TOEFL TIPS for Reading Part

The reading part is the first part of TOEFL test. This part consists of 3 long passages with 60 minutes (20 minutes per passage). However, this part can be the long from as 5 passages with 100 minutes (2 passages is not count as a score since ETS do research for TOEFL test). Unfortunately, the test takers will not know what passages are counted and what passages are not counted. You must do your best in every passage. Here are the tips for the reading parts.

1. Become familiar with reading in English.You should be reading in English every single day. Read the newspaper or news online, print out the daily lessons on English, and find academic papers at the library or online. Do not just stick to topics related to areas that you are interested in (become familiar with a variety of subjects!).

2. Practice skimming passages rather than spending time reading and focus in every detail and every single word. Skimming will help you read through text quickly. Then go back and read the passage more slowly. You will understand more and you will know what the key points of the passage are. By practicing using any passage of written English, you will dramatically increase your fluency and reading rate.

3. Highlight the main ideas of the passage. You often find this in the introduction. Also highlight key points and facts such as numbers and dates. You will not have time to read every paragraph in detail during your TOEFL reading exam and practicing this regularly will increase your reading speed and fluency.

4. Make quick notes after your first or second reading to save time.

5. Do not worry if you are unfamiliar with the topic of the passage. Everything you need to know to answer the questions will be in the passage in your TOEFL reading section and no prior knowledge is required.

6. Do not spend too much time on a question you are completely unsure of. If you do not know the answer to the question, try to eliminate any answers that you feel are not correct. You want to make sure you have enough time for the questions and answers you are sure of!

7. Increase your vocabulary and understanding of idioms. This will help your overall understanding of passages in your TOEFL reading exam.

8. Choose unfamiliar words from past TOEFL reading exam. Try to guess what they mean from the words surrounding it, as well as using the context of the paragraph.

9. Guess if you are running out of time. It is better to complete all questions than to leave an answer blank. Remember, you will not lose points for incorrect answers in your TOEFL reading exam!

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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