If you are an ESL student studying for the iBT TOEFL exam, acquiring new vocabulary words, improving your conversation skills, and mastering the rules of grammar are certainly helpful. However, your iBT TOEFL prep teacher can also help you learn valuable strategies for acing this standardized test. While working with your TOEFL teacher, you may wish to ask about the following common myths regarding standardized testing.

Myth: Students Should Take Notes While Reading Passages

On the TOEFL exam and many other standardized tests, students are required to read passages and answer questions about them. The TOEFL exam includes three to four reading passages, with about 12 to 14 questions per passage. The reading passages cover a variety of topics. They are taken from university-level textbooks. Many students use test-taking strategies such as underlining information and taking notes about the passages as they read them. However, experts on standardized testing suggest that summarization is a more effective method of retaining information about the passages. In other words, students can read the passage first, and then summarize what it was about before answering the questions.

Myth: Cramming is an Effective Studying Method

For any type of standardized test, students often stay up late the night before the test to try to “cram.” However, it’s more important to get plenty of sleep the night before an exam. Instead, work with your TOEFL teacher to develop a long-term study schedule in the months preceding the exam.

Myth: It’s Impossible to Correct a Poor Initial Score

There’s a lot of pressure on students to achieve an excellent TOEFL score the first time they take the exam. However, it’s important to realize that students can actually retake the exam as many times as they want. Taking the test several times can help you achieve a high score.

Students at ASC English work one-on-one with experienced iBT TOEFL prep teachers to learn effective test-taking strategies and achieve consistently high TOEFL scores. If you’re looking for a dynamic learning environment in the Boston area, call (617) 860-3212 for more information. You can also visit us on the Web to explore our English programs, including intensive ESL classes and supplemental skills courses.