100 ways to improve your TOEIC score


 Start today. Languages take a long time to become a natural part of someone's brain, so the sooner you start studying the better. If the two options are to do a lot now and then just revise a little before the e am or start slowly now and then study a lot just before the e am, you will learn three or four times as much using the first method, and also remember the language longer after the e am is finished.  Study for exactly the test you are doing. "ot only do you need to study slightly differently if you are doing the computer based test, but there is a chance that you could have to take the test as it was before the !##$ changes or the new style test% depending on whether you are taking the test in your company or in a test centre. &lease double check before you buy an e am practice book and start doing practice tests. 'owever, the differences between the versions of the e ams are small enough that if you already have some materials for another version that you want to use before spending more money, that is no problem.  Have a plan of attack. )et yourself realistic targets for your *+,I- score in ( months, . months, a year etc. and decide which things are best to do first in preparation for it and which things can wait until nearer the time of the e am.  Concentrate on the important parts. 0hat you need to pass the e am is mainly vocabulary 1both 2eneral ,nglish vocabulary and 3usiness ,nglish vocabulary4 and practice is listening and reading. 2rammar practice can help, but most students find this is the least important part of the e am.  Concentrate on what you need. It is generally easier to gain points in the e am by practicing parts you find difficult rather than gaining even more points in the parts you find easy, especially if you learn techni6ues on how to pick out the important and manageable parts of those sections of the e am. *he easier parts can then be saved to be used when you need a break from difficult stuff.  Revise first. In the *+,I- test you need to be able to not only answer the 6uestions, but answer them 6uickly. *his means that language that you learnt once but can't remember without thinking for 5 minutes first won't be much use in the rushed, high pressure e am. It is therefore almost always better to properly learn something you half know already than it is to add something new to your list of things to learn, especially if you have made sure that it is useful language by finding it in material for the e am or material for people of your ,nglish level. 7ake sure you spend at least (#8 of your study time revising things you have studied before but don't know very well yet.  Have a weekly study plan. 0ork out how many hours you can spare for studying *+,I-, make time for a realistic number of breaks, decide which parts of studying you can do on the train to work, decide on your priorities for the rest of your time, think about when you are likely to be most tired and should therefore study easier stuff, and then write your weekly study plan down.  Have a yearly study plan. *ry a *+,I- test and analyse carefully what you got wrong and why. 0rite down all the things you will need to know and be able to do by the end of the year in order to get the score you need. 2roup those things together into categories 1e.g. :reading skills: or :grammar:4. ;ind out as many ways as you can of learning and practising each of those things and put them into your yearly plan so that the whole schedule has a lot of variety in it, e.g. by having different newspapers to read each month, or starting with local newspapers in ,nglish and working your way up to *he ,conomist.  Have a daily study plan. 0ith your own knowledge of when you are most likely to be able to concentrate, plan to do the new language and the most difficult parts at those times and the easier parts and doing old practice papers again as revision for generally less productive times like after lunch. everyday in a work setting is the best possible practice for things like reading fa es, emails and invoices in the test.









1#.  Get a job where you can use English . =s *+,I- is a test of practical, everyday ,nglish, using ,nglish

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olunteer. If you can't use ,nglish in your job, try volunteering as a guide to foreign tourists, for an ,nglish language telephone helpline, charity fundraising in an area where many foreigners hang out etc. is through reading. =lthough looking words up in a dictionary and learning them later is a good idea for this, you need to make sure that this doesn't slow down your reading speed 1very important for the *+,I- reading paper4. >ou can practice both reading fast and vocabulary by reading through a whole article, paragraph or page 6uickly while only circling or underlining the words you are not sure about, then stop reading and look up the words in a dictionary. =t this time or later, you will also need to transfer the most useful of those words to a list of vocabulary to learn.

1!.  Read. *he thing you need most to pass the *+,I- test is vocabulary, and the best way of learning vocabulary


i. the fact that . 7acmillan ?eaders. *his is usually because they don't recogniCe the word because they have only read it before and never heard it. !!. 'owever. =lthough watching videos can be a good way of getting used to fast. !1. only do this the second time you read something.nglish language news comes out everyday and so is always new is 6uite motivating% if you don't read it now. 3efore you start reading anything in .e. don't worry if you have problems understanding the news on -"" and 33.1(. as this is nothing like the language in the Listening part of the e am. a graded reader. =lthough there is no writing in the e am. =s you can easily lose concentration before the end of a movie. that is e actly the kind of language that you will hear in the Listening part of the e am. If you are embarrassed about doing this in public. -hanging the language of your mobile phone. 7&( player 1i&od etc. which words are most common in . avoid services that translate whole pages of te t as the translations are not too good and it will mean you are no longer practising your . >ou can make it even easier to understand by reading a story that you already know about.nglish by using an online or -A ?+7 dictionary that translates a word on the website if you click on it.nglish in their work or studies often get stuck on what they can write if they don't have a teacher helping them. )tudents often find the 6uestions in the listening difficult even though it only uses words they already know. you have found the right level book. 7any electronics items are now sold with the instructions in many languages. 1/. etc.  Surf the web. ! . any work you do on making yourself sound a little bit more like a native speaker will help you understand the native speaker voices in the test. short episodes of series are better practice. 0atching a ABA with .nglish and therefore worth learning first. =lthough the te ts you will have to read in the *+. *o make sure you learn good language for the e am.  Change everything to English. learning to write the kinds of documents you will have to read in the e am is a good way of finding out where the important information usually is and so reading things 6uicker. unless you have a very high level. !/.  #uy a speaking dictionary.  Read the news. 15.I. =s information has become available in every language on the internet.nglish search items on the . or :easy reader:. )ome of the reading te ts and listening te ts in the e am are instructions on how to use machines and office e6uipment. If you want to read it more slowly to check your understanding or look up words in the dictionary. ?eading speed is one of the most important parts of the *+.I.  #uy a pronunciation practice C$ R%&. not stopping for parts you don't understand. many modern dictionaries also tell you how to write common business documents you will see in the e am like emails. Listening to the pronunciation of each new word you learn and repeating it a couple of times means you are more likely to remember it and more likely to understand it when you hear it. >ou can push yourself to use . to .nglish first.e am.  !rite. It is also good for learning vocabulary. =lthough the language in newspapers is 6uite different to what you will read and hear in the *+.nglish.nglish less than they did a few years ago. many students have started to use .  !rite an English diary. the differences between commonly confused words 1often used in trick 6uestions in the e am4 etc. it is best to choose a non%fiction title if you can.I. 1. you will need to buy some headphones to go with your electronic dictionary.nglish language 2oogle site. 1$.e am are not made easier for you in any way.I. natural speech. internet search engine etc. as this is 6uite similar to some of the language you will see in the *+. =lthough you don't need to speak in the e am. the disadvantage is that it is very difficult to look words up that you don't understand in the dictionary.nglish subtitles makes it easier to understand and easier to look words up.  Read graded readers.nglish by always using .4."ews.  Read every part of your dictionary .nglish is weak. &eople who don't need to write .e am. + ford ?eaders and 3lack -at ?eaders.. >ou can also make it easier to understand whatever you read in . 0ell known e amples of these are &enguin ?eaders.  Read your instruction manuals in English . 19. 0riting about what you did everyday means you will never run out of material.  Read "uickly. =s well as being a place you look up words you don't know. !(.nglish sound and . remind yourself to read as 6uickly as you can.  !atch with English subtitles. it will soon be gone@ *he easiest news to understand is usually that on websites like >ahoo or through 2oogle news alerts.nglish. 7any electronic dictionaries now have this function. 'owever. !#. If you can also write out whole conversations you had during the day. *ry reading them in . If you find there is one or two words a page which you are not sure about. -hoosing business news might give you some useful vocabulary if your 3usiness . when it comes to learning vocabulary it is best to read something at your level where which words are important for students to learn has already been decided for you. 1<.?eading paper.nglish can be good practice for this.

nglish by finishing a class and going up to the ne t level. It can also help your motivation. and you will get some good tips on how to take the e am. using .nglish conversation class can also be a good way of keeping you interested in . if you really want to gain more than 1## points in the long term there is no replacement for just improving your general level of . preferably a detailed one that e plains why each answer is correct or not. If you don't have the chance to speak . !9.  Read and listen. e. crossing out sounds that are not pronounced. the closest thing you can find is te t chatting online. >ou might also be able to find a discussion forum about other people's e periences with the *+. .. there is also 6uite a lot of useful functional language like agreeing and disagreeing. listening for how the written script and the sounds that are pronounced in natural speech are different 1e.  (1. !<.e am practice.ven if you are not going to take the computer version of the test. >ou can also do the same thing with each section of the test. and -ambridge% which usually means buying a book all in . as you will really want to know what people are saying and can write your own comments if you have some information that other people need.nglish if you are getting bored with *+.score in a short time.book (!. >ou could also try taking a business magaCine article to discuss.  'oin a #usiness English class. the fast pronunciation of :Ao you:4. !. Like chat pages. *ime how long it takes you to complete the whole ?eading part of the test and try to make that shorter every time% even if you have already finished 6uicker than the official time limit of the test. +ne solution is to concentrate on the timing rather than the marks. 7any sites now offer free or paid online *+.nglish rather than one with e planations in your language. 7any *+. !$.I. (#. the functional language 1dealing with complaints etc. ((. (5. >ou might also want to write the pronunciation changes on the tapescript.on the front does not mean it has been tested and approved by .I. (. It is usually best to stick to books produced by the big international publishers like Longman.  'oin a general English Conversation class. ( .nglish. $o a conversation exchange.nglish in e change. =lthough specialiCed business vocabulary is not supposed to be necessary to pass the test. listen and read the tapescript at the same time. that is like the language you will hear in the Listening part of the test. and try to speak about more serious topics like the business news. *he two most important points to remember when shopping for a *+.!5. 3arrons. =lthough there is no speaking in the test. =fter you have finished the listening paper.com to boost your *+.nglish and talking through your problems with it can really fi the language in your head.nglish class.  #uy a (%E)C practice book.  'oin discussion forums .4 means that this kind of class can really help. (/. sitting at a computer and doing some practice can make a nice change from sitting at a desk with bits of paper and therefore can boost your motivation. low level book that you can get through 6uickly and easily and so be motivated for the challenge of the ne t one.I. especially if you don't have any business e perience. 3e careful when buying a book% just because a book has *+. try looking in local magaCines for a conversation e change partner% someone who wants to learn your language who will teach you .*).practice which you can easily find with a 2oogle search. = 2eneral . Like using a -A ?+7.e am.  'oin a (%E)C class. read through the tapescript carefully and check any words you don't know in your dictionary. "e t. ?eading an online forum about something you are interested in or knowledgeable about can be very motivating. it is also a nice break from using a book and pen.g.4 and some everyday vocabulary that comes up more in 3usiness . don't like sitting in a classroom or would also like the make foreign friends. If you don't have the money for an .I. =lthough there are many tricks in this list and on Dsingenglish. if you want to push yourself for the e am you will need to make sure you write down and remember any new words you or your partner use.candidates never get good at the last part of the ?eading section of the test because they spend most of their time and use up most of their energy on the earlier parts of the paper.  #uy a (%E)C practice C$ R%&.I. It is probably also best to start off with a thin.  (ry some online (%E)C practice . apologiCing etc.  (ry doing a test backwards. It is difficult to get yourself motivated to do many practice tests when your scores seem to go up and down each time and you can't see clear progress in the short term.I. names of jobs etc. or want to say that you agree or disagree with someone. are to buy something that is really like the test and to be realistic about what someone at your level with your amount of free time can do.  (ime yourself.  %nline chat. drawing a loop between sounds that are pronounced together etc. *ry working your way backwards through the test instead a few times.nglish classes 1:colleague:. *his is fairly similar to speaking as you have to write in real time and there is 6uite a lot of functional language like greeting people. =s social chit chat only really comes into the e am in &art *wo of the listening..I.g. =lso make sure that a practice tests book has the answer key.

. so that you are always ahead of your target and therefore motivated.or e ample.nglish language guidebook and try the audio guide again when you have read the guidebook and looked up any difficult words in your dictionary. / .g.>ou can then read and listen one more time. /1. and learning whole phrases of .nglish by using an .  *earn whole English phrases.I.or the typical *+. special games on the "intendo A). . e. . :Aid you pack this luggage yourselfE: >ou can find this kind of language in a phrasebook for travellers or a 3usiness . try and e plain why certain answers are wrong etc. (<.  $raw.  (rain your short term memory . 7ake sure you revise any new vocabulary in the week after brainstorming.  !rite dialogues.I. try writing as many true sentences about the picture as you can. try to learn double that everyday.test like remembering what you heard in the te t until you hear the 6uestions. /.g. then brainstorm again and see if you have missed any out or have thought of any new ones.Listening &art +ne. if you learn 5 words a day for a year that will mean more than 15## new words you can understand in . in restaurants. e. linking together similar or connected words. and brainstorm as many typical sentences people say in this situation as you can..g.I. -hoose one of the typical situations for a *+.nglish and being a whole level higher in reading comprehension. check your answers and check you understand why you made any mistakes you did. /9.settings like those shown in the pictures of &art +ne. *aking one of those situations and brainstorming.  Stop translating. Aoing this as a spider diagram. and make a sketch of each of the four situations described. and try to say the sentences in the tapescript with the same rhythm as the speaker on the -A. which will have common phrases like :Ao you want fries with thatE: which you can practice responding 6uickly to. )peed of understanding is very important in both the Listening and ?eading sections of the *+.  #rainstorm functional language. >ou can then try the same test again to check your memory. using your dictionary to help you once you get stuck. and boost your confidence. (9. e. Looking at the e hibits and listening to the descriptions in . >ou can start to think only in . /$.  #rainstorm vocabulary. Fust sitting ne t to someone studying the same thing as you can help you to discipline yourself you not take too many breaks etc. =s an alternative way of practising Listening &art +ne. /5.  !rite descriptions. *he thing that slows down listening and reading comprehension most is translating things into your own language in your head. on the telephone. ($. for e ample on the subway or buses. . /(. all the office furniture and e6uipment you can think of. *here are several common situations in *+. so might be especially useful.ither before or after you listen to a Listening &art +ne task. /!.ven brain training for this that is not connected to language can be useful. in a workshop or lab. for e ample. e. 0rite the vocabulary and grammar from the test you didn't know in your notebook.  'oin a study group.nglish dictionary. 7any museums have little 7&( players and headphones that tell you about some of the things you can see as you walk around. *his can help you predict the language you will hear in both Listening &art +ne and Listening &art *wo.nglish sentence word by word. +nce you have finished a whole practice test or one section of it.g. can be really useful and motivating.listening.nglish language notices and announcements in your town.I. =lso make sure you learn the pronunciation of the words. in shops and on public transport. >ou can make your comprehension much faster by learning whole common sentences of .nglish is 6uite similar to *+. If you have problems understanding it.I. arrive at reception etc.nglish such as :I look forward to hearing from you soon: and :*hat's a pity: rather than the e pressions :look forward: and :pity:. can also help you think of more words and remember it better.nglish. >ou could also try learning any . 7any people have memory problems when taking the *+.  $o exactly the same test again .test. 0hen you then look at the picture you should be able to find which of your sketches it is most similar to and therefore which the right answer is. )ome of them are produced especially for 3usiness travellers. and one thing that can really slow you down is trying to understand an .that you need lots of vocabulary about. and test yourself on it at least ( more times over the ne t week or two. in the street. buy an .  Set yourself a vocabulary goal . try listening to all four sentences without looking at the picture first. +nce you have set that target.I. +ne good way of doing this is to buy a travel phrase book with -A. >ou can also test each other on what you have been trying to learn. not using translations in your lists of vocabulary to learn.nglish%. /#. in the airport. in the office. make the language really stick in your mind. //.nglish self% study book. try writing whole dialogues of what people might say when they get on the bus.  *isten to an English language audio guide.

it could also improve your general health and mean that time preparing and eating food is a proper rest from study that leaves you refreshed and ready to do some more serious work. 5#. times just before the weekend etc. Aoing physical e ercise can help you improve your ability to concentrate and sit still while studying without getting restless. . preferably one you are finding difficult. *he first time you try a test. getting lucky in. =s well as getting used to not being able to do this during the e am. =lthough it can be difficult to know when it is just being laCy. alternate doing whole tests and doing shorter sections. Fust like recovering after a big football match. In things like sports we are often motivated by things like competition between people. >ou 5 . 3y communicating with someone how you are doing. that can help you in one more way@ 5$.  Cut down on the coffee.I. eating healthy food and avoiding additives can help you study longer each day and remember better what you have studied. =lso remember that alcohol can affect your short term memory powers.g. 55.  Eat healthily. 5<. 3y knowing whether you are a morning person or an evening person.nglish language reading material.  (ake time out. If you are ever disappointed by how many 6uestions you have got wrong in a *+. always remember that the only people who will finish every 6uestion and get them all right are near native speakers who have lived. If you get bored after a few timed complete tests or you find that you are not remembering the language you have learnt from it because it is too much. you should certainly feel very happy and reward yourself with a beer or a bar of chocolate. sometimes when you are learning a language you just need to give your brain time to really understand and learn the language subconsciously while you are doing something unconnected. try checking every answer after you do it before you try the ne t one.  (ell someone what you are doing and get them to motivate you. *he second time. 51.score you need on a practice test. abroad when they were still young. =gain. audio tapes and videos that can show you how to boost your confidence in yourself and think positively everyday. *here are books.  $o some exercise.  (ake up yoga. 5(. . If you manage to get the *+. being told by your coach you have improved etc.try again .nglish language e ercise video or listening to your 7&( player while jogging.  +nderstand your biorhythms . for e ample by sleeping after studying and then trying it again the ne t day. >ou can also alternate doing the whole test and doing lots of e amples of just one section. =nother thing is that as most practice tests are not produced by .1.g. *he same things are true over a week with 7onday mornings. If you can e ercise whilst also doing something in . 3elieving that you can succeed can have a large effect in actually making you succeed.irst of all.test for ( hours with no drinks or food allowed. >our aim is always to find the easiest 6uestions that you couldn't get right and work on them to improve your score step by step. =lthough the vitamins and oils for brain development are only proven to work for growing children. available from the self%help and business sections of bookshops. and probably studied.  Even if you. and which more challenging things you should do while you are most awake 1for most people this is first thing in the morning. on the internet or telling someone in your family if you have having a good or a bad day. 5!. 5/. try a whole section and then check the answers to that section. getting e actly the grammar 6uestions that you know the answers to is possible and can change your score by up to (5 points% so try another test from the same book to make sure you can get that score another time.  #e positive. doing an .  Get longer and shorter.nglish. that's even better@ 5. It is therefore not surprising that many people get demotivated when studying on their own.  #e realistic.#. . =s well as having the benefits of e ercise.I.I.  (ake up another hobby./<. *hese books are often also fairly easy .. -ontinue making the parts of the test you do without stopping longer and longer until you can do a whole test without stopping. 'owever. e. if you can find an .nglish language yoga video or instructor.nglish study so that you come back to it refreshed and ready to learn should be something you are completely absorbed in and is fun. 59. you will find that the progress you are making becomes clearer to you.  Stop snacking while studying. doing something like yoga can also help you cope with the stress of studying for the e am and actually being in the e am. you can plan which easy.ve done it. for e ample. e. If you are too used to drinking coffee while studying.*) and so there is a chance that one or more 1or even all4 of the tests in the book you have are easier or more difficult than the real test.e am or how many 6uestions you couldn't finish before the time limit. you might be in for a shock when you have to take the *+. time spent getting away from . even for most people who think they are evening people4. you should then get 6uickly back to studying to make sure you can get the same score under real e am conditions. It can also help your endurance during the e am. mechanical things like learning vocabulary lists or doing pronunciation practice you can leave to times you are sleepy like after lunch.

+n the day or two before the e am.!. . If you are getting disappointed with your progress in .  Stop cramming.9.$. . . the books by the big international publishers are the most reliable. set your target score (# or /# points higher so you have a cushion in case you have a bad day on the day of the test. .<. you are sure to be able to find something. Ieeping all your scores can reminding you of how well you have progressed over the long term. most people need a warm up to get into studying or doing a test. a test score from the beginning of your course.or some people. *his will give you the motivation to keep trying and step up to the ne t level. .  *ook at your progress. $#. .or e ample. If you can't get an 7&( player. .g. stress is as much of a problem in the e am as the language they are being tested on. this can help you see which part of the reading paper you are doing slowest and so need most practice on. =s well as helping you to use your time well in the e am.inally. and help you improve them. $5. If you think of the studying part of your brain as an animal that needs to be trained.  Set your body clock. $(. *his will help you get a realistic idea of your energy and concentration levels at that time. it is also possible to copy downloads onto a -A on your computer and then listen to them on a -A 0alkman. it is probably worth getting a teacher for at least ! or ( classes so you can ask them 6uestions and stop making the same mistakes. &reparation for this can include getting used to other stressful situations like public speaking andG or learning rela ation techni6ues like meditation or deep breathing.medium term and long term goals . as your *+. $!.(. !# points by the end of the month.  Set short term. Ao a practice test in a library or 6uiet cafH so that you have e actly the same conditions of not being able to move and having people around you and less than perfect silence. it can be very easy to give up after your score goes down in a couple of practice tests. If you are studying on your own.  Reward yourself.very time you sit down. a few weeks or months are trying an e am task look at your answers again and see if you have learnt something that now makes the answers you got wrong more obvious. . the adrenaline boost of doing something against the clock can make you more interested in it and therefore help you remember it better. *he amount of language that could be in the *+. just concentrate on doing some rela ing in . $.might therefore want to try a test from a book published by a different company. decide which part is easiest and start with that for 5 to 15 minutes.  (ime each "uestion..e am is so huge that the chances that whatever you study the day before coming up and helping you get a better score are the same as reading one random page in an encyclopaedia and e pecting it to help you with your university entrance test. *ry a few practice tests at e actly the same time of day.eep all your scores.  #uy an &/0 player.I.  See if you understand why it is wrong now .. =s well as being something you can occasionally do in the e am. 0hen setting these goals. or at least joining a study group so you can get the ideas of other students.specially if you are studying on your own.  (ry answering the "uestion without hearing or reading the text . .nglish.  (ime each section. If your test times will be when you are usually sleeping or eating. that shows you how much you have actually learnt. and even the same day of the week.  . remember that you will probably progress most 6uickly at the beginning of your studies. this can help you read the 6uestions more carefully to make sure you aren't being tricked by a few words.  *earn to cope with stress .nglish you can listen to for free on the Internet that you should easily be able to find something that interests you and is the right level that you can download and listen to while you are travelling to work or doing e ercise. .nglish and making sure you are healthy and happy on the day of the test. . $/. by giving yourself a bar of chocolate when you have studied hard or got a good score you can train your subconscious to work hard to get those rewards again. .  (ry real test conditions. $1.test will be. if you really can get the score you want every time you try a test. /# points by the end of ( months and 1## points by the end of the year. . *hinking about which part is easy is also a good way of looking at the test material in a different way. ./. Fust like doing e ercise. .  Choose the easiest bits first ..  /ractice at the same time as the test . you will have to get used to not doing those things at those times for a few weeks before the test. If you still don't understand after looking at something three or more times.I. 2enerally. *here are so many things in . =s well as giving you the same motivating effects as timing each 6uestion.5. e.

then slowly work your way up until you can write whole words without help.e am like an instruction manual for a new machine in .  *isten to radio drama . =lthough it may seem that television dramas about family problems etc. =nother thing that can catch you out in the e am is hearing a word that is basically the same as one you know.nglish. *he only way to do this accurately is to write them down with the special symbols known as the :phonemic script:. trying something even more difficult than the *+. 9$.  !atch soap operas in English. how to do the test can help you remember the best tactics and can also be good practice of . Learning which these words are. Learning each form of a word can also help you remember the original word better.. >ou can mark this with a big circle over the stressed 1louder and longer4 syllable of each word.  (ry something easier. *o make sure you understand and really learn a typical *+. start by just copying the symbol for the one difficult sound for each word from your dictionary.  Copy and change a (%E)C sentence or text .$$.?adio /. using on e am practice te t to listen over and over and try to write down everything you hear can be a good way of learning how the pronunciation of words are changed in fast. but is a noun when you only know the verbs.I. *his is another easy way of making sure you understand words when you hear them in the e am. in the listening you need to be able to pick out the important information. 9. are a long way from the 3usiness .I. $<.nglish that *+.are more basic and so need studying first. 9<. In the same way that you need to be able to skim 6uickly through a reading te t to look for the important information to answer a 6uestion.I. $ . In .  (ry something more difficult. *he ne t stage is to learn to write down the whole pronunciation of words you learn in . 9/. then the ne t stage is to try and understand the same kind of language without the pictures by listening to a radio soap opera like :*he =rchers:.I- sentence like the functional language in Listening &art *wo.  *earn the number of syllables. is everyday functional . 99.I. =s you can't be checking your watch every minute of the e am. &redicting how long the washing up. will take and checking your predictions can help develop your accurate idea of time. 7any people find the best way of revising new vocabulary is by sticking the words they need to learn to the toilet door. e. =s well as writing down new language. It can also help you realiCe which parts of the language you are studying for the *+. learning how long things take and how long $5 minutes really is can help you keep your speed up in the e am while stopping you rushing too much and panicking. If you can understand the everyday functional language used in a *B drama. :communication: and :communicate:. $9.nglish everyday. 95. walking to the shops etc.3ridge practice test can give a boost to your confidence and so motivate you to try harder. natural speech. *o make learning it easier.nglish that people use when they say hello. downloadable from 33.is supposed to be a test of. =nother way of making sure you remember the language is to cover or erase the sentence one word at a time until the whole sentence has gone or you can't remember it anymore. marking them on sentences while or before you listen. 9#. 9(.  !rite down your tactics.  Read on the toilet.nglish on your own and recogniCing when you are making the correct one is very difficult.nglish. ask people to do things etc.nglish can help you develop skills like skimming over words you don't know.  *earn other parts of speech . Aoing something easier like a *+.  Copy and delete a (%E)C sentence or text .  *earn the word stress. <1.I. writing down the things you learn about 91.nglish. 9!.  *earn the sentence stress .nglish the important words in a sentence are pronounced longer and louder than the grammar words like :am: and :at: between them. and make the *+.test seem easier when you go back to it. Like practicing sprints to develop long distance running strength. =lthough in the e am you have to be careful not to try and understand every word. copy it down and then practise changing one word at a time until it is as different as possible while still being correct . and practicing speaking with the correct rhythm can all help with this. If you don't use .  *earn the phonemic script. especially in Listening &art *wo. <#. &ractising the sounds of .g.  $o a (%E)C exam listening as a dictation .  (ime everything you do during the day. +ne thing you can easily write down and learn that often makes understanding when you listen difficult is the rhythm of words. in fact a lot of the language. soap operas are probably the most common and easiest to understand way to regularly hear such language.

 *isten to the business news . weeks or months. documentaries like :. In Listening &art +ne you will look at something and hear a description of it at the same time. :?ogue *rader: or :3onfire of the Banities:. clear away other paperwork like bills that needs doing etc. 1##.  'ust do it. <<. &ossibilities include comedy series like :*he +ffice:.nglish vocabulary you can practice your listening comprehension of.nglish is much more difficult.  !atch or listen to sports commentary in English . 0hen you read something in your own language. drawing up a study timetable and sharpening all your pencils is just a way of delaying the start of your studies. <$. <(. putting a big cross across the page or even ripping it up and throwing it away can be a very motivating reward for your hard work. practice missing out the bits like the beginning and ends of emails that you know don't have any information in them. .nglish rhythm and so help you to pick out the important words when you are listening in the e am. *his kind of situation is very rare in everyday life. 0hen you have completely finished a *+.  *isten to radio with an English $' . try picking one that is in a business setting and therefore will have lots of 3usiness . try reading the same business news in . <5.nglish on in the background without paying attention to it at all can help a little with getting used to natural . If you are such a person. *his is another common situation in which you will actually hear people describing what you can see.I. this can be a good way of making sure you understand typical 3usiness . If you take one or two days a week off from studying 1generally a very good idea4.nglish or even your own language first. <9. =lways remember that the most important thing is how long you study and how much effort you put into that study% thinking about how and when you do so are mainly just ways of keeping that level of effort up week after week. but in scientific documentaries like :&lanet .arth: 6uite a lot of that kind of language is used.  Cross it out and throw it away. </. unlike other skills just having something in . =lthough all the listening te ts in the *+. the washing waiting to be hung up etc.  !atch wildlife documentaries. try to use them to tidy up your study space.nglish vocabulary used in conte t. *o make it easier for you to understand.  !atch a video about the business world.paper. and also reduce the pile of things on your desk waiting to be done.e am are dialogues and therefore the business news in . it is best to start studying right now and only do most of the hints above when you find your enthusiasm fading in a few days. worksheet or book and copied down the important language to learn. =lthough listening is like any other part of language learning and the more effort you put in the more you will improve..or some people.<!. <.nronJ the smartest guys in the room: or movies like :=merican &sycho:. 3efore you start studying.  Read your own language "uicker . stopping reading each newspaper article when it is no longer interesting etc.I. make sure that nothing can interrupt you like your mobile ringing. 7ost of the skills of reading 6uickly are the same for every language. 0hen you are choosing a ABA to watch. 9 .  Clear up your desk and your life.

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