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Cracking the TOEFL IBT with Audio CD, 2009 Edition (College Test Preparation)

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ISBN-13: 978-0375428555
ISBN-10: 0375428550
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Product Details

  • Series: College Test Preparation
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375428550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375428555
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,877,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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146 of 147 people found the following review helpful By B. Monzavi on July 14, 2008
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I bought Cracking the TOEFL IBT with Audio CD, 2009 Edition (College Test Prep)( Princeton Review) and Kaplan TOEFL iBT with CD-ROM 2008-2009 (Kaplan Toefl Ibt) .i read both of them for one month and passed the ibt by 97. This is what I think about these two books on all four part of ibt:
Princeton Review
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.
Kaplan
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.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Real217 on November 4, 2009
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i bought this book for my 2009 TOEFL IBT and after studying it and following its strategies, i was convinced that i was well prepared for the test, studied for 5weeks and got 100 out of 120. Now basically if you are expecting this book to teach you English language and grammar completely, you are mistaken, this is just a guide on how to excel on the test, a perfect one i must say, your general performance on a language is based on lifetime practice; constant reading, writing and speaking the language, but regarding the test, this is a blueprint on how to pass the TOEFL IBT.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Dori on August 29, 2008
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I highly recommend this book for intermediate users who are already familiar with English usage but are looking for a quick review to familiarize themselves with the test format. Every test has its own strategy and so does iBT, which is very different from the PBT or CBT.

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!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Moreno on April 13, 2009
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This book was the only resource that I studied before taking the TOEFL. I did not take private lessons, and tanks to this book I could pass the test in only one attempt. If you have enough time to study and practice what the book teaches, do not worry you are going to pass.
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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Robert Niebuhr on May 21, 2012
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I give this book--Cracking the TOEFL iBT, 2008 Edition, by Douglas Pierce and Sean Kinsell, 3 stars here as someone familiar with the various tasks that the TOEFL iBT requires of its test-takers. Having taught how to master this test to students for more than a year, I have gone through all of the available books and CDs on the market to see what works best. The reality is that I cannot recommend any one book to cover everything. Some are great at providing sample questions, or multiple practice tests, while others offer some good information that teaches how to answer certain questions. No book covers everything, though, which means that students must take a regular course in addition to self-practice. If you had to choose one book, though, this might do it because it has a fair amount of good instruction that can familiarize you with what you would see on test day.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By salma zahran on December 23, 2013
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Honestly, i bought 3 books in TOEFL; even the official one, but let me tell u something this book is the best to build ur foundation in TOEFL IBT and to understand what it is all about ! the book made by ETS is so progressive and it didn't demonstrate the strategies well to get high mark in the TOEFL. but this one truly makes u understand how to crack the TOEFL. IT IS THE BEST !
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