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Gave TOEFL today...Here is my give-away to this group... 1. Don't go into panic mode ! It's just TOEFL...not GRE, CAT, GMAT, etc... 2. Do take 1-2 minutes to settle your nerves after starting Reading Section..you'll be able to grasp better and subsequently, perform better. 3. Dont do any kind of study on Test day..it's of no use...Relax yourself ! (I watched Sachin Tendulkar's amazing cricket videos ) 4. For people who are under the impression that Reading section has lots of time...you are in fool's paradise..It takes up more time to solve questions due to the pressure. 5. Practice as much as possible ! Solve Practice tests only..It's enough..No need of any other books, Ebooks, etc. Links I'll post at the end of this... 6. Just bring your passport, and TOEFL Registration Confirmation to the Center and nothing else is required ! Bring ur passport, else you are screwed !! Administrators are extremely vigilant about it.. 7. Wear Jerkins/Sweat-shirts on test-day. Test centers have AC on 18 degrees... 8. For writing section, just start typing. Coz 20 minutes may seem adequate, but again, it's just about enough to proof-read your essay once...As and when you think about points to include in the essay, adjust them into the already written essay.. 9. Listen and Concentrate your hardest during the Speaking Section ! ( Lot of chaos coz due to some strange reason, many students think that if you dont yell into the microphone, your response wont be recorded... Guys, they have voice check and microphone check before starting the speaking section !! No need to yell your head off !!) 10. Try not to hesitate during speaking..It's hard..but try..If u are unsure or become blank during speaking, take a pause of 1-2 seconds...then resume..but don't hesitate or stop in between sentences.. 11. Use "http://www.eng1on1.com/" for TOEFL speaking practice..Loads of Practice material online...Excellent website.. 12. www.testden.com Excellent for Writing Section tips.. 11. Finally, if you need links to TOEFL softwares, use following link.... http://snipt.org/AjgP0 12. From the software list: Barron's TOEFL iBT (7 Full Tests)---> Similar/1 level lower difficulty than actual Kaplan TOEFL (2 Full Tests) --->1 Level higher difficulty than actual ETS Official TOEFL Software (2 Full Tests)---> Exact Same difficulty Complete Guide to TOEFL-Bruce Rogers (4 Full Tests)----> Easy than actual Longman iBT (2 Full Tests + Loads of Skill Development)---> similar to actual Will post my scores once they are available ! Good Luck guys and girls !!

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Guys... got my TOEFL score today... Reading - 28 Listening - 30 Speaking - 29 Writing - 29 Total - 116 Felt i did better than that in Reading but heck... i am more than elated with this score I had put in a total of 13 hours in the preparation... 4 hours to make me familiar with the format and 3 mock

tests (all three from the official TOEFL software) and that is all it took for me to get the score.... about tips... you don't need to touch anything but the official ETS toefl software... in Baron's reading is a ted too GRE level... actual passage is easier while listening is a little to slow and easy... actual listening is a little more difficult with a coalesce of different accents (in the actual exam, i got one conversation with a heavy southern accent) so it doesn't help much with the actual exams. Kaplan's TOEFL material is the worst.... the Speaking questions are not even in sync with the actual format, listening speaker speaks as if he/she is missing a train... dont touch it... i will only make you nervous. Do practice from the official TOEFL software... all sections are perfectly paced compared to the real test... my reading and listening score is perfectly the same as it was when i took mocks from the software so it should give you a fair idea of how things will be in actual exams... As far as speaking is concerned, i would suggest you guys carefully go through the videos on www.notefull.com. This site has been a blessing for me! i was doing terribly in this section. i recorded myself a few times and i must admit, i myself wouldn't have graded me more than 24 worth out of 30... go through this template closely.... every question is exactly as per what this guy explains.... will definitely benefit you guys....