TOEFL iBT - Support Skills

In addition to the primary and secondary skills, a wide variety of academic skills support your ability to ace the TOEFL. These include notetaking, summarizing, paraphrasing, outlining, mind-mapping, synthesizing, skimming, and scanning.

The chart below shows you the many times you will need to utilize these support skills throughout the exam.

Support Skills for the TOEFL iBT
Support Skills
Reading
Listening
Speaking
Writing
Note-taking
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Summarizing
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Paraphrasing
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Outlining
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Mind-mapping
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Synthesizing
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Skimming
Yes
No
No
No
Scanning
Yes
No
No
No

 

So make sure your TOEFL study plan covers each of these academic skills or you won't understand why you keep getting a low score on your practice tests. As in real academic life, all of these skills work together in an integrated way, to make you a more effective English student and communicator.


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