TOEFL Reading Section Tip #1 – Dealing With Frustration
Over the weekend I have been trying to implement some ways for people to, not only be able to actually order the TOEFL Excellence Training Packages, but to also set up a crowd-funding campaign to start up the scholarship program for both training and registration for the TOEFL iBT Exam…
However, since I live in the farthest Eastern country in Eastern Europe… nothing is easy. PayPal doesn’t want to allow me to set up a payment system without a US bank account (or one in a country which I do not live in) – and with the crowd-funding site, there is a similar problem.
These are not permanent problems, just temporary obstacles…
And this reminded me of one of the best tips that I can give about The Reading Section of The TOEFL iBT Exam.
The Reading Section of The TOEFL iBT Exam is the only section where one can actually skip ahead to the next question and then go back to a previous one. It is for this reason, that one should NEVER waste time on a question that they do not know the answer to, or that they are un-sure about.
Just like my temporary obstacle with setting up the payment gateways… sometimes the answer is “not available” yet…
This can often-times be caused simply by the stress of taking an exam and working with a timer counting down continuously.
In The TOEFL Reading Section, there are 3 passages (on the normal version of the exam) and approx. 12-15 questions for each passage. There are also, only 20/passage to complete this portion of the exam.
This means, that you have about 3-5 minutes to skim over the exam and an approx. average of only 1 minute for each question. Some of them will take much less than that, but some will take much longer.
Another thing to take into consideration (which should also relieve some stress) is that you do not get a “0” (zero) on a question with a wrong answer. You can only get a “0” (zero) on a question that you do not answer.
So if you spend too long on a question or task that is confusing – you may end up getting a zero on a number of other question that you knew the answer to, easily, but did not have time to answer.
When encountering a question that you do not know the answer to, just make a guess, or mark any answer randomly. Then, make a note of which question that was on the paper that they provide for you to take notes. After that, go on to the rest of the questions and finish them. Finally, with the time that is left over, go back to the questions you were having difficulty with, and if you have time, you can review them.
But, if you do not have enough time to go back to those, at least you guessed or chose something… Your guess may have been right. If so, perfect! Your guess may have been wrong. No problem! You will still get some credit for the question, and it is better than getting “zero”.
Just as all of the questions and tasks on The TOEFL Exam, this mimics real situations in Life. Therefore… make a guess, move on, go back to it later, fix it if it needs to be fixed, if not – don’t worry.
… And I’ll “see” you all again soon.
Remember: If there are any words or phrases in this post that you do not know – look them up. Though you do not need to waste time memorizing lists of vocabulary before taking The TOEFL Exam, it is always a good idea to look-up words that you do not know. Even if you think you know them, you may be surprised, so if you see a word that you may “know” but can’t actually define or explain… look it up. I suggest Wikitionary.com
And if you have any questions, feel free to ask any time.
Have An Excellent Day!
TOEFL Reading Section – Tip #1 was originally published on TOEFL Excellence