and expressions. Try to listen closely to the words.
  • If you want to improve your vocabulary, then reading is the best way. You should read newspapers, magazines, good English books and novels. Try to read it yourself and loudly.
  • Practicing writing in English will help you improve your sentence structure and vocabulary. You can make notes on any topic of your interest.
Tips to Prepare for TOEFL PBT Test Day
  • There is no need to rush around, just calm yourself.
  • Try not to spend too much time on one question. You should attempt those questions first, for which you know the answers.
  • Be relaxed and try to concentrate on each task given to you.
  • It is important to follow directions carefully before attempting the test.
Preparation for the Answer Sheet
  • It is very important to practice answering the TOEFL PBT test answer sheet. For the purpose, you can practice model/sample question papers, so that you will get an idea how to answer the questions. Here are some tips for the answer sheets:
  • Use a HB black lead pencil to mark the answers.
  • You should mark only one answer for each question.
  • Ensure that you mark answer in the row with the same number as the question you are answering.
  • Make sure that you fill in the oval space that corresponds to the answer.
  • Try to erase unnecessary marks within the time limit.

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