The top ten tips YOU need to get a GREAT score on your TOEFL test!
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5M ago
Tips you NEED to know in order to pass your TOEFL exam-- Here are the top ten things you need to do. Know the test before you go. A lot of students take the test without the information they need. For instance, some of my students do not even know that there are four speaking tasks and two writing tasks. Obviously, this negatively affects their score in a big way!  You should read The Official TOEFL Guide published by ETS.  The sixth edition is the newest version.         2. Practice with old tests. I recently read a test preparation book that said the best w ..read more
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NEW: The TOEFL Academic Discussion Task plus what the graders are looking for!
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Hi TOEFL test takers! Welcome to my blog.  This change took place in July. I have written about it in previous blogs, but let's talk about what the raters are looking for today!  First, let’s look at how the question is structured.   You will be presented with an online academic discussion. A professor presents a question, and two students will respond. Your answer should be well over one hundred words. I recommend over 150. It’s asking for your opinion. You need to be clear, and you need to contribute to the discussion. You should use details and examples. Your response shoul ..read more
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A SIMPLE Way to Make the New TOEFL Writing EASIER for you!
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6M ago
Today, my goal is to make your life a little easier by addressing a simple question: Do I have to write about the two students' opinions when I answer the new TOEFL prompt? The answer is NO. You do not have to. However, it's a lot easier.  Let me give you an example. Go to this website. Please read the prompt for test TWO (2) https://www.ets.org/toefl/test-takers/ibt/prepare/practice-tests.html Here is a response I wrote that was graded 5/5 by the artificial intelligence. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE AI does not involve a human rater. A human rater may have scored me lower than 5. When I wrote ..read more
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Improve your TOEFL writing score with this easy writing trick!
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 ​This is an easy way to improve your score on the new TOEFL writing. You must use COMPLEX sentences! How? To get a better score on the new TOEFL writing, you should use some subordinating conjunctions to make complex sentences. Understanding Subordinating Conjunctions: Subordinating conjunctions are connecting words that link an independent clause (a complete sentence) with a dependent clause (an incomplete thought that can't stand alone). They indicate various relationships, such as cause and effect, time, contrast, purpose, and more. Common examples of subordinating conjunctions inclu ..read more
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How to Do Well on the New TOEFL Writing Prompt
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9M ago
Hi everyone! As you all know, the TOEFL writing section is changing on July 26th, 2023. ETS is now offering a few sample tests you can take. I decided to write an answer to the first question and share it with you. I will PARAPHRASE it here (put it into my own words) so I do not get in trouble with ETS. If you want to see the original content, I will provide the link at the end.   Remember, the professor will introduce the topic. Then, two students will give their opinions. You will be asked to write a response that contributes to the discussion. The instructions are as follows: Your pro ..read more
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How to Improve Your Speaking Score by Breaking a Bad Habit
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This blog will address a common problem that will cost you points on the TOEFL test. A lot of my clients use a lot of UHs and UMs when they speak, so I decided to make a blog to address this problem. Can it affect your score? DEFINITELY. Your score will be lower if you make more UHs, and UMs  sounds when you speak. Not only can the human rater detect these sounds, the Speechrater can as well. Yes! This WILL lower your score. We don’t want that- so let’s talk about some ways to fix it. There is no magic here, just some steps that I believe will help you (again, I do not believe in “magic ..read more
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A Plan to Prepare for the TOEFL test
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9M ago
Creating a study plan is essential for efficient and organized TOEFL preparation. Test takers constantly ask me if I can create one for them, so I finally put one together. You must adjust this to your lifestyle. Here's a suggested study plan for a new TOEFL student, covering all sections of the exam: Week 1: Familiarization and Diagnostic Test Spend the first week getting familiar with the TOEFL exam structure, question types, and timing. I STRONGLY recommend you purchase ETS’s guide. Here is a link: https://www.amazon.com/Official-Guide-TOEFL-Test-Sixth-ebook/dp/B08BFC2CJ9/ref=sr_1_2?crid ..read more
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A mistake students make in Prompt Three of the Speaking Section
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10M ago
This blog will discuss prompt three. I will also talk about a mistake students make, so read on. Please note that the definition is only on the screen for 45-50 seconds. Then it disappears. It does not return to the screen at any time. How do we find the definition? TIP: The definition is not USUALLY in the first sentence. Sometimes it is, but it is rare. LOOK FOR: THE TITLE WITHIN THE READING  (so if the title is “Hibernation” look for that word) THE TERMS “IS DEFINED AS” OR “IS REFERRED TO AS” OR “THIS IS KNOWN AS” or “INVOLVES” OR LOOK FOR THE BE VERB  (is or are) Obviously, in 4 ..read more
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Some surprising information about the Summary Question
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10M ago
This blog will explain some information about the Summary Question you may not know!  Hi everyone! Today I want to address one of the most frustrating questions in the TOEFL iBT Reading: The Summary Question. Students complain a lot about it, and I understand why. Sometimes it seems (almost) impossible to solve. So after MANY MANY years of teaching reading, here is what I have found to work. Remember, all tutors have different strategies. There is no "right" or "wrong," but this works for me.   First, I do not follow the instructions. You may be wondering why! Here are the typi ..read more
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How to Spot a TOEFL scam
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10M ago
Hello everyone, Lately, scams on my Facebook and other sites are out of control. They are constantly posted, and the administrators of groups cannot keep up with them.  This blog will review ten ways to spot a scam. Note that scammers always evolve, so these may get more sophisticated in the future. ​ Here are some ways to spot what a scam looks like. I pulled these from my page before I deleted them: Good news to all #IELTS/#TOEFL/ #NCLEX #TEAS #HESI #CELPIP #PTE #USMLE and #PLAB exam candidates Get leaked questions and answers keys for your upcoming exam date Upgrade your previous scor ..read more
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