How to Prepare for TOEFL Reading Section?

    Updated on: 07 Sep 2023 8 min read

    TOEFL reading section is designed to test your ability to comprehend academic reading material, including passages you are likely to find in a college textbook. All the fields of study ranging from chemistry to literature to psychology may be the subjects of the passages.

    The reading section is likely to be more complicated than most other exams you've taken, because not only is the grammar complex, but the texts often deal with very specific topics that are likely to be new to you.

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    What are the Tips to Keep in Mind on the Day of the Exam?

    General TOEFL Exam Day Tips

    • Know the routes to your exam center and also keep a track of your online account on ETS to be updated with any changes in the dates or timings. 
    • Carry all the required documents to the exam center. 
    • Reach the exam center on time. 
    • Stay calm and don’t panic.
    • Cheating leads to disqualification, so refrain from indulging in such activities. 

    Exam Day Tips for TOEFL Reading Section

    • Read each question carefully and understand what it really asks. Some questions need more than one answer. 
    • Concentrate on the present question instead of focusing on the questions you could not answer or questions you are yet to answer. 
    • Keep a track of the time. Be particular about the amount of time you should be devoting to each question. If you are not able to solve a question, instead of lingering on it, move on to the next question. 
    • You can go back and review/change the answers in the Reading section. However, it is recommended to go back to the section only when you are done with the test. 
    • There is a toolbar that shows how many questions are done and how many are left to be answered. You could use this toolbar to determine if you should quicken your speed or maintain the existing speed to finish the test on time. 

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    The TOEFL Reading Section is indeed complicated, however, good preparation and rigorous practice can help you achieve your target scores in the section. Additionally, if you need further assistance, you can contact GyanDhan and we will connect you with the best TOEFL preparation institutes for free. 

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