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TOEFL Preparation Book Comparisons and Contrasts
I am very interested in compiling a detailed article comparing and contrasting the style, content, and approach of the most widely used TOEFL Preparation books. I would to seek the help of my fellow TOEFL teachers on this forum.
Could you provide any tidbit of information about any two (or more) TOEFL Prep books you have used and their related materials?
I'll start by mentioning what I know:
ETS Vs. Longman
The ETS Official Guide is less detailed than the Longman Preparation Course. Teaching from the ETS Guide, I often need more examples of the question types to help introduce the idea, so I refer students to the Longman Book for a set of focused examples.
I have found the Longman Book to be a bit impractical in some of the walkthroughs, like the note-taking skills for example. I can't imagine how anyone would have enough time to take notes the way they are introduced in the Longman book.
The Longman Course takes 280 hours, according to the author, and I teach the ETS Guide in 80 hours.
The Longman Course has been around for a while, and seems well edited, while the ETS Guide still contains a lot of typos and mistaken examples in its third printing.
The ETS Guide offers official statistics about TOEFL test takers around the world, listing averages by gender, language, country, and even academic level.
The Longman Course includes many helpful language appendices. My favorite is the cohesion activity, it is very helpful for students.