TOEFL Reading

The TOEFL reading section is an area you can score some good easy points. Take a look at the main information and tips to help you get the best score you can!

Reading Information

  • The Reading section lasts for around 54-72 minutes
  • There are 3/4 reading sections, each with around 10 questions
  • each passage contains around 700 words.
  • Reading passages are excerpts from university-level textbooks that would be used in introductions to a topic.
  • The passages cover a variety of subjects. 
  • There is a glossary feature available to define words not commonly used, if you need it.
  • Incorrectly spelled answers will be marked wrong.

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Try some TOEFL Reading questions


Question TypesThere are 10 types of questions, make sure you know how each one works:

    • vocabulary – “The word _________ in paragraph 2 is closest in meaning to…”
    • Factual Information – “According to paragraph 4, what….”
    • Negative Factual Information – “Which of the following is NOT mentioned….”
    • Inference – “Paragraph 5 implies that…”
    • Author’s purpose – “Why does the author mention…”
    • Sentence Simplification – “Which of the sentences below best expresses the essential information …”
    • Insert Text – “In paragraph 2 there is a missing sentence. Where would the sentence best fit?”
    • Reference – “The word _________ in paragraph 1 refers to…”
    • Prose – “Complete the summary by selecting the THREE answer choices that express the most important ideas in the passage.”
    • Fill in a table

Keywords Make sure you can find the keywords in both the questions and texts to help you find information quickly.

Time Practise timing, and be able to read and scan information quickly.

Vocabulary try to look at as many topics as you can to increase your vocabulary.

Prefixes/Suffixes these little letters change the meaning of words, so make sure you know how they can, as they can change the meaning of sentences.

Highlight bring a highlighter and make sure you highlight important things in the text.

New words Learn how to figure out what words you have never seen before mean from the context of the sentence.

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