Adriana has been searching for an Online TOEFL Course so that she can improve her score from 60 to 83, a needed improvement that would give her a scholarship to enter graduate studies in an American University. Finally, she found a course called “The 7-Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT”, and sent an E-mail to the course creator Michael Buckhoff:
My name is Adriana Rincón and I am a student of Ph.D of science in Costa Rica. I need to improve my toefl scores. I presented toefl IBT on May of 2012 and I drew 60 points. I need to draw near 83 points to have a scholarship that allow to make a pasantia in U.S.A and improve my economical situation.
I drew the scores as I show: 16 in reading; 13 in listening; 14 in speaking; 17 in writing.
Please, help me to improve my english. How is your course? How much it cost? Explain me all about your course. I am interested to do it. I appreciate your support.
Of course, Michael was excited to help another TOEFLer, and, since he has already taught many students whose TOEFL scores were right around 61, he knew exactly what to say to her:
Thank you for contacting me.
My Online TOEFL Course consists of 330 lessons in seven key areas: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Offered currently at a cost of $35.00 per month, my Online TOEFL Course is entirely online at a password and username protected web site. The practice tests and quizzes in the vocabulary, grammar, reading, listening sections are computer-scored so you can see your progress immediately.
The pronunciation pre-tests and post-test, the speaking practice tests, and the writing practice tests are scored by highly-trained TOEFL iBT specialists. In fact, most of the time I will be scoring and commenting on your pronunciation, speaking, and writing practice tests, each time giving you additional tips and recommending lessons to help you get better.
Finally. based on your current score of 60 and your needing to score higher than 83, you will most likely need my service for 3 months. On average my online TOEFL students improve their score between 5-10 points for each month that they use my service. Thank you for contacting me, and I would like to invite you to become one of my newest students.
If you are ready to reach your TOEFL goals by working hard, I am ready to guide you through your journey.
To sum up, now Adriana R. has some thinking to do: “Is this course right? Will Michael be able to help me succeed?’ Adriana certainly thinks that Michael is qualified and has the lessons that she will need to get better. In addition, she likes that fact that she can have her pronunciation, speaking, and writing practice tests scored online from an iBT TOEFL speaking and writing specialist with more than 18 years of teaching experience. How do you put a price tag on that. So, she will throw caution to the wind and join the online course now.