Rahul Singha
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Feb 3, 2022 02:03 IST

Reading Section Tips for TOEFL Exam – Conducted by ETS – The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a standard English proficiency test that is taken by students wanting to pursue their higher education in countries where English is the primary language of communication. The TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Test) examines the candidates’ proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in the English medium.

The reading section of the TOEFL iBT requires candidates to read 3-4 passages and answer 12-14 questions on each passage. The section is scored based on the number of correct reading comprehension responses. In brief, candidates will be required to answer approximately 40 questions in 54-72 minutes. Read on as we elucidate TOEFL preparation tips to excel in the Reading Section of the TOEFL Exam.

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TOEFL Prep tips: Reading Section

Candidates looking to excel in their TOEFL exams can adhere to the below-mentioned tips for a positive result.

  • Candidates are advised to read as much as possible and strictly in the English language. The basic idea behind this exercise is to keep the mind of the student continuously engaged with the English language.
  • A tried and tested method of practising the art of reading includes reading short passages and converting them into question and answer format to totally understand the idea behind the passage.
  • Newspapers, periodicals and articles in English are a great source for coming in contact with new words and understanding the written language.
  • Exchanging articles and literary work for grading or self-grading your work can also act as a benchmark to calculate your rate of success.
  • It is very imperative for a candidate to build his vocabulary if he wants to excel in the Reading Section of the TOEFL exam. Candidates should engage in a continuous exercise of building their vocabulary as this would only help them to excel in their TOEFL Reading Section.
  • Not just adding new words to their vocabulary, candidates should also exercise a conscious effort to use the new words in their day-to-day lives to remember them and make it a part of their English language practice. 
  • The Oxford English Dictionary, flashcards that teach new words are tools that could be used by the student if they are looking to excel in the reading section of the TOEFL Exam.

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Candidates can also check our Sample/Practice Paper in the TOEFL Reading Section to self-evaluate their performance. Candidates can also look at our Preparation Tips for TOEFL section to understand more about preparing for the exam.

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