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Cracking the TOEFL IBT with Audio CD, 2009 Edition (College Test Preparation)
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Reading 3 out of 5: good strategies but the readings are simpler than the real exam
Writing 5 out of 5: great strategies and samples with good drills
Speaking 4 out of 5: good strategies and drills but difficult to use on exam
Listening 4 out of 5: good strategies and sample but limited number
Overall 4 out of 5: the most important negative point is that it comes only with audio cd and you can not experience the real exam condition.
Reading 5 out of 5: great strategies and samples
Writing 2 out of 5: some useful techniques but not so helpful
Speaking 2 out of 5: some useful techniques but too general
Listening 4 out of 5: good strategies and examples
Overall 3.5 out of 5: the most important positive point is that you can create the real exam condition by its cd-rom at home.
This book delivers the best 'strategies' to crack each part of TOEFL iBT. The strategies are very easy to understand and are very practical. I spent two days studying this book (and only this book), and received a satisfying score of 110 (out of 120). However, this book will NOT teach you so much about the basic knowledge for English grammar, structural writings, vocabs, etc. So if you need help in these fields, I'd recommend buying other books to complement your study. Good luck for the test!
I applied all the tecniques that the book teaches and really help, specially in reading and listening part. Speaking and writing was a little hard to me, so I needed to practice a little more, but a got 95. A score of 95 studying only this book is good. Don't you think? Also, I have to encourage that you have to read a lot, newsweek, time,discovery magazines. Whatch CNN is good for vocabulary.
Practice, practice, practice, if you do not have time for this, this is not the book for you.
Specifically, let me mention a few items here that I think stand out in this book. First, the organization of the book is good. The introduction gives the basic facts that familiarize the reader with the test and some general information. Then, it gets moving with a part called "Core Concepts," which takes a look at some basics for each of the four sections. Following that, we have Part III, "Cracking Each Section of the TOEFL," which goes into basic principles and basic approaches and then unleashes the reader on practice drills.
On thing that I can say is critical about this book's quality is that it mentions the "Process of Elimination (POE)" as a method to help increase your odds at choosing the best answer (page 13). This is embedded into a smaller section on improving your score and increasing your odds on individual multiple-choice questions.Read more ›
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Best Book for future TOEFL ibt's takers. I highly recommend this book, it is a very clear and its strategies to crack the test are very useful.Published 3 months ago by Juancarlos