TOEFL Insider #86

The TOEFL graders want you to speak like this

Happy Friday TOEFL Insiders;
Here is your weekly summary of tips and resources in the TOEFL world.

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If you are looking for advice on how to practice the TOEFL Speaking at home, then you have to check out our new Youtube video Top 10 TOEFL Speaking Tips. Lots of useful information packed into one short video.

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Here’s a tip from Susan Berrios, one of our TOEFL Teachers.

Many students get nervous before taking the TOEFL, especially before the Speaking section. Here’s a piece of advice I often give to my private students to help them stay calm before the test.

Envision your TOEFL grader.

I know, that sounds even scarier, right? Well, stick with me…

The TOEFL grader is a human, just like you. They want you to do well. He or she is a teacher, and teachers want their students to succeed.

Help your TOEFL rater award you your dream score by providing a response that sounds like you are having a natural conversation with a friend.

    • There are two main reasons why I believe this is accurate. XX (unnatural)
    • I definitely agree. OO (natural)
    • The first reason is that… XX (unnatural)
    • First of all… OO (natural)

Picture your TOEFL grader as a friend, and you will speak in a more relaxed, conversational manner. And this will help you earn a better score because you are not so nervous. Try it! “

– Good luck, Sue!

TOEFL Resources

If you like to watch American TV shows and learn English at the same time, then the Learn English with TV Series Youtube channel is a perfect fit for you.

You can focus intensely on the show and try to learn new vocabulary, or you can sit back, relax and just enjoy the program without worrying much about learning something new. Either way, the more exposure you get to the English language, the better.

Stay safe and good luck!
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