Find out TOEFL test score requirements for the universities or colleges you are applying to. Plan on taking the exam at least three months before your applications are due.
Find out the format of the exam in your area. Most countries now use the Internet based TOEFL iBT exam, but where Internet is unavailable, computer and paper based exams are given. Chances are likely you will be taking the iBT version (by far the most common) so make sure you are very familiar using the standard English- language (QWERTY) keyboard. You will be expected to answer questions quickly and accurately so practice your keyboarding skills well before the exam date.
The TOEFL exam focuses on your ability to succeed in an American college or university so you should concentrate on studying language you would hear on a campus and in the classroom. Be familiar with academic language and presentations. Surround yourself with up to date television or movies, and practice speaking every chance you can.
The TOEFL exam is almost four hours long which is a very long time to sit in front of a computer. How do you prepare for this? Start off with short one hour study sessions and gradually build up to longer ones over time.