Marcos contemplated about whether or not he would be able to begin a new TOEFL course with his busy work schedule.

Staring at the “Subscribe” button at, still unsure about whether or not he was ready to begin his TOEFL course, Marcos had been quite busy at Rancon Industries as the accounting manager.  Over the last month he had accumulated over 30 hours of over time, but Marcos knew that, if he did not get his MBA degree, he would not be able to advance up the company’s promotional ladder.  Moreover, he could not get his MBA degree until he reached the 92/120 required from the university he wished to attend.

It was a vicious cycle. Marcos was too busy to improve his academic English proficiency because he was working too hard, but he wanted to get a high score to improve his career prospects. Sure, he could speak and write basic English, but, when he took the TOEFL for the first time, he had only scored 75/120, which was 17 points away from his goal.  He had to make time to improve his academic English proficiency so he could improve his quality of life.

Marcos had worked for the company for a little over 18 months and had had a good rapport with his superior. Therefore, he took a leap of faith and asked his boss if he could reduce his weekly work schedule to only 30 hours so that he could spend time studying TOEFL. To his relief, his boss was supportive and agreed to reduce his hours temporarily. Things were starting to look up in Marcos’ life.

So, as he stared at the button at http://bettertoeflscores, he came to the realization that now he had the time to dedicate himself to his TOEFL studies, and he would be ready to tackle the more than 330 TOEFL lessons at “The 7-Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT.”  His job was supportive of his goals, and he could now work hard to pass the TOEFL, which would then open the door for him to complete an MBA degree and would make him a more valuable asset to his company and other prospective employers.  Things were definitely looking up for Marcos.

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.

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