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  • Paperback: 573 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (28 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521577713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521577717
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,730,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Both the disc and book are easy to understand and use, the testing is challenging, and all are reflective of real-world situations and usage. This Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL Test combination product will be a welcome addition to any library serving ESL students." Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL Test is a comprehensive test preparation course that helps learners acquire the skills they need to succeed on the Test of English as a Foreign Language. It is ideal for both classroom and self-study use. The Second Edition of the course reflects the changes in the listening comprehension and reading comprehension sections of the exam.Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL Test consists of a book, a set of cassettes, and a book/cassette package.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is a "classic" that combines skills, strategies and practice. It has three very complete sections (Listening, Structure and Written Expression, Reading Comprehension) of instructional material accompanied by a very large number of exercises. A fourth section refers to the Test of Written English (TWE) which is now incorporated into the TOEFL exam as the Essay section. Although this section is much shorter than the others, it is still very useful. In contrast to many of the books which simply provide practice tests or exercises, this book has an instructional component that actually teaches something before it tests you on it.
Although the book is five years old, and the TOEFL test itself has passed through a number of changes (most notably the current computer-based format), the book continues to be among the best available for students who need to actually learn, and not just familiarize themselves with the test format.
The Listening section trains the student in the skills required on the test, starting with the very basics: distinguishing similar sounds in single words, word meanings, expressions of time, quantity and comparison, idioms, phrasal verbs and so on. Then the book proceeds to short conversations, and ultimately to longer, more difficult conversations.
The Structure section is excellent and very comprehensive, with the answer section providing the correct choice along with very clear explanations.
The Reading Comprehension section begins with 30 pages of vocabulary building practice which is pretty heavy going, but could be useful for a student who is willing to work very hard to improve his/her vocabulary. The rest of the section is very good training in the skills and strategies necessary for analyzing the reading passages.
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By MarvinW on 11 Mar. 2011
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Despite the inconvenience of not having the advertised CD delivered with the book, which was a real headache for us, the vender was kind enough to issue a full refund including the shipping. So 50-50 with this one.
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and if not, just the school for you. The book is o.k., but you have to buy CD's to make it work and you need a lot of strong will...
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82 of 82 people found the following review helpful
The best Essay section explanation ever. 23 April 2003
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Format: CD-ROM
1) The best Essay section. After doing all excercises you will able to map out a very good essay within 30 minutes. I had Kaplan, Princenton, Cliff's, Barrons, and Delta, but this essay section is much much better. Any one who would like to have good score for essay needs the book.
2) Grammar section does not reflect real exam. Make no sense to practice problems you won't meet on the test. There is a lot of junk information which has never been used on the test. I took the test twice so did friends of mine. Remarkably enough, ETS and authors of the book have different perspective for English grammar. Problems heavily emphasized in the book will most likely completely ignored on an actual exam.
3) Reading section is very good.
4) Listening comprehension is good, particularly in terms of phrasal verbs and idioms.
5) There are 7 full lenght tests on the CD Rom.
For more practice with real full scale computer tests I can recommend you to buy Delta's Key for Toefl Tests (10 tests) or Cliff's (6 tests). In addition, Cliff's has very useful grammar section.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
listening practices 29 Jun. 2005
By Iris - Published on
Format: CD-ROM
This is a pretty good book, I would say (although, I can't compare it with other ones). The book has 4 sections for each of the testsections. Each section has tiny steps and explains everything. After each step you take a small test to see if you understood everything. I got bored with all the explanations and examples, so I only did the tests and reviewed the sections, where I had problems.

It comes with a CD-Rom, which is very good, because you can practice either the computer test or the written Test. The only problem is the listening section is not on the CD-Rom. You have to buy it extra on CDs (which I couldn't find and actually don't want to spend extra money for). So if you have big troubles understanding spoken English, you'll have to get an extra training book. That is the big minus when buying this product. Everything else is great.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL® Test Book 29 Aug. 2002
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I read previous version of this book. It's a wonderful book with an excellent Reading Section. Its Toefl essay section is all that one need to write a good essay. Prior to reading its section, I scored 3.0 on TWE and after it- 5.0. So, it teaches you how to write essay even if you didn't write american essay before. The listening section is also full and very comprehensive. SO, if you have a patience and read it, you'll improve your score greatly, but no more than 560-80, if you don't use another listening sources as radio and TV. However, grammar section is not very strong. Among many books I read, I found useful only Barron's grammar. Cambridge's grammar is understandable only if you read Barron's before. Otherwise,you'll find it a bit difficult. But it has a good quiz for each grammar lesson(Barron's quiz is very simple and don't give you an assurance in your knowledge). I would recommend this book for everyone who want to score high together with Barron's grammar. Actually, I scored 610. So, decide it by yourself, but allow at least 3 months for whole book review.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
If you can do this book you can score 600! 6 Feb. 2002
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Format: Paperback
This book is pitched above the level of the actual TOEFL test, is extremely dense and contains numerous examples of unhelpful vocabulary that only serve to confuse the student. Unless a student is of advanced level and is aiming on scoring over 600 on TOEFL it's not a good idea to study from this book. I taught from the Cambridge Preparation book for a year and felt that it was more a hindrance than a help in preparing intermediate level students to score above 500 in the exam.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very good 22 Nov. 2000
By Denise Pessoa - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book was really good for me, the author knows very well how to write to learners.
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