DON’T say these phrases on TOEFL speaking

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Someone recently asked me about using the following phrases on TOEFL iBT’s Speaking section: “There you go / Here you go…” We use the phrases “There you go” and “Here you go” when we physically give something to someone. Jaime: (giving a pen to her student) Here you go! / There you go! Student: (taking the pen) Thank you! So …

Does spelling matter on TOEFL writing?

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Yes, my friends, I’m sorry to say that your spelling will impact your TOEFL writing score. Ok, one or two misspelled words will not bring about the end of the world, but if you have systemic [everywhere] spelling problems, then the “Language Use” part of your TOEFL writing score will surely decrease! Don’t worry. Americans hate spelling, too. When I …

Can I pass the TOEFL iBT?

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Welcome to video number six. Lots of students tell me, “Jaime, I want to pass TOEFL. Can I pass TOEFL?” Well, when they ask me this question, I realize that there’s something very important about the exam that my student doesn’t really understand. So, I want you to understand this: You can’t pass and you can’t fail TOEFL. It’s just …

TOEFL iBT’s “deadly” reading section

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The challenge: “Jaime,” my student said to me. “I didn’t have time to answer the last reading passage. I only had 10 minutes, so I just guessed.” Another student wrote to me after her exam and said: “The reading section was something. Everyone said that it was terrible! All 3 passages contained huge amount of long and specific words meaning …

What is TOEFL?

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For many people, TOEFL is a monster.  Students (and many English teachers) don’t really understand the giant, beastly exam, and so of course everyone is stressed out.  If you understand TOEFL, you’re in a much stronger position to conquer the exam. Watch my two short informational videos to learn the basics of the exam. Welcome back! You’re watching video number …

What are characteristics of different TOEFL iBT scores?

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This is a difficult question to answer.  Everyone is different, and each person knows different things in English.  I’m going to answer this question, but I’m also saying that there is no completely accurate way to characterize and organize all students and their TOEFL scores – especially before a student takes the test. Some students need high scores in every section …