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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.


  1. Rufina
    Oct 29, 2014 @ 21:09 pm

    Hi Michael, I watched a lot of your YouTube videos, and I was very interested in learning your tips. I found that your several students got high scores after taking your course. In my case, I intend to transfer from college to university, and the requirement for the Toefl IBT is 92. Recently, I just got my result back, and I got 89 (R-22,L-23, S-23, and W-21) I would need to retake it again on December. Can you please guide me what I should do to improve my score? I am also confused with my writing score since when I took it 2 years back, I got 22.


    • Michael Buckhoff
      Oct 30, 2014 @ 06:07 am


      Here my are video comments to you:

      Follow the link to the 30-Day TOEFL Study Guide I recommend for you: http://www.bettertoeflscores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/30-Day-7-Step-Study-Guide.pdf

      Good luck!



      • Rufina
        Oct 30, 2014 @ 21:01 pm

        Thank you for replying me, Michael. I will soon do the writing practice.


        • Michael Buckhoff
          Oct 31, 2014 @ 08:14 am


          You are welcome. I look forward to reading your writing practice test.




  2. Manvi
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 09:46 am

    Hi Michael,

    I am a physical therapist from India. I attempted toefl, and got a score of 106, with 23 in speaking. I want 26 in that for further studies. Can u help me in that? I wanted to join your course, but couldn’t understand few things about that course. I want to give the toefl next month, so can i complete all the exercises in one month duration? Is it mandatory to follow the study plan devised by you, cant I complete all lessons early, at my own pace? And how many speak clearly responses can I post on voxopop group daily? I mean, I want to post more than one, and get evaluated for them, so is that possible? The only reason for this hurry is that I have some deadlines to meet, so I need to pass the speaking section with 26 score as early as possible. Kindly help me.

    Manvi Aggarwal


    • Michael Buckhoff
      Oct 07, 2014 @ 08:26 am


      Here are my video comments to you:




      • Manvi
        Oct 12, 2014 @ 16:29 pm

        Thanks a lot Michael for your valuable comments. Looking forward to join your course.



        • Michael Buckhoff
          Oct 13, 2014 @ 08:45 am


          You are welcome. I look forward to listening to and reading your speaking and writing practice tests.




  3. Orlando
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

    Hi, I want to take the TOEFL iBT in late November, but I don’t know my current TOEFL iBT score and I wonder if you can help me and then I’ll enroll your course. See you


  4. Ken
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 22:27 pm

    Hi, I got 94 on the TOEFL iBT (R:23 L:27 S:19 W:25). I need to reach at least 100 within 10 days. Do you have any suggestion to study?
    Thank you.


  5. Maria
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 14:31 pm

    I addition, I need to get a score of 26 in speaking (I only got 20 on my first try). My total score is 87, but like I said, I failed the speaking part. I plan to use your course for a month. Is that enough time for me to be able to get enough practice?


  6. Maria
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 14:18 pm

    Hi Michael,

    Can I use my husband’s credit card to be able to join in your course? I do not have my own credit card and my husband let me use his.



  7. lauro matos
    Jun 28, 2014 @ 15:16 pm

    Hi Michael! Seems to me that your course is fantastic and very organized! I have some doubts about your course… I started to study english 9 months ago,
    before it, I didn’t know any thing in english.. So, I’d know if the listening passage, there is a subtitle(in english),so I could listen and read at the same time, because I still have much difficulty to listen. I really need to do the toefl test more fast as possible And what advices would you give me ? thanks!


    • Michael Buckhoff
      Jun 29, 2014 @ 08:46 am


      Here are a couple of questions before I give you advice:

      1. Have you taken the TOEFL before? If you have, what score did you get, including subtotals on reading, listening, speaking, and writing?

      2. When you take the TOEFL test, what score do you want to get, including subtotals?

      Answering these two questions will help me recommend the best plan for you.




      • lauro matos
        Jun 29, 2014 @ 09:00 am

        Michael, I never had take the TOEFL.
        I need to get, 61 points, about subtotals I don’t know.
        I can take the TOEFL, until june 2016, I have more two years, however as more fast is better to me.



        • Michael Buckhoff
          Jun 30, 2014 @ 15:39 pm


          Here are my video comments to you: http://youtu.be/7J-T6LplCE8




          • lauro matos
            Jul 02, 2014 @ 08:54 am

            Thank you very much Michael, for yours recommendations, attention and advice me what I should do to get a better evoluation in my studies, ever not understanding all the words that you said , I could understanding the context. I know that, the way won’t easy, but I will do my best and I wish in future , I can comment in your website that I got more than 61 points. In few time I will join your course.


  8. Lay
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 16:27 pm

    Hi Miachel Buckhoff,

    Is it feasible to go from 450 to 550 in 2 months? How much effort would that require? Total commitment? Thanks!


  9. Samikshya
    Jan 15, 2014 @ 08:13 am

    Hi Miachel Buckhoff

    I just got my score for TOEFL which i took on December. Unfortunately i scored 71 (reading 17, listening 15, Speaking 17, and writing 22)which did not meet the requirement (80)for graduate study. Precisely, i want to score more than 90. Is it possible to increase score by 20 (91-71) in two months. Please suggest me what to do so that i can score as i wish.


  10. Mahdi
    Nov 20, 2013 @ 03:15 am

    Dear sir,

    I just got my scores for the test I took on November 9th. I scored 87 ( Reading 19, Listening 22, writing 23, and speaking 23). To be honest I think luck didn’t help me in the reading section, because i really think it’s undervalue my real reading abilities.

    Since I am not satisfied with my result, I decided to study 1 more month and retake the exam in order to get 100, that is 13 more points ,100 – 87.

    My question now, do you think your program can help attain my goal given the amount of time left? I really feel optimistic about your study guides although it is my first time I visit your site.

    Waiting your answer

    Thank you!


    • Michael Buckhoff
      Nov 20, 2013 @ 10:00 am


      Here are my comments:

      Follow the link to the 30-Day TOEFL Study Guide I recommend for you: http://www.bettertoeflscores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/30-Day-7-Step-Study-Guide.pdf




      • Mahdi
        Nov 20, 2013 @ 13:24 pm

        Thank you very much. I’m pretty sure that following your program lessons and tips I will do better in my next TOEFL exam. I think my biggest mistake in my last exam was that I just took practice exams, without even knowing which questions were answered wrongly or correctly. I didn’t study in deails how to tackle each type of questions I would encounter in the test.

        Now and for 30 days I will dedicate 2-3 hours of my time to study for the TOEFL using your program.

        I just subscribed to your program. However, until now I havent got any confirmation or details on how to access the premium resources on the site.

        Thanks you very much,and again I am very optimistic and positive that I will improve my score by at least 10 points.

        Until later


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