TOEFL words to improve your score

Are you looking for TOEFL words to help you score higher on the TOEFL exam?  Expanding and using appropriate vocabulary has several advantages:

  • Reading faster with better comprehension and concentration
  • Understanding the listening passages more effectively, thereby helping you to take more accurate notes
  • Not being limited in your vocabulary during the speaking and writing sections


TOEFL Words:  Get your List of 1,700 College-Level Words.

On big step to skyrocket your TOEFL score is to improve your knowledge of college-level vocabulary words.  My TOEFL Vocabulary resource page will help you do exactly that, including giving your free unlimited access to a PDF file containing 1,700 vocabulary words: CLICK HERE

TOEFL Words:  Learn phrases/sentences to help you perform better on the integrated speaking and writing sections of the exam.

Phrases such as “the assertion that,” “seem/s to offer strong arguments for/against,” and “as far as I’m concerned” can be useful during the speaking and writing sections of the exam. Learn how to use these and more than 100 other transition words and phrases so that you will have the correct grammar that you will need to get a high speaking and writing score. Begin learning these important phrases by CLICKING HERE.

TOEFL Words:  Learn reporting verbs to help you during the integrated speaking and writing sections of the exam.

Knowing and using reporting verbs helps you to explain reading and listening passages from the writer’s point of view and not yours. Therefore, you should make sure you have a good list of these types of verbs. Go here to learn more: TOEFL Reporting Verbs

Idiomatic Expressions

Learning how to use idioms can help you during the independent speaking tasks of the TOEFL iBT.  “Stuck between a rock and a hard place,”  “two heads are better than one,” and “burning the candle at both ends” are three examples of common idioms. Do you know what these words mean?  Follow the link below to help you learn these and many more common expressions to help you speaking more confidently during the independent speaking section of the exam:

You will see 121 idioms in these four videos. In each video, you will see and hear an idiom that is used in sentence to provide more context.

Get a list of 50 frequently confused words + definitions

Summarizing and synthesizing reading and listening passage is difficult.  However, that is exactly what you do during the TOEFL integrated speaking and writing tasks.  Sometimes, you may not know exactly the right word to use. Or, you may use the wrong word during the speaking or writing sections of the exam.  Follow the link so that you

  • Get of list of 50 of the most confusing college-level words.
  • Read a definition of each word.
  • Learn how to use the word in the right context.


Improving your vocabulary: Four things you need to know

As you work hard to improve your vocabulary, you may have some questions about how to learn new words effectively:

  • Should I use translation dictionaries?
  • How often should I rely on English dictionaries when I see words I do not understand?
  • What three contextual clues can I use to understand the meaning of words I do not know?
  •  What kind of English exposure do I need to improve my vocabulary?
  • What is the best process to learn 1000’s of new vocabulary words?

If you want answers to these questions, please follow the link:

During the speaking and writing sections, keep your words clear and precise.

Framing your thesis statements during TOEFL writing task 1-2 is perhaps the most important thing you can do. Similarly, using sharply-focused topic statements during TOEFL speaking tasks 1-4 will help you to frame your ideas coherently.  With either speaking or writing tasks, you need to use precise and clear wording, as you can learn more about here.

TOEFL vocabulary for the integrated speaking and writing tasks

In my TOEFL reporting verb lesson, you learn how to embed a voice marker + a reporting verb to acknowledge main points in a reading and listening passage. Similar to this lesson, I wrote another lesson to introduce you to 50 important verbs that you should be using during the integrated speaking and writing tasks.  With each verb, you will see:

  • The verb in bold
  • A definition of the bolded verb
  • A sample sentence in which the verb is used during a mock integrated speaking or writing practice test

Complete this lesson right now.


Michael Buckhoff,





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