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Best Books to Refer for TOEFL

TOEFL preparation can be best done with a good book, laptop and a headset. Here is a list of best TOEFL books for your TOEFL preparation. It is recommended you have atleast one of these books during your TOEFL preparation.


Here is the list of books that will help you get that 100+ score in TOEFL iBT. Referring to any one of these books along with sufficient online practice can surely boost your TOEFL scores beyond 100.

ETS Official TOEFL iBT Guide (4th Edition)

This is the book by official makers of the test ETS (Electronic Testing Services). So this book is highly reliable and you get good insights into the TOEFL test. This book has questions similar to that on actual TOEFL iBT. The book also provides useful tips regarding TOEFL test dates, registration, what to bring on test day, score reporting procedure and so on as it is an product of ETS. The book more focuses on reading and listening sections of the TOEFL iBT. However, a great book and highly recommended. Also, do not miss the practice tests in the CD ROM.

Kaplan TOEFL iBT

Kaplan is one of the most complete books for TOEFL preparation. The book deals with each of the four sections separately and comprehensively. The book has great outline and structure, so it is easy to follow. It divides each of the section into sub-sections making us understand each of the concept till the core. It has plenty of questions in the book plus four full TOEFL practice test in the CD!

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Princeton Review – Cracking the TOEFL iBT

This book does not waste time in explaining the basics all over again which students learn from their school. It explains each concept to-the-point and gives techniques to crack the TOEFL. This book is recommended for advanced learners who already have good command over English and just need to brush up before the TOEFL. It comes with an enclosed CD which contains audio tracks related to questions in the book.

Barron’s TOEFL iBT

Barron’s is the most common name for study material for several tests. It is a highly recommended series and its study materials for TOEFL are no different. It consists of whooping eight practice tests.
Also, there are other Barron’s books like- Barron’s Practice Tests for TOEFL which consists only tests; Barron’s Essential Words (a must have wordlist for preparation of TOEFL, GRE, IELTS).

Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL

This is a recommended book if your TOEFL test dates are far away. The book has a methodical study pattern and can give extremely good outputs if the time table is followed. It also includes progress checkers in between your schedules to know where you stand. It provides indepth knowledge and practice to each type of question. This book will surely give you 25+ scores in each section if you go according to it.

Delta’s Key to TOEFL iBT

This book focuses more on the listening section of the TOEFL iBT. This is an advanced book to master your listening skills. It has CD which consists of plenty of audio tracks and questions. This is a cheaper book than most of the other options.

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Pearson’s Longman Preparation Course for TOEFL

This is a good book for TOEFL practice. It has 5 full length TOEFL practice tests with actual scoring and timing conditions. Plus it is included with a CD ROM containing 1450 practice questions. Students can solve only those sections which they need to practice.

Nova’s Speaking and Writing Strategies

The speaking section can pull back the TOEFL scores for many Indian students. An average student is good at reading and listening sections, but face difficulties in speaking and writing.This is a tailor made book just for the writing and the speaking section. It gives several tips to master the techniques to minimize and limit the mistakes in writing and speaking. Also there are several examples and sample responses which makes learning easier.

McGraw-Hill’s TOEFL iBT

A good book to solve previously appeared questions in the TOEFL. It has 300 questions for practice and more in enclosed CD ROM.


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