How to Keep Your Focus and Concentration during the TOEFL Exam

Be Prepared (Mentally and Physically)

Let's face it TOEFL exams can be stressful. But what even more stressful is walking into an TOEFL exam unprepared knowing that you are going to do badly. So be prepared;


Make sure that you spend a significant time making yourself familiar with all of the material that you need to know, this means revising weeks or months before. (Not hours or minutes!) Knowing the material will set you in good pace for the TOEFL exam. You will find it harder to let your mind wonder away into daydream when you actually know what to write.


Staying up the night before late is never a good move. Make sure that you get plenty of rest before the day of the TOEFL exam. Being tired will only help you lose your concentration.

Have A Good Breakfast With Coffee!

Breakfast really is one of the most important meals of the day, especially when you have an TOEFL exam. Breakfast will kick start your day keeping you energized throughout the TOEFL exam. Don't miss out on the coffee either; it has caffeine and antioxidants that improve alertness and concentration, also giving you better information retention ability.

Know the TOEFL exam's Structure, Location and Time

You need to set your mind at rest before the TOEFL exam. Knowing all of the extra information that will help you have a stress free day. Make sure that you know how your TOEFL exam is structured, where it is being sat and how long you have to complete it. You want to avoid all the nasty shocks possible. This should insure that you walk into the TOEFL exam room feeling calm and confident, ready to achieve your full potential.

Go To the Bathroom before Even If You Think You Don't Need It

It seems silly, but you will be surprised by the number of people that will leave an TOEFL exam midway because their body is telling them something. Bathroom breaks will just distract you from your TOEFL exam. Avoid them and go beforehand. Remember, this is at least a 2.5 hour exam!

Focus On the Goal

Inside the TOEFL exam room it is surprisingly easy to let your mind wonder, mainly because it is probably one of the blandest rooms you have ever been in throughout your life. However, reminding yourself why you are there and what you want to achieve can quickly send you back on track.

Don't Get Worked Up On One Question- Move On

Sometimes you will be completely thrown by one of the questions in the TOEFL exam paper; this could cause you to lose your concentration and rhythm. However you just need to remain calm and be ready to simply move on and give the next question your best shot.

Remember It's Just an TOEFL exam. You can take it again

You have to remember that it is just an IELTS exam. If you don’t get the grade you need the first time, it's not the end of the world! The TOEFL exams can be very stressful experiences. You might not perform as well as you had hoped but you can probably retake it, and if not life goes on. It really does I promise.

Also don’t go overboard on any concentration drinks.

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