FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions about Michael Buckhoff’s The 7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT

Access: When I join your 7 Step System, can I access the lessons in different parts randomly? Can I manage my time to finish the system? I mean, can I work hard and go faster on necessary parts to save time and money? Because, you know, I don’t have much money.

Yes, you can. Once you join The 7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT, you will have immediate access to all 700 + TOEFL lessons. Therefore, you can work on whichever lessons you want, wherever you want (so long as you have a good Internet connection), and whenever you want.

 

Credit Card: I do not have a credit card, or Pay Pal is not accepted in my country. How can I subscribe to The 7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT?

If you cannot use Pay Pal, you can pay me by Western Union. If you use Western Union, the minimum requirement is that you pay up front for 3 months of my TOEFL service. The cost is $135.00. Here is my contact information in case you should decide to wire me $135: Michael Buckhoff / 13509 Buena Vista Drive / Hesperia, California 92344. Once you wire your payment, E-mail me the MTCN or pin number that Western Union gave you so that I can receive your payment. After I receive your payment, I will create your username, password, and enrollment key to The 7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBTCLICK HERE to read in more depth about your payment options.

 

Delivery: How will you teach me your TOEFL lessons?

All lessons are viewed online and are produced as PDF files and videos. Some videos use adobe flash format, whereas others will require you to use a free Quick Time plug-in. You will need a reliable, high-speed Internet connection to view these videos. When I score your TOEFL pronunciation, speaking, and writing practice tests, I will provide feedback in one of the following ways: written, video, or audio.

 

Duration: How long does your course last?

There is no specific length to the 7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT. Use it as long as you need it. How long you use the service will depend on your TOEFL goals and desired level of academic proficiency. For example, students with TOEFL scores between 40-80 points will generally use my TOEFL service for about 3 months, and students with TOEFL scores higher than 80 will usually use this service for 1-2 months.

 

How: How do I use The 7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT? Do you have a course outline that I can follow while I am a subscriber to your TOEFL service?

Yes, I do. Click on the following link to learn how to use my service while you are one of my students: 30-Day “7-Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT” Study Guide

Experience: What are your professional qualifications and teaching experience?

I have a BA in Spanish from Brigham Young University and an MA in English Composition/TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) plus 20 years of experience teaching ESL (including TOEFL preparation), and first-year and upper division composition and linguistics classes. Currently, I am employed at California State University, San Bernardino, where I teach under the auspices of the English Department and the College of Extended Learning.

 

Feedback: How will you provide feedback when I am a student?

All of my vocabulary lessons are self-study, so you will have an answer key to check your answers after you have completed a lesson. In addition, in the case of the listening, grammar, and reading practice tests, your practice tests will be automatically scored by my web site so that you can immediately check your progress. However, in the case of my pronunciation, writing, and speaking practice tests, a TOEFL iBT specialist will evaluate, score, and recommend lessons (I have more than 700 of them!) to help you speak more clearly and coherently and to help you advance your academic writing proficiency. The feedback on your pronunciation and independent and integrated speaking and writing practice tests will typically be in the form of written, video, or audio comments. Finally, any TOEFL or course-related questions that you may ask will be answered by E-mail again in the form of written, video, or audio comments.

It usually takes one of our TOEFL iBT specialists 1-3 days to evaluate and contact you regarding any pronunciation, speaking, and writing practice tests that you have submitted at The 7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT.

Guarantee: Do you have a money-back guarantee if I do not pass the TOEFL iBT?

No, I do not. First of all, there is no official “passing” mark on the TOEFL iBT. For example, some of my students want 61, others desire 81, and even others want to score higher than 100. Second of all, reaching your desired TOEFL score is largely dependent on your study habits, motivation, and intellect. All of these factors are mostly beyond my control as a language instructor. However, as long as you are a subscriber to The 7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT, I will score any pronunciation, speaking, or writing practice tests that you submit, and I will do everything I can to help you reach your target TOEFL score.

Join: How do I join your service? Where do I make my payment?

 

To become my newest subscriber to The 7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT, click on the following link: CLICK HERE

 

Lessons: Can you show me some of your lessons so I can see if I like your teaching style? You say that you have 630 TOEFL lessons, right? Can I see one of them for myself?

Sure CLICK HERE to view a pdf file of TOEFL Writing Lesson 4: “How to Make your Writing More Coherent.” This will give you an idea of how I teach and organize my lessons.

CLICK HERE to view a video of TOEFL Speaking Lesson 2: “Free Choice Independent Speaking Task”

 

Payment: What happens after I make a Pay Pal payment for The 7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT? When will I be able to start your TOEFL service?

After making your payment, Pay Pal will notify me. Using the E-mail that you gave Pay Pal when you created your account, I will create your username and your password, both of which are the same as your E-mail address. Your enrollment key will be 7stepsystem. 24 hours after making your Pay Pal payment, go to the following web site to begin your studies: http://stealth.bettertoeflscores.com/login/index.php

  1. Type in your Pay Pal E-mail address for your username.
  2. Type in your Pay Pal E-mail address for your password.
  3. Then, click “Login,” and you will be directed to a new web page.
  4. Type in “7stepsystem” as ONE word for your enrolment key.
  5. Click “Enrol me.”

 

Practice Tests: How many integrated and independent speaking and writing practice tests do you have to help me improve?

For speaking, currently I have 300 paired-choice and personal preference speaking tasks and 20 integrated speaking tasks. After recording your responses to these speaking tasks at my Voxopop discussion web site, a TOEFL iBT specialist will listen and orally comment on your responses focusing on your delivery, language use, and topic development. In addition, based on your score, the TOEFL iBT specialist will recommend specific lessons that you should review in order to help you improve. For writing, I have ten independent and ten integrated writing practice tests that you can complete directly at The 7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT. And, in a similar manner to the speaking practice tests, a TOEFL iBT specialist will read, evaluate, and score your written responses and recommend lessons on which you can work so that you can continue to improve.

 

Price: What is the cost of your service?

The cost of having access to more than 700 lessons and practice tests and to have your pronunciation, speaking, and writing practice tests evaluated and scored by TOEFL iBT specialists is $45.00 per month, and you can cancel my TOEFL service at your Pay Pal account after the first month. If you decide to continue my TOEFL service, you will be billed $45.00 for each month that you use my TOEFL service.

Results: What kind of result can I expect after one month of using The 7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT?

Each student will vary in his or her score improvement, and your TOEFL score improvement is largely dependent on how diligent you are in studying The 7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT. Based on the hundreds of students who have used my TOEFL service this year, you can probably expect an improvement of about 5-10 points on your overall TOEFL score for each month that you use my service. Consider the case of Sabah, who used my TOEFL service for 3 months. She improved her speaking score on the actual TOEFL iBT from 22 to 26 points and improved her writing section from 22 to 29 points.

 

Seven Steps: Why do you have seven steps to pass the TOEFL iBT? The TOEFL iBT only consists of four sections.

Even though the TOEFL consists of reading, listening, speaking, and writing sections, I added three additional steps in my course, vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar, which are important for helping you to pass the TOEFL iBT. For example, since TOEFL iBT human raters will grade your speaking tasks on your delivery as well as your grammar and language use and your topic development, I created a pronunciation section of my course to help you improve your vowel and consonant sound production, syllable division and grammatical word endings, word stress, sentence rhythm, intonation, and thought groups and blending.

 

Speaking and Writing: Can you help me reach 26 and 24 points on the speaking and writing sections of the TOEFL?

Yes, I can, and I have helped many of my online students reach these scores. The key to reaching these desired scores on the speaking and writing sections is to make sure that you complete all lessons and practice tests related to pronunciation, speaking, and writing. In addition, if I see that you have vocabulary and grammar problems, I will also recommend that you complete all of those lessons.

 

Start Date: When can I start your course? Do I have to subscribe to your course at the beginning of the month?

You can begin The 7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT today or anytime you want. Furthermore, no, you do not have to begin this TOEFL service at the beginning of the month. Your 30-day billing cycle starts when you subscribe to my TOEFL service. For example, if you joined my service on December 15, 2011, you will NOT be billed again until January 15, 2012. Therefore, if you only want to use my TOEFL service for one month, you should cancel your subscription (using your Pay Pal account) before January 15, 2012. If you want to use my TOEFL service for another month, do nothing and Pay Pal will automatically bill you for each month that you use my TOEFL service. A majority of my students use my TOEFL service for more than 1 month, and many will use my service for at least 3 months.

 

Subscription: When I click to make a payment, why does it say “$45.00 for each month?”

By making a payment for my TOEFL iBT service, you are creating a Pay Pal subscription, which means you are billed $45 per month as long as you are a subscriber to The 7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT. Using your Pay Pal account, you can cancel your subscription any time you want, but the minimum requirement is that you use my service for 1 month. Your 30-day billing cycle starts on the day you make your first payment. For example, if you started using my TOEFL service on November 12, 2011, you will need to cancel my TOEFL service before December 12, 2011 if you do not want to get billed for an additional month.

169 Comments

  1. Srikanth
    Oct 04, 2016 @ 07:00 am

    Hi, Michael

    I am Srikanth, when I join the course. Is it possible to get free trial for 2 days or can be completed usage of 700 lessons within 2-3 months and those vocabulary, grammar lessons etc will be useful for GRE Verbal? Also, whenever I’m out of station can be possible for keeping in hold for a while.

    Thanks!

    Reply

    • Michael Buckhoff
      Oct 04, 2016 @ 08:10 am

      Srikanth,

      Yes, I can give you a free trial if you want to see if my course is right for you. The vocabulary words in my Online TOEFL Course are college-level words and will help you to improve your English and your TOEFL score dramatically. However, they will not help you during the GRE verbal section. You will need to get a different vocabulary list if you want to prepare for that exam.

      Thanks,

      Michael

      Reply

      • Srikanth
        Oct 04, 2016 @ 09:32 am

        Yes, I am ready to use free trial course for a while and later can pay 45$ through the paypal account. Is it possible to keep on hold whenever going for out of station?

        Reply

  2. AN
    Feb 20, 2016 @ 10:29 am

    Hi,

    Please let me know what number can I reach you?

    Thanks,
    AN

    Reply

    • Michael Buckhoff
      Feb 20, 2016 @ 17:43 pm

      An,

      I typically do not give my number out to my potential customers, at least now until they join my course. What is your question?

      Thanks,

      Michael

      Reply

  3. José
    Dec 05, 2015 @ 16:43 pm

    Hi!

    My name is José and I have taken the TEOFL IBT some time ago and my score was 91, which is for most of my purposes fair enough. I must say I didn’t spend too long preparing the exam due to work issues. More than asking for you to give me lessons to improve my english, I would like to ask your opinion on two concrete points.

    Firstly, by my education and my personality I do not speak quick in any of the languages I do speak (Spanish, German, English). It is actually funny to see how this gave me int he recent past some headaches when I contacted the Bank in my homotown, where I have an account, and asked them for some service. The secretary literally didn’t allow me to speak ! This actually became a trouble in my speaking section: I got short in my argument twice. Moreover, because of my graduate education, I am used not to give “easy” answers to nearly every question I am asked to answer. This annoyed me quite a bit during the exam.

    Secondly, I had troubles in the writing part of the TOEFL, the one that concerns writing about someone else’s ideas, where I obtained a “fair” (2.5-3.5). I think the problem here was that I did not use many words referencing the listened material. In other words, I might have written all the information I should have, but stated it as it was mine. I feel words like “according to”, or “In the passage” were missing and reduced my score greatly.

    Having described my issues already I would like to state couple of questions: is there any
    exercise to learn to speak fast? . As for the last inconvenient I got: I suspect there is a list of words to make reference to other people’s thoughts that one is implicitly obligated to use. Is it so? and if so, which ones?

    Best regards,
    JJ

    Reply

  4. Ibrahim BOLAT
    Nov 22, 2015 @ 09:56 am

    Hi Michael,

    I have never had a TOEFL IBT test before but I will. I want to apply for a job requires English language proficiency TOEFL IBT(Reading 22, Listening 21, Speaking 23, Writing 21). First of all, I need to know what my English level is and try to improve it. Now, I ask you how I can do it? Do your web-site have a level test for TOEFL IBT? After I get what my level is, I will start to take your lessons. Thank you.

    Reply

    • Michael Buckhoff
      Nov 25, 2015 @ 09:36 am

      Yes, once you become a student in my Online TOEFL Course, you can complete a full-length TOEFL iBT practice test. In fact, you can find out about these full-length practice tests by going to the eighth section of my course. However, this is NOT part of the $38 subscription fee. You will need to make an additional payment to ScoreNexus, which is a company with which I have contracted. The TOEFL iBT speaking and writing specialists will score all six of your speaking tasks and both of your writing tasks so that you will get subtotal scores in speaking and writing. Moreover, you will also get subtotal scores in listening and reading. In all, you will get an overall score, along with subtotals in the reading, listening, speaking, and writing sections. At that point, you can then send me another e-mail with your practice test score results along with the following information:

      “I want to apply for a job which requires English language proficiency of 87 on the TOEFL IBT(Reading 22, Listening 21, Speaking 23, Writing 21).”

      Once I get your practice test score results along with your stated academic English language proficiency goals, I will be able to recommend a study plan best suited to your needs.

      Reply

  5. Fer
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 09:45 am

    Hi Michael,

    How can I get a base line statement on my scores in the TOEFL iBT if this is my first time doing the test? Do you have any diagnostic test or something like this? I would like to do something like this to understand where I would need to focus.

    I work all the day and probably would have 2 hours a day to study the following 2-3 months. Do you think this will be enough time to get 100 (min 25 in each section)?

    Many thanks,
    F

    PS: I couldn´t find the additional cost for the training tests, so please can you send it to me as well?

    Reply

    • Michael Buckhoff
      Mar 25, 2015 @ 18:39 pm

      Fer,

      Here are my video comments to you:

      Thanks,

      Michael

      Reply

      • Fer
        Mar 27, 2015 @ 10:34 am

        Hi Michael,

        Many thanks for your concrete advise. The only thing I would like to clariffy a bit more is the online practice test cost (with the discount) that you suggested.

        Sorry for doing push back, but I saw the site you mentioned and the price (without the discount) is higher than the official ETS online practice. So would be interested to get this price to make my final decision and start asap.

        Thanks again,

        F

        Reply

        • Michael Buckhoff
          Mar 27, 2015 @ 12:23 pm

          Fer,

          With the discount, the full-length practice tests cost $34.

          Thanks,

          Michael

          Reply

  6. Teju
    Feb 12, 2015 @ 15:08 pm

    sir can i get your skype id to contact you?

    Reply

    • Michael Buckhoff
      Feb 13, 2015 @ 08:06 am

      Teju,

      I am too busy for skype. I am very sorry.

      Ask me your questions here, and I will answer them by video when I get free time.

      Thanks!

      Michael

      Reply

  7. Delevine
    Feb 07, 2015 @ 01:45 am

    Hi Michael

    I’m not good at English hardly can read
    but i need a TOEFL scores for college entrance
    is it possible that i get 90 if i follow your lessons?
    sorry for my bad english

    Reply

    • Michael Buckhoff
      Feb 08, 2015 @ 18:45 pm

      Delevine,

      Here are my video comments to you:

      As you can see, my Online TOEFL Course has plenty of TOEFL iBT speaking and writing practice to help you. Furthermore, the vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, reading, and listening lessons will also help you to build your academic English language proficiency so that you can meet your goals.

      Respectfully,

      Michael

      Reply

  8. Carolina
    Jan 03, 2015 @ 19:37 pm

    Hello Michael,

    These are my scores of TOEFL IBT:

    Jul 11 2014 Reading 17, Listening 18, Speaking 20, Writing 15, Total 70.
    Oct 11 2014 Reading 22, Listening 20, Speaking 20, Writing 20, Total 82.

    I need to get 109 and I am interested to start your system to achive my goal but I want to know what is better for me, the 60 or 90 days TOEFL Study guide, what do you suggest to me?

    Carolina

    Reply

    • Michael Buckhoff
      Jan 04, 2015 @ 15:58 pm

      Carolina,

      Here are my comments to you:

      Happy New Year 2015!

      Michael

      Reply

      • Carolina
        Jan 04, 2015 @ 16:17 pm

        Hello again, you have answered to María not me, could you give me your comments please?

        Thank you and happy new year!

        Carolina.

        Reply

        • Carolina
          Jan 04, 2015 @ 16:29 pm

          Thank you fir your comments.

          C.

          Reply

          • Michael Buckhoff
            Jan 05, 2015 @ 04:54 am

            Carolina,

            Here are my comments about your specific situation:

            Happy New Year 2015!

            Michael

  9. maria guada
    Nov 06, 2014 @ 05:42 am

    Hi Michael,

    The link to the video with your recommendations for me is missing. Would you be so kind to post it again, because I am beyond interested in beginning my TOEFL speaking practice.

    Regards,

    Maria

    Reply

    • Michael Buckhoff
      Nov 06, 2014 @ 08:02 am

      Maria,

      Try this link:

      Thanks,

      Michael

      Reply

  10. maria guada
    Nov 05, 2014 @ 06:22 am

    Hi Michael,
    Yesterday, I got my toefl ibt scores and even though I got a healthy 100, I only manage to obtain 22 on the speaking section, when I need a 26+. Since, I am planning to take the test again on January, I wanted to know if you think your program would fit my needs because I need to focus on improving my speaking skills.

    Looking forward to you reply,

    Regards,

    Maria Guada

    Reply

    • Michael Buckhoff
      Nov 05, 2014 @ 16:12 pm

      Maria,

      Here are my video comments to you:

      Thanks,

      Michael

      Reply

      • maria guada
        Nov 06, 2014 @ 05:47 am

        Hi Michael,

        I really appreciate that you have taken the time to answer my post. Nevertheless, The link to the video with your recommendations for me is missing. Would you be so kind to post it again, so I can watch it and follow your suggestions.

        Regards,

        Maria

        Reply

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