Toefl exam essentials

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Copyright © 2004 LearningExpress, LLC. All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. Published in the United States by Learning Express, LLC, New York. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data: TOEFL exam essentials / LearningExpress—1st ed. p. cm.ISBN 1-57685-504-X (pbk.) 1. English language—Textbooks for foreign speakers. 2. Test of English as a foreign language—Study guides. 3. English language— Examinations—Study guides. I. Title. PE1128.M747 2004 428'.00706—dc22 2003018793 Printed in the United States of America 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 First Edition ISBN 1-57685-504-X For more information or to place an order, contact LearningExpress at: 55Broadway 8th Floor New York, NY 10006 Or visit us at:

Introduction Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 How to Use This Book to Get a Top Score Listening Structure Reading Writing vii 1 23 49 85 113 139 149

Appendix A Test Details Appendix B Resources


his essential guide to the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam isperfect for studying on the go and tackling the exact kinds of questions tested on your upcoming official exam. Information is presented in an easy-tofollow, straightforward manner so you can find what you need, learn the information, and move on—it’s that simple. Each chapter covers the essential facts and practice you need to get prepared for your exam, as well as tips on where to go to for moredetailed practice and further information. Whether you need to review all parts of the TOEFL exam or just skip ahead to the sections where you need extra practice and review, TOEFL Exam Essentials has just what you need for focused, targeted practice.


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Chapter 1: About the TOEFL exam—signing up for the test, study schedules, how to prepare with this book Chapter 2:Listening skills—lesson and practice Chapter 3: Structure skills—lesson and practice Chapter 4: Reading comprehension skills—lesson and practice Chapter 5: Writing skills—lesson and practice

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How to Use This Book to Get a Top Score


f you are planning to take the TOEFL exam, you are not alone. Worldwide more than 700,000 people will likely take the Test ofEnglish as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) this year. Native speakers of 145 different languages—representing more than 220 countries and regions—take the TOEFL exam annually. And, over 4,500 colleges, universities, programs, and agencies in the United States and Canada will use the TOEFL exam to evaluate applicants who are not native speakers of English. This important test measures your ability toread, write, and understand English so you can succeed in a college classroom or professional program. To prepare for the TOEFL exam, unlike other standardized tests, you can’t just memorize a list of vocabulary words or math formulas and expect to do well on the exam. You need to understand conversations and other spoken English, know grammar rules, understand and process what you read, and be ableto




express yourself effectively in writing. As you sharpen your English-language skills to prepare for the exam, this book will highlight what you need to know to get your best score. If you have looked on the shelves of your local bookstore, you know the volume of test-preparation tools and guidebooks can be overwhelming. That’s why this guide is designed tofocus on the most important parts of studying for the TOEFL exam, without weighing you down. TOEFL Exam Essentials pulls together all the pieces of test preparation for you:
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what to expect on the test successful test-taking strategies how to make your own study plan a review of the content and skills you need to know

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