Burke of Berlin, Germany moved to the United States so he can major in business at University of Virginia Darden School of Business. However needing a minimum TOEFL score of 100, Burke needed to study effectively to eliminate his native German accent. Burke originally scored 84 with (R20, L22, S20, and W22) on the TOEFL iBT, and a year later he scored 90 with (R20, L24, S22, and W24).
Although he improved his listening and writing abilities from lesson plans and exercises from his previous online TOEFL course, Burke couldn’t seem to improve his reading and speaking skills. Knowing this, Burke decided to search for a course to improve in these areas. After conducting numerous searches on the web, Burke eventually joined Michael Buckhoff’s comprehensive Online TOEFL Course “The 7-Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT” and came to develop well-rounded speaking fluency and effective reading comprehension in just three months!
With the pronunciation section, Burke was given extensive instruction in word stress, intonation, and pausing. Performing multiple vowel and consonant exercises as well as hundreds of pronunciation drills and practice tests, Burke was getting used to sounding these new sounds and after repetitive hours of practice, he began to properly deliver grammatical word endings with proper word stress, sentence rhythm, and intonation. Furthermore, by watching the link “See and Hear How Vowel and Consonant Sounds Are Produced,” Burke was able to imitate and track the sounds made by the speaker in order to further his ability sounding vowel and consonant sounds. Eventually Burke ended scoring a 6.0/7.0 on his intelligibility post-test and felt ready to approach the reading section of Michael’s Online TOEFL Course.
With the reading section, Burke first successfully completed the first lesson that taught him how to read academic passages and how to take notes of these passages so he will be able to create organized responses during integrated writing and speaking tasks. Secondly, he engaged in an extensive reading campaign in which he regularly read for about 45 minutes daily and continued to regularly read each day until he read from a computer screen at a speed of 315 words per minute with 80% comprehension!
Soon after Burke completed many speed reading practice tests and learned effective reading habits, discerned main ideas and details, understood vocabulary from context, understood the organization of reading passages including transitions, and improved his ability to make inferences. Building his speaking proficiency in English even more with the reading section, Burke reduced his former thick German accent and felt ready to tackle the speaking section to further improve his English.
With the speaking section of the 7-Step System, Burke got feedback provided by iBT speaking specialists to speak academic English with proper delivery and accuracy. In addition by completing numerous integrated and independent practice tests plus 100′s of skill-building exercises, Burke improved his proficiency in grammatical word endings, word stress, sentence rhythm, intonation, and blending of various phrases. Soon with competent speaking skills like decoding the speaking task, organizing a coherent response including a topic statement, delivering rich details in the body of the speech, and ending with a conclusion, Burke began scoring 26/30 in many exercises within the speaking section and felt a notable difference in his reading and speaking, such that he felt prepared to retake the TOEFL iBT for the third time and improve his previous score.
Taking the TOEFL on his third attempt, Burke scored 103 with (R24, L26, S27, and W26). Burke is now enrolled at the University Of Virginia Darden School Of Business. Burke studied hard and effectively eliminated his native German accent and with Michael Buckhoff’s comprehensive TOEFL Course “The 7-Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT,” Burke improved his reading and speaking abilities in English. After time, Burke developed well-rounded speaking fluency and effective reading comprehension in just three months! So don’t you feel like this could have been you? If so, think about joining Michael’s Online TOEFL Course and you can improve more than just your reading and speaking proficiency, you can also develop academic vocabulary, grammar, listening, and writing skills with the resources you have been searching for!