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Step 1 – Super-Size Your TOEFL Vocabulary

Lesson 4

Step 1 –Super-Size your Vocabulary

The first step to successfully pass the TOEFL  iBT Exam is building vocabulary proficiency. Let’s face it.  How can you understand college level vocabulary without having basic vocabulary?  Moreover, how can you perform optimally when reading and listening to TOEFL7 iBT passages without a good vocabulary foundation?  Finally, how can you support your generalizations on the speaking and writing sections with details without having practiced vocabulary beforehand?  For example, if you are asked to summarize a lecture about mountain ranges in the United States, will you have sufficient vocabulary to accurately and intelligently complete the speaking or writing task?

“What is lesson 4 about?”

Lesson 4 is divided into 3 parts, each part containing 500 words: Advanced TOEFL iBT Vocabulary Course I (A-E), Advanced TOEFL iBT Vocabulary Course II (E-P), and Advanced TOEFL iBT Vocabulary Course III (P-Z).

“So, this course is for TOEFlers with advanced English skills?”

Yep,  if your TOEFL iBT score is above 60/120, this is the right vocabulary course for you.  If your TOEFL score is below 60, you should take TOEFL Vocabulary Lesson 3 first.

“How many words will I study in this course? Are these the same words that I downloaded free from Better TOEFL Scores?”

You will learn 1,500 words, and yes, these are the same words that you downloaded.  However, in this lesson, you will get audio files of all the words and thousands of test questions to test your mastery of the words.

“What about the other 200 words? Better TOEFL Scores gave me a free list of 1,700 not 1,500 words.”

I have another lesson to help you learn the other 200 words:  TOEFL Vocabulary Lesson 3.

“OK.  Can you tell me about the three parts of the course?”

Advanced TOEFL iBT Vocabulary Course I (A-E)

The Advanced TOEFL iBT Vocabulary Course I, designed for high intermediate level students in terms of English proficiency, will give you a solid foundation of college level vocabulary, increasing your word recognition of TOEFL iBT and college-level vocabulary words. Carefully designed skill-building vocabulary quizzes will sharpen your ability to recognize synonyms and antonyms of the words you study. Additionally, these quizzes will reinforce the noun, adjective, adverb, and verb forms of the words you study and will give you a chance to see the words placed into various reading passages. Finally, you will hear the pronunciation of the words you study so that you will be able to recognize these words when you see them in reading and listening passages.


Advanced TOEFL iBT Vocabulary Course II (E-P)

The Advanced TOEFL iBT Vocabulary Course II, designed for high intermediate level students in terms of English proficiency, will give you a solid foundation of college level vocabulary, preparing you for reading passages on the reading, speaking, and writing sections of the TOEFL iBT. Since the vocabulary words you study will be placed into academic reading passages to give you a context, you will see a variety of punctuation marks used. Furthermore, after taking this course, you will be able to recognize most academic words on the TOEFL iBT, making it less likely that you will plagiarize the reading passage on the integrated writing section. Finally, this course will give you the vocabulary confidence you will need during your 4.5 hour TOEFL iBT test-taking experience.


Advanced TOEFL iBT Vocabulary Course III (P-Z)

The Advanced TOEFL iBT Vocabulary Course III, a vocabulary course designed for high intermediate level students in terms of English proficiency, will give you the final pieces of the TOEFL iBT vocabulary puzzle. Upon completion of this course, you will not need to be overly dependent on translation dictionaries, for you will have developed a broad base of academic vocabulary and vocabulary in context strategies, one of which is to use referents to understand the meanings of other words in a sentence. You will be able to read faster with higher comprehension, and you will be able to read, listen, speak, and write with confidence when taking the TOEFL iBT.

“Why should I buy this lesson?”

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“Can I see some sample lesson material of your quizzes and audio files?”

Here is a sample of one of 12 quizzes to accompany this lesson:  Quiz One 1-150. Click on the following link to see an example of one of three final exams to accompany this lesson:  Final Exam 1-500

Here is an example of one of more than thirty audio files.  I pronounce each word three times:  1) so you can hear the new word, 2) so you can recognize the new word, and 3) so that you can learn the new word:  Vocabulary words 501-530 .   The audio files are low quality so I will NOT charge you for any of them.  Therefore, instead of charging you $29.99, I will only charge you $4.99.

“How many quiz questions will I get to test my mastery of these 1,500 words?”

There are 1,487 practice questions, all designed to reinforce not only the meaning of the words you study but also the synonyms, antonyms, and nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and verbs of these new words.

Additionally, you will repeatedly see how the vocabulary words are used in academic contexts.

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Step 6: Target and Improve Your TOEFL Writing Weaknesses

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Step 6 – Target and Improve Your Writing Weaknesses

The sixth step to successfully pass the TOEFL iBT Exam is to gain competence in independent and integrated writing skills: decoding the writing task, organizing a coherent response, writing detailed developmental paragraphs, and ending the essay with a conclusion. Without an organized approach to these writing tasks, students often write incoherent essays, and, in the case of the integrated writing tasks, they do not coherently and accurately connect the reading and listening passages together. But this will not happen to you, will it?

“What is TOEFL Writing Lesson 3 all about?”

In TOEFL Writing Lessons 1 and 2, you learned prewriting strategies and how you should structure your introduction so that it leads to a sharply-focused thesis.  In TOEFL Writing Lesson 3, you will  get a pdf file containing 45 sample essays of  TOEFL iBT independent writing tasks.

“Forty-five sample essays?  Why do I need sample essays?”

A huge amount of research suggests that there is a strong connection between reading and writing; therefore, if you read “model” essays of TOEFL iBT independent writing tasks, you can implicitly learn how to organize your own writing tasks since the “model” essays demonstrate how to write effectively, including….

1.  Writing a strong introduction leading to a sharply-focused thesis.

2.  Using coherent topic sentences which restate one of the key points in the thesis.

3.  Supporting generalizations with specific details based on personal experience or the experience of others.

3.  Using advanced grammar and vocabulary.

“Where did you get the writing prompts from?”

Good question!!  I got them straight from the horse’s mouth–Education Testing Service at http://www.toefl.org.  You see, when you take the TOEFL iBT, ETS chooses from among 187 writing prompts.  These are 45 of the 187 writing prompts that ETS uses during TOEFL iBT independent writing.  So, I guess you can say there is a 25% chance that you MAY have to write a response to one of these writing prompts.

“What do I do once I download and open the pdf file containing 45 sample essays?”

What do resident doctors do when they get a new cadaver (dead body) during medical class?  They operate on it to learn how the human body is constructed!  I know it sounds gross, but it is true.

And that is exactly what you need to do when you begin to study these sample essays.  You need to spend time analyzing each essay by doing several steps:

1.  Copy each essay (word for word) onto your note-book paper so you can get a feel for how the essay is constructed.

2.  Then identify the thesis in the introduction, then the topic sentences, then the supporting details, and so on.  You get the picture.

3.  Identify unfamiliar vocabulary words in the sample essays and begin keeping a vocabulary journal. Pay close attention to HOW these unfamiliar words are used.

4.  Identify the sentence structures used, for example, simple, compound, and complex types.

5.  Look for “organizational” words the writer uses to coherently connect ideas together.

6.   Without looking at the original, practice writing a response to each writing task.  Compare your response to the “model” response.

I guarantee you that, if you implement these six steps into your regular TOEFL writing routine, you will improve your writing skills.  So, buy this lesson so you can begin practicing these steps today.

“Can I see a sample response to one of the writing prompts?”

Yep, try before you buy.  I understand what you want.  Click on this link: prompt response 45.   If you write a response similar to what you just viewed, you will get 30/30 on the independent writing task of the TOEFL iBT, or my name is NOT Michael Buckhoff.

“Sounds good!!! I think I will be very busy if I buy this lesson.”

Yep, you will, but think about how high your TOEFL iBT writing score will be if you take TOEFL Writing Lesson 3.  And, consider this, as an incentive for you to get this lesson today, I am going to throw in some bonus materials.

“Bonus material!  Cool!  What else will you include with this lesson?”

I am going to give you additional materials (both in video and in written form) to help you improve your TOEFL iBT independent writing skills):

1. Understand Thesis Statements  (Video)

2. Be More Concise (Video)

3. Create Compound and Complex Sentences (Video)

4. Improve your Writing by Following Five Steps (Written)

5. Learn Six Practice Exercises to Improve your Writing (Video)

6. Learn How to Be More Coherent (Written)

7. Five Important Questions You Should Ask Yourself (Written)

“And that’s not all!  There is more bonus material if you buy this lesson today!”

As part of a complete package for TOEFL Writing Lesson 3, you will also get five test-taking strategies that you should follow when you take the writing section of the TOEFL iBT. You can practice following these strategies as you write responses to the 45 writing prompts in this lesson.

Buy TOEFL Writing Lesson 3 today, and you will get more than45 hours of writing practice:  45 writing prompts, 45 model responses, 3 free writing videos, and three free mini-writing lessons.   You can improve your writing skills!  You will improve if you buy this lesson!




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Step 7 – Have an Organized Approach to TOEFL Speaking

Lesson 3

Step 7 – Have an Organized Approach to TOEFL

Speaking

The seventh step to successfully pass the TOEFL iBT Exam is learning competent speaking skills: decoding the speaking task, organizing a coherent response including a topic statement, delivering rich details in the body of the speech, and ending with a conclusion. Despite your preparedness, you will have difficulty on the speaking section, but, if you have completed all the prior steps to this “7 Step Program to Pass the TOEFL iBT Exam!” you will have the vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, listening, and reading proficiencies that will be crucial elements in helping you to score high in TOEFL iBT speaking. Additionally, after having taken the writing course, you will have the organizational skills that you can transfer to your speaking proficiencies.

“What do I get in this 18 minute video?”

For starters, you will get the exact same study plan Mydan used to score 26/30 points on the TOEFL iBT speaking. His overall TOEFL iBT score is 100/120 pts with the other subtotals as follows:  reading 27/30,  listening 22/30, and writing 25/30.

“Why do I need a study plan for TOEFL iBT speaking?”

Asking that question is like asking, “Why do I need oxygen?”  Obviously, if you do not have oxygen, you will die.  And, if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail the TOEFL iBT speaking section.  TOEFLers have extreme difficulties passing the speaking section.  To make matters worse, many professional programs (i.e., pharmacy programs) require a score of 26 pts. on the speaking section before applicants are admitted.  Therefore, there are a lot of desperate TOEFLers who, if they had the right study plan, could pass the TOEFL iBT a lot sooner. You should take TOEFL Speaking lesson 3 so that you can get an effective study plan to help you get 26/30 pts.

“How do I know this TOEFL speaking study plan will work for me?”

As a TOEFL teacher since 1994, I have tried, revised, and modified TOEFL study plans more times than I can count.  Having helped thousands of students pass the TOEFL iBT, I know which study plans work and which ones do not.  There is no shortcut to getting a 26/30 pts. on the speaking, but I know that, if you do certain things over an extended period of time, you will get better.  You need to take this lesson today so you can see what you need to do to get better.  And then you can begin doing the exercises every day.   The sooner you get started with this lesson, the sooner you will begin improving your TOEFL speaking score.  To sum up, based my thousand of  hours of teaching experience, I can say that Mydan’s study plan will definitely work for you.

“If I follow this TOEFL study plan to improve my speaking, how long will

it take before I get a 26/30?”

Great question but I will not attempt to answer it.  The truth is there are a number of factors that will determine how long you will need to study before getting a 26/30.  For example, if your speaking skills are intermediate level right now, it will take you longer to get 26/30 pts.  On the other hand, if your speaking are advanced, if you follow this TOEFL speaking study plan, you will be able to get a score of 26 in a lot less time.  One thing for sure:  now matter who you are or what language you speak, if you work hard and follow this study plan, you will get a score of 26/30 on TOEFL speaking.

“Will I get anything else with this lesson?”

You bet you will.   I have another 14 minute video that you will get to watch/download for free.  In this video, I analyze a student’s official TOEFL iBT test score report, particularly with the intent of showing how to understand the scores so that you can make significant improvements in your TOEFL language skill areas.   This is a must-watch video for anyone who is planning on taking the TOEFL iBT.

“So, I get two videos for the price of one lesson?”

You got it.  So take this lesson, get a study plan, and learn about the score report that you get after you take the TOEFL iBT.  Knowledge is power!!!

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Step 1 – Super-Size Your TOEFL Vocabulary

Lesson 1


Step 1 – Super-Size Your Vocabulary

“Why is this this the first step in passing the TOEFL iBT?”

The first step to successfully pass the TOEFL iBT Exam is building vocabulary proficiency. Let’s face it. How can you understand college level vocabulary without having basic vocabulary? Moreover, how can you perform optimally when reading and listening to TOEFL iBT passages without a good vocabulary foundation? Finally, how can you support your generalizations on the speaking and writing sections with details without having practiced vocabulary beforehand? For example, if you are asked to summarize a lecture about mountain ranges in the United States, will you have sufficient vocabulary to accurately and intelligently complete the speaking or writing task?

“What do I get in TOEFL Vocabulary Lesson 1?”

In TOEFL Vocabulary Lesson 1, by watching a 14 minute video, you will get instruction in three areas:

1.   How to improve your TOEFL vocabulary skills by following several simple steps

2. How  to use 9 specific test-taking strategies to help you guess at the meaning of new words during the TOEFL iBT

3.  How to learn vocabulary so the words are stuck in your head forever

This first lesson  is like  laying a foundation of concrete before you build your dream house.  In other words, you will need not only to understand these nine vocabulary test-taking strategies but to be able to apply these strategies to new words during the listening, speaking, writing, and reading parts of the TOEFL iBT.  And, that is how you sky-rocket your TOEFL iBT score.  TOEFL Vocabulary lesson 1 helps you to learn and apply these strategies.  What are you waiting for?

“Why should I buy your lesson?  Can I get the same instruction

free somewhere else?”

You’ve read my blog posts and maybe you have received my E-mails.  I hope by this point you can trust that I will give you high-quality instruction adapted from my TOEFL iBT classes at California State University, San Bernardino.  Since 1994, I have taught almost 200 ten week TOEFL classes totaling  more than 1,600 hours. I have spent 1,600 hours of teaching to figure out a system that will help you to get the highest TOEFL iBT score in the shortest time possible. You should buy my lesson because I am qualified to teach it, and I will teach you all the skills you need to beat the TOEFL iBT.

As for getting my free instruction somewhere else,  consider this question:  “When you sit down to eat dinner, do you only want to eat an appetizer, or do you want the entire meal?”  Other free web sites (believe me I surf the internet everyday and check ’em) do not give a complete, organized approached to passing the TOEFL iBT like I do.  If they did, you would not be reading this message right now, would you?  At Better TOEFL Scores, I give you all the pieces of the puzzle to help you put together the academic English skills to pass the TOEFL iBT.  Teaching TOEFL is no joke.  It is serious business. TOEFL Vocabulary Lesson 1 is an inexpensive lesson to help you save thousands of dollars because I know if you take this lesson, you will pass the TOEFL iBT sooner than you can imagine.




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TOEFL iBT Reading, Speaking, and Writing: A Case Study of a Student from Better TOEFL Scores

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TOEFL iBT Reading: Answering Vocabulary Questions

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TOEFL iBT Grammar: Verbs + Pronouns + Infinitives

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How to Develop Strong Vocabulary Skills for the TOEFL iBT-Without Using a Dictionary! Part One

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When reading TOEFL iBT passages, you will encounter unfamiliar vocabulary. In these situations, you should try to understand the new Online TOEFL Course by looking at the context in which it is used. Examples, appositives, punctuation, and the conjunction “or” may help you to understand a new word.

EXAMPLES

Examples in the form of a word or phrase may help to explain the meaning of a word: as, case in point, for instance, for example, in fact, like, specifically, such as, and to illustrate.

This outcome is a reflection of strong sense of solidarity within the corporate peasant community; for instance, this solidarity is apparent in the tendency for almost every man to remain within his village over his lifetime.

The meaning of solidarity is identified by the example that most men remain within their village during their lifetime; therefore, you can guess that solidarity means having an identity or coincidence of interests, purposes, or sympathies among members of a certain group.

APPOSITIVES

In some cases, an appositive, a noun or noun phrase which is set off by commas and which modifies another noun, can help you to identify the meaning of an unknown word.

Whether psychology should be classified as a biological or social science was a contentious issue among scholars until 1960, after which time it was increasingly described as a behavioral science, the science of the behavior of organisms.

The meaning of “behavioral science” is identified by its appositive, “the science of the behavioral science.”

PUNCTUATION

Punctuation marks can be used to set off a word which is used to identify another word. Some useful punctuation marks that might help you to understand the meaning of an unknown word are the following:

brackets [ ]

commas ,

dashes –

double quotation marks ” ”

parentheses ( )

single quotation marks ‘ ’

If the wire is bent into a coil, called a solenoid, the magnetic fields of the individual loops combine to produce a strong field through the core of the coil.

The meaning of “solenoid” which is set off by commas is identified by the definition which precedes it: “wire is bent into a coil.”

THE CONJUNCTION “OR”

Sometimes “or” and a synonym immediately comes after an unknown word or phrase.

Haliaeetus leucocephalus, or the Bald Eagle, is one of two eagles in North America and the only exclusively North American Eagle.

The meaning of the words “Haliaeetus leucocephalus” are identified by the words “the Bald Eagle” following the word “or.”

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