Proper TOEFL Reading Technique – Score Higher on TOEFL!

Scanning and skimming is NOT enough to get a high score on the TOEFL. If you need a 50 or 60, then it can work, but if you need anything higher (which almost all universities require), you need proper TOEFL reading technique - you NEED to read and understand the material, and use critical thinking to engage the passage. This is the only way to get 80, 90, 100+.

Very high level ESL speakers may be able to achieve 80 using the scan/skim method, but they are still robbing themselves of a higher score. Such a student may be able to get 110 or even 120 on the reading section using proper techniques. For most students, the difference between skim/scan and using proper technique can be a full 20 or even more. It is absolutely huge.

There is a very good reason for this: The TOEFL test makers are very intelligent, and they know exactly how to construct a test to differentiate between those using good techniques and those using bad techniques. The TOEFL test makers design many questions specifically to catch students who employ skimming and scanning techniques. It is for this reason that these students find it very difficult to score above 80.

As with many things in life, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. Skimming and scanning is an easy way to get a mediocre mark, but it is virtually useless if you want a good mark. If you want a good, great, or excellent mark, there is no better way than spending the time to learn proper technique.

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