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“Hey Michael. This is Elchin. I Scored 102/120 on the TOEFL iBT.”

Hi TOEFLer,

This is Michael Buckhoff, founder and materials writer for Better TOEFL Scores. Below I have posted a TOEFL or ESL related video to help you to improve your English proficiency. Enjoy!

www.bettertoeflscores.com Michael Buckhoff, founder of Better TOEFL Scores, gets a comment from one of his online TOEFL students “Hi, Michael. Happy belated New Year. I received my TOEFL score. My overall score is 102 (Reading-29; Listening-29; Speaking-22; Writing-22). I want to thank you a lot. Your lessons were really helpful for me.I had only a week to prepare for exam with your lessons. If I began using your lessons from the begining, I am sure, I would be able to get much more scores from speaking and writing as well. Nevertheless, I’m contented with my results, because, my score is enough to apply to the university of my choice. I wish the best to you! Kind regards, Elchin”

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3. Join my service today! After taking my video lessons, you can post your pronunciation, speaking, and writing practice tests, I will evaluate, correct, and score them according to the TOEFL iBT rubrics ETS uses. I will not give up until you pass the TOEFL iBT! That is my promise to you.


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Hi Michael,
How are you???
My name is Mariana. I took a TOEFL test last year and I got the score 78. I needed 79 to apply for MBA.
I tried to study own my on for almost half year. I had less than one month when I found your webside, even though I had studied your lessons for just one month they helped me a lot. I took the TOEFL test one more time last March 27th and I got the score 93. 🙂
Thank you so much for you help! Your lessons were really helpful for me!

I wish the best to you! God bless you!

Mariana Da Silva

Hi Michael,

Today, I received my TOEFL score. My overall score is 100/120. The break up is as follows:

Reading: 22/30

Listening: 25/30

Speaking: 26/30

Writing : 27/30

I want to thank you for helping me. I liked your STEALTH series. I liked your passion about teaching and you want everyone to succeed. I did not have much time to prepare. I was nervous but after watching your lectures, I was confident that I would do fine.

In the end, I want to tell you that you should be proud of yourself that what an incredible teacher you are. I am also a teacher but I teach Microsurgery which is little bit different from English and I commend the efforts you put in your students(including me) with continuous guidance through your newsletters and videos.
Please feel free to contact me for any questions and correct this letter.
Take care,
Syed Gillani, MD

Michael,

I can say that it’s very important to organize your time efficiently to reach your target score.
my first toefl was 72 and after 3 months I was able to score 84.
Therefore I think it’s important to have strategy in your study, by the way I want to thank you Mr Michael your tips were very helpful to me especially in speaking section because I scored 23.

mohamed

Hi Michael,

I receieved my scores at TOEFL. My overall score is 106/120. The break up is as follows:

Reading: 26/30

Listening: 26/30

Speaking: 26/30

Writing : 28/30
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“Hi, Michael, my TOEFL iBT score is 69/120 but I NEED 90/120.”

Michael Buckhoff’s “7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT

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www.bettertoeflscores.com Michael Buckhoff, founder of Better TOEFL Scores, talks to a TOEFL iBT visitor who left the following comment at his TOEFL Blog “Hey Michael,…….and I need a little help with my Toefl Score. I took the Toefl exam last March but I didnt get the score I needed. The school requires 90/120. I got 69/120 and the details are: Reading: 15/30 Listening: 12/30 Speaking: 22/30 Writing: 20/30 I have to take the exam by Oct 29th 2010 and I was looking through all your videos on your website and it seems like it would be a great opportunity for me so maybe you can help to improve my performance and to get better scores. I know that i dont have enough time but I hope to do better this time. Please let me know what you think and which lessons are better for me to get that score. Best Regards”

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TOEFL iBT Independent essay sample topic + how to outline your response

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www.english-itutor.com How to begin your essay for the TOEFL independent essay task, using a good outline!

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TOEFL iBT Essay Writing – Timing and pacing for the independent essay task

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www.english-itutor.com – TOEFL iBT Independent Essay – how to time and pace some different stages to make sure you cover the task within the time limit AND find out where you need to focus and improve!

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TOEFL iBT Grammar: Adjective Clauses

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www.bettertoeflscores.com This video explains how and why you should use adjective clauses during your TOEFL speaking and writing tasks.

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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

Lesson 3

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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