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Tips for taking the TOEFL test

Tips For Taking The Toefl TestSo, you’ve decided to pack your bags and head to Australia to study?

If English is not your native language you may be required to demonstrate your English language skills to study at an Australian institution.

The TOEFL test, developed by Educational Testing Service (ETS), is the most widely accepted English language assessment worldwide. It is used in more than 7,500 institutions in 130 countries, including Australia.

To help you be the best prepared you can possibly be, we have outlined 10 top tips below to help you along your way:

1. Read, read and…. read some more:

Find an interesting article to read or listen to. Practice speaking and writing about it. It could be a podcast, a recorded lecture, or something from the university website or online news. Read it and then tell a friend everything about it!

2. Make a friend or two:

Choose a speaking partner, preferably a native English speaker. Try an online video chat or Skype a friend. The more opportunity you have to speak the language, the more familiar you will become.

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3. Be inquisitive:

Take lots of notes when learning and ask lots of questions too.

4. Show time:

Make vocabulary flash cards. Carry the flash cards with wherever you go – They are a great way to make a bus ride go even faster!


Visit TOEFL-TV ( for tips from English language instructors and students who have taken the TOEFL test.

6. Reading tips:

• Practice summarising texts.
• Practice reading (and answering questions) on a computer screen.
• Try expanding your vocabulary with daily-use vocabulary cards.

7. Listening tips:

• Listen for basic information – did you understand the main idea, major points and important

8. Speaking tips:

Read aloud a short article. This could be from a newspaper, magazine, textbook, or the Internet. Write down 2-3 questions about the article and then discuss the answers with a speaking partner.

Work on your pronunciation.

Speak in s-l-o-w motion.

9. Writing tips:

Find a writing buddy who can give you feedback. Read an article and find listening material on the same topic. Write a summary of each and explain the ways in which they are both similar and different.

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10. Research:

Visit the TOEFL Go Anywhere Website here you can benefit from sample test questions, access registration and even MORE study tips. Also, view more than 7,500 institutions around the world that accept the TOEFL test.

Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts! 

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  1. the diac website only mentions ielts and oet english tests for the visa application as my wife has already taken a toefl test before wondered if we coulde use it?

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