Helen is at a point where she is ready to take an online TOEFL course. She has completed winter semester studies at Brigham Young University and has free time all the way until August. And over the last two semesters, she saved up enough money through work study and scholarships so she would not have to work at all this summer. It’s TOEFL time, and she has got a plan.
First, she wants to build her vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar proficiency. This is the hardest and most intense part of her study routine, but she knows that, if she can develop a good knowledge of basic and advanced vocabulary and grammar, it will be much easier for her to understand reading and listening passages and to complete the independent and integrated speaking and writing tasks. Being able to speak clearly is also an important goal for her and not just so she can score high on the independent and integrated speaking tasks. A native speaker of Spanish, Helen has a heavy non-native speaker accent when speaking English, and many of her friends constantly ask her to repeat herself because they can not understand what she is saying. She will spend about a month or so improving her vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar proficiency.
Second, once she has established a solid foundation of English proficiency, she will spend about a month working on her TOEFL listening and reading skills. One of her biggest goals with these two English proficiencies is to learn how to take and organize her notes so she can more easily answer the listening and reading comprehension questions. Also, having an effective note-taking system will help her perform better on the integrated speaking and writing tasks. Of course , she will improve her listening and reading proficiency by taking dozens and dozens of practice tests where she will implement the tips and tricks she is learning in her lessons. The final goal in this segment of her studies is that she wants to improve her reading speed to 350 words a minute with 80% comprehension. Reading faster will help her to complete the reading section without time to carefully consider each question she is being asked.
Third, in the last month of her studies, Helen plans on really hitting the speaking and writing lessons after which she plans to complete 30 independent and 20 integrated speaking practice tests, each time getting feedback from a TOEFL iBT specialist who will listen to each of her speaking tasks, evaluate them, score them, and even recommend lessons to help her improve. Similarly, she will complete 10 independent and 10 integrated writing practice tests, again getting a score with recommended lessons to help her improve. Helen evens has the option of paying for an additional service in which her TOEFL iBT specialist will go over her writing by video and make all the necessary grammar corrections so that she can see what she needs to do to score higher.
Luckily, Helen found just the TOEFL course that will help her complete her 3 month TOEFL study plan: “The 7-Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT.”