Below, we introduce our picks for the top TOEFL prep books, which can help students boost their performance on the test. These prep books include practice questions, strategies to use on test day, and the reasoning behind the answers to various questions.
Where this book stands out above the rest is that it does not only describe the types of questions you will see on each section of the TOEFL, but it also provides practical strategies to conquering each section of the test.
A major weakness of the The Official Guide to The TOEFL iBT is that it lacks effective test taking strategies, especially for the speaking and writing sections. Unfortunately, this is usually where most test takers struggle. ETS seems to take the stance that success on the TOEFL depends entirely on mastering the use of English in an academic environment and not by mastering test taking strategies.
While it is true that you can do well on the TOEFL if you've acquired years of experience using English in an academic environment, your scores will be even higher if you learned the right strategies to conquer the test. That's been our experience.
The TOEFL iBT Prep Plus 2020 - 2021 is best described as a manual of TOEFL iBT test taking strategies. You will find lots of general strategies for each section of the test. The book even goes further, laying out detailed strategies specific to each type of question you will see on each section of the TOEFL. In addition to the strategies printed in this book, you will find on-demand videos in the online resource where these strategies are explained by a tutor.