Afraid of Taking the TOEFL iBT? How to Take It With a Smile

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


Let’s face it. Preparing for the TOEFL iBT takes years of practice: extensive reading; intensive writing; rigorous grammar study; constant listening practice; regular speaking and pronunciation practice; and memorizing countless vocabulary lists.

Learning a language is hard work. Therefore, before you take the test, and, believe me, it will be one of the most difficult tests you will ever have to take, remember the power of P.A.C.E.: Positive Attitude Changes Everything.

Staying positive while taking the test will help you to concentrate. Even when you get difficult questions on the TOEFL iBT, keep optimistic and say to yourself: “The entire test is not difficult so I will do my best on all parts of the test whether the questions are easy or difficult.”

One of the mantras by which I live my life is, “If you prepare, you shall not fear.” meaning that preparation builds confidence which builds optimism. Therefore, if you have prepared hard for the TOEFL iBT, you should be positive during the TOEFL iBT.

Being familiar with the TOEFL iBT testing format is another way to be positive, so it will be wise for you to take an official practice test at Having taken a TOEFL iBT practice test will give you valuable experience that will allow to anticipate which sections of the test will be more challenging. This valuable foresight will make you mentally tough.

For example, when taking the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT, you will find out that speaking tasks 1,2, 3, and 5-providing you exposure to familar topics, and campus-related readings and listenings-will be less difficult than tasks 4 and 6, both of which give you academic content in reading and listening. Even though your scores might be lower on two of the speaking tasks, you will have higher scores on the other four.

For these reasons, being positive will definitely help you to get the highest score possible. And that will change everything. You can do it!

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


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