Find time for reading
Excerpt from Self-Selected Pleasure Reading and Story Listening
for Foreign Language Classrooms by Beniko Mason.Full text here.
Sufficient amount of reading is required for significant gains on standardized tests such as the TOEFL and TOEIC. At least 1000 to 1500 pages per semester is required for efficient improvement.
500-pages per semester can be effective on a teacher-made reading comprehension test, and in helping students become used to reading books in English, but it will not result in significant gains on standardized tests. The important factor for making successful gains on tests such as the TOEIC and TOEFL is that students read many books that they enjoy. High school students in Turkey read 250 pages per week (Sari, 2013).