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One Month TOEFL Study Plan | How to Prepare for the TOEFL

TOEFL study planUpdate: The 1 Month TOEFL Study Plan has a new look (but the same great resources!)

If you have any questions or comments about this TOEFL study plan or TOEFL preparation in general, please leave them at the bottom of the post and we will get back to you right away. Happy Studying! 🙂

30-Day TOEFL Study Plan

This one-month TOEFL study schedule is designed for self-studiers looking to prepare for their TOEFL exam date. I highly recommend that you seek out other opportunities to practice, especially conversation with English speakers, but that is not included in the schedule because it depends on what opportunities you have.

This month-long TOEFL study plan is mostly designed to get you familiar with the TOEFL format and question types, but with the ultimate aim of getting your TOEFL scores to an acceptable level. That means some of the material focuses on academic English in general. But if you’re concerned about your overall level of English, one month of study for the TOEFL may not be enough time. In that case, consider taking some time to get your English ability high enough beforehand, studying grammar, vocabulary, and practicing the four skills (reading, listening, speaking, and writing) outside the context of the TOEFL.

Each week, there are 6 days of TOEFL prep. One day per week will be a rest day, which isn’t included in the schedule. Use that day to relax!

if you have more time to devote to your studies, then buy the book for additional practice.

TOEFL Prep Resources

To follow this schedule fully, you’ll need four things:

  1. A computer with speakers, a CD drive, and Internet access
  2. The Official Guide to the TOEFL iBT, 4th Edition with the accompanying CD
  3. Clemmonsdogpark’s free for timing yourself on exam sections and keeping yourself on pace. Currently only available in iTunes.

Plan on spending about one or two hours each day to stay on this schedule, although some days will be less, and the practice tests will take longer.

One Month TOEFL Study Schedule Breakdown

How to Prepare for the TOEFL: Week One

TOEFL Preparation Week 1
Week 1, Day 1:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the first four videos in Clemmonsdogpark: under Introduction to the TOEFL, from “Overview of the TOEFL” to “Listening Section.”
    • Watch the video “Using the Grammar Lessons” in Introduction to TOEFL Grammar.
    • Watch any 4-5 grammar videos in Clemmonsdogpark of your choice according to your weaknesses.
  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Start working on Begin with the “common” deck. Master 20 words at minimum. If you believe this deck is very easy for you, finish it today. (Note: focus on the flashcards for the vocabulary words you are the least familiar with. Plan on finishing as many flashcards as you need to by the end of Week 2, and then reviewing those flashcards by Week 4.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the reading and listening questions in . Your goal is to become familiar with the format of the test—don’t worry too much about how many right and wrong answers you get.

Week 1, Day 2:

  • Lessons:
    • Watch the next three videos in Clemmonsdogpark: under Introduction to the TOEFL, from “Speaking Section” to “Studying for the TOEFL.”
  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Reading” button on your Dashboard. Answer 14 questions, until the text changes to a new topic passage. Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong. If you see a new passage after 14 questions, return to the dashboard by clicking “Clemmonsdogpark” at the top left of the screen.
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with four different recordings (about 23 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong. If you start a third recording, return to the dashboard by clicking “Clemmonsdogpark” at the top left of the screen to exit your practice.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the speaking and writing questions in . Your goal is to become familiar with the format of the TOEFL and how much time you have for each task. Don’t worry about grading yourself.

Week 1, Day 3:

  • Lessons:
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the first two videos under Reading, titled “Pacing While Reading” and “Sample Passage: Clonal Colonies.”
    • Watch any 3-4 grammar videos in Clemmonsdogpark of your choice according to your weaknesses.
  • Official Practice:
    • Take the “Reading” section of Practice Test 1 from the CD that accompanies the Official Guide. The format is not identical to that of the iBT, but it will give you a more authentic practice session than the practice tests in the book. Use the self-scoring chart in the back of the book (page 285) to see where you stand. Review your wrong answers carefully so that you understand why you made every mistake.

Week 1, Day 4:

  • Lessons:
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the first two videos under Speaking, titled “Task 1 – Choose One from Many” and “Task 1 – Sample Answers.”
  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Speaking” button on your Dashboard. Answer 6 questions. Watch the explanation video for every question.
    • Master at least 20 more words in Again, if you believe the deck you are working on is easy for you, finish it today.
  • Official Practice:
    • Take the “Speaking” section of Practice Test 1 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide. Use either your phone or to record your answers. Don’t worry about grading them today. You will listen to them on day 6.
    • Complete the reading questions in . Review your incorrect answers carefully, learning from your mistakes

Week 1, Day 5:

  • Lessons:
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the first three videos under Listening, the “Sample Recording” videos.
    • Watch any 3-4 grammar videos in Clemmonsdogpark of your choice according to your weaknesses.
  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete one essay, and watch the explanation video.
  • Official Practice:
    • Take the “Listening” section of Practice Test 1 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide. Use the self-scoring chart in the back of the book (page 301) to see where you stand. Review your wrong answers carefully so that you understand why you made every mistake.

Week 1, Day 6:

  • Lessons:
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the first six videos under Writing, from “The Five-Paragraph Essay” to “Integrated Introduction Sample.”
  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Reading” button on your Dashboard. Answer 14 questions, until the text changes to a new topic passage. Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong. If you see a new passage after 14 questions, return to the dashboard by clicking “Clemmonsdogpark” at the top left of the screen.
  • Official Practice:
    • Take the “Writing” section of Practice Test 1 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide.
    • Listen to the recordings of your answers that you made on day 4. Compare them to the sample answers on the CD and explanations in the book (page 320 – 330).

 

How to Prepare for the TOEFL: Week Two

TOEFL Study Plan Week 2
Week 2, Day 1:

  • Lessons:
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the next three videos under Reading, the “Question Type” videos from “Vocabulary in Context” to “Except.”
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the next four videos under Listening, from “Question Type: Main Idea” to “Using Your Notes.”
  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Spend 10-20 minutes working on
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with four different recordings (about 23 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong. If you start a fourth recording, return to the dashboard by clicking “Clemmonsdogpark” at the top left of the screen to exit your practice.
  • Official Practice:
    • Read the essays that you wrote on week 1, day 6. Compare them to the sample answers explanations in the book (page 331 – 342). Grade yourself based on which sample essays yours was most similar to. Edit both your essays to improve them.

Week 2, Day 2:

  • Lessons:
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the next two videos under Speaking, “Task 2 – Choose One from Two” and “Task 2 – Sample Answers.”
    • Watch 4-5 new grammar videos in Clemmonsdogpark.
  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Speaking” button on your Dashboard. Answer 6 questions. Watch the explanation video for every question.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the listening and speaking questions in . Use either your phone or to record your answers to the speaking section. Review your incorrect answers to the speaking section carefully. Listen to your recordings, and note what could be improved. Then, answer the questions again with those improvements.

Week 2, Day 3:

  • Lessons:
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the next two videos under Speaking, “Task 3 -Conversation and Reading” and “Task 3 – Sample Answer.”
  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete one essay, and then watch the explanation video.
    • Spend 20-30 minutes working on your vocabulary either with or (The easiest set of words is sublist one; the most difficult is sublist ten.)
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the essay from . After finishing, set it aside until later.

Week 2, Day 4:

  • Lessons:
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the next two videos under Writing, “Integrated Structure A” and “Integrated Structure B.”
    • Watch 3-4 new grammar videos in Clemmonsdogpark.
  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with four recordings (about 23 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the reading section and speaking sections from . Carefully review your answers and learn from your mistakes in the reading section. Save the recordings of your answers to the speaking section.

Week 2, Day 5:

  • Lessons:
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the next two videos under Writing, “Integrated Body Sample (Structure A)” and “Integrated Body Sample (Structure B).”
  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete one essay, and then watch the explanation video.
  • Official Practice:
    • Return to the essay you wrote for . Edit and add to it to make it even better.
    • Return to your answers to the speaking questions on . Listen and note what could be improved. Answer them again with those improvements.

Week 2, Day 6:

  • Lessons:
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the next two videos under Reading, “Inference” and “Purpose.”
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the next two videos under Listening, “Question Type: Function” and “Getting in the Speaker’s Head.”
  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Reading” button on your Dashboard. Answer 14 questions, until the text changes to a new topic passage. Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
    • Spend 10-20 minutes working on your vocabulary either with or

 

How to Prepare for the TOEFL: Week Three

How to Prepare for the TOEFL Week 3
Week 3, Day 1:
Congratulations–you’ve now reached the halfway point of your one month of TOEFL study.

  • Lessons:
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the next two videos under Speaking, “Task 4 – Lecture & Reading” and “Task 4 – Sample Answer.”
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the next two videos under Writing, “Essay 2 -Independent” and “Independent Introduction Sample.”
    • Watch 3-4 new grammar videos in Clemmonsdogpark and review 1 more.
  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with four recordings (about 23 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the first three reading practice sets in the Official Guide, starting on page 60. Carefully review your wrong answers, learning from your mistakes.

Week 3, Day 2:

  • Lessons:
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the next two videos under Reading, “Reference” and “Paraphrase”
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the next two videos under Listening, “Question Type: Attitude” and “Tone of Voice.”
  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Speaking” button on your Dashboard. Answer 6 questions. Watch the explanation video for every question.
    • Spend 10-20 minutes working on your vocabulary using
  • Official Practice:
    • In the Official Guide, read the essay prompt on page 211. Outline your own answer to the question (don’t write the essay yet—just prepare for it). Then, read pages 211-215. After you read each essay and before you read the rater comments, critique the essay yourself. What are its strengths and weaknesses? What would you have done differently? What aspects of this essay might you try to incorporate into your own writing? Then return to your outline, and write your own response.

Week 3, Day 3:

  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete one essay, and then watch the explanation video.
  • Official Practice:
    • Do the Reading section of Practice Test 2 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide. Give yourself exactly one hour to complete it. Score yourself with the table at the back of the book (page 399). Review your incorrect answers carefully.

Week 3, Day 4:

  • Lessons:
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the next two videos under Speaking, “Task 5 – Conversation” and “Task 5 – Sample Answer.”
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the next two videos under Reading, “Insert Text” and “Summary.”
  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Reading” button on your Dashboard. Answer 14 questions, until the text changes to a new topic passage. Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the writing section from .
    • Return to the essay you wrote on week 3 day 2. Edit and add to it to make it even better.

Week 3, Day 5:

  • Lessons:
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the next two videos under Writing, “Independent Structure A” and “Independent Structure B.”
    • Watch 3-4 new grammar videos in Clemmonsdogpark and review 1 other lesson of your choice, grammar or TOEFL-based.
  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with four recordings (about 23 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:
    • Do the Speaking section of Practice Test 2 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide. Record your answers so you can review them later.

Week 3, Day 6:
Today, you’re going to take a full practice test. If you don’t have a full four hours to spend, then switch this day with a day next week when you will have the time. You need four hours with no interruptions at your computer.

Take the practice test 3 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide. Do not take breaks during a section, and be careful with the clock. The software will give you the timer for most parts, but here is the timing for reference:

  • Reading section: 60 minutes
  • Listening section: 20 minutes total to answer the questions of all six recordings. Stop the timer when you are listening to the recordings.
  • BREAK: 10 minutes (have a quick snack!)
  • Speaking section: (You will need to time yourself and record yourself in the speaking section, so be prepared.)
    • 15 seconds to prepare, 45 seconds to speak.
    • 15 seconds to prepare, 45 seconds to speak.
    • 30 seconds to prepare, 60 seconds to speak.
    • 30 seconds to prepare, 60 seconds to speak.
    • 20 seconds to prepare, 60 seconds to speak.
    • 20 seconds to prepare, 60 seconds to speak.
  • Writing section:
    • 20 minutes
    • 30 minutes

 

How to Prepare for the TOEFL: Week Four

TOEFL Prep Week 4
Week 4, Day 1:

  • Lessons:
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the last three videos under Writing, from “Independent Body Sample (Structure A)” to “Independent Conclusion Sample”
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the next four videos under Listening, “Question Type: Organization,” “Structural Key Words,” “Question Type: Inference,” and “Don’t Go Too Far.”
  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete two essays, watching the explanation videos.
  • Official Practice:
    • Review all of your answers from the full practice test you took at the end of last week. Pay careful attention to your wrong answers in reading and listening, learning from your mistakes. Grade your speaking and writing tasks by comparing them with the examples given on the CD.

Week 4, Day 2:

  • Lessons:
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the last two videos under Speaking, “Task 6 – Lecture” and “Task 6 – Sample Answer.”
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, watch the final video under Reading, titledCategory,” and the final two videos in Listening, “Question Type: Filling in Tables” and “Easiest to Hardest.”
  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Reading” button on your Dashboard. Answer 14 questions, until the text changes to a new topic passage. Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:
    • Do the Listening section of Practice Test 2 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide. Score yourself with the table at the back of the book (page 415). Review your incorrect answers carefully.

Week 4, Day 3:

  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with four recordings (about 23 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:
    • Do the Writing section of Practice Test 2 from the CD that comes with the Official Guide. Grade your essays by comparing them with the examples given on the CD.

Week 4, Day 4:

  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Review all your vocabulary from both Clemmonsdogpark flashcards and
    • Click the “Practice Speaking” button on your Dashboard. Answer 6 questions. Watch the explanation video for every question.
  • Official Practice:
    • Return to the speaking task recordings you created on week 3 day 5. Repeat the same tasks better than the first time, attempting to include new vocabulary in every answer.
    • Return to the essays you wrote yesterday. Edit them and add to them to make them even better.

Week 4, Day 5:

  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete one to two essays, watching the explanation videos.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the last three reading practice sets in the Official Guide, starting on page 90. Give yourself no more than 20 minutes per passage (including the questions). Carefully review your wrong answers, learning from your mistakes.

Week 4, Day 6:

  • Clemmonsdogpark Practice:
    • Click the “Practice Reading” button on your Dashboard. Answer 14 questions, until the text changes to a new topic passage. Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
  • Official Practice:
    • Complete the five listening practice sets in the Official Guide, starting on page 143. Carefully review your wrong answers, learning from your mistakes.
  • Listen to , and consider how this could help you on your test.

If you have time remaining:

  • Review Clemmonsdogpark videos and practice questions daily.
  • Review vocabulary that you’ve already learned.
  • Plan 10 essays based on the questions in pages 216-230 of the official guide. Write 1 or 2 of them. Set them aside for a day or two, then come back and edit/improve those essays.
  • Answer questions from the list on pages 260-230 as if they were speaking task 2 questions. Record your answers.
  • Complete
  • If you use Windows, complete these free practice materials:
  • Regularly listen to TED talks and read articles from New York Times or Newsweek. After every article or talk, summarize what you learned either in writing or in speech. If you speak your summary, record yourself.

 

The day before your TOEFL test:

Tell yourself you’re a rock star who’s going to ace the test. Don’t study today—you’ll just build up anxiety! Instead, find out what to expect on test day by reading about and reading ETS’s . If you’ve followed this one month TOEFL study schedule, you should be in good shape for the test. Get a good night’s sleep, and have a healthy breakfast in the morning. Good luck!

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2013 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

105 Responses to One Month TOEFL Study Plan | How to Prepare for the TOEFL

  1. Kate Hardin
    Kate Hardin March 11, 2014 at 5:31 am #

    Hi, Aditya– Go ahead and combine several of the days that don’t have much going on (for instance, 1 and 2 can be done together, as can 5 and 6). It shouldn’t be hard to do this schedule a little faster than expected. The schedule is designed to be useful to people at every level, so I can’t predict what score you’ll get after following it. It’s different for every student. Thanks for writing, and good luck on the test!

  2. Vivian April 2, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Hi Kate,
    My Toefl test schedule is on May 10. I am in Day 2 of your suggested study plan. I tried the , I got 40% weak score 🙁 . Any recommendation to improve my skills and eventually my score.
    Thanks.
    Vivian

  3. Eden April 4, 2014 at 6:20 am #

    Dear Kate,

    I took TOEFL exam in Sep 2013 and scored 88(R: 23 L:24 S:20 W:21)
    I want to score 100 or higher with minimum of 24 in listening and writing. Can I achieve this level with this plan? I think my biggest problem is in grammar and speaking.
    I read Borons for the previous exam.

    Thanks in advance for advice.

    • Kate Hardin
      Kate Hardin April 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

      Hi there–

      This plan can help you to improve your score at whatever level. If grammar is your weakness, though, it’s probably a good idea to get a separate, non-TOEFL book about English grammar. Most libraries have a handful of comprehensive English books that would be handy–it doesn’t really matter which one, as long as it has exercises and answers. If you don’t know what areas of grammar to work on, try doing a set or two of practice questions from each chapter to find out. Look up the topics that don’t make sense in the book or online to learn more about how to use them correctly. Some common grammar areas that you may want to check out are using the correct tense (especially continuous tense), forming sentences correctly (using variety in your sentence structure, not writing run-ons or fragments), and using articles properly. And, of course, you can never learn too many phrasal verbs! Thanks for writing! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  4. Lina August 24, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    Hi Kate,

    I’ll take a Toefl in October, I’ve been practicing about structure and strategies to taking-notes, but I’m a little nervous because I need a score of 95 or more. I think I have many weakness for speaking and writing. So, do you have some tips and recommendations to improve that? Thanks a lot!

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas August 25, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

      There are many things you could do to improve speaking and writing, so that’s a bit hard to answer without more context or detail. But generally speaking, you should be speaking a LOT of English and writing often, too. That means doing more than just TOEFL practice. Take every opportunity you can get to use English.

      The speaking section has some very specific questions and patterns that are important to be familiar with, so you should also be learning how to structure your answers and practicing real TOEFL questions often. By the day of the test, you should know exactly what will happen and when.

      It also helps a lot to record yourself. Many people hate doing that, but it can be very useful for improving pronunciation and speaking speed.

      As for writing, it helps to write and rewrite the same essays a few times. Keep trying to improve what you’ve already written. Never write a practice essay then just leave it. You have to come back to it the next day—find problems and write the essay again, better.

      Of course, there’s plenty more advice on the blog and in our premium video lessons. 🙂 Keep reading and learning!

  5. Hitendra September 1, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    Hi Lucas,

    I’ll take a Toefl in first week of October 2014. I have exactly one month to go. I have not started any preparation as of now. For admission in my targeted university, I have to score overall 102 in IBT test while in speaking and writing I have to score 26 and 22 respectively. These are the minimum qualifying scores. Do guide me how to achieve these scores. Suggest books, other study-materials and minimum hours to practice.

    Thanks
    Hitendra

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas September 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

      Well, the study schedule above is a good place to start! That gives you a clear set of material and guidance on what to study and when. 🙂

      If you’re looking for book recommendations, check out our book reviews. I cannot say how long or how hard you, personally, need to study to reach 102, because that depends on your starting point. If you want to know where you stand now—how much you might need to improve—I highly recommend starting with the Official Guide. That will explain the test to you and give you material to test yourself with. Plus, it’s used in the study schedule above if you choose to use that!

      • Hitendra September 2, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

        Thanks a lot Lucas for your detailed reply. I will indeed follow the above study schedule. As stated in one of the Kate’s blog – I have taken the vocabulary test and my vocab size is 10,400 words, basis this can one estimate TOEFL score. Also how easy it is to achieve my targeted score (102)? Would you suggest any specific books or manner of studying.

        Best Regards
        Hitendra

        • Lucas Fink
          Lucas September 8, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

          The TOEFL is much more than just a vocabulary test, so I’m afraid I can’t give a good estimate of your score based on just that. Again, I really recommend using the official guide if you want to estimate your scores—taking on of those practice tests will give you a good idea of how much work you need. 🙂 How easy it is to hit 102 depends on your personal skills and weaknesses and your English experience. For a student who lived in the U.S. for years and spoke English every day, a 102 might be very easy. For another student who only uses English a couple times per month and never studied or used English seriously, it might take more than a year to reach 102.

          As for books, you can find my recommendations in those book reviews. Enjoy your studies!

  6. Gabriel September 10, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Hi,

    i am going to take toefl in a month and wondering about possibility of it. I am very happy with found it. Do you think is it possible to take it in a month by following your guideline?

    thanks

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas September 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

      You can learn a lot about the test in one month. 🙂 The schedule above will definitely help to guide you through it!

  7. Progyatez Chakma October 11, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    Hi Lucas!
    Ta for this quite interesting schedule. I have just finished my GRE 2 days ago, and planning to score 100+ in TOEFL. Well, in some way it seems quite touch cause i got only 20 days remaining, but, anyhow i’m confident can conquer this score. By the way i’m planning to buy 1 month account. Do you think i can finish this 1 month study plan with in 20 days if i give extra effort? Looking forward for your reply.
    🙂

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas October 13, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

      It’s certainly possible to finish the 30-day schedule in 20 days, but you may need to prioritize at points and skip some tasks that are less important for you, personally. After a few days of studying, I think you’ll have a pretty clear idea of how much time it takes to finish a day’s assignments and you’ll understand how much you’ll need to cut, if anything.

      Happy studying!

  8. Soha October 17, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    Hi there
    I want to pass Toefl exam after 5 months. Now I want to plan an excellent schedule for this time. But I don’t know how do i plan it? Of course I should plan a schedule that helps me to get 100 – 110 from 120 score.

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas October 28, 2014 at 11:57 am #

      Planning a schedule for a longer period of time can be tough! Focus on weekly goals, instead of daily tasks like in this schedule. Spend the first month or two of your studies focusing primarily on academic vocabulary and identifying your common grammar errors. Also, it’s very important that you completely surround yourself with English from the start. Read real English texts every day! Listen to lectures and watch documentaries regularly. These resources will help. Speak with friends in English, if possible, or find a language exchange partner to practice your spoken and written English.

      After a month or two of intensive English practice, when you start studying the TOEFL itself, your goal each week should be to learn about and do practice material from at least 2 sections of the TOEFL, and you’ll want to take a full practice test that includes all 4 sections every few weeks (once every two or three weeks should be appropriate if you have 3 or 4 months to study).

      Above all, give yourself strong specific goals for each week—some big, some small. And be sure that you always complete the small goals, but try to also complete the big ones. 🙂

  9. Manuela October 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    Hi,
    When would be the IDEAL time to start studying the toefl skills? Like, if I have 12 months to study (and my English level is high enough) when should I start learning the toefl specific skills? 2 months before the test? 1 month before the test? 5 months before the test? thnx!

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas October 28, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

      It’s not easy to give a single ideal time, because it depends partly on how much you can study per day or per week, and partly on how much work you will need with specific TOEFL skills (such as note-taking). Most students can learn the format and strategies for the the test very well in 1-3 months, though sometimes less is needed (for very advanced students).

  10. Spandana November 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    Hello, i want to score 105 and my exam is Jan 10th and i have taken coaching in princeton review 6months back. so can you please suggest me this plan will able to achieve my goal.

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas December 2, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

      Whether or not you can get to a score of 105 depends on your starting point—your English experience and skills—not just which study schedule you use! For example, if you had just started to study English this year for the first time, this study schedule definitely would not be enough. High TOEFL scores come partly from years of English experience. It’s very possible that the one-month plan would bring you to the score you need, but I cannot say for certain without knowing you and your skill level better.

  11. Luu Hanh December 25, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    Hi.
    I’m Vietnam Student. I’m worrying about my ability English skills. I want to self-study English to take a test like Toefl. I have 4 months to self-learn. But now I don’t know how the way I can start? There are many Toefl books to learn and I don’t know which I should choose! With 4 skills, what the suitable Toefl book to self-study and get a high score ( more 100 score is a level that I want to achieve). Please help me! Thank a lot ^_^

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas December 30, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

      That depends on what exactly you need. Have you seen our book reviews? I think those will help!

  12. Hassan March 25, 2015 at 1:09 am #

    Hi everybody!
    I will take TOEFL in 5 months. Do you think is it enough? I mean my level is upper and my goal is 100. I have 24 hours in a day to study. I am totally free.
    I have been using Skype for conversation and watching movies. Switched all technological things into english mode. Thats my situation.
    Have a nice day guys

    • David Recine March 26, 2015 at 10:34 pm #

      Hello Hassan!

      If you are an intermediate or advanced-level student and you have five months with nothing but time to study, you’re in a very good position. Whether you reach your goal of 100 depends a lot on how you manage your studies and your study time.

      As you’ve seen in this post, the Clemmonsdogpark one-month study plan focuses on very exam-specific practice. Since you have a lot more than one month, I recommend focusing on all of your English skills (grammar, vocabulary, listening, speaking, reading, writing, etc…), and not just test strategy and test practice.

      Lucas has some very helpful general thoughts on managing your study time here: http://clemmonsdogpark.info/toefl/toefl-study-plans-and-guides/ .

      As for other ways to practice, I myself wrote a seven-part guide to practicing all of your TOEFL skills. Post #7, which focuses on writing, can be found here: http://clemmonsdogpark.info/toefl/2014/practicing-toefl-writing-skills/

      At the beginning of the post, you’ll see links to the other six posts.

      Hopefully, this blog can be a good starting point for you as you get ready for your five month study marathon. Definitely consider purchasing some of our subscription/premium TOEFL products, if you haven’t done that already.

  13. jose garcia June 8, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

    Hello, I would like to know if you think that a month is enough to study for TOEFL

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel Wisuri June 10, 2015 at 11:20 am #

      Hey Jose!

      Whether or not one month is enough time to study for the exam does depend on your English level. Lucas says this in the post: “if you’re concerned about your overall level of English, one month of study for the TOEFL may not be enough time. In that case, consider taking some time to get your English ability high enough beforehand, studying grammar, vocabulary, and practicing the four skills (reading, listening, speaking, and writing) outside the context of the TOEFL.”

      This post should help: http://clemmonsdogpark.info/toefl/2014/are-you-ready-to-start-studying-for-the-toefl/

  14. Fuad Zain December 7, 2015 at 12:34 am #

    Hai Clemmonsdogpark Team,

    Is it okay to skip some days in between TOEFL 1 month study plan for?. And If so, can I come back and get those classes I’ve missed by spending extra time late on?.

    The issue is I’ve one month ahead and I’ve some busy days in between.

    • David Recine
      David Recine December 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

      Hi Fuad,

      You definitely can “skip around” a little in Clemmonsdogpark’s TOEFL study schedules. Our schedules and our online materials are designed to be flexible and changeable to meet your unique needs.

  15. Gonca January 5, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

    Hi!

    I already learned you today, I have only one month to prepare myself fot TOEFL exam. Will this one month program be enough for me? Do I need any more resource to study?

    • David Recine
      David Recine January 8, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

      Hi Gonca,

      Whether or not one month is enough depends partly on the English proficiency you start with and the amount of time you have each day for studies. having said that, I’ve seen this one month plan work for a lot of students! 🙂 Generally Clemmonsdogpark TOEFL TOEFL Premium and the OG are enough materials to prepare for the exam. But I definitely recommend using other official ETS materials too:

      Quick Prep is especially good: . And with a subscription to Clemmonsdogpark TOEFL, you’ll get email support for any official ETS materials, as well as support for the Clemmonsdogpark materials, of course.

  16. Nader Tavaf March 18, 2016 at 2:15 am #

    Hi,
    First of all, I want to thank you for your wonderful website, including reviews on resources other than your own material.
    I’ve taken the GRE exam roughly 5 months ago, with the following grades:
    4.5 analytical writing
    163 verbal; 170 quant
    I have got to take the toefl test before May, 2016 and I’ve got to earn a score of 115+.
    Currently, I estimate my score to be between 100 and 105 (based on ETS official practice material). I’ve got certain points to work on, including punctuation, certain grammatical structures, some practice on inference questions in reading, and else. I mean, I know my foibles. However, the resources to which I currently have access, including the Cambridge book, are difficult to follow. I need to focus on these points of weakness, not to read an entire book which equals reiteration of lots of practices whose subjects are pretty easy for me.
    The question is: do you think magoosh’s instruction material are organized in such a way that allows the user to select and review only his points of weakness?
    Please advise.
    I plan to register for your one month study program, and hence another question:
    do you provide just grades of writings or speakings OR you also provide comments on mistakes and difficulties and how to improve them?
    Thanks.

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel Wisuri March 21, 2016 at 10:54 am #

      Hi Nader,

      We can better respond to this type of question if you email us at [email protected]. Can you do that?

      Thanks!
      Rachel

  17. Joaquin March 20, 2016 at 8:50 pm #

    Hi

    I’m taking GRE for the second time on 5/11. My plan for GRE preparation is to follow the Clemmonsdogpark 1-month schedule starting tomorrow with the Clemmonsdogpark preparation materials. I just found out that another school wants me to take TOEFL again by 5/1. Can you help me figure out how to incorporate studying for TOEFL at the same time as I prepare for GRE? Do I need to do a TOEFL course too or just doing GRE would be enough as GRE is more difficult than TOELF? Or perhaps I just need to so a portion of the TOEFL specific preparation? Could you help me figure out a day-by-day schedule of how to combine TOELF and GRE preparation in this tight schedule?

    Thank you!

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert April 4, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

      Great questions, Joaquin! Our blog has a few general resources on combined GRE and TOEFL study. Chris and I have both written posts giving some general pointers on combined GRE and TOEFL study (my post is here on the TOEFL Blog, and Chris’s post is ). Clemmonsdogpark also offers a study plan for combined GRE/TOEFL prep. It’s a four-month plan, but it’s designed to be customizable–you should be able to take components of the plan and turn them into a more short-term study schedule that suits your needs.

      As for the difficulty of the two exams, the GRE certainly tests vocabulary at a much higher level than the TOEFL, and GRE essays require more complex higher-level writing. But the TOEFL is harder in some respects too. Unlike the GRE, the TOEFL requires listening and speaking. So depending on where your strengths and weaknesses lie, it may be better to take the TOEFL first as a form of skills-building for the GRE, or it may be best to really focus on the GRE and then do the TOEFL as an easier afterthought to your GRE studies.

      -David Recine

      • Adriana Yépez Kuri March 6, 2017 at 11:54 am #

        Hi,

        I would to know, if in TOELF course some teachers can check any of my writings or this is not possible??

        Sincerely,

        Adriana

        • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
          Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert March 7, 2017 at 9:21 am #

          Hi Adriana,

          At the moment, we don’t offer an essay or speech review service. We provide explanation videos that tell you exactly what a good response should have and give examples, and the lesson videos describe in detail how to best write and speak for the TOEFL. Using those explanations and examples, you can evaluate your own responses. This is something we’d like to improve in time, but for now, this page helps a lot!

          I hope this helps a little. Have a great day, and happy studying! 😀

  18. Sacha March 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

    I would like to know if there is a feed back for speaking and writing exercices

    thank you

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert April 4, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

      Hi Sacha,

      At the moment, Clemmonsdogpark doesn’t offer scoring or detailed feedback for individual Speaking and Writing responses. For our premium members, we can give general feedback on Speaking and/or Writing performance, after several responses have been entered into our platform.

      We are looking into possible ways to give detailed individual-response-feedback, although we have no plans to do so at this time. For that, you may want to look into online tutoring options, or submitting your work to TOEFL forums for feedback.

  19. Betsabeh June 13, 2016 at 1:16 am #

    Hii, first I really appreciate for your great website, I’m happy for finding you.
    My english level is intermediate and I want to know can I get toefl with 83 score in 2 months..??
    It’s very important to me.
    And I don’t have anything else to do except studying. I mean I can study 8 hours every day.

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert June 16, 2016 at 10:24 am #

      Hi Betsabeh,

      I only have this comment to go on, but it seems you have a basic grasp of English and writing in English, so there is a great chance you can get an 83 in 2 months’ time. You will need to sit down and take some kind of diagnostic or assessment so that you can determine which of the four areas (speaking, reading, writing, or listening) need attention.

      An 83 is definitely possible I would say! Now it’s just time to get studying. 🙂

  20. Umut June 23, 2016 at 1:27 am #

    Hello,

    I took the test 12 days ago and my score is 80 (18, 22 ,19, 21). I need 90 and I am going to take a TOEFL August 6 again. Do you think 1 month preperation with Clemmonsdogpark Toefl Prep is enough to reach my goal ? I am a bit nervous about test.

    Thank You !

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert June 29, 2016 at 9:04 pm #

      A 10 point increase in just a month is hard to do. But I have seen students successfully make big point increases in a few weeks before. If your main problems on the TOEFL have to do with test strategy (pacing, understanding multiple choice questions, etc…), you’ve got a chance of getting to 90 in just a month. Test strategy skills can be learned and improved quickly!

      But if you got an 80 mostly because of your language skills, you’ll probably need more than one month to jump all the way up to a 90. It takes more time to improve language skills, compared to improving test-taking strategy.

  21. YYY September 12, 2016 at 9:39 am #

    Hi there, my previous score for TOEFL is 54. (R9, L10, S17, W18) My uni’s requirement is above 71. I would like to inquire some ways to improve my scores and hit my target. I only have 1 month left for the second attempt. Thank you.

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert September 13, 2016 at 11:02 am #

      Boosting your score all the way from 54 to 71 in just one month is a tall order. It’s not impossible to do this, but be prepared to do a third retake… and maybe miss your initial application deadline.

      Exactly how you should proceed depends a lot on your own learning needs. Carefully think about your strengths and weaknesses. Which TOEFL skills and TOEFL question types are the hardest and easiest for you? For the biggest possible improvement in just a month,you should be focusing on test strategies rather than language skills. Test strategy can be mastered much faster than language skill.

  22. cendresse September 23, 2016 at 12:25 am #

    hi,i have some suggestion is it possible to put the schedule study plan in the dashboard page too? ,i found out in the last day before my exam about the schedule plan,i have some problem i have just spend my time on lessons i didn’t practice the exercices because i didn’t know how to plan
    thank u

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert September 23, 2016 at 11:48 am #

      Wow! That is a shame about not discovering our TOEFL study plans until the last day. At Clemmonsdogpark, we definitely want our students to be as aware of the study plans as possible. I’ll mention your suggestion to our tech/content team, and we’ll see what they do.

  23. fousseni cisse November 22, 2016 at 3:37 am #

    november 22st 2016
    Hi everyone I am fousseni cisse from Mali undergraduate student i will like to do the toefl get scolarship for my master and phd so i need you all helps to get toefl what help can any of you do for me because i do not much about the toefl

  24. emy March 20, 2017 at 9:42 am #

    hello . im preparing this schedule and im on day 2 i dont understand where this 14 “practice reading questions can you tell me about that?

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert March 20, 2017 at 10:50 am #

      Hi there,

      So, for these study plans a required resources is the . If you have a subscription, on your Dashboard, you should see an icon that says “Practice Reading”. You simply have to answer 14 questions, until the text changes to a new topic passage. I hope this helps–Good luck! 😀

  25. zara March 23, 2017 at 8:24 am #

    hi,
    i scored 88 in my test and the college i am planning to get in to , accepts only 100 above . So i am planning to retake the test . i scored 16 /30 in reading, 22 in listening , 23 in speaking and 28 in writing. Reading and listening was very difficult for me since the lady next to me was reading out loud . Now i am confused when to take an appointment for the retest . please suggest

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert March 23, 2017 at 9:30 am #

      Hi there,

      So, it’s hard to say exactly when is the best time for you to take the retake. It depends on a number of variables such as your availability, your deadlines, and more. Consider these pieces, and if you have a lot of flexibility, give yourself more time. If not, maximize the time you have. I would recommend that you utilize your test prep materials and check out if you haven’t already! Now with regard to the lady next to you, this may happen again. I would recommend practicing in these distracting environments to get used to it and better prepared for it. Best of luck! 🙂

  26. Khumara May 2, 2017 at 1:02 am #

    Hello, I didn’t find reading section to practice from ETS’s Quick Prep Volume 4. Could you help me, please?

    • David Recine
      David Recine May 2, 2017 at 3:54 am #

      You should be able to start the reading section on page 3 of . Hope this helps.

  27. shruti May 2, 2017 at 3:41 am #

    Hi,
    In the one month study plan it has mentioned about the “Introduction to the TOEFL” and videos like “Using the Grammar Lessons” in Introduction to TOEFL Grammar.Where can I find these in the magoosh blog?since the direct link is not given I am unable to figure it out.
    It will be very helpful if you reply.

    • David Recine
      David Recine May 2, 2017 at 3:49 am #

      Hello Shruti,

      Good question. You can access those videos by purchasing a subscription and logging in to your account. You can see plan and pricing . If you’re not sure if a Premium subscription is for you, that’s OK too. In that case, just try , which gives you a sample of our Premium video lessons and practice questions.

  28. vandana verma July 1, 2017 at 7:29 am #

    hey hii
    this is vandana verma . i am planing to appear on the exam on 5 aug . i have major problem in speaking section of tofel . i want to know that what will be provided by magoosh i month toefl courses . i am confuse about your speaking section can u please explain the facility which is provide in one month magoosh course

    thanku

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert July 3, 2017 at 2:00 am #

      Hi Vandana,

      Please email the team at [email protected] to get information about current course offerings and information! 🙂

  29. Jyotiraditya Shah July 10, 2017 at 12:10 am #

    Hey,
    I am giving my TOEFL exam in 25 days or so and hence intend to club a few of the day schedules given in the above 1-Month study schedule. My question is how much time would a study session as per this schedule be per day. Also I am studying for the GRE as well, so how should I balance studying the two together?

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 10, 2017 at 7:02 am #

      Adjusting this plan from four weeks to 25 days is a small change. You’ll still want to devote roughly the same amount of time per day on average– one or two hours. It’s also worth pointing out that this four week plan is technically just 24 days of study, since it covers 6 days a week. You may want to simply study every day. That way, you could complete the daily activities exactly as they’re laid out, and still have one day to rest before the exam.

      As for how to study for the TOEFL and GRE at the same time– Clemmonsdogpark has articles for that. 🙂 I wrote a post with tips on how to study for these tests together. My article is entitled How to Study for the GRE and TOEFL at the Same Time. And Chris Lele over at Clemmonsdogpark TOEFL wrote another article that goes well with mine. In his guest post for Grammarly, Chris wrote the similarly-titled

      We even have a TOEFL and GRE combined study plan. That study schedule is 4 months long, so it won’t match your timeline. But you may want to review this schedule anyway. The schedule provides a good look at how GRE and TOEFL prep can overlap and be combined.

  30. Shivan July 13, 2017 at 3:00 am #

    Hi, Mr Lucas thank you so much for your advises. However I have a question, and it is How do you know if you are ready or prepared enough for the TOEFL exam yet. After you have looked up practices at magoosh.com and listened to some videos on youtube, how to you know you are done and ready to tackle the exam if you still have a month to go.

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 13, 2017 at 9:44 am #

      I can take this one, Lucas. 🙂 The best way to know if you’re ready is to look at how you’re doing in practice. Are you able to reach your target score in Reading and Listening on TOEFL practice tests? What about Speaking and Writing? For that, check out our tips on how to get TOEFL Speaking feedback and how to get TOEFL Writing feedback.

      If you’re at your target score/target performance, or very close to it, then you’re ready for the test!

      • David Recine
        David Recine June 28, 2018 at 11:42 am #

        Hi again Shivan,

        I talked to the blog editors, and they agreed it would be good to clarify that students should finish all necessary flashcards by the end of Week 2, and then review them in Week 4.

  31. James July 13, 2017 at 8:04 am #

    Dear Lucas,

    I plan to subscribe Clemmonsdogpark TOEFL for a month or two. However, I would like to inquire whether Clemmonsdogpark will evaluate the speaking and writing practice tasks?

    Thank you.

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 13, 2017 at 9:32 am #

      Hi James,

      Right now, we don’t offer evaluation for Speaking and Writing. For that, we recommend TOEFL online tutoring. Many different companies offer TOEFL tutoring over the web. Or you could get free feedback by uploading essays and sound files to various TOEFL forums. Hope that helps.

      • James July 13, 2017 at 11:13 am #

        Thank you David.

  32. Dweep Gogia August 13, 2017 at 6:12 am #

    Hi,

    Do you have the PDF of this schedule? That would be really helpful!

    Thanks.

  33. Adkum October 1, 2017 at 2:20 pm #

    As mentioned in the blog, that ETS TOEFL guide 4th Edition is required. I have 3rd Edition. Can u pls tell me is there any change in format ? I plan to give TOEFL next month. Can I continue following 3rd edition ?

    • David Recine
      David Recine October 6, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

      The differences between the third edition of the Official TOEFL Guide and the fourth edition are fairly small. The biggest difference is that the 3rd Ed. OG only has two practice tests. So if you do follow the third edition of this book, you’ll need to find one additional full-length ETS practice test and add it to your studies. This is pretty easy to do, fortunately. You can assemble a full-length practice TOEFL for free, from the materials on the ETS TOEFL Quick Prep website. You can also purchase multiple additional exams by getting either Official TOEFL iBT Tests Volume 1, or Official TOEFL iBT Tests Volume 2.

      As long as you can get at least one full-length TOEFL practice test, you can follow the 3rd edition of the OG much in the same way you’d use the 4th edition.

  34. Piyush Bhuva November 11, 2017 at 7:08 am #

    Hey Lucas, Where can I find the answers for the TOEFL official guide and the volume preps, links which you have dropped in week 1 , day 1

    • David Recine
      David Recine November 15, 2017 at 10:16 am #

      The answer keys for the TOEFL OG appear at the end of each practice set or practice test. Each TOEFL Quick Prep volume has an answer key immediately after all practice sets. In TOEFL Quick Prep Volume 4, this is on page 26.

  35. Kay November 13, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    Hi,

    I just took the TOEFL ibt ten days ago, and i socred a 97(R21, L24, S24, W28). I am going to take it again in a month and aiming a 100 for selective schools. If I sign up for Clemmonsdogpark’s one-month plan, will I get instruction to make a study schedule just for my case? Cause I really want to improve my reading score. Does Clemmonsdogpark help individuals to make a personal plan?

    And what will be your suggestions for me to improve at least three points in the next exam?/

    Thanks,
    Kay

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert November 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm #

      Hi Kay,

      Thanks for reaching out, and we are excited to see that you are considering Clemmonsdogpark! We do not make customized plans for students, but our test prep experts can certainly point you to resources and extra activities that will help you meet your study goals. If you want to improve on any exam, the first thing you need to do is deeply analyze your mistakes and consider . 🙂

  36. siarj December 2, 2017 at 2:07 am #

    Hi

    now I’m taking the Exam for the first time, I will start with the 1 month plan and I need to scour around 90 -100, so what is your advice and what I can do to focus more specially I have a lot of spiling mistakes

    I have the “BARRON’s ” book for the Toefl Superpack do you recommend to study it?

    hope you replay as fast as possible
    and thanks

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert December 3, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

      Hi Siarj,

      Happy to help 🙂 I recommend that you check out our review of Barron’s material.. To answer your specific question about spelling–a few spelling mistakes are fine, but you want to make sure that the reader can understand your essays. Often, spelling issues are not as important as issues such as grammar, vocabulary, and details. You will definitely want to improve your spelling and vocabulary, but also improve your general English skills. Here’s a TOEFL Tuesday video that explains this 🙂

      We have a lot of material on our blog that will help you to improve in all aspects of the TOEFL–from practice tests to eBooks to blog posts that cover strategy and study tips. Please note that the one month study plan requires a in order to follow it completely, but there are plenty of free resources on our blog to help you succeed in the TOEFL! Try us out with a 🙂

  37. Gloria January 22, 2018 at 5:57 am #

    Hello,

    I want to find out if I will be awarded certificate after the practice.
    Regards.

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert January 22, 2018 at 9:12 am #

      Hi Gloria,

      Our Premium program is meant to help students study for the TOEFL, and we do not issue certificates. It’s not a like a University program where you will receive a certificate–our program is based on self-study, so we provide you with all of the content you need, and you set your own study pace.You can track your progress over time, but we do not issue certificates to say that you have completed the program. Rather, our students take the TOEFL test and are provided with a score report. Does that make sense?

  38. Minikve February 8, 2018 at 9:28 pm #

    hi! I took TOEFL and scored 94 (R22, L27,S23,W22). I will retake my test in 3 weeks and I had to score 100.
    What should I practice more to score over 100 in three weeks? Reading and Writing? What would be the easiest way to improve my scores by 6 points?

    • David Recine
      David Recine February 9, 2018 at 7:12 am #

      Great question! A few thoughts:

      1) Reading, since it is multiple choice, is very strategy-oriented. And strategy is something that can be learned and improved upon very quickly So I’d definitely devote some time to improving your TOEFL Reading strategies in terms of pacing, multiple choice answer elimination, and so on. You just may be able to boost your TOEFL Reading score to the same level as your Listening.

      2) Speaking and Writing are a bit harder to master through self-study. I recommend finding either a tutor, classmate or mentor to give you some feedback on how to improve your TOEFL Speaking and Writing.

      3) While you’re doing all this, be sure to continue your Listening practice. Listening obviously doesn’t need to be a top concern in your TOEFL retake prep, but you do want to keep those skills sharp, so you stay at the same excellent level you’re at right now.

  39. Gamchis February 17, 2018 at 7:39 am #

    Hi,
    I found your website a few days ago and I really like the wait is build. I went to school 2 times in 4 year, I never finish a English courses, I have been studing and practicing by my own. I took toefl last year ( 52 score) and now I am trying to study again to score 100 for college.
    Do you think I can rich my goal with 1 or 2 months plan preparation with you?
    I will love to hear some advices
    Thank you!!

    • David Recine
      David Recine February 18, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

      You definitely have the chance to improve significantly if you go with one of our one or two month plans. However, I really can’t guarantee you that Clemmonsdogpark can get you to 100 in just 30-60 days. That’s a 48 point increase– realistically, it’s very hard to nearly double your score like that unless you study for at least 6 months, or maybe even a year.

      The good news is that you don’t necessarily need a TOEFL of 100. If you can get your score into the high 60s, you’ll start to have a shot at some mid-tier public universities. More universities will be come available to you if you can get your score into the high 70s or above. So even if you fall short of 100 in the next two months, an improved TOEFL score will open more doors to you.

      Another piece of advice: If you really want to take your TOEFL in the next two months, focus on strategy and pacing during your prep. Strategies and pacing techniques can be mastered much more quickly than general language proficiency, so they can be key to making big improvement sin a short time.

  40. Zieldaa February 21, 2018 at 10:41 am #

    Hello,

    I got total 81 score (reading 23, listening 18, speaking 22, writing 18) this month. I will take the exam in a month again. And I need total 104 (with all sections 26). Do you think I can reach my goal with one month study packet?

    I appreciate if I can get some advice.

    Thank you so much

    • David Recine
      David Recine February 21, 2018 at 11:23 am #

      Boosting your whole-test score more than 20 points is doable, but it can take time. I’d say there’s no guarantee you could do that in a month. You may also want to seek some feedback or tutoring for your Speaking and Writing. Getting some actual human feedback could really help you boost those two scores to 26 or higher. (See our other blog posts on getting TOEFL Speaking feedback and TOEFL Writing feedback).

  41. ANNA JEANNESSON April 1, 2018 at 1:09 am #

    Hello,
    As a TOEFL and TOEIC trainer in France, I have read your posts with interest and recommend your resources to my students for self-study.
    I have been asked by the library at the university where I work to recommend resource books to purchase for both tests and I am rather lost.
    Would you be able to recommend what kind of resources I should buy (in terms of format) for a library. Students would need to borrow the resources on short term (1-day) loan and would want to hear audio files. I fear that books with DVD ROMs would not be suitable as fewer and fewer students have a CD player on their laptops.

    Thanks for your reply to this rather technical/administrative question,
    Anna

    • David Recine
      David Recine April 3, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

      Hi Anna,

      That’s a great question. I’ve honestly faced similar challenges as a TOEFL/TOEIC instructor at universities here in the United States.

      To be honest, I don’t think you can really avoid resources with DVD-Roms, if you want a shared resource that multiple students can borrow. The software that comes with TOEFL prep is simply too instrumental. You really need those audio clips for TOEFL Listening, TOEFL Integrated Speaking, and TOEFL Integrated Writing.

      There are a few fixes I’ve seen for this before, however. You could have the students use the eBook versions of the three official TOEFL books (OG and the two volumes of TOEFL iBT tests). These come with downloadable software rather than CD-based software. The disadvantage, of course, is that such ebooks are more geared toward individual purchase, so the university would either have to provide electronic books to each individual student or ask each individual student to purchase their own ebooks.

      Another approach would be to order these official books and put the audio from the CDs– or perhaps the entire software suite for the CDs if technologically feasible– onto a shared drive that can be accessed from any campus computer. Sometimes such shared drives can also be accessible to students using personal computers, provided they have a campus login. You may need to talk to your school’s IT department about this option, but I can tell you that I have seen this done on a few of the campuses I’ve worked at.

      The third approach, which I recommend the most, is to get a single external DVD-Rom drive, and keep it behind the reference desk or in some other shared resource area in the library. Then, make the students aware that the external drive is available in the library (not to be checked out) upon request for quick install of CD software.

      The third option is the most affordable, and the most practical, I think.

      The issue here is that the best, most indispensable resource for real, authentic TOEFL practice does come from ETS, and the ETS books all keep the test audio/software on a disk. However, there are two additional resources beyond the three official books that don’t require a CD drive, yet have pretty good quality practice material. One of those is . That book lets students download the practice materials using an access code that comes with the book. Then of course there is ETS’s very own TOEFL Quick Prep practice volumes, with audio that’s available for free on the web. (And don’t forget that Clemmonsdogpark offers some unofficial audio for the otherwise audio-less Volume 1 and Volume 2 of Quick Prep.)

      There’s definitely no perfect fix here. But hopefully these suggestions help, Anna. 🙂

  42. Maria Teresa Nuñez del Arco June 5, 2018 at 5:10 pm #

    I would like to sign in for the one month program. However, I will be on vacations during July and August, so during that time I will not be able to study.

    Would you recommend to start the program right now and take the TOEFL on September or wait until September and take the exam right after I finish the one month program?

    Thanks!

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert June 6, 2018 at 11:55 am #

      Hi Maria Teresa,

      We generally recommend that students study consistently right up to their test date. The TOEFL test requires a lot of strategy and practice, so if you take it right after a vacation, you might struggle to answer the questions correctly. I would recommend that you wait until after your vacation and study for one month immediately before your test. However, there are certainly things that you can do in June to prepare for the TOEFL! You can use this time to work on your general English skills and start to practice some of the skills that will be useful on the TOEFL. The best way to do this is to immerse yourself in English as much as possible. Take some time every day to read, listen to something in English, summarize it out loud, and write something in English. This blog post has some tips for preparing for the TOEFL in just a few minutes a day, and you can follow this until you start studying from the one month plan 🙂 If you’re up for it, I also encourage you to continue to practice your English while you are on vacation! Bring an enjoyable book to read in English, or find some podcasts that you can listen to while you are relaxing. You don’t have to think of this as “studying” exactly, but if you continue to use and be exposed to English, your studies will be a lot smoother 🙂

  43. Sandeep June 19, 2018 at 8:27 pm #

    hey,

    What are the official guides you are referring to in the schedule ?

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert June 21, 2018 at 8:56 am #

      Hi Sandeep,

      This refers to the Official Guide to the TOEFL, the book that is released by the people who make the TOEFL test. This is listed among the TOEFL Prep Resources at the top of the page 🙂 Hope that clears your doubt!

  44. Khalsa June 19, 2018 at 9:50 pm #

    I have got 94 scores with 20 in writing but i need overall atleast 100 and atleast 25 in writing , please help me

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert June 21, 2018 at 9:11 am #

      Hi Khalsa,

      We have plenty of resources that can help you to improve your writing (and overall) score. It sounds like writing is your main focus, because you can make up most of the overall score by improving your writing score to it’s required level. Have you seen our TOEFL writing posts? We have a lot of tips and advice for how to improve, including mock essays and tips on how to evaluate your scores.

      Have you seen our ? It is a self-paced online learning program designed to help you conquer the TOEFL. We have lesson videos that discuss exactly how to write each essay in the writing section, and explanations that let you know exactly what a good response is. You can give us a try with a 🙂

  45. AM June 24, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

    This study plan did not indicate clearly to finish all decks of Clemmonsdogpark Flashcards by week3, whereas the video on youtube from magoosh mentions about it.

    • David Recine
      David Recine June 26, 2018 at 11:47 am #

      That’s a good point, AM. We do recommend finishing either all of the flashcards or as many flashcards as you feel you need, by Week 3. Some students will skip flashcards of words they already feel very confident with, of course. 🙂

      Thanks for your feedback on this. I’ll mention your comment to our blog editors, and see if they’d like to go in and more directly state the timeline for finishing flashcards.

  46. Dmitry July 13, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    Is it possible to download a version of this study plan?

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert July 13, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

      Hi Dmitry,

      We don’t have a downloadable PDF available for this study schedule, but you can make one yourself! You can print the page and choose to save it as a PDF, then save the PDF on your computer!

  47. sagar July 13, 2018 at 11:47 pm #

    Is this Schedule available in PDF format? , I have taken subscription already

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert July 17, 2018 at 11:22 am #

      Hi Sagar,

      I’ve forwarded your request on to our team of tutors. You should hear from them soon! Keep in mind that, as a Premium student, you can always send your question to us at [email protected] or using the purple Help button in your Premium account!

  48. Joes August 21, 2018 at 1:58 pm #

    Hi, I have given TOEFL exam 2 times and both the times I scored the same ie. 76…In my first time attempt, I scored like R 22 L 9 S24 W21 and in second attempt R13 L18 W23 W22 🙁 I am not even crossing the lowest minimum score ie. 80 … can you help me with this … I am planning to give it again and it necessary for Spring admission before application deadlines .. so for one-month planning and study, I am looking for the directions to follow.

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert August 23, 2018 at 10:16 am #

      Hi Joes,

      I definitely think that our one-month study schedule and a subscription to a can help you to improve your score. In fact, we guarantee a 4-point increase over your previous scores, which would allow you to reach your goal of 80. One interesting thing about your previous scores is that your Listening score increased significantly even while your Reading score decreased. As you begin your studies, I encourage you tot think about what happened to make your scores switch like that. Based on these scores, you have the potential to score well above an 80, but you will need to make sure that you study all of the sections and don’t sacrifice one section for another.

  49. Sergii August 31, 2018 at 7:19 am #

    Good morning everyone,

    I registered with Clemmonsdogpark like one month ago. I realized my biggest problem is a hurry. I alway hurry and it leads me to make mistakes. I have been living in the US for 2 years. My conversational English is good, but I noticed a problem with business English, also science and all possible university topics. So far I did reading, listening with Clemmonsdogpark. But I have not done Speaking and Writing sections yet. I have not done them, because I feel like I can not do it by myself. I need clear critic and relevant to my response points. But I can not make it happen alone. There are so many resources and I can not organize myself.

    Could you give me some advice? I need 100 -110 score, because I am going to apply to the one of the top schools in the world. I have been reading a lot of different science magazines, time, business insider, TED, also classic books like J.D. Salinger, which was so easy to read.

    I noticed when I have been doing my speaking part, I know how to say in my mind, but I can not say it loud. Sometimes I just stuck in my thoughts and can not speak loud. I feel like its stress, because I had a small limit of time to prepare and speak.

    I do appreciate your time and help. Thank you!

    Kind regards,
    Sergii

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert August 31, 2018 at 10:10 am #

      Hi Sergii,

      I forwarded your message on to our team of tutors. They can provide a more personalized response using the information in your Clemmonsdogpark Premium Account. As a reminder, you can always send us a message by emailing [email protected] or by using the purple “Help” tab in your Premium account. You’ll hear back from someone in a separate email soon!

  50. Kenna September 9, 2018 at 10:03 am #

    Hello! I am planning to pass an exan in the middle of December. I must get 92 and more score to enroll the university. I need to improve all sections. What can you suggest me?

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert September 14, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

      Hi Kenna,

      This study schedule will bring you through everything you need for success on the TOEFL, so I encourage you to read it carefully. We also have plenty of blog posts that will help you to improve in each section. You can start with these four posts:
      Improve TOEFL Reading
      Improve TOEFL Writing
      Improve TOEFL Speaking
      Improve TOEFL Listening

      In order to make the most out of this study schedule, I encourage you to look at our . Our Premium students have access to hundreds of lesson videos and practice questions, as well as the support of our team of expert tutors. Feel free to reach out at [email protected] if you have any more questions!

  51. Hanna Furman September 13, 2018 at 11:47 am #

    Good afternoon, Clemmonsdogpark! I’d like to ask you a question regarding my TOEFL results. I had been studying for TOEFL for 3 months in fall 2017. I passed TOEFL twice, in January 6th and March 3rd of this year. My scores were 84 and 86.
    R L S W Total
    19 19 23 25 86

    23 20 19 22 84

    Unfortunately, I don’t understand what my problem is. As you can see, the scores of each part of my tests are different. All that I know is that I’m struggling with Listening the most, but what the problem in general is? Is it because of my English level?
    I think it would be great, if tried your 1 month TOEFL preparation. But I want to be sure this type of course is for me. Do you think it can help me? Thank you a lot. Have a great day!

    • Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert
      Clemmonsdogpark Test Prep Expert September 16, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

      Hi Hanna,

      Great question! We sometimes see these types of variations between different tests. I’ve had students who see some scores drop while others improve…generally, this is because you focus so much on improving certain skills that you forget to study others! You should also consider your specific state of mind and other conditions during the test. These things can can large negative effects on your score, unfortunately. I recommend that you spend some time reflecting on your studies and both tests. In most cases, students can answer this question for themselves with a little bit of thought and consideration, and this exercise can help you to prepare more effectively for your next test.

      I definitely think that Clemmonsdogpark can help you to improve! Our study schedules will help you to study effectively, and they provide balanced skill-building and strategy exercises for the entire test. In fact, we guarantee that you will increase your scores by at least 4 points of your money back (most of our students improve by much more than that). and sign up for a to get a sense if our program will meet your needs. You can always email us at [email protected] if you have more questions 🙂


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