To score 26, students will need TOEFL iBT speaking practice in three areas.

In order for test-takers to score above 26/30 on the exam, they will need TOEFL iBT speaking practice to help them improve their delivery, language use, and topic development.

First of all, test-takers wanting to improve their delivery will need TOEFL iBT speaking practice designed to help them pinpoint problems that they may be having with pronunciation. Therefore, these test-takers will typically complete a pronunciation pre-test to help them determine their strength and weaknesses: vowels, consonants, syllable division, grammatical word endings, word stress, sentence rhythm, intonation, thought groups, and blending. Then, after completing a pre-test and getting qualified feedback from TOEFL iBT pronunciation specialist, these test-takers will practice specific lessons until their pronunciation is more natural sounding and fluent. Once test-takers feel they have mastered all the pronunciation lessons, they will complete a final post-test and get a final assessment of their pronunciation strengths and weaknesses.

Second of all, test-takers wanting their improve their language use complete independent and integrated speaking practice tests on a daily basis so that their TOEFL iBT speaking specialists can become more familiar with these grammar and vocabulary limitations that they might have. For instance, if a student completes an independent speaking practice test and the speaking specialist notices that the student is avoiding or misusing adjective clauses, then the specialist will show the students how to rephrase the sentence in more complex and accurate way. In addition, if the speaking specialist notices that the student is using mostly basic vocabulary, he/she can present alternative synonyms that will help the student score higher. In both cases, the TOEFL iBT speaking specialist can recommend specific grammar and vocabulary lessons to help the student score higher on the speaking section of the exam.

Third of all, test-takers who want to improve their topic development will also complete independent and integrated speaking practice tests so that their TOEFL iBT speaking specialists will be able to determine if they are having problems organizing and developing ideas. Case in point, test-takers need to learn how to coherently organize their ideas in a way that makes it easy for their audience to distinguish between their most important and least important ideas. Perhaps, students are not creating sharply-focused topic statements, or maybe the details they use are not specific enough to strongly support the generalizations they use. In either case, TOEFL iBT speaking specialist will be able to guide these students in a way that they learn how to organize their ideas more effectively, and they learn how to provide more relevant supporting details.

In the final analysis, test-takers, if they get appropriate TOEFL iBT speaking practice, they will learn to overcome the delivery, language use, and topic development problems that they have. Of course, overcoming these obstacles will help them score higher than 26/30 points on the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT exam.

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“Hi Michael,

I retook the TOEFL iBT on 12th May and got the desired score – 116 (R30, L30, S26, W30). I thank you for all the speaking practice tests and comments that helped me boost my speaking score.






“Hey Michael,
I just got my TOEFL score – 113 overall, and I’m thrilled about it. (Writing/Reading – 29, Listening – 28, Speaking – 27). I want to thank you for your great tutoring – you really helped me a lot. I used your service for about a month, and that made all the difference – your input and guidance really helped me do all the right things. I think your service can help anyone at any level, since you make sure your students focus on what they require the most. So, once again, Thank you!


“Michael, how would you answer this writing task that I saw on the actual TOEFL exam?”

Question: I have a question..last time I took the toefl a few months ago, I got a writing question similar to this:

If you can choose a news media like the tv, radio, or social media, which one will you choose? Explain the reasons and details of your choice.

How will you answer that in the writing task and also in the speaking.. should I mention each of them?? Or just focus in one?? Thank you

Answer: In answering this writing task, Diana, I would choose one of the news media sources and, using three reasons, explain why. I would mention the two that I don’t like in the introduction as counter arguments leading into my personal preference. Read the essay below, which is a model answer of this very question.

Topic: If you can choose a news media like the tv, radio, or social media which one will you choose? Explain the reasons and details of your choice.

Often, many types of events such as earthquakes, political elections, crimes, and so on occur. When these incidents happen, various news outlets inform the public on what is happening. How people hear about these events depends on what type of news they tend to rely on. Some people are attached to their smart phones and other electronic devices, so they may prefer to get their news from social media such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. These electronic devices have applications which make it convenient to get news and updates as they occur. Others prefer to get their news from radio since they are very busy and get their news conveniently by listening to the radio as they commute to and from work each day. Despite the advantages getting news from social media and radio, I prefer to get my news from the television since I have more control of the news source, I am more of a visual learner, and the news is likely to be more accurate.

Television is a great outlet for news since I have complete control over how I get my news. For example, if I want factual news without bias, I can choose the nightly news from NBC, ABC, or CBS. These news programs tend to be mostly factual without any bias, so I can get the facts without anyone’s opinion, which is especially important when it comes to political news. However, sometimes I want to watch news that is either democratically or republican slanted, and, in these cases, I can tune into MSNBC or Fox news, both of which slant toward democratic and republican views. Therefore, I feel like television gives more a lot of control over which news stations I want to view.

In addition, I also favor television as a news source because I am more of a visual learner. For example, a few years ago when NBC nightly news was reporting the British Petroleum oil spill off the coast of Mississippi and Louisiana, the program showed video of the oil spill by helicopter so that viewers could understand the scope of the problem. Rather than reading or listening to this problem, I effectively was able to learn about the oil spill since visual learning is the best way my brain prefers to receive information. In addition, on television, I can watch the reporters and the interviewees as they discuss the news, and the body language from these people give me clues as to their own emotions and opinions. To illustrate, I could tell from watching the NBC nightly news reporter’s eyes that the BP oil spill was a very serious disaster that would wreak catastrophic effects on the marine life in the Gulf of Mexico for many years to come.

Finally, I prefer television news as my primary news source because it tends to be more accurate than radio or social media news. For example, before news is reported on NBC, ABC, or CBS, the journalists have ethical obligations to confirm the veracity of their stories before they report them. In fact, even though television journalists accept news from anonymous sources, these reporters will need to confirm the story with an additional source before they will report it on television. In addition, sometimes news is misreported, and television news programs will in a later broadcast correct an error or fact that they may have reported in a previous news broadcast. Hence, I have been watching television news for a few years already, and I feel comfortable that for the most part, these news programs report information accurately and without bias, at least if it is a hard news type of program.

To sum up, even though I do use radio and social media for news, I believe that television news offers me more control over what I watch, video complements my personal learning style, and television news tends to report incidents accurately and fairly.