Are you “running out” of time to study for TOEFL iBT?

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Hello, hello. It’s Jaime Miller with English Success Academy, and today I wanted to talk with you about a common problem that I hear from so many of my students.

Some of the students who are currently working with me are dealing with this exact problem. It’s this idea that you’re running out of time to get your TOEFL score. You may be facing an application deadline for university, a degree that you want to apply for. You may be a pharmacist or a nurse, and you could be dealing with a deadline that was imposed on you by the board for nursing or for pharmacy in your state where you’re living. And these deadlines that people face for TOEFL iBT create a lot of pressure and stress for the students who are studying for it. And I can say that, you know, since I started teaching TOEFL in 2010 I have seen a lot of stressed out students, like so many stressed out students, and I wanna help you see that there’s a solution to this problem to help you figure out, you know, how are you gonna keep studying for this and what do you do when you’re facing this kind of crazy deadline where you’re feeling like so much pressure to get these results in a short period of time. And when I say a short period of time, what I mean by a short period of time is like a few weeks to maybe a few months.

You know, for example, anybody who’s applying to a university program has deadlines that come up, you know, usually in spring there’s deadlines for applications. And then again, in the fall they happen. For pharmacists as well, there’s the FPGEE tests, so like April and October are like the months that have a lot of deadlines associated with them. And so I’ve seen this a lot over the years, over the past 10 years that I’ve been working with students, and I want to give you another way to think about this, to figure out like what are you gonna do when you’re running out of time to study for TOEFL? How do you deal with that?

And the solution that I have seen about this may not be popular, but it is, in my experience, the way to deal with what to do when you’re running out of time. And you really have to change the question that you’re asking yourself and you have to find out… Will you still want your career? Will you still have your ambitions after the deadline?

In my experience of watching my students and seeing what happens for them, there’s two types of people. There are the men and the women who give up when the deadline comes and they’re just like, “Yeah, I’m depressed. I’m sad, I’m upset. I don’t want it anymore. I didn’t make it by the deadline. It’s not worth it. I don’t care about my career that much. I don’t want those things. I’m gonna do something else. I’m gonna change careers. I’m gonna go work somewhere else. I’m gonna, you know, rearrange my entire life, moved to another state like do something else, give up, like change.”

And the other group of people are the men and women who reach their deadline. And they realize that their career ambitions still matter just as much as they did before. And those men and women don’t give up. They keep working for the career that they want. They keep working for the respect that they feel like they deserve, the financial independence that they want, the sense of value that their degree, the time, the money that they invested, that that was worth something. And they still want that and and they still work for it. Actually…

So, like this past year, there’s a woman who I was working with, and she is a lawyer in her home country. And she wanted to apply to a law program in America, and we worked on her total scores and her application, and she was actually accepted, like on contingent on getting her TOEFL scores. She was accepted to one of the top LLM programs in the country, and she didn’t get her TOEFL scores by the first deadline that the school gave her. And we talked a lot over the summer the last few months about you know, what really mattered to her, what was really important. And she went back and forth on it.

There were some days when she talked where she said, “You know, if I can’t get my TOEFL score, I think I’m just gonna go to this other law school that I got accepted to. Not my dream school, but I’ll just go somewhere because you know I’m getting older and like my life plan, like I need to… You know, I need to finish my law program so that my life, it’s according to my life plan. And then other days I talked to her and she would say, “I want to go to my dream school. It matters to me.”

And I was watching this and I was like, Okay, like maybe she’s gonna go to her dream school. Maybe she’s gonna decide that that’s important enough to her. Or maybe she’s going to settle. Maybe she’s gonna accept something that’s less than what she really wants. And in the end, she realized that it was more important to her to delay her attendance to this law program by one year and get what she wanted.

You know, it wasn’t easy for her. You know, of course, any time that there’s a delay, I see this with pharmacists, too. If you have your FPGEE scores expire, I know that that’s not easy for you to just, like magically get another FPGEE certificate. Like I’m not saying that it is. But I can tell you that there are certain pharmacists, certain men and women who value their careers enough to go through that again. They value everything that’s gonna come about that transformation in their lives so much that they’re willing to go through it again because they want to become that person.

And so, for example, with my, my lawyer student, she decided for herself that her career dreams were more important than the schedule that she thought that she was on. And I’m proud to say that a couple weeks ago she got her results, and she is going to her dream school. And I see this happen too, with pharmacists. You know that like you’ve got your timeline and, like, maybe the schedule sometimes expires. And you really have to ask yourself, you have to dig deep in your soul and find out what do you actually care about? What really matters to you in your life? Because if your goal is to provide something different for yourself, to live in a different way to have a certain level of you know, pride in what you do and to feel like your job matters in your community. I don’t think you’re the kind of person who can just give up.

And there are people who do that, you know they’ll find meaning through something else. But like I want to, I want to just say this, that in my experience, after 10 years of working with a lot of different people to get speaking scores of 26 you know, writing scores of 24 and higher, I can tell you that anybody, anybody can get those scores. If I have enough time to work with somebody, anybody can get those scores. Not everyone will get them. Why? It’s not about me, like I can guide people. But the question is, do students, would you, follow the plan?

If you are the kind of person who’s gonna follow the plan, you decide that your career is more important than the schedule that you’re on then The ESA Method and classes with me from English Success Academy can get you to those goals that you’re reaching.

I want to share a little bit about some statistics that I’ve observed. These are loose statistics. These are not— These are not, like, scientifically founded. You’re not gonna find data for these online, but I can’t say that in my experience of watching pharmacists, physical therapists, lawyers, journalists, urban planners, like all kinds of engineers and people over the years. All these people studying for TOEFL iBT and taking the test and taking classes and all of that stuff, I can tell you that I have definitely observed some trends, and I think that at this point with, like 10 years of experience in this field, I feel like I’m qualified to make some of these observations.

So here’s observation number one. I would say that out of all the people who study for TOEFL iBT, what I’ve noticed is that less than 1% of people are going to get their target scores on TOEFL iBT without any help. Like I’m talking about less than 1% are the kinds of people that watch a video course, or they watch YouTube videos, or they just self study for TOEFL iBT, and they get the score that they need. Less than 1%.

In my experience of working with people who are reaching their goals under stressful deadlines like, for example, this woman who had her original school deadline for her application for her legal program. In that kind of situation where you’re facing a really tight deadline, in my experience of the students who work with me, about 5% of them might be successful under those really stressful timelines. And it’s not a lot. So when people are facing, like, huge deadlines and they’re like, “My life is gonna end when my FPGEE certificate expires!” Or like, “I will never go to school if I don’t get it this year!” With those kinds of people who are facing those questions, you know, it probably is not the right idea to invest. Like if you’re gonna give up if you don’t make your deadline, you don’t care enough about it. You probably shouldn’t be studying for it right now, actually, because if it doesn’t matter enough to you, you know, it may not be that your passion is really there.

But I can tell you this other more encouraging statistic, which is that in my experience, 87% of people who reach their… who who study for TOEFL iBT and have time to study for it, right. They have time to become the person who gets Speaking 26. They have time to become the writer who gets a writing score of 24 or higher. They have time to learn, time to grow, time to become confident. That doesn’t happen on like a weekly schedule that you just like put together today and expect that that’s gonna happen like next week. But for the people who give themselves time, to actually become that person who gets that score. In my experience, 87% of those people are going to be successful ultimately.

And so this is what comes back to my statement. Anyone could get Speaking 26. Anyone could get high writing scores. The question is, will you? You have what it takes. I’ve been watching people for basically a decade at this point, and I know that the human brain is capable of so much if you’re focused, if you’re not distracted. If you’re not stressed out about things, if you can focus and concentrate and learn the way that your brain was designed to. If we can do that learning process without all of the stress, you have an excellent chance of getting the target scores that you need. But if you’re introducing a schedule with deadlines that, like, “If I don’t get it by this date, you know, I’m giving up.” Like that— That deadline is actually the thing that will prevent so many people from getting the results that they want. So it’s something to think about.

You know, you think you’ve got this problem, you feel like you know, I’m running out of time. Are you really? I’m not saying it doesn’t seem like that, but I think what you really have to ask yourself is what’s worth it to you? What’s more valuable, your career, or the schedule? Who you’re gonna be, or when you’re going to be that person? So something to think about.

And if you discover that you are the type of man or woman who values your career and that speaker that you want to become, who gets that respect, takes your career to the next level, all of those things get in touch with me. You know where to find me.

I’m Jaime Miller at and I look forward to hearing from you about how we could help you move forward with your life.