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The top ten tips YOU need to get a GREAT score on your TOEFL test!

Tips you NEED to know in order to pass your TOEFL exam-- Here are the top ten things you need ...

NEW: The TOEFL Academic Discussion Task plus what the graders are looking for!

Hi TOEFL test takers! Welcome to my blog. This change took place in July. I have written about it in previous ...

How to Do Well on the New TOEFL Writing Prompt

Hi everyone! As you all know, the TOEFL writing section is changing on July 26th, 2023. ETS is now offering ...

New TOEFL Bulletin – April 2023, Test Resources

Hey, it’s my seventh favorite day of the year: the day of the new TOEFL Bulletin!  A new version, dated ...

Duolingo English Test Research, Test Resources

An interesting article about the Duolingo English Test in “Language Testing” this month.Researchers shared responses to DET items (speaking only) ...

A mistake students make in Prompt Three of the Speaking Section

This blog will discuss prompt three. I will also talk about a mistake students make, so read on.Please note that ...

How long should I study for the TOEFL test? Here is the answer!

This blog post will outline how long you should study for the TOEFL or IELTS.One question that many students ask ...

TOEFL Thesis and Topic Sentences – Better TOEFL Scores Blog

Having TOEFL thesis and topic sentences in your speaking and writing tasks will help you to stay organized.     ...

Some surprising information about the Summary Question

This blog will explain some information about the Summary Question you may not know! Hi everyone!Today I want to address one ...

You Should Read More – Part 32!, Test Resources

This month I finished reading They Say, I Say (with readings).  If you are seeking a book that will help ...

Specifications for Creating TOEFL Academic Discussion Questions, Test Resources

When preparing for standardized tests, people are often forced to struggle with bad study tools.  Books and courses often contain ...

How to Spot a TOEFL scam

Hello everyone,Lately, scams on my Facebook and other sites are out of control. They are constantly posted, and the administrators ...

Timing in the new Academic Discussion Writing Task, Test Resources

I think the most frequently asked question about the new TOEFL writing task (“writing for an academic discussion”) is about ...

Busting the “magic” myth: the TOEFL test, The Beatles, and you

When you go on YouTube, you see a lot of titles with “Magic” and “Secrets” in the title. These annoy ...

English by Sanaz Toossi, Test Resources

I was pleased to see Sanaz Toossi win another award for “English,” her play about a group of Iranian students ...

TOEFL Office Hours, Test Resources

I scheduled my next TOEFL “Office Hours.” As usual, this is free drop-in meeting to talk about TOEFL, learning English… ...

Coming up with ideas for Task One

​Coming up with examples while speaking in TOEFL can be challenging, but it is an essential skill to master if ...

How to Manage TOEFL Test Anxiety

This post will give you some tips on managing your TOEFL test anxiety.Test anxiety is a common experience for many ...

More Details, re: TOEFL Test Changes, Test Resources

I very much enjoyed this interview with Josh MacPherson and Kara McWilliams about the upcoming changes to the TOEFL iBT ...

TOEFL Changes 2023 – Official Confirmation, Test Resources

As reported here a few weeks ago, the TOEFL iBT will change on July 26.  The changes have now been ...

TOEFL vs Duolingo Score Requirement Tracker, Test Resources

Here’s the March update to the TOEFL/Duolingo Score Requirement tracker.  I didn’t post it here in March since I’m losing ...

Aadhaar Card No Longer Accepted After April 15, Test Resources

Note that after April 15, TOEFL and GRE test-takers in India will no longer be permitted to use their Aadhaar ...

Writing for Academic Discussion TOEFL Questions, Test Resources

I spent a few hours fixing up my sample questions for the new TOEFL writing task.  I somewhat expanded the ...

TOEFL Score of 107 – Better TOEFL Scores Blog

A student to whom I provided feedback received a TOEFL score of 107. How did the student get a TOEFL ...

TOEFL Transition Sentence Practice – Better TOEFL Scores Blog

This blog post will give you TOEFL transition sentence practice.           What is a TOEFL transition ...