The TOEFL Reading section is between three and four passages, you have about 20 minutes on average to finish each passage, and the key to finishing all three or four passages in the time allotted is to find a really good balance between the understanding of the information and the necessity to answer each question quickly.

To do well on the Reading Section, you need to be able to read English well, read fast, understand the information, and you also need to be prepared for the specific questions on the TOEFL Reading test.

You need to be able to skim and scan the reading passage. You probably won’t have time to read the entire thing. Answer the easiest question first and then go back and spend a little bit more time on the more complicated questions or the questions that you specifically struggle with.

How do you improve your general reading ability before you take the TOEFL test?

Read things that you enjoy. If you’re doing a bunch of practice for the TOEFL Reading section, if you’re trying to improve your reading in general, and you’re reading things that you dislike, if you’re reading things that you find boring, if you’re reading things that you hate, you will not be fully engaged with the material. You will always be distracted.

Read things that you enjoy that have a similar structure to the type of the academic reading material that you will find in the TOEFL Reading section. So that might be things like the transcripts for TED Talks, that could be long-form news articles in The New York Times, in The Atlantic, in The New Yorker, in any of this other, you know, high-end magazine-type articles. It could be articles in Scientific American or books or essays that you enjoy.

You need to read consistently. If you are not reading it all right now, start reading. Read for 10 minutes every day. After that, start reading for 15 minutes every day, then 20 minutes every day, then 25 minutes every day. But to do well on the TOEFL Reading section, you need to read more often and you need to read things that you enjoy.

So that’s the first part: read more often, consistently, every day and read things that you enjoy.

The second part of doing well on the TOEFL Reading section is answering the questions correctly.

One major issue with students who continue to practice the TOEFL Reading section, they continue to answer the questions they have already mastered.

When you are are practicing for the TOEFL Reading section, you should most of the time only practice on the question you struggle with.

If you are always getting the Detailed questions right or you’re always getting the Summary questions right, don’t keep practicing those. You have mastered those already, you understand how to answer them. What you need to do is you force yourself to answer questions that you consistently struggle with.

If you are always getting Vocabulary questions wrong, practice those more often. And then, just to make sure that your timing remains consistent, go ahead and do a full Reading Section to make sure that you can answer all the questions in the appropriate time.

When you are really doing that focused studying, only focus on answering the questions that you struggle to answer correctly. That’s going to make your learning process much quicker and much faster.

So, to become a better reader, you need to read things that you enjoy and that have some similarities to the TOEFL Reading section. And to answer more questions correctly, you need to focus on the question that you consistently get wrong and ask yourself, ‘How can I do better on these questions?’ The answer is, ‘Practice, Practice, Practice!´

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How To Get A High Score On TOEFL Reading

Transcript

Hey, TOEFL students and welcome back to the TOEFL Speaking Teacher YouTube channel.

I have actually a fairly interesting video or odd video for you today. Normally, I focus only on the TOEFL Speaking section you know that is why our online language school is called TOEFL Speaking Teacher, but I receive a lot of questions from students about the other 3 sections as well:  the Reading, the Listening, and the Writing sections.

So, in today’s video, I’m going to talk about the Reading section for TOEFL and what you can do to make sure that you can improve your score on the Reading section and pass the TOEFL like you need to.

So, just like I’ve talked about before, with the Speaking Section, about how there are two different aspects to improving your TOEFL score with the Speaking section. There is speaking English better in general, improving your fluency, your accent, the words and phrases you use.  And there’s also, of course, just making sure you’re properly prepared for the TOEFL, you know, making sure you have great content,  making sure your responses are organized, making sure you have a good note taking.

And the same principle also applies to the Reading section. Just like the Speaking section, to do well on the Reading Section,  you need to be able to read English well, you need to be able to read it fast, you need to be able to understand the information, but you also need to be prepared  for the specific questions on the TOEFL Reading test.

So, typically the reading section is between  three and four passages, you have about 20 minutes on average to finish each passage, and  the key to finishing all three passages or four passages in the time allotted is to find a really good balance between the understanding of the information and the necessity to answer each and every question.

Now I’m not going too much into these details, but basically you need to find a balance where you might skim and scan trough  the Reading section to find the appropriate information and then read trough each question, answer the easiest question first and then go back and spend a little bit more  time on the more complicated questions or the questions that you specifically struggle with.

But you need to be able to skim and scan the reading passage. You probably won’t have time to read the entire thing, to be able to do well on the  TOEFL Reading Section.

But before I keep going on that let’s go back to my point. There are two different aspects to doing well in TOEFL Reading. There’s being able to read well. So,  how do we do that? How do you just improve your general reading ability before you take the TOEFL test?

Well, what I emphasize with students all the time is to read things that you enjoy. Read things that you enjoy. If you’re doing a bunch of practice for the Reading, for the TOEFL Reading  section, if you’re trying to improve  your reading in general, and you’re reading things that you dislike, if you’re reading things that you find boring,  if you’re reading things that you hate, you will not be fully engaged with the material.

Now, this comes back to a concept called ‘flow’. So, look that up ‘positive psychology, flow’. Flow. If you want to learn as quick as possible, you need to be in this mindset of ‘flow’. And if you are reading things you don’t like, if you’re reading things you find boring, if you are reading things you completely hate, you will never enter ‘flow’. You will always be distracted.

So, first of, read things you enjoy, okay? And, ideally, read things that you enjoy that have a similar structure to the type of the academic reading material that you will find in the TOEFL reading section. So that might be things like the transcripts for TED Talks, that could be long-form news articles in The New York Times, in The Atlantic, in The New Yorker, in any of this other, you know,  high-end magazine-type articles. It could be articles in Scientific American. It could also be books or essays that you enjoy.

But the important part is to read things that you like, that are a challenge, and have some similarities to the more academic type things that you will read in the TOEFL Reading section.

And the second aspect of this is you need to read consistently. If you are not reading it all right now, start reading. Read for ten minutes every day. After that,  start reading for 15 minutes every day, then 20 minutes every day, then 25 minutes every day. But to do well on the  TOEFL Reading section, you need to read more often. You need to read more often, and you need to read things that you enjoy.

So that’s  the first part: read more often, consistently,  every day and read things that you enjoy.

The second part of doing well on the TOEFL Reading section is obviously answering the questions correctly. Now, one major issue that I see with students who continue to practice the TOEFL Reading section is because of they, you know, maybe they’re a little bit scared of some of the more difficult questions, they continue to answer the questions they have already mastered.

So, as we know there are maybe 11 to 13 different types of questions, I think 11 different types of questions on the Reading section. You know, there are Vocabulary questions, there are Detailed questions, there are Inference questions, there are Summary questions and a number of other ones.  When you are are practicing for the TOEFL Reading section,  you should most of the time only practice on the question you struggle with.

So, if you ‘re always getting the Detailed questions right or you are always getting the Negative fact questions right, or you’re always getting the Summary questions right, don’t keep practicing those. You have mastered those already, you understand how to answer them. What you need to do is you force yourself to answer questions that you consistently struggle with.

If you are always getting vocabulary questions wrong, practice those more often. If you’re always getting the Fill in the Blank question wrong, practice those more often. And then, every now and then, just to make sure that your timing remains consistent, go ahead and do a full Reading Section to make sure that you can answer all the questions in the appropriate time.

When you are really doing that focused studying, only focus on answering the question that you struggle to answer correctly. That’s  going to make your learning process much quicker and much faster.

So, let’s review. There are two ways, two things that you need to focus on to get a higher TOEFL Reading score: becoming a better reader and answering more questions correctly.

So, to become a better reader, you need to read things that you enjoy and that have some similarities to the TOEFL Reading section. And to answer more questions correctly, you  need to focus on the  question that you consistently get wrong and  ask yourself, ‘How can I do better on these questions?’

And in a future video, I will address that. If you enjoyed this video, I ask you, please share it with any friends that you might have that are also preparing for the TOEFL.  I also ask that you subscribe to our TOEFL Speaking Teacher channel. And you will find below this video more free resources including a completely free TOEFL Practice Test that you can use to prepare the TOEFL test.

Thank you so much for watching, and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day.

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