Commments to BG: “How do I Improve my TOEFL Reading Score?”

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

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8 thoughts on “Commments to BG: “How do I Improve my TOEFL Reading Score?””

  1. Hi,

    I am doing TOEFL these days. So I have to improve my english knowledge. Plz add me through skype. I need to talk with anyone.

    skype ID – sanka.silva

    Thank you.

  2. Thanks a lot for your reply. You don’t know exactly what happened to my score, but I got it from your reply. I couldn’t maintain concentration during reading section. I am good at vocabulary questions but I got confused during test in other question that which could be the best possible answer. And one passage in listening was so difficult to understand, I mean way of discussing topic – difficult native speaker. Please guide me further how should I prepare to retake test. Thanks Naina

    Here is my performance result from TOEFl.

    Reading Skills Level Your Performance
    Reading Low(0-14) Test takers who receive a score at the LOW level, as you did, typically understand some of the information presented in academic texts in English that require a wide range of reading abilities, but their understanding is limited.

    Test takers who receive a score at the LOW level typically

    have a command of basic academic vocabulary, but their understanding of less common vocabulary is inconsistent;
    have limited ability to understand and connect information, have difficulty recognizing paraphrases of text information, and often rely on particular words and phrases rather than a complete understanding of the text;
    have difficulty identifying the author’s purpose, except when that purpose is explicitly stated in the text or easy to infer from the text; and
    can sometimes recognize major ideas from a text when the information is clearly presented, memorable, or illustrated by examples but have difficulty doing so when the text is more demanding.

    Listening Skills Level Your Performance
    Listening Intermediate(14-21) Test takers who receive a score at the INTERMEDIATE level, as you did, typically understand conversations and lectures in English that present a wide range of listening demands. These demands can include difficult vocabulary (uncommon terms or colloquial or figurative language), complex grammatical structures, and/or abstract or complex ideas. However, lectures and conversations that require the listener to make sense of unexpected or seemingly contradictory information may present some difficulty.

    When listening to conversations and lectures like these, test takers at the INTERMEDIATE level typically can

    understand explicitly stated main ideas and important details, especially if they are reinforced, but may have difficulty understanding main ideas that must be inferred or important details that are not reinforced;
    understand how information is being used (for example, to provide support or describe a step in a complex process);
    recognize how pieces of information are connected (for example, in a cause-and-effect relationship);
    understand, though perhaps not consistently, ways that speakers use language for purposes other than to give information (for example, to emphasize a point, express agreement or disagreement, or convey intentions indirectly); and
    synthesize information from adjacent parts of a lecture or conversation and make correct inferences on the basis of that information, but may have difficulty synthesizing information from separate parts of a lecture or conversation.

    Speaking Skills Level Your Performance
    Speaking about familiar topics Fair(2.5 – 3.0) Your responses indicate you are able to speak in English about your personal experiences and opinions in a mostly clear and coherent manner. Your speech is mostly clear with only occasional errors. Grammar and vocabulary are somewhat limited and include some errors. At times, the limitations prevent you from elaborating fully on your ideas, but they do not seriously interfere with overall communication.

    Speaking about campus situations Fair(2.5 – 3.0) Your responses demonstrate an ability to speak in English about reading material and experiences typically encountered by university students. You are able to convey relevant information about conversations, newspaper articles, and campus bulletins; however, some details are missing or inaccurate. Limitations of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation at times cause difficulty for the listener. However, they do not seriously interfere with overall communication.

    Speaking about academic course content Fair(2.5 – 3.0) Your responses demonstrate that you are able to speak in English about academic reading and lecture material, with only minor communication problems. For the most part, your speech is clear and easy to understand. However, some problems with pronunciation and intonation may occasionally cause difficulty for the listener. Your use of grammar and vocabulary is adequate to talk about the topics, but some ideas are not fully developed or are inaccurate.

    Writing Skills Level Your Performance
    Writing based on reading and listening Fair(2.5 – 3.5) You responded to the task, relating the lecture to the reading, but your response indicates weaknesses such as

    an important idea or ideas may be missing, unclear, or inaccurate;
    there may be unclarity in how the lecture and the reading passage are related; and/or
    grammatical mistakes or vague/incorrect uses of words may make the writing difficult to understand.

    Writing based on knowledge and experience Good(4.0 – 5.0) You responded with a well-organized and developed essay. Weaknesses, if you have any, might have to do with

    use of English that is occasionally ungrammatical, unclear, or unidiomatic and/or
    elaboration of ideas or connection of ideas that could have been stronger.

  3. Hi Michael Buckhoff,
    Recently i appeared in TOEFL ibt,and the result is (R 11, L 17, S 23, W 24)75/120. Before appearing for the test i was having good score in reading section during my practice sessions, but i am unable to judge what happened during actual test. May be the time was short or the passage was too difficult.Please guide me how to improve my score.

  4. Hi, Mike,
    I am Ami. I took TOEFL a year ago and i need help because i need to take it again. My TOFEL scores are:
    Reading: 10
    Listening: 10
    Speaking: 17
    Writing: 14
    Total : 51

    I am planning to take a college course Major in Psychology. I am already a college graduate but i will transfer. According to the college, i need to take at least 80 points. I want to make it at least 85 or more. Please help me. Thank you so much.

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  6. Dear Mike
    Have enjoyed your website.
    I am aTOEFL teacher and use some of your ideas.

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