TOEFL Test!!!! Go for it

The hardest test for International Students who are interested to apply for studying Master of Business in the US is TOEFL test. Today we have important techniques to recommend prospective International Student that how can you handle and pass the test.

1. Familiarize yourself with the TOEFL format

TOEFL Test and Score Structure

Most countries now offer the Internet based TOEFL (iBT). A few offer only the paper-based test (PBT).  TOEFL iBT consists of 4 sections: Reading,        Listening, Writing and Speaking. Each iBT section is scored out of 30 and the scores are only valid for two years. TOEFL iBT take about 4 hours to finish whole test. Hence, you need to build your stamina before go to take the test.

2. Use practice tests

The best way to prepare for the TOEFL test is to practice doing the tests. If you are studying for the TOEFL on your own, you will have to find a few   key resources. Find a textbook that has exercises, vocabulary, practice tests, CDs, and explanatory answers. Also, you can look for free samples on the Internet to supplement your textbook. Make sure the question types are up to date.

3.  Strengthen all 4 skills

Some people make the mistake of taking the test too soon. Perhaps your reading, listening, and writing skills are ready, but your speaking skills still need work. If you do very poorly on one section of the test, you will have to retake the entire test. You can’t redo one section. Make sure that you are ready to take the whole test when you register.

4. Become an expert note taker

You will be able to take notes in each section. Note taking is allowed because it is an important skill you need for taking university or college courses. As you study, practice taking notes on the main idea of what you read and hear as well as on the main details.

5. Pace yourself

Plan to arrive at the test center at least 30 minutes ahead of time. During the exam, watch your time very closely. Many students do poorly on the TOEFL because they spend too much time on difficult questions. There is no break between the Reading and Listening section. You will get a ten minute break after the first half before the Speaking section. You will only have a short time to write the essay. Spend some time planning and checking your writing.

6. Answer every question

Never leave a question blank. Eliminate all of the answers you know are wrong and then make an educated guess. You have a 25% chance of getting the correct answer. When you finish a section or question, try to put it out of your mind. Whether you are reading, listening, or answering a question, put all of your concentration on the task at hand.

7. Refer to the official TOEFL website

The official TOEFL website ( has a number of helpful things that you can download for free. They will supply you with a list of writing topics for the essay. You can also find important information about test centers and test updates.

Be prepare and Good Luck!!

Jaraswan Jarasjaruwan or Pear is a full-time MIM student. She got a Bachelor’s of Science from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. After she graduated, she worked as an educational consultant in Thailand for 2 years. Pear chose to study international business at Portland State University because she is interested in the business field and also the reputation of the university. Currently, Pear is studying Chinese as a third language. Also, she will choose Finance as her specialization in the Master of International Management program.

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