TOEFL Insider #102

How to write a high-scoring TOEFL essay

Happy Friday TOEFL Insiders;

Here is your weekly summary of tips and resources in the TOEFL® world.

But first up, the next round of group classes is starting Sunday, January 17th.

Each class is maxed out at 8 students so we make sure each one of you gets the attention you need for the score you want.

Listening Group Classes:

  • Sun & Wed – 6 pm EST / 5 pm CST, beginning January 17th

Learn more about the Group Classes for the Listening Section of the TOEFL® Test.

Speaking Group Classes:

  • Group A: Sun & Wed – 7 pm EST / 6 pm CST, beginning January 18th

Learn more about the Group Classes for the Speaking Section of the TOEFL® Test.

Writing Group Classes:

  • Mon & Thur – 6 pm EST / 5 pm CST, beginning January 18th

Learn more about the Group Classes for the Writing Section of the TOEFL® Test.

If you have any questions, you can always contact our Head of Communications, Marina, at [email protected]


Our head instructor Josh MacPherson (that’s me) hosted a webinar this week on how to improve your TOEFL Speaking score. This is especially useful for students who have taken the test before and are struggling to improve. 

I have posted the recording in 
our Facebook group at this link

Once you are in, it will be the first video you see. I hope you find it helpful.


Here’s a tip from Katie Reaburn, one of our TOEFL Teachers.

“Many students feel overwhelmed by everything they need to hear in the TOEFL Listening passage. A student recently asked:

“But teacher, I’m not a native speaker. How am I supposed to listen to an academic lecture, take notes, and then answer questions about all of this information?”

When you try to do everything at once, it’s tough. Let’s make your job a whole lot easier by breaking it down into separate skills that you will work on one step at a time.

Let’s say for listening you are having trouble taking notes. Start by writing down just five words in your notes. That’s right, just five words. After that, answer the questions and see if those five words helped you. How many questions could you answer without notes? Once you feel comfortable, try writing eight words or even ten words down next time. Include a few symbols in your notes, like a plus sign (+).

Or maybe you have trouble focusing on a 5-minute TOEFL lecture. No problem. Start small. Listen to a minute and summarize what you’ve heard. Next time, try listening for 90 seconds.

Hopefully, you have started to see a trend. The TOEFL is a huge test. Break it down into smaller parts and focus on one weakness at a time. Over time, you will build the skills you need to get the TOEFL score you want.”

– Katie

TOEFL Resources

Impossible, right? 

Two complete TOEFL essays in an hour! But that’s exactly what you have to do in the TOEFL Writing section.

That’s why we have compiled a list of ten of our best TOEFL Writing tips so you can feel cool and confident on test day.

Stay safe and good luck!

Comment below or reply to the original email if you want to get in touch.

We are here to help you get your TOEFL score as quickly and easily as possible.

— Josh MacPherson
Head Instructor at TST Prep


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