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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.

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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!
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TOEFL iBT Vocabulary: Twenty Idioms

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TOEFL iBT Vocabulary: Thirty Must-Know Idioms

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TOEFL iBT Vocabulary: Insects, Animals, Birds, and Marine Life

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After watching the video a couple of times, mute the volume and see if you can remember the names of all the insects, animals, birds, and marine life.

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TOEFL iBT Vocabulary: Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes

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Successful TOEFL iBT Students Give a Similar Tip

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Make vocabulary study a high priority!
Make vocabulary study a high priority!

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I just recently interviewed TOEFL student, Austin Li. He scored 102/120 on the TOEFL iBT. One of his tips for other students is that they should concentrate heavily on building college-vocabulary skills.

Another student I interviewed, Susan Yang, told me that when she sees new words she does not know she looks up the meaning of those words in English-English dictionaries. No longer translating unfamiliar words into Korean, Susan understands these unfamiliar words in simpler English.

As I talk to other countless students who passed the TOEFL test, they all seem to mention vocabulary as a key to scoring high on TOEFL iBT.

Still, vocabulary persists as an obstacle for many students, prompting me to give away a vocabulary list of 1,700 TOEFL Words. I figured I should do my part to repay students for many years of fond memories.

Finally, my conversations with successful TOEFL iBT students ultimately come down to this:

1. Work very hard to learn college level vocabulary.

2. Study vocabulary regularly.

3. Remember to see beyond the TOEFL iBT and understand that the rigorous vocabulary study you do will not only help you for TOEFL iBT but also prepare you for college reading and writing assignments long after you have passed TOEFL iBT.

Therefore, never give up, never lose focus; TOEFL students who you may never meet are supporting you in spirit and wishing for your success. You will experience success.

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TOEFL iBT Vocabulary: How Confident Are You?

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According to many, the English language has a minimum of 200,000 words. There are , however, estimates that there could be up to a million. A small percentage of these words are dubbed as college-level English words which will be used on the TOEFL iBT and in university textbooks in many parts of the world.

Having a basic foundation of college level vocabulary is crucial to helping you score high on the TOEFL iBT. For example, if you know the definitions of a couple thousand college-level vocabulary words, you will understand the vocabulary on the reading and listening sections of the TOEFL iBT. Furthermore, having a good vocabulary foundation will help you to perform optimally on the speaking and writing sections of the TOEFL iBT since both of these sections will require you to speak or write about academic topics that you have read or listened.

Despite the advantages of knowing the definitions of college-level vocabulary, many English language learners are ill-equipped in terms of their vocabulary proficiency. Why is this? First, a lack of regular vocabulary study, limited extensive reading, and little or no interaction with native speakers of English will quickly cause these learners to forget what they have learned. Have you ever heard of the expression, “Use it or lose it?” Second, using long lists, learners try to memorize vocabulary without ever using it in speaking or writing. Of course, memorizing long lists rarely works and will quickly be forgotten. Finally, learners have no strategy for guessing the meaning of new words encountered in TOEFL iBT reading and listening passages. There is a better way!

Downloading my 1,700 TOEFL Words is a great start in  helping you overcome these obstacles.

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TOEFL iBT Pronunciation: Avoiding Irregular Word Stress Shifts with Compound Adverbs, Two Word Verbs, Two-Syllable Nouns and Verbs, Verbs with Prefixes, and Abbreviations and Symbols

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To continue to improve your pronunciation of word stress, you will need to become familiar with word stress patterns of various word combinations. For example, how would you pronounce the following words: downwind, watch over, underestimate, USA, and autistic? What about conduct when used as a verb or when it is used as a noun? Would you place the primary stress in the same part of the word in both parts of speech? These are additional issues that I will focus on in my Online TOEFL Course.

Having appropriate word stress can benefit your TOEFL iBT test-taking experience three ways. First, having appropriate word stress improves your intelligibility. Second, avoiding word stress shifts ensures that your speech does not distract listeners from what you are saying. Finally, competently using word stress makes you natural-sounding. Of course, human raters, impressed by your clear, non-distracting, and natural-sounding speech, will be pleased to give you high scores on TOEFL iBT speaking.

Unfortunately, word stress poses great challenges for learners, so much so that TOEFL iBT human raters are specifically trained to pay close attention to your proficiency or lack thereof in this area. Due to inexperience with English or interference from a first language, you may be unsure what to do, for example, when two adverbs combine to form one word: northwest. Is the stress placed on the first or second word? In other cases, in words such as go through and put down, would you place stress on the first or second word?

Furthermore, if you hear reCORD, is it being used as a verb or noun? How about when someone says EXploit? Is it being used as a noun or a verb? Do you change your word stress when using nouns or verbs? There are even additional rules with word stress and verbs which have prefixes such as dehumidify, preview, and withdraw. In these examples, would you stress the prefix or the base? As you can see, there are numerous rules regarding word stress and certain word combinations, and it will take you time to get familiar with these rules.

Through my Online TOEFL Course,  you will learn word stress patterns of compound adverbs, two word verbs, two-syllable nouns and verbs, verbs with prefixes, and abbreviations and symbols. In addition, you will learn how to predict stress with suffixes and word endings: -ic, -ical, -ify, -ogy, -tion, -graphy, -ious, -ian, -ical, -ee, -eer, -ese, -esque, -ique, -ette, -et, -ate. For example, you will learn that when you see a word that ends with the ending -ee the stress is placed on the last syllable, i.e., referEE. The value of using word endings to predict stress in incalculable: by learning stress patterns of word endings, you will be able to predict word stress patterns of thousands of academic words. Now you may be thinking to yourself, “Heck, I can learn this naturally by speaking regularly with native speakers.” It is true that you can learn word stress naturally, but it may take you 5-10 years before you internalize all the rules that are explicitly taught in this course.

Therefore, my Online TOEFL Course can dramatically short-cut your path to near-native speaker proficiency by giving you intensive practice with word stress in the form of listening discrimination exercises of academic sentences and paragraphs. You needn’t wait 10 years before you can win your battle with word stress. Subscribe to my Online TOEFL Course and begin reducing your word stress shifts immediately.

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