If you are not happy with the score you got on the TOEFL, don’t worry! You can retake the test, which means you have another chance to get a score you are satisfied with.
Of course, it’s best not to repeat the same mistakes you made the first time around. That’s why you should consider a few tips before you retake the TOEFL.
Analyze Your Weaknesses
The TOEFL tests your skills when it comes to writing, listening to, speaking, and reading the English language. You probably didn’t score the same on each section, since most people have a few weaknesses and strengths in particular.
With that in mind, determine which sections you scored lowest on before you retake it. This way, if you are feeling overwhelmed about having to study for the TOEFL again, you can reduce your work by recognizing your weak sections and then focusing on improving those English skills.
Take Practice Tests
If you didn’t take any practice tests at home before taking the TOEFL the first time, now is your chance to correct this mistake before you retake it.
Even if you did,take a few more to ensure you are familiar with the format of the TOEFL. Of course, during the practice tests, you should focus on the sections you did the worst on.
In addition, try to take these tests in an environment similar to the one in which you will retake the TOEFL. And since you have already taken the test at least once, you should have some idea of whether the testing room will be quiet or have lots of distractions!
For example, maybe the first time around you only practiced in quiet environments. But when you took the TOEFL, another tester had a terrible cough, and you had a hard time concentrating. This time, prepare yourself to focus on the test even with distractions around you — try leaving the door to your room open or studying in a coffee shop, and practice tuning out extraneous noises.
Think About Other Possible Reasons for Your Score
If you did not study much for the TOEFL originally, it should be simple to fix this. Now you know you need to go over the material a bit more than before if you want to score higher when you retake the test.
But maybe you studied really well the first time and still did not get the score you wanted. If this is the case, consider what else could have gone wrong. Maybe you were in a rush to get to the testing center because you woke up late or could not find it. To avoid the same problem, set more than one alarm, map out where the location is, and leave yourself plenty of time to get there.
On the other hand, if you remember feeling hungry, tired, or generally stressed the first time you took the TOEFL, take steps to avoid repeating the same issues during the retake. This means you should eat a good meal before the exam, get enough sleep, and try to relax, knowing you have done all you can to prepare for the TOEFL!
If you have already taken the test, share your tips for students who are preparing to either take it for the first time or retake the TOEFL.