Chetana studied online TOEFL lessons for two months, and, after completing vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, listening, reading, writing, and speaking exercises and practice tests, she was ready to take the TOEFL iBT.
She learned 1,700 basic and TOEFL-level words and was able to use them comfortably in both speaking and writing. So, she was ready.
Completing two pronunciation pre-tests and a post-test and having studied 48 online video lessons focusing on vowel and consonant sounds, syllable division and grammatical word endings, sentence rhythm, word stress, intonation, thought groups, and blending, Chetana received valuable feedback from a TOEFL iBT specialist with more than 18 years of teaching experience. So, she was ready.
Chetana also studied online grammar video lessons to help her improve her knowledge of grammar, mechanics, sentence structure, and punctuation. Hence, she was ready.
Chetana, after completing TOEFL listening lessons, learned how to take notes and especially how to organize them so she could perform better during the listening, speaking, and writing sections of the exam. Hence, she was ready.
Chetana, who improved her reading test-taking strategies and increased her reading speed from 150 to 325 words per minute with 80% comprehension, benefited greatly from the reading section of her online TOEFL course. Before, it used to take her countless hours to read a 300 page book, but now she can finish a 300 page book in just a few hours. Surprisingly, she actually enjoys reading now. Hence, she was ready.
To prepare for the writing section, Chetana took independent and integrated writing lessons to learn how to develop and organize TOEFL iBT writing tasks. Then she completed 10 independent and 10 integrated writing practice tests, each time getting feedback from an experienced TOEFL specialist who gave her tips to help her to score higher. Thus, she was ready.
Finally, Chetana began completing independent and integrated speaking lessons so she could develop six templates that would help her to create organized responses. Once she understood how to answer the questions, she completed 50 speaking practice tests and recorded her responses online so a TOEFL iBT specialist could listen to, evaluate, and score her responses. Moreover, based on her score, the TOEFL iBT specialist gave her specific tips and tricks so that she could improve her delivery, grammar and language use, and topic development during the actual TOEFL exam. Indeed, she was ready, so she took the TOEFL iBT.
Then, after all of this practice, she wrote the following E-mail to me:
|This article was written by Michael Buckhoff–co-founder and materials writer for Better TOEFL Scores and The 7-Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT, Composition and Linguistics Professor, TOEFL Specialist, ESL Master Instructor, and Placement and Testing Coordinator for California State University, San Bernardino.Follow more posts and videos from Michael at Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube.