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[2021] 100 TOEFL Exam Preparation Resources

Here is our list of online courses and other resources to help you prepare for the TOEFL exam.

Update: We’re launching a TOEFL Speaking Practice Cohort! In this Cohort led by an ESL teacher, we’ll meet twice a week to practice for the TOEFL speaking section. The Cohort start on Nov 22. Enroll here.

Passing the TOEFL exam may be required to study abroad, start a new job in an English-speaking environment, or immigrate to an English-speaking country. It is definitely one of the most popular language tests in the world. An estimated 2.3 million students take the TOEFL each year.

Class Central lists a number of online courses to learn a new language at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. The vast majority of those online courses teach English and some of them prepare students for standardized English tests, like TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

We researched courses and other resources for preparing for the TOEFL exam and compiled the following list of resources, including online courses, practice websites, mobile apps, youtube videos, vocabulary flashcards, podcasts, and guide books. But first, let us walk you through some useful information about the TOEFL exam.


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About the TOEFL Exam

TOEFL, the abbreviation of “Test of English as a Foreign Language”, is a standardized English test for non-native speakers applying for English-speaking universities. TOEFL is designed and organized by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). 

Inside the TOEFL test

TOEFL is an internet-based test and you need to take the test 100% online in test centers with customised computers. It has 4 sections including reading, listening, speaking, and writing. A free test practice website is offered by ETS to help students get familiar with different parts.

Reading Listening Speaking Writing
30 points 30 points 30 points 30 points
54 minutes 41 minutes 17 minutes 50 minutes
3 passages
10 x 3 questions
2 conversations:
5 x 2 questions
3 lectures:
6 x 3 questions
1 independent
speaking task
3 integrated
speaking tasks
1 integrated
writing task
1 independent
writing task

TOEFL Home Edition

Due to the pandemic, ETS announced the availability of the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition to test takers worldwide (except for Mainland China and Iran) on April 7, 2020. TOEFL Home Edition has identical content, format and grading method with TOEFL iBT in test centers but with several benefits: 

  1. You can take TOEFL Home Edition on your own computer at home monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU.
  2. You can take TOEFL Home Edition 24 hours a day, 4 days a week from Sunday to Wednesday.

TOEFL Scores

Starting in February 2020, students can view TOEFL iBT® Reading and Listening section scores on screen immediately after completing the test, as Reading and Listening sections are 100% computer scored. 

The Speaking and Writing sections are graded using a combination of human scoring and automatic computer scoring with SpeechRater (for Speaking) and E-rater (for Writing). You can pay for SpeechRater or E-rater assessment at Kaomanfen, which partners with ETS. 

Starting in August 2019, ETS announced the addition of MyBest™ scores to TOEFL iBT® score reports, allowing students to combine best scores for each test section from all of their valid TOEFL scores from the past 2 years.

TOEFL iBT® Test Fees

Item Fees
Registration Fees vary by testing location
Late registration US$40
Rescheduling US$60
Reinstatement of canceled scores US$20
Additional score reports (per institution or agency US$20 each
Speaking or Writing Section score review US$80
Speaking or Writing Section score review US$160
Returned payment US$20

We have this pricing list from ETS TOEFL website. Prices may vary by location.

TOEFL Exam Preparation Resources

Online Courses

Websites for TOEFL Practice

TOEFL Reading 

TOEFL Listening 

TOEFL Speaking

TOEFL Writing

TOEFL Mobile Apps

TOEFL Youtube Videos

TOEFL Vocabulary Flashcards


Guides and Books

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  1. fifi

    Please make a post about GRE as well.
    Thank you.


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