Hi everyone, welcome back to Aze IT Studio post. Today I am going to tell you about tips and tricks how to breakthrough TOEFL ITP test. Hopefully this is beneficial for you especially the one who wants to measure your english capability.

Here we go
Fig 1. TOEFL ITP Logo

Brief Introduction everything about TOEFL ITP :
TOEFL ITP (Institutional Testing Program) is a test which are offers to colleges and universities to measure english proficiency at high – beginning to advanced levels.

The test are divided into three different section use to evaluate non-native speaker’s english skill in :
  1. Listening comprehension (measure ability to understand spoken english as it is used in colleges and universities)
  2. Structure and written expression (measure recognition of selected structural and grammatical points in standard written english)
  3. Reading comprehension (measure the ability to read and understand academic material written in english)
About TOEFL ITP Scoring :
  • Section 1 ( Listening Comprehension) : 50 questions – 35 Minutes. Range Score : 31 – 68
  • Section 2 (Structure and Written expression) : 40 questions – 25 Minutes. Range Score : 31 – 68
  • Section 3 (Reading comprehension) : 50 questions – 55 Minutes. Range Score : 31 – 67
  • Total Questions : 140 Questions
  • Total Time : 115 Minutes
  • Score range : 310 – 677

There are three categories of topic which are academic, campus-life, and also general topic.
  • Academic topics are :
Arts : fine arts, crafts, theater, dance, architecture, literature, music, and film photography
Humanities : history, political science, goverment, philosophy, and law
Life Science : paleontology, biochemistry, animal behavior, ecology, anatomy, physiology, genetics, health science, biology, and agriculture
Physical Science : geology, astronomy, chemistry, earth science, engineering, and technology
  • Campus – life topics are :
Classes : class schedules, class requirements, library refference, and assignment
Campus administration : registration, housing, study abroad, and internship
Campus activities : clubs, committees, and social events
  • General topics are :
Business : management, offices, and official documents
Environment : weather, nature, and climate
Food : types of food and restaurant
Language and communication : mail, phone use, and request for information
Media : TV and internet
Object : Description of objects and equipment
Personal : Family member, friends, health, and daily routines
Purchases : clothing, shopping, banking, and money
Planning and time management : future events, invitations, and personal schedule
Recreation : Sport games, concert, play, and books
Transportation : travel, driving, public transportation, and travel reservation
Workplace : applying for a job, on campus employment, and work schedule

Tips to conquer TOEFL ITP test on each section

Part 1 listening section

General strategies are below :
  • Clean your ears before the test.
  • Be familiar with the directions.
  • Listen carefully to the conversations and talks.
  • The questions progress from easy to difficult.
  • Try to get the information about the dialog or monolog before listening by seeing the options provided.
  • Never leave any answer blank.
  • Use remaining time to look ahead at the answers to the questions that follow.
Strategies on Part A :
  • As you listen to each short conversation, focus on the second line of the conversation.
  • The correct answer is probably a restatement of a keyword or idea in the second line.
  • These certain structures and expressions are tested regularly in Listening Part A: Structures (passives, negatives, conditions), Functional expressions ( agreement, uncertainty, suggestion, surprise), and also Idiomatic expressions (two-part verbs, idioms)
  • The questions progress from easy to difficult.
  • Even if you do not understand the complete conversation, you can find the correct answer:
  • If you only understand a few words or ideas in the second line, choose an answer which is a restatement of those words.
  • If you do not understand anything at all in the second line of the conversation, choose the answer that sounds the most different from what you heard.
  • NEVER choose an answer because it sounds like what you heard in the conversation.
Strategies on Part B :
  • If you have time, preview the options. 
  • Anticipate the topics
  • Anticipate the questions
  • Listen carefully to the first line of the conversation. (main idea, subject, or topic)
  • As you listen to the conversation, draw conclusion about the situation: Who is talking, where the conversation takes place, or when it takes place.
  • You should guess even if you are not sure
  • Use any remaining time to look ahead at the answers of the following questions.
Startegies on Part C :
  • If you have time, preview the options.
  • Anticipate the topics
  • Anticipate the questions
  • Listen carefully to the first line of the conversation. (main idea, subject, or topic)
  • As you listen to the conversation, draw conclusion about the situation: Who is talking, where and when the talk takes place, which course this lecture might be given in.
  • You should guess even if you are not sure
  • Use any remaining time to look ahead at the answers of the following questions.
Part 2 : structure and written expression

  • Structure (questions 1 – 15) consists of fifteen sentences in which part of the sentence has been replaced with a blank. Each sentence is followed by four possible answer choices. You must choose the answer that completes the sentence in a grammatically correct way.
  • Written expression (questions 16 – 40) consists of 25 sentences in which four words or groups of words have been underlined. You must choose the underlined word of group of words that is not correct.
Strategies :
  • Be familiar with the direction
  • Begin with questions 1 through 15
  • Continue with questions 16 through 40.
  • If you have time, return to questions 11 through 15.
  • Never leave any answer blank on your answer sheet.
  • For structure, study the sentence
  • Then, study each answer based on how well it completes the sentence.
  • Do not try to eliminate incorrect answers by looking only at the answers.
  • Never leave any answer blank and do not spend too much time on this part.
  • For written expression, look at the underlined words or groups of words.
  • If you have been unable to find the error by looking only at the four underlined expressions, then read the complete sentence.
  • Be sure the sentence has a subject and a verb.
  • Be careful of objects of prepositions
  • Be careful of appositives (nouns that come before or after another noun and is generally set off from the noun with commas.) If a word is an appositive, it is not the subject.
  • Be careful with participles
  • Question word. Where is her house? (QW to introduce a question). Do you know where her house is? (QW as conjunction to connect 2 clauses)
  • Negative expressions
  • Some conditionals (had, should, were)
  • with coordinate conjunctions (e.g : She held jobs as a typist, a housekeeper, and in a restuarant.)
  • with paired conjunctions (Both.. and, either..or, neither.. nor, not only.. but also,.) e.g. She would like neither to see a movie or to go bowling.
  • with comparisons (More..than, -er..than, less..than, as...as, the same ... as, and similar.. to)
  • Be familiar with all forms of verbs. (Walk – walk(s)-walking-walked-walked) e.g. Before she left, she had drank a glass of milk.
  • Be careful with past and present verbs in the sentence. e.g. A twenty one year old man became the second casualty yesterday when he loses control of his truck.
  • Be careful with passive verbs
Part 3 : Reading Comprehension

Some strategies of this part are :
  • Be familiar with the direction
  • The questions range from the easiest to the most difficult.
  • Use scanning and skimming skills
  • For few questions, you need to make inferences.
  • Guess the vocabs from the context.
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Source : www.ets.org

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