|Below are some useful test-taking tips for those planning to take
the computer-based TOEFL.
Use the tutorials. To be comfortable with all sections of the test, spend as
much time as you need with the tutorial for each timed section.
Become familiar with the formats and requirements of each section
of the test. To use the allotted time for each section wisely, familiarize
yourself with how to use the computer and the types of materials,
questions, and directions that are in the test.
Read the directions carefully. The directions at the beginning of
each section will tell you the total number of questions in the section
and time allowed for the section. They explain exactly what is required
to answer each question type and can be reviewed as needed.
Read each question carefully and thoroughly. Before answering a
question, determine exactly what is being asked. Always read and
understand all possible answers. If you do not, you may miss important
Pace yourself so that you have enough time to answer every question.
Pay attention to the number of questions and the amount of time remaining
during your testing session. Do not spend too much time on a single
Answer every question in each section. This will allow you to get
your best possible score.
In Listening and Structure, confirm your answer only when you are
certain you are ready to move on to the next question. You cannot
omit questions or go back and change answers. If you do not know
the answer to a question, eliminate any answer choices that are obviously
incorrect. In Reading, you will be allowed to go back and change
Use the Writing topics to practice for the Writing section of the
test. You will have 30 minutes to compose your assigned essay. You
may either handwrite your essay or type it on the computer.