TOEFL Insider #88

A message from Jamie, our TOEFL Speaking teacher

Happy Friday TOEFL Insiders;

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

But first up, the next rounds of Group Classes are starting Sunday, October 4th.

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.

TOEFL Speaking Group Classes:

  • Group B: Mon & Thur – 6 pm EDT / 5 pm CDT, beginning October 5th

Learn more about the TOEFL Speaking Group Classes.

TOEFL Writing Group Classes:

  • Group A: Sun & Wed – 6 pm EDT / 5 pm CDT, beginning October 4th

Learn more about the TOEFL Writing Group Classes.

TOEFL Writing Group Classes:

  • Sun & Wed – 5 pm EDT / 4 pm CDT, beginning October 12th

Learn more about the TOEFL Reading Group Classes.

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


As expected, the TOEFL Home Edition has been extended to December 31st, 2020. If you would like answers to other frequently asked questions, check out this article.


Here’s a tip from Jamie Tanzman, one of our TOEFL Teachers.


The TOEFL wants you to sound natural and comfortable, but of course that feels like an impossible task during a test. But don’t worry, I know a few little tricks that will help.

1. Practice in front of a mirror. I know it feels weird, but have some fun with it! Try to be extra expressive with your emotions. Make a face you didn’t know you could make. The goal is to exhibit positive and negative emotions when appropriate.

2. Your voice will follow your body. For example, in question one, when you give your opinion, try to use a lot of passion and excitement in your voice to be extra convincing. In question two, change your intonation to match the opinion of the speaker. If the man or woman in the conversation disagrees, have a sadder intonation, while if they agree, take on a more upbeat speaking pattern.

3. Be confident. Reflect the proper emotions expressed in your opinion or in the actors in the conversation passages. That way you sound how the TOEFL expects… natural!

– Good luck, Jamie

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Want to know your TOEFL Speaking score? 

Meet with me today. Discover your strengths, weaknesses and what your score will be on test day. You don’t have to keep wondering whether or not your speaking is good enough.

One 30-minute Zoom call with me, Jamie, will give you the insight you need to get the TOEFL Speaking score you want.

Stay safe and good luck!

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— Josh MacPherson
Head Instructor at TST Prep


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