Studying for the TOEFL test - TOEFL reading section

The TOEFL Test has 4 sections: Listening, Structure, Reading and Writing.

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The paper-based TOEFL test takes about 3.5 hours to complete and has three sections: Listening Comprehension, Structure and Written Expression, which measures the ability to recognise standard written English and grammar, and Reading Comprehension.

Section 3: Reading
The reading section measures ability to read and understand short passages similar in topic and style to those you may find in North American universities and colleges. There are four to five passages of 250-350 words, with 10-14 questions per passage.

The reading questions test

  • comprehension of main ideas,
  • inferences,
  • factual information in a passage,
  • pronoun referents,
  • vocabulary (direct meaning, synonym, antonym).

This are multiple-choice questions, questions where test candidates must choose and then click on a word, phrase, sentence, or paragraph to answer, or where TOEFL candidates must add or insert a missing sentence.

Many ESL students and IELTS test candidates find the reading section of many English tests like TOEFL the most difficult because they often run out of time. Our online exercises reading comprehension are timed to help you learn to manage your time in the most effective way possible. Our online grammar exercises and vocabulary exercises will also prepare you for the TOEFL test.

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Abbreviations on
ESL = English as a second language
TESL = teaching English as a second language
NESB = Non-English speaking background
EFL = English as a foreign language
TEFL = Teaching English as a foreign language
TESOL = Teaching English to speakers of other languages
FCE = Cambridge University First Certificate English
TOEIC = Test of English for International Communication
IELTS = The International English Language Testing System
TOEFL = Test of English as a foreign language
CALL = Computer assisted language learning

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