TOEFL Best Books 2021

Updated by: Subhashri Roy on Oct. 12, 2021, 4:38 p.m.

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TOEFL Best Books 2021

While strategies for TOEFL are important to ace the test, it is also crucial for candidates to have an idea of which books to pick while preparing for it. A number of prep materials are offered by ETS, which are available on the official website. Before moving on to purchasing the best books for TOEFL 2021, one must have a thorough understanding of the syllabus and exam pattern of the test.

TOEFL 2021 is one of the most popular English-proficiency tests attempted by students all over the world, making it a rather competitive test for those aspiring to study abroad. It is accepted by popular universities such as Suffolk University, Wolverhampton University, Chester University, George Mason University, Dublin City University, etc. While picking a preparation book for TOEFL, one should cross-check its content with the syllabus of the test and check if it covers all the sections -- Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

Given that several books for TOEFL are available in the market, there is a lot of confusion among candidates as to which book would serve them the best. This page contains the necessary information to help clear out the confusion and provide the specific books to refer to in order to prepare for TOEFL.

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Best Books and Guides for TOEFL

Given below are some of the top prep and guides books for TOEFL 2021.

TOEFL Test Prep Planner

TOEFL Test Prep Planner is an ideal prep material for those just beginning their TOEFL prep journey. An 8-week planner, TOEFL Test Prep Planner is a free material aimed at helping candidates with organising their preparation efforts effectively while also building the necessary skills to score high and succeed in the test. All in all, the guide features the following:

  • An in-depth review of the four sections of TOEFL including Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing.

  • Activities that help build skills.

  • Sample questions for TOEFL iBT.

  • Scoring information along with the Speaking and Writing scoring tips and tricks.

  • Preparation tips for the test day among other relevant tips and suggestions.

Official TOEFL iBT Tests Volume 1 & 2

With this prep material, preparation for TOEFL 2021 effectively and efficienctly becomes easier. It includes a total of 10 authentic and full-length TOEFL iBT tests with previously asked questions based on the four skills. Each volume offers 5 practice tests and features, as outlined below:

  • Sample writing and speaking responses.

  • Also has a paperback or an eBook version that go perfectly well with The Official Guide to the TOEFL Test.

  • Audio files and written transcripts for the listening section.

  • Interactive sessions in online mode for all five tests, which are evaluated through a unique code.

Other Resources to Prepare for the TOEFL

Apart from the best books or guides for TOEFL preparation, ETS also offers other resources to help those taking the test. Here are some of these resourses:


TOEFL Test Preparation: The Insider's Guide

TOEFL Test Preparation: The Insider's Guide is a highly-interactive and free course that uses short quizzes, videos, collaborative discussion boards and preparation tips from experts along with other such preparatory guidelines to help candidates understand the techniques and methods of scoring high in the TOEFL. Here is what you will find in the course material that can be helpful:

  • An introduction to TOEFL along with every section included in it.

  • Paced completely according to the candidate which makes it easier for them to learn and practice on the basis of their schedule and study technique.

  • Offers a scaled-score range for both Speaking and Writing practice questions.

TOEFL Go! Official App

The TOEFL GO! Official App is the only official test prep app introduced by ETS, the administrating body for TOEFL 2021. Candidates can select their location and download the app accordingly.

The TOEFL Go! Official App offers the following:

  • Practice the skills they want with free and in-app purchases of authentic questions.

  • Free access to sample questions.

  • The ability to try before buying.

  • Insider tips from ETS.

  • Check progress with scoring directly from ETS, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


TOEFL talks are given in both English and local languages, which includes face-to-face seminars or online webinars based on topics mentioned below:

  • Advantages of taking the TOEFL test.

  • An overview of the test.

  • How to use TOEFL scores.

  • How to register for the test.

  • Tools that can be used to prepare for the test.

In India, information about upcoming seminars can be found by emailing at or by visiting the official website of

FAQs about TOEFL Best Books

1. What is the best book to prepare for TOEFL?

There are many books to prepare for TOEFL. However, the TOEFL Test Prep Planner offered by ETS is considered as one of the best books for TOEFL preparation.

2. Can I prepare for TOEFL online?

Yes, all candidates can prepare online for TOEFL, on the TOEFL Go! Official app.

3. Do TOEFL preparation books include sample papers?

Yes, a lot of TOEFL preparation books include numerous practice papers. Some mock test papers may also include questions that have been asked in previous TOEFL tests.

4. How to pick the best TOEFL study material?

While choosing a TOEFL preparation book, candidates must look for content that is easy to understand and is the latest edition. Candidates should also ensure that the TOEFL prep books include sufficient practice papers.

5. Are section-wise books available for TOEFL?

Yes, section-wise preparation books are also available for TOEFL in the market.

6. Does ETS offer study material for TOEFL?

Yes, ETS offers a number of good study materials for proper TOEFL preparation. Candidates searching for the same can visit the official website of ETS and find the necessary study material.

7. Can I buy TOEFL study books on e-commerce websites?

Yes, e-commerce websites are a popular platform to find study material for TOEFL preparation.

8. Which book is the best for the TOEFL reading section?

One of the good books for the TOEFL reading section is 'Mastering the Reading Section for the TOEFL iBT' by Kathy Spratt.

9. Which book is the best for the TOEFL listening section?

Among the good books for the TOEFL listening section is 'McGraw-Hill's Conquering the TOEFL Listening Section' by Roberta Steinberg.

10. Which book is the best for the TOEFL writing section?

The 'TOEFL Reading & Writing Workout' by Princeton Review is considered one of the best books for the TOEFL writing section.

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