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Two Week TOEFL Study Plan


Two weeks is just enough time to learn the format of the TOEFL well and take a couple of full practice tests. You can even watch all the lessons and answer most of the questions in Clemmonsdogpark TOEFL! It will take some hard work to become a TOEFL-taking expert in such a short time, but it’s definitely possible.

Let’s get started.

 

 

 

The Study Materials That You Need

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 two hours each day to stay on this schedule. There are two days that will be full-length practice tests, which take four hours. One day in the middle is a rest day.

A Note on Clemmonsdogpark Grammar Lessons

In Clemmonsdogpark TOEFL, there are about 50 grammar lessons. These are for your use if you want specific grammar review, but we will not include them in the schedule. Improving grammar can take a very long time. It is faster and more efficient to simply learn how to take the TOEFL in this short time. So if you want to review the grammar, and you have enough time, then those grammar videos can be a great help! But don’t sacrifice time you could spend practicing the TOEFL and learning how to answer questions well.

Optional materials

If you have over two hours to spend studying each day, you can supplement the below schedule with these materials:

  • Free practice materials:
  • Vocabulary Improvement

 

Two Week TOEFL Study Schedule

 

Week One

Week 1, Day 1: Preliminary Practice Test

Today, you’re going to take a full practice test to see what exactly you will prepare for. If you don’t have a full four hours to spend, then switch this day with another day soon when you will have the time. You need four hours with no interruptions at your computer.

Take the practice test 2 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

Week 1, Day 2:

  • Lessons
    • Watch the first seven videos in Clemmonsdogpark: under Introduction to the TOEFL, from “Overview of the TOEFL” to “Studying for the TOEFL.”
    • Watch the video “Using the Grammar Lessons” in Introduction to TOEFL Grammar.
  • Practice
    • In Clemmonsdogpark, click the green “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 green “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete one essaysand watch the explanation videos.

Week 1, Day 3:

  • Lessons
    • The first five videos under Reading, titled “Pacing While Reading” to “Question Type: Except.”
  • The first two videos under Speaking, titled “Task 1 – Choose One from Many” and “Task 1 – Sample Answers.”
  • Practice
    • Click the green “Practice Speaking” button on your Dashboard. Answer 6 questions. Watch the explanation video for every question.
    • Click the green “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.

Week 1, Day 4:

  • Lessons
    • The first three videos under Listening, the “Sample Recording” videos.
    • The next four videos under Speaking, “Task 2 – Choose One from Two” to “Task 3 – Sample Answer.”
  • Practice
    • Click the green “Practice Speaking” button on your Dashboard. Answer 6 questions. Watch the explanation video for every question.
    • Click the green “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with three different recordings (about 17 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.

Week 1, Day 5:

  • Lessons
    • The next four videos under Listening, from “Question Type: Main Idea” to “Using Your Notes.”
    • The first three videos under Writing, from “The Five-Paragraph Essay” to “Integrated Introduction Sample.”
  • Practice
    • Click the green “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with three recordings (about 17 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
    • Click the green “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete one essays and watch the explanation videos.

Week 1, Day 6:

  • Lessons
    • The next four videos under Writing, “Integrated Structure A” to “Integrated Body Sample (Structure B).”
    • The next two videos under Reading, “Inference” and “Purpose.”
  • Practice
    • Click the green “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete one essay, and then watch the explanation video.
    • Click the green “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

 

Week Two

Week 2, Day 1: Second Practice Test:

Today, you’re going to take your second full practice test. If you don’t have a full four hours to spend, then switch this day with another when you have time, preferably as soon as possible. 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

Week 2, Day 2:

  • Lessons
    • The next two videos under Speaking, “Task 4 – Lecture & Reading” and “Task 4 – Sample Answer.”
    • The next four videos under Listening, “Question Type: Function” to “Tone of Voice.”
  • Practice
    • Click the green “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with three recordings (about 17 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.
    • Click the green “Practice Speaking” button on your Dashboard. Answer 6 questions. Watch the explanation video for every question.

Week 2, Day 3:

  • Lessons
    • The next two videos under Writing, “Essay 2 -Independent” and “Independent Introduction Sample.”
    • The next three videos under Reading, “Reference” to “Insert Text”
  • Practice
    • Click the green “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete one essay, and then watch the explanation video.
    • Click the green “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.

Week 2, Day 4:

  • Lessons
    • The next two videos under Speaking, “Task 5 – Conversation” and “Task 5 – Sample Answer.”
    • The last two videos under Reading, “Summary” and “Category”
    • The next two videos under Listening, “Question Type: Organization” and “Structural Key Words”
  • Practice
    • Click the green “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.
    • Click the green “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with three recordings (about 17 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.

 

Week 2, Day 5:

  • Lessons
    • The last five videos under Writing, “Independent Structure A” to “Independent Conclusion Sample”
  • Practice
    • Click the green “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete two essays, watching the explanation videos.
  • Review
    • Review all of your answers from the last full practice test you took. 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 2, Day 6

  • Lessons
    • The last two videos under Speaking, “Task 6 – Lecture” and “Task 6 – Sample Answer.”
    • The final four videos in Listening, “Question Type: Inference” to “Easiest to Hardest.”
  • Practice
    • Click the green “Practice Speaking” button on your Dashboard. Answer 6 questions. Watch the explanation video for every question.
    • Click the green “Practice Listening” button on your Dashboard. Answer all of the questions associated with three recordings (about 17 questions). Watch the explanation video for every question you get wrong.

 

Week 2, Day 7:

  • Practice
    • Click the green “Practice Writing” button on your Dashboard. Complete one essay and watch the explanation video.
    • Click the green “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 Material
    • Complete as much of the final practice test in the Official Guide as possible (practice test 1). Focus on your weakest areas. 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.
  • Complete remaining practice material in the official guide:
    • The remaining material from practice test 1
    • Reading, pages 61 to 121
    • Listening, pages 143 to 163
    • Speaking, pages 165 to 187 (the tasks are mixed in with descriptive text)
  • Finish the remaining essay assignments in Clemmonsdogpark
  • Finish the remaining listening assignments in Clemmonsdogpark
  • Answer questions from the list on pages 260-230 either in writing or spoken, as if they were speaking task 2 questions. If speaking, record your answers.
  • Complete these free practice materials:
    • (Windows only)
    • (Windows only)

 

The day before your TOEFL test:

You’re going to the dominate! Don’t study today—that would 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 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!

 

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