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Tips to ace TOEFL Reading Section

Updated: Mar 31, 2023

Many international universities require applicants to show English language proficiency by taking TOEFL. So it becomes imperative that you score well in the test to show the universities that your English skills are up to the mark for their course curriculum. A good TOEFL score also helps in aiding your selection.

The reading section includes 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and then 12-14 questions from each passage. For many students, the reading section proves to be difficult since it requires good concentration and comprehension skills to effectively answer the questions correctly in the given time frame. However, you do not need to worry! Here are a few tips to ace the TOEFL reading section.


1. Understanding the type of questions


The TOEFL reading section consists of three types of questions: multiple-choice, inserting a sentence, and reading to learn, and each type requires a different approach. To select the best option for MCQs, all options must be read thoroughly. For inserting a sentence, the meaning of the passage must not change after adding the sentence. For reading to learn, the passage should be read attentively to properly arrange the options.


2.Practice, Practice and Practice!


Practicing for the TOEFL reading section is crucial to comprehend the types of questions, difficulty level, and passages. Taking mock tests, including the official ETS TOEFL test paper, and reading frequently can enhance vocabulary and comprehension, which can benefit throughout the TOEFL exam.


3. Come up with a plan to approach the TOEFL reading section


Creating a plan to approach the TOEFL reading section is vital to attain a high score. You can choose to read the entire passage or questions first and decide which approach suits you best after taking mock tests. Although taking notes can be beneficial, it can also be time-consuming. If you encounter an unfamiliar word, try to deduce its meaning from the context.


Lastly, it is impossible to have learnt every single word in the English language and sometimes you might feel stuck in the reading section. In that case, use the context of the sentence to find the meaning of the word. This will help you understand the passage better and may help you find the meaning of the word as well.


You can use these strategies to aid your preparation for attempting the reading section for TOEFL. Hello Study Global provides tailored courses for TOEFL and IELTS by our experienced faculty. For more information, feel free to contact us.


Written by Vaibhav Chadha



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3 Comments


Nandini Gunjan
Nandini Gunjan
May 27, 2021

Very informative

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Neha Batra
Neha Batra
May 27, 2021

thank you for the info!!

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Priya Rai
Priya Rai
May 27, 2021