Each day, students join my Online TOEFL Course “The 7-Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT” from all over the world, and each student has his or her own target score. H.R., who joined my Online TOEFL Course about two weeks ago, had taken the TOEFL exam two months prior. Her score was 70/120 with subtotals of 17, 18, 17, and 18 on the reading, listening, speaking, and writing sections of the exam. She was partly satisfied with her score, but she needed to get 26/30 on the speaking section. Therefore, HR e-mailed me to see 1) if it was possible for her to improve her speaking score by 8 points and 2) how much time it would take her to achieve this result.
Getting 26/30 on the speaking requires almost near-native speaking proficiency of American English, and it is difficult for most students to get this score. However, if the student has a sufficient amount of TOEFL iBT speaking practice (always followed by feedback from a qualified TOEFL iBT speaking specialist) and if the student is motivated to get this score, then it is entirely possible to reach this noble speaking goal.
Here are my comments to the student on how she can reach this target score:
Believe it! And your dreams will come true.
Michael Buckhoff, TOEFL Writing and Speaking Specialist