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

Princeton Review
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May 6, 2008 0375428550 978-0375428555
The TOEFL has undergone major changes in recent years. It is now completely computer-based; it's longer; and it has mandatory Speaking, Listening, and Writing sections. Cracking the TOEFL iBT provides the most comprehensive information available about how to succeed on the exam, complete with an audio CD and full transcript, full-length practice test, and scores of drill questions.

In Cracking the TOEFL iBT, The Princeton Review will teach you how to

·Use our preparation strategies and test-taking techniques to raise your score
·Focus your reading and listening to identify the key parts of passages, lectures, and conversations
·Improve your command of spoken English and your use of good English grammar and vocabulary
·Write top-scoring essays by responding to the specific question asked and organizing your ideas clearly
·Test your knowledge with review questions and practice drills for each topic covered

All of our practice test questions are just like those on the actual exam, and we explain how to answer every question.


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: 1.5 x 8.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,354,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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135 of 136 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pros and cons July 14, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect study guide... November 4, 2009
By Real217
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good strategy book, but not for beginners August 29, 2008
By Dori
Format:Paperback
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book April 13, 2009
Format:Paperback
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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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was not what I expected April 20, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Actually, I bought the book because of its highest rating at Amazon. It seems that there is no good book on TOEFL strategy at all. This one mostly describes the test, it gives some hints, but the proposed strategy doesn't appeal to me. Even having learned it, you still have to guess answers if you do not know a correct one. What they call a strategy can not be compared on real strategy proposed in textbooks for the IELTS. In "Cracking" they have exercises, what is good, but for speaking they propose as an exercise to WRITE your answers, which is stupid because when you speak and write you use different skills (and different areas of the brain, I guess). Very few exercises on speaking. They have one practice test. However, the CD is just an audio CD with audio tracks. So you have to take a paper-based test for training. And you have to manage your time and to record your speaking answers (and you have to do it while speaking). This ain't fittin. Besides, there are mistakes, typos and wrongly formulated questions in the book. Here is a piece of their "Victorian" English: "By mastering the skill of active reading, you'll be able to not only find the most important information in a passage but also effectively answer the questions that follow". Show the phrase to a good English teacher and you'll understand that if you need a score more then 90, you should avoid the book.

The book volume could be two times smaller since there are a lot of blank pages and blank space on pages.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK TO STUDY IN TOEFL IBT! December 23, 2013
Format:Paperback
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it March 11, 2008
Format:Paperback
In general I liked the book. I found it very useful with the examples given. Last 2 things if they can be performed the book will be very very useful. The first QUALITY of the paper
Second attaching another CD with iBT TOEFL practice exam
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book!
I highly recommend this book. It is very helpful specially if you don t have much time to study.
You may need to get a book on writing and speaking to go along with this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by SFP
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent for our EFL students
As a tutor for EFL students -- mainly graduate students -- this is a realistic program for their needs. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joseph Udelson
5.0 out of 5 stars What I needed for my Tefl test
Good book! Good exercises and explanation. Probably a cd with a iBT TOEFL practice exam would have been very helpful.
Published 5 months ago by gio
1.0 out of 5 stars Why I did not get the book?
I did not receive this book. Damn it. I ordered it three months ago. ARE U SERIOUS?! Is that because I want to buy a used one. I learned a lot from this.
Published 5 months ago by Siwei Luo
2.0 out of 5 stars Need more exercises
I found this book with only one CD . I would like to include an interactive CD with the complete test. Not just the listening part.
Published 6 months ago by Julio C Moscoso
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
this is a must . I used it and felt that it was very helpful. good practice test. highly recommended. thanks
Published 7 months ago by yn n
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful!
It was great help when taking the TOEFL exam. Book was in good condition. The CD was there and easy to understand.
Published 7 months ago by Niju Varghese
5.0 out of 5 stars LEARNING
For learning and training English it is perfect! I've great moments with this book. I thinks it will help me a lot for my English course.
Published 9 months ago by LEONARDO BORGES
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This book is amazing. I studied it for less than a month and did my test few days ago. The test looked very familiar to me as the book gave me great background about the test. Read more
Published 9 months ago by dalia
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and nice!
The book arrived really fast and its lessons are very good. I using it everyday and enjoying it a lot!! I hope you enjoy it also!!
Published 11 months ago by Joao Ferreira
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