Three Secrets to Dramatically Increase Your TOEFL iBT Reading Abilities

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Reading, reading, and more reading on the TOEFL iBT! For example, you will take a 60-90 minute reading section with several reading passages approximately 750 words long. You will read several shorter campus-related and academic passages during the speaking section, and you will read an academic reading passage during the writing section.

To pass the TOEFL iBT, you will need to understand the main ideas and critical supporting points of these reading passages, for you will be expected to answers questions about them later. Therefore, if you can answer most reading questions correctly, you will have a high TOEFL iBT score..

TOEFL iBT test-takers often have great difficulty with TOEFL iBT reading. In fact, many complain that they are not able to finish the assigned readings before the time limit. Why is this? A slow reading speed (0-180 words per minute) with an advanced English learner can be caused by a number of factors. Little or no regular extensive reading practice, not completing timed reading exercises, and limited academic vocabulary knowledge cause the learner to have poor concentration which result in a slow reading speed. Finally, a slow reading speed results in poor reading comprehension.

So what do you do? First of all, you find out what you reading speed is.  Then each week increase your reading speed gradually while maintaining 60-80% comprehension until you can read comfortably between 250-350 words per minute. In addition to doing timed readings (TOEFL-style reading passages are ideal for this), you need to read extensively (TOEFL-style readings do not accomplish this task). For extensive readings, you should read 350 + page novels and books that focus around a central theme. You should do 45 minutes of extensive reading each day.

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Michael Buckhoff’s “7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT

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5 thoughts on “Three Secrets to Dramatically Increase Your TOEFL iBT Reading Abilities”

  1. dear Michael

    Thanks for the quick reply! I’ve been watching your youtubes and I read the 7 steps to get a better toefl score I read somewhere the best way to improve reading is the software program Do you advice me with any specific one ? and why do you prefere it ?
    before I took the test I read the kaplan book and the barron’s, each one comes with CD’s and I did much better I thought minimum I would get is 90 but my score was very bad unfortunately but the worst was the reading and the listening I couldn’t tell how much time to spend on each paragraph !!! ??
    I have to take the test in two weeks maximum!

    thanks for the help!

  2. Hi I took the toefl got really bad score even though I prepared for it my reading is only 10!!!! speed 115 w/min and comprehention is 65% I couldn’t even read all the passages I only solved 3 i guess if not less I have to take the test as soon as possible any advice on how to improve my speed and comprehension thanks

  3. Great post and nice theme. I was going to use one similar and now that I see it and how great it makes your blog look I think I’m going to use it on my next blog. Thanks again, JN

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