Guila passes the TOEFL exam with a score of 86–and 25 points on the reading section.

Giulia’s native tongue is Italian. Having spoken Italian for most of her life, Giulia toiled for much time when first learning English as her secondary language. Such that during her learning process, Giulia could not seem to do any better to improve her reading. Reason being, Giulia was not able to score higher than a 21 on the TOEFL iBT reading section. In view of her own problem, Giulia sought the help of instructor Michael Buckhoff: the materials writer, founder, owner and teacher for his Online TOEFL Course “The 7-Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT.”

Giulia’s preliminary comments to Michael were as follows:

“Mr. Buckhoff,

I have been studying for Toefl so long and my reading is suffering.  I really have tough time with my reading section Michael, don’t know for some reason I am not really doing well in that and kind of frustrated.

I really need your help.

Looking forward for your reply!



Having sought the help of Michael’s course when Giulia first enrolled, Giulia’s situation was examined by materials writer and instructor Michael Buckhoff. Based on Giulia’s history and intended goal, Giulia’s was recommended to study Michael’s exclusive reading section to meet her reading goal.

By means of Michael’s reading section, Giulia was first taught how to read academic reading passages and how to take notes of these passages so she was better able to create organized responses during the integrated writing and integrated speaking tasks. In addition, Giulia engaged in an extensive reading campaign in which she regularly read for about 45 minutes daily and continued to regularly read each day until she was able to read from a computer screen at a speed of 218 words per minute with 80% comprehension.

Furthermore with 70 academic speed reading practice tests testing her ability to read from 100 to 350 words per minute, Giulia was able to learn effective reading strategies such as: how to discern main ideas and details, understand vocabulary from context, understand the organization of reading passages including transitions, and having the ability to make inferences.

Ultimately because of this, Giulia truly learned to discern key main ideas from supporting ideas with Michael’s reading section. As a result, Giulia scored 25/30 upon her next TOEFL exam!

Giulia’s final comments to Michael were as follows:

“Hey Michael,

I just passed my TOEFL iBT with a score of 86 and 25/30 in reading! All thanks to your many freely offered tips on YouTube. Your site is so rich in formation, that at first it was difficult for me to get what I was looking for. Thanks for sharing and giving so much good advice.

Continue the good work!


All in all, with lessons like Michael’s reading section, S.T.E.A.T.H students like Giulia completed various reading exercises and practice tests to improve their scores on the TOEFL iBT. Like Giulia, do you need extra help with your reading understanding or perhaps you’re reading strategies and or intelligibility in American English? Then enroll in Michael’s online course today and receive exclusive reading lessons and feedback to reach your best possible TOEFL score in real time.

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