TOEFL Insider #93

No one likes a liar… except TOEFL graders

Happy Friday TOEFL Insiders;

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

But first up, Group Classes for the Reading Section is starting Monday, November 9th.

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.

Reading Group Classes:

  • Mon & Thur – 7 pm EST / 6 pm CST, beginning November 9th

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

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


Group Classes for the Listening Section of the TOEFL® Test are starting in November, which will be headed by Jamie Tanzman.

Listening Group Classes:

  • Wed & Sun – 6 pm EST / 5 pm CST, beginning November 11th

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

We get a lot of questions about TOEFL Writing templates, which is why we created this short video explaining everything you need to know about templates for the writing section.
Check it out


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

“You need to tell a story in your TOEFL Speaking and TOEFL Writing responses. And at this point, a popular question comes up:

“Is it okay to lie?”

Well, usually, no, but on the TOEFL… maybe.

Look, when it comes to storytelling, a little bending of the truth doesn’t hurt anyone and, in fact, it makes the whole experience a lot more fun!

Your first step is to make everything bigger and more impressive than what really happened. If you caught a fish 50cm long let’s make it 1 meter. If you had to pay a lot for a bill, around $700, push it up to a thousand. As you say these amounts, put a lot of stress on the words. For example, “Last month I had to pay ONE THOUSAND dollars for my phone bill!”

Add words that are more specific to give your statements strength. Don’t just say that something was good or nice, but instead say that it was amazing or excellent. Don’t say you did well, say that you did extremely well, or fantastic. You don’t agree, you completely agree.

Cut out parts of the story that are unnecessary. If you’re telling a story about something positive, forget any little drawbacks there might have been. If you’re saying you are so happy about the car you bought then talk about all the good things you’ve experienced while driving it, and do not mention that it costs more to buy gas than your old one.

In short, better storytellers exaggerate, specify, and have a clear message. Take these tips and incorporate them in your independent speaking and writing responses to create better stories that will receive higher scores on TOEFL test day.”

– Katie

TOEFL Resources

Looking to improve your TOEFL Speaking score?
Look no further. These ten TOEFL Speaking tips will teach you how to grade your own response, organize your studies at home, find a TOEFL Speaking partner, and more.

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