Step 5 – Learn Effective Reading Strategies
The fifth step to successfully pass the TOEFL iBT exam is learning effective reading habits, discerning main ideas and details, keeping a reader response journal summarizing what you have read, understanding vocabulary from context, understanding the organization of reading passages including transitions, and having the ability to make inferences. Moreover, since you will have reading passages on the reading, speaking, and writing sections of the TOEFL iBT, being a proficient reader with an ability to concentrate well and having a good reading speed is more important than ever. If you cannot discern main ideas from support ideas and if you can not separate important details from trivial ones, it will be difficult for you to succeed on the TOEFL iBT.
“What will I learn in this lesson?”
In TOEFL Reading Lesson 1, you learned prereading and reading strategies so that you can better understand the organization, style, and tone of academic reading passages. In TOEFL Reading Lesson 2, by watching four interactive videos, you will learn
1. Specific reading strategies to help you while you take the TOEFL iBT.
2. Three specific TOEFL iBT question types that you will see when you take the test: vocabulary questions, pronoun referents, and recognizing paraphrases.
A. You will read two reading passages with sample questions and an explanation of the answers for each question type.
B. After each question type is presented, you will learn specific test-taking strategies so that you can concentrate better and answer these TOEFL reading questions faster and with better accuracy.
“Why do I need this lesson?”
A major difficulty for many test-takers is that they are unable to finish the reading section of the TOEFL iBT due to a slow reading speed. Part of having a slower TOEFL reading speed results from test-takers’ lack of how to recognize each question type, how to answer it, and where to find the answer in the passage. This lesson can help you concentrate better and answer these TOEFL reading questions with faster and better accuracy, particularly when answering vocabulary questions, pronoun referents, and paraphrases (simplifying the meaning of a complicated sentence).
Practice the reading strategies taught in this lesson, and you will improve your TOEFL iBT reading score.
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