At Test Success JAPAN and Test Success NYC we provide many specific strategies for the TOEFL iBT Reading section, but today we will begin to look at some general advice from ETS on how to improve your academic reading skills for the TOEFL iBT. What do you think? Do you already follow this advice? Let’s take a look at some suggestions for intermediate readers:
These study methods are ways to work on “active reading skills.” Let’s take a look:
1. Write basic questions to test your understanding of a text.
Write questions and answers about the first paragraph. Then guess what might be discussed in the next paragraph.
2. Work with a reading partner. Read different newspaper or magazine articles.
Write questions about the articles you read.
Exchange articles with your partner and try to answer your partner's questions.
Have you tried these before? This is a nice mix of study methods that can be practiced alone, and with the encouragement of a study partner. Active reading improves engagement and understanding and allows you to begin thinking like a person who makes the test—what information is important? How is the text organized?