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Nowadays, English is a key to open the door to the outside world. Of course, there are some advantages to know English very well. But it isn’t enough to know, you’ll need to have certified proof. One of the most famous English certificates is TOEFL. 


General information about TOEFL

Before talking about the best books for TOEFL, let’s talk about this exam system shortly. TOEFL is Test of English as a Foreign Language. TOEFL system is a trademark of Educational Testing Service of USA and the test is accepted by more than 11,000 universities and other institutions in over 150 countries. The test is applied in over 80 countries. As TOEFL is a trademark of USA, the exam is based on the American version. There are paper-based test and computer-based test forms of the system. But mostly computer-based test is conducted. The test consists of four sections: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Four sections of the test are held within a day. Test timing: reading 54-72 minutes, writing 50 minutes, listening 41-57 minutes, speaking 17 minutes. The test is scored on a scale of 0 to 120 points. Each of the four sections receives a scaled maximum score of 30. The scaled scores from the four sections are added together to determine the total score. TOEFL test is taken once a week and you can retake the test after a month. Testing fee is 195 USD. TOEFL test certificate is valid for two years. To get information about the context of questions, you can visit the website of the system.


Best TOEFL preparation books

If you’re starting to prepare for the TOEFL iBT exam, you have to create best structure for your learning. Whether you are going to take a class or not, books are an essential part of this process. The following books are recommended in various sources in order to better understand the format of exam questions and develop English.


  • Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL Test

It is one of the closest books to exam questions with its question format. It may be a little difficult for beginners. But the similarity of the exam questions will help you a lot.


  • TOEFL Preparation Book 2020 and 2021 by Test Prep Books

If you have limited time to prepare for the exam, this book is you. Under favor of the program of this book, you are able to quickly look at important issues and questions which you cannot focus on.


  • The Official Guide to the TOEFL Test, 6th Edition by ETS

This is one of the most reliable books used to prepare for TOEFL. Practical questions and explanations in each section of the test will help you. Also, it explains in detail the correct answer to every question.


  • TOEFL Pocket Vocabulary by Kaplan

This book doesn’t gear you for TOEFL. It lays only a foundation for preparation. If you want 

to improve your vocabulary, you can use this book. There are 600 words that are the most common in the TOEFL test.


  • TOEFL Preparation Book by Mometrix

The book contains many explanatory test questions. A detailed video explanation of these questions is also available online.


  • TOEFL iBT Prep Plus by Kaplan

Unlike other Kaplan books, this book is a comprehensive TOEFL guide. Under favor of the practical questions in the book, you will be able to remember the information you learned for a long time.


  • Practice Exercises for the TOEFL, by Barron's (8th Edition)

This book contains questions that are suitable for both paper-based test and computer-based test.



Along with books, online courses are an important part of education today. Here are some online courses you can use to prepare for the TOEFL.

  • ETS: TOEFL Test Preparation

This online course is owned by a company that develops the TOEFL exam system. Therefore, the course information fully covers the exam.


  • Magoosh Online Prep

This can be a good guide with questions and video lessons that cover the sections of the TOEFL test.


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