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!
- 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 Types – There 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.