5 Tips for retaking the TOEFL® test
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5 Tips for retaking the TOEFL® test

Oct 21, 2019

Most people know that a great way to stand out to admissions officers is to take the TOEFL® test. But did you know that you can take the TOEFL test multiple times in order to achieve your goal score? In fact, there is no limit to the number of times you can take the test.  You simply cannot take it more than once in a 3-day period.

What's more, people who retake the test improve their scores. On average, TOEFL iBT test takers raise their score 6 points when they take the test a second time, and nearly 10 points total when they take it a third time. And now thanks to MyBest™ scores, which combines your best scores for each section from all of your valid TOEFL iBT scores in the last two years, you have a way to show admissions officers your best overall test performance.

So, if you're thinking about taking or re-taking the TOEFL test, we've got a few tips to help you prepare for the big day again and again.

  1. Improve your skills. When you receive your TOEFL score report, you can check your performance levels online and identify key areas of potential improvement on all aspects of the test — Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing.
  2. Take the TOEFL iBT® Free Practice Test. One of the best ways to prepare yourself for the TOEFL test is to take a practice test. The Free Practice Test provides unlimited access to 1 full-length TOEFL iBT test, including answer keys for the Reading and Listening questions and sample responses with rater commentary for the Speaking and Writing questions.
  3. Take the official online TOEFL course. Officially known as "TOEFL Test Preparation: The Insider's Guide," this expert-led prep course will help you improve your skills through a dynamic array of materials, including videos, sample questions with explanations, short quizzes and collaborative discussion boards.
  4. Watch our video playlist. Join us on our YouTube channel for an informative and entertaining deep dive into the TOEFL test. Learn everything you need to know about the four sections of the test from our resident expert.
  5. Register for your next test well in advance so you have a date to work toward and plenty of time to get ready. 

The best way to be confident on test day, of course, is to be as prepared as you can be. Follow these tips from the TOEFL test and you’re sure to do great. Plus, you can always retake!