As I mentioned yesterday, my TOEFL prep became very last-minute, so I started digging around for some short and sweet solutions. There are just way too many rants and endless articles on the web, but here are some resources that I’m finding super helpful so far:
Of course, official sources are always the most reliable. You probably read some of these before applying for the exam, but I found it useful to go over them again.
A one-pager where you’ll learn that you should comb your hair (photo opportunity) and avoid drinking (120-190 minutes non-stop until the only 10-minute break) before the exam.
A good place to start since this sampler gives a pretty clear idea about the exam’s format and content. I suppose this is the interface of the real test, you can’t even pause it. Just make sure to check your answer right after you answered the question, as there is neither a checking function at the end nor an answer sheet online.
4 more official examples (2 with audio, 2 with transcripts).
On-point videos with useful tips and examples, so you can focus on your weaknesses. Not all of them are organized into the playlists though, so feel free to browse around. I found their pace pretty slow (good for less advanced speakers), but you can speed them up a bit to save time if you’re in a crunch like me.
If your command of English is at an advanced level, you will probably have no problem with the reading and the listening sections. However, the unique format of the speaking module along with the serious time constraints on both the speaking and the writing components might prove to be difficult to deal with. These templates are exactly what I’ve been looking for to help me with these – for me – more challenging aspects of the exam.
This is not a sponsored post, all of the above resources are completely free – thanks, Magoosh!!! I couldn’t be happier that I don’t have to spend extra on my prep, and I hope you’ll find these links just as helpful as I did.
Please, let me know in the comments if there are any other/better free goodies out there for a quick and efficient last-minute TOEFL preparation! Good luck to us all :))