Do's and don'ts before and on the TOEFL Test day

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The TOEFL exam is at your door! Are you ready to take it? Are you prepared to apply all your well-planned strategies on the test day? Are you nervous or underconfident whether your preparation for the test will work or not?

We will tell you about the do's and don'ts you should follow before and on the TOEFL test day. These do’s and don’ts will get you on the right track to get a high score in the TOEFL.

The do's before and on the TOEFL test day

  • Do preparation

Read for 30 minutes every day. Find other English learners and native speakers in your area and try to have a conversation with them in English. Keep asking questions to yourself and answer them as if you are answering the examiners. Go through the best books for TOEFL preparation. It is also advised to keep a tutor who can teach you well to crack the TOEFL exam. Here is the list of the books you can look after for your preparation: TOEFL Preparation Books and other Materials 

  • Do Strategize

Just like any other exam, the core of effective preparation of TOEFL consists of a good strategy. Your initial focus should be on getting familiarise with the breakdown of the TOEFL exam: how reading, writing, listening, and speaking are connected, the question types, how much time is allotted for each section etc. After you have a grasp on the basics, start working on making effective test-taking strategies. Focus on ways to take better notes while listening, how to scan passages for keywords and ways to save time and maintain proper spacing. We have prepared a guide for you to help you divide the time accordingly for each section so that you can complete your exam on time:

  • Do Seek Out Every Opportunity to Practice

Include English language work into your life whenever possible. For example watching television shows spoken aloud in English, switching the interfaces of websites to English, listening to podcasts, and practising your conversation skills with friends or strangers. Get creative and find small ways to sneak the English language into your day-to-day life, which would help you in the Exam.

The don’ts before and on the TOEFL test day

  • Don’t use fancy words or difficult grammar

It is important for candidates to improve their grammar and vocabulary for the TOEFL exam. But many test-takers use unknown words or complex grammar structures during the test which does not make any sense. The examiners assess a candidate’s clarity of thought and ability to communicate clearly and fluently. So, use words and grammar you are familiar with. You should be able to express your thoughts and ideas very naturally the same as a native speaker can. Instead of using fancy words and grammar, spend time in structuring your content. You should avoid doing these mistakes: Common mistakes made by TOEFL test takers

  • Don’t lose motivation during the test

​​​​​​​If you have made any mistake in one section, do not lose hope. Start the next section with enthusiasm. Be aware of the mistakes you have made in the previous section and do not repeat them in further sections. Follow these tips during your test:


  • Don’t be late on On Test Day

​​​​​​​Don’t be late for your TOEFL exam. Know the exact time, date, and day of your test. Find the address of your testing centre and plan your route so you know what time to leave in order to get there on time. Arrive at your testing centre for at least half an hour before the test. This would give you enough time to familiarise yourself with your test room and seat. If you get lost on the day of your exam or arriving late for your test may make you feel nervous, anxious, and stressed, which can negatively affect you during the test.

  • Don’t hesitate to speak​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Try not to hesitate while speaking. It is hard to speak in front of experts, but you have to practice speaking in a continuous flow. If you become blank during speaking, take a pause of a few seconds and then resume speaking.

We hope this helps you out. TOEFL Preparation should not be stressful, but it should be comprehensive along with being deliberate. Keep all the points of DO’S and DON’TS in your mind and crack the TOEFL exam well so that you can achieve admission in the international institutions.

All the best!!!!

Go through all the sections in Detail

Reading section of TOEFL

Writing section of TOEFL

Listening section of the TOEFL

Speaking section of TOEFL