10 tips for passing Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL)

  • Posted on: 26 February 2015
  • By: Tatiana Shutova
test of russian as a foreign language

1. Practice

You should be watching and listening to everything you can everywhere you go. Doing this will help you pass the listening and speaking sections. Remember not to be afraid if you can’t understand all the words. This is practice! Listen to Russian speech (news, podcasts) in the background while you are doing other things. Psychologists have proven that you brain can absorb and remember information even if you are not fully focused on something.

Try speaking. Take any chance you get to practice. Talk to Russian friends face to face or on skype. Don’t be scared to make mistakes.

Try to read. This will help you learn and memorize not only words and phrases but their usage in context and situations. 

2. Study regularly

At least 15-20 min a day. But every day!

3. Study by yourself

You can do it. All the questions you have you can address me.

4. Know the structure of the test

Check the types of tasks. Remember: knowing the language is not equal to passing the test!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5. Enjoy Russian

Don’t just make yourself study, everything’s going to be all right :)

6. Skip and mark difficult questions

For grammar each task requires a certain amount of time. If you don’t know the answer - skip the task and begin doing the next question. Don’t waste time. Mark skipped questions. You can return to them later.

7. Wear a watch

For grammar, reading and writing while preparing for the test check the time necessary for completing each task. Doing this, you will be able to control yourself and understand your own unique rhythm.

8. Know the exact number of words needed for each part

Don’t aim at writing more then you must. The more you write – the more mistakes you can make.

9. Break an order

For writing and reading you don’t need to do the questions in order. You can start with any question, which seems to be easier for you. Thus, you will get extra time for more complicated questions.

10. Never predict possible variants of questions and answers for speaking

And don’t write them down!!! Since a tester could ask any question depending on how the talk goes. This might make you panic and be confuse. Don’t be afraid to improvise while answering – nobody is going to check you for the truth. Just speak!!!!


Usefull links:

Test examples - http://www.russian-test.com/eng/tests/training_tests

Watch your favorite tv series with Russian translation- http://zfilm-hd.com/serial/

Russian news - http://www.bbc.co.uk/russian/russia