Here is our list of the 5 best TOEFL preparation books for 2015.
Although any of the below TOEFL test study guides (often misspelled as “TOFEL”) would be an excellent choice, see for yourself which guide meets your particular needs best (some of them are also available as eBooks for Kindle).
Educational Testing Service (ETS), the makers of the TOEFL Test, are the publishers of this official TOEFL test study guide. Because of this, the guide is highly reliable, making it one of the most essential and best TOEFL books on the market.
The guide contains authentic TOEFL questions, sample texts that were written by previous test-takers, and three previously administered practice tests with answers and explanations.
Having the “real” questions gives students an accurate sense of the level of difficulty and what is actually expected of them on the day of the test. Finally, the book concludes with a helpful section at the end, the “Writer’s Handbook,” that explains basic English language principles.
Overall, this is a great choice for TOEFL preparation, although test-takers are well advised to supplement the guide with other study aids that contain additional model exams
Barron’s new TOEFL iBT book is with good reason one of the most popular TOEFL test prep guides.
The author, Pamela Sharpe, succeeds in writing a comprehensive yet clear and accessible guide that will help you familiarize yourself with the basics of the TOEFL test and its listening, speaking, reading, and writing sections.
The book includes seven practice tests with detailed notes and explanations. There is also a section that outlines the key academic skills necessary to ace the test, such as note taking and synthesizing.
In addition, studying becomes more interesting and efficient with the accompanying audio CDs, a CD-ROM with the guides’s model tests and an additional practice test, and access to TOEFL video lessons. This is clearly one of the top TOEFL books – highly recommended!
Cambridge University Press is among the publishers with a TOEFL book/CD-ROM/audio bundle on the market.
This package offers a large variety of skill-building exercises and progress checks designed to help improve grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and test study skills, although some of these could be somewhat more targeted towards the actual questions encountered on the TOEFL.
Nevertheless, since mastering the TOEFL above all else requires a lot practice, this guide is notable for its extensive audio tracks with conversations and lectures. Moreover, this is one of the best TOEFL books when it comes to model exams, of which there are seven: four in hardcopy and an additional three on the CD-ROM, which do a good job simulating the actual test and its look and feel.
This is an excellent book for those looking for lots of practice and an overall level of difficulty of intermediate to high, which should be suitable for many readers.
TOEFL iBT Premier 2014-2015 (with CD-ROM, online, and mobile) by Kaplan (they also offer TOEFL test prep courses) is a well-rounded test preparation guide. It contains language and grammar exercises and explanations, instructions on test-taking strategies, and study tips.
One of the most appealing parts of this book is its outline of the various types of questions that test-takers may encounter in each portion of the exam. For example, the book breaks down the Reading section into various questions types, such as not/except questions, vocabulary questions, drag-n-drop summary questions, etc. These question analyses are then followed by specific strategies to improve your score for each TOEFL section.
There is also plenty of practice material. The hardcopy book contains hundreds of questions while online resource area features four full-length model tests that simulate the actual TOEFL iBT interface. The CD-ROM includes audio tracks to simulate the test’s listening section.
Overall, this book is one of the most complete TOEFL books available and, therefore, easily makes it onto our list of the 10 top TOEFL books.
This TOEFL book by the Princeton Review is designed to help you “crack” the test. To that end, it features in-depth grammar reviews, practice drills with answers and explanations, and – in keeping with its title – emphasizes strategic advice on mastering the test and its different sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing).
The book does not waste any time with lengthy introductions. Instead, it focuses on easy to apply techniques that make the questions and tasks manageable and promise to translate into high test scores. In particular, unlike some of the older guides, this book includes instructions on the Reading section as recently revised by ETS.
Moreover, in order to give test-takers a more accurate sense of what to expect when taking the exam, Cracking the TOEFL iBT comes with a simulated TOEFL iBT test and audio exercises on an accompanying audio CD-ROM.
In sum, although the material could be more challenging and further practice exams would be helpful, this is a very solid tool.