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  1. Hello all, I am looking for TOEFL iBT study partner. I am having my test date on June 25,2020. I have an upper intermediate level of proficiency in English. I need some help with my speaking section. .
  2. Hi all, Having received my TOEFL scores just yesterday, I figured it would be helpful to those out there preparing to sit the TOEFL IBT. I should start my saying that I am from a country whose native language is English. However, with that being said, I stressed out so much over this exam, so I understand how nerve-wrecking it can be for those who have another foreign language. *Preparation* I had exactly one month to prepare for the Toefl. As I had just completed another exam, I took the first 4-5 days off and didn't really go hard with my studying till the last two weeks, and especially the last week. I had purchased the official toefl prep book from the website which I went through first. I found it to be quite overwhelming for two reasons. First, the written English in the book was complex as it is; I ended up restarting before I started the practice exercises as I didn't quite catch their learning points. I did have a tiny hiccup with the listening section as I wasn't given the audio files but these were emailed to me pretty fast. They have the audio written down if you want to read as you listen to really understand the language. I didn't practice the speaking and writing sections as I thought it would be better to start with youtube videos. There are really good Toefl prep videos on youtube, specifically by a Professor Joseph who works at Notefull. Definitely watch them and nail those tips! Despite being an English speaker, I have severe test anxiety so I focused a lot in this area. When I'm nervous, I speak fast. I had to drastically change this as it made my speech lose order, made it seem like I was missing out words, going wrong with pronunciations, and especially made mistakes. I used Notefull's tips on how to approach the speaking sections. Then just practiced everyday. It is tempting to bring in a lot of information in hopes of scoring higher. Take it from me, it's more important to slow down even if that means you'll lose detail. As long as you answer the question, you're fine! I also did some research and bought a one month access to a learning platform called Bestmytest. The reason I bought this was to have an expert answer my questions, and most importantly, review my spoken and written English. This platform was super helpful in my opinion. Not only was the personalized feedback helpful (you get a set number of reviews but you can purchase more), but they had a host of excellent features: 1. Of course, expert help which highlighted my flaws. Their response time was really quick. 2. Additional videos and written tips. 3. Progress tracker including the percentile of each completed section, a score board to monitor your performance based on your ideal score and an excellent breakdown, especially in the Reading section, of which question type you are really struggling with. Mine was the insert the questions and gist content questions for which I sought further help from experts. 4. A massive question bank; practice makes perfect, remember that! 5. Additional lessons that really dig into the foundation of the language. 6. I found the questions quite hard, and the expert feedback to be very constructive and non-lenient with scores which prompted me to really smooth out the rough edges. This prepares you for the worst case as I was pretty much fighting to get up to my target scores during preparation. The last week, I focused on my weak points. I didn't learn anything new; just practiced. My written English is my strength but I still focused copious amounts of time getting Bestmytest's written template etched into my memory. If found myself to be quite tight with time, leaving under 2 minutes for a complete review. I had to improve this. Naturally, the introduction took the longest as you're thinking of what to write. Below are the strategies I employed: 1. A short introduction. I tend to introduce 2-3 ideas I'll be dedicating a paragraph to in the passage. I start off with one idea and start writing the main body. This gave me time to think of the second paragraph. I would then go back to the introduction to write it down, lest I forgot. This allowed me to think of ideas and make my introduction specific. 2. For those who struggle with detail, try this: a neutral approach. For example, you may be asked if you agree or disagree with a learning style. I would dedicate the first paragraph to 'agree', with an example, the second to 'disagree', with an example and the third (if I can), a combination of how the learning style, which I disagreed with can still work and how, even though I agree with the learning style, an issue it has. Give examples. 3. Conclusion is quick; summarize the main points. There are many ways to end a conclusion but I like ending it with a thought provoking sentence which I haven't discussed. 4. Try to learn complex words which are general and can be applied across a range of topics. When used right, they really boost your score. Tips on speaking: 1. Slow and controlled. 2. I downloaded a free voice recorder app with a playback and timer feature to train me to speak within the time limit and allow me to listen to how I would sound to the examiner. I highly recommend this as my partner and I listened back and caught potentially significant errors I didn't realize I was making. 3. The Bestmytest platform offers expert reviews. I practiced a few questions of each question type and sent one of each type for review. 4. Whilst recording, it is tempting to start again when you make a mistake. Avoid this as you cannot start again on the day. I employed a method of adding a 'sorry' and restarting the sentence where I made the error. This allowed for correction and hopefully mimimized confusion. With that being said, avoid getting to this stage. If you speak slowly, you are less likely to make errors. It's all about practice. 5. Try to be less generous with time when practicing. I gave myself 5 less seconds per section. This allowed me to get my main points in on time just incase I end up wasting valuable seconds on the day. On the day, I had time left over which I let run out. This is a luxury as I had said my main points. Plus, this also allows you time to add crucial points that you missed. I found the listening section to be the easier one during practice but did find this section the hardest on the day. This was quite weird for me as my learning style at college and university was to write down pretty much everything the professor said. I gained my speed of writing whilst listening this way. Here are my tips for it: 1. Even if you find a section to be easier, don't overlook practice. A way to force you to get the practice done is to work on full mock exams. When I purchased the official Toefl guide, I also got access to 4 practice tests. I left these for just before the exam. They are the closest representation to the exam with difficulty level and on screen experience. 2. Practice listening and writing. If you don't have friends that speak English, go to a Starbucks or other cafe. Just sit and write down conversations you hear (non-private ones of course), and the exchange between the cashier and customer etc etc. Find your own place that gives you access to a wealth of conversations by English speakers. The next time you watch an English movie or tv show, practice writing! 3. If you miss some information, forget it. Move on. Or you'll miss more. I ended up making a lot of educated guesses. 4. Underline words you think they'll ask you questions on. As far as timing goes, this section is stingey. It is very important to find information fast. Underlining words helped me locate the right sentences faster. Overall tips: 1. I learnt the entire content in a quiet study area but went to the library in the last week to get used to working with noise as there is a high likelihood of noise on the day. 2. Get to your venue early. My exam was really early (8am) plus you need to get there at least half an hour before you start. I had issues with rush hour traffic and confusing location so I ran into the venue panicking. Practice getting to the venue and definitely adjust your sleep cycle the last two or three days, to wake up for the exoected time on the day of the exam. 3. Added bonus: if you get there before other students, you can start earlier which means you reach the speaking section quicker, therefore, will be less distracted by the noise. I was distracted in the reading section by noise as you all test your microphone before starting. Also, get used to wearing headphones while practicing. They genuinely help with minimizing audio distraction on the day. 4. The actual exam may be longer. I had an extra exercise in the Reading and Writing sections. When preparing, really make use of your day to get used to the long duration of the exam. I know it's a lot I have written but that's just because I understand how daunting the entire process is. Find your own additional strategies which only come with practice. I'll finish off with my scores: Reading: 24 (when preparing) -29 (actual) Listening: >25 (when preparing) -25 (actual) Speaking: 26 (when preparing)- 30 (actual) Writing: 28 (when preparing)- 30 (actual) I wish you all the best! Just keep practising! In my opinion, it is worth investing in study materials and expert help as retakes will be so much more expensive. Practicing really calmed me down too. Many fail because of nerves, not because of lack of knowledge. Train yourself to leap over this pit; let your confidence guide you to success!
  3. Hey there I can help you in preparing for FPGEE or Toefl ibt for pharmacists especially the speaking section. it is one on one sessions for very reasonable prices I can provide some free materials pm me in interested
  4. hey there for those who are struggling with toefl ibt especially the speaking section I can help, we can do one on one tutoring for reasonable prices pm me if interested
  5. belem810


    Hello! I have a question for you guys...have you taken the toefl PBT AND Toefl iBT? If you did please comment your scores and your experience in each one.
  6. [h=2]Hi,[/h] Is the sentence below correct? The final speaker gave us more details than HAD any of the previous speakers. shoudn't be The final speaker gave us more details than DID any of the previous speakers. Thanks...
  7. Is the sentence below correct? The final speaker gave us more details than HAD any of the previous speakers. shoudn't be The final speaker gave us more details than DID any of the previous speakers. Thanks...
  8. Hello everyone! Zebra Education Inc has decided to provide free material to a few TOEFL Forums. iBT TOEFL Speaking 1: Question: Where Is Your Favourite Place To Study? Describe This Place And Say Why It Is A Good Place For You To Study. Answer: We attempted to post a zip file containing the audio file with the Native English answer, but the file size was too large. We hope this is not against the forum rules and if it is please contact us so we can discuss other alternatives. The below link simply links to a black screen with the audio file. http://www.toeflnetwork.com/system/files/toefl_speaking_1/Q1A41.mp3 Enjoy!
  9. Anybody took toefl recently? I just took my second toefl 02/11/12 and still waiting for the result. Crossing my fingers!
  10. Hello all, Thanks god, I got 24 in speaking section :) Till the exam, I made lots of research about speaking tips and examples. They have really helped me and I have just wanted to share experience and knowledge in a blog. Because, I was also looking for web sites about speaking tips everyday, day and night, not for a long time ago just a month ago. For that reason, I can guess what do you think and what do you want. I have prepared for TOEFL for being graduated from university. Before entering this exam, I took TOEFL ITP(special for us) for 4 times and didn't pass each of them because of 1 point. And then, I thought that "Don't be afraid of TOEFL IBT. Take and pass it". My TOEFL story was started like that :) Anyway, my blog is TOEFL IBT Speaking (Questions,Examples,Tips) . I hope, all of you can pass it easily ;) God help you.
  11. Hi everyone :) I'm going to sit an iBT TOEFL Test :grad: at July,23 there would be one month remain for me and would be great if there is someone who can join me to study together about all sections in iBT TOEFL especially for speaking and writing. Please PM me for your skype id :whistle: Thank you
  12. Today I've received my toefl iBT test results. I scored 104/120 30 in the reading and listening sections 23 in the speaking section 21 in the writing section :( although I met the overall score requirement for the university I wish to apply for, I need a minimum of 24 in the writing section, I need to know what are my chances of raising my score to 24 if I apply for a rescore. I know I did well in the first question (i expected a 5 or at least a 4 but i got 2.5-3.5 ~fair level~), I didn't do well in the second one (also got a 2.5-3.5 ~fair level~) if I apply for a rescore and got a 4 or 5 in the first question will it raise my score to 24 given that my score in the second question remains the same? or should I retake the test again? Really appreciate your help.
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