5 Unexpectedly Smart Tips
While preparing to write the TOEFL, you will spend a lot of time studying for each section, take a lot of practice tests, and train yourself so you can your very best on the exam – a very solid study plan! But did you know there are other ways to improve your performance on the TOEFL that you may not have thought about? Here are 5 things you may not have thought about when it comes to the exam; but you should!
Practice your typing. Strong typing skills will improve your time in each section, as well as lower errors due to unexpected typos. If your skills are already strong, test yourself using someone else’s keyboard as you won’t be using yours on test day!
Build your test taking stamina. The iBT is a long test. Can your concentration hold up to that many hours in front of a screen? As you get closer to test date lengthen your study sessions and train your brain to concentration for longer and longer periods.
Wear comfortable layered clothing. Many people dress in clothing that makes them feel confident when writing an exam, which is a good choice, but make sure you’re comfortable too. You don’t want to be feeling like your tie is choking you while trying to recall which tense of ‘listen’ would best fit the test sentence. Also, wear layers so you can add or remove clothing if the exam room is too hot or too cold for your liking.
Watch what you eat. When test day comes you’ll want to eat a solid meal that will keep energy levels up and your mind off your stomach. Avoid too much sugar of caffiene so you don’t have an energy crash during the test, and avoid anything too greasy that might upset your stomach.
Remember, scores expire in two years. Once you’ve got your scores, put them to use applying to schools or for Visa’s. Two years can seem like a long time, but life often ends up moving fast then we mean it too and those fantastic score won’t do you any good sitting in a drawer!