Medard joins an Online TOEFL Course so that he can score higher than 105.

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Medard stared at the writing prompt for a minute, “Compare and contrast knowledge gained from classroom instruction with knowledge gained from personal experience. Which source is more important to you?” Use specific reasons and examples to support your point of view.” It had already been about four weeks since he had joined the Online TOEFL Course called “The 7-Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT,” and this was his seventh independent writing practice test. And for a fleeting moment, he thought about his real goal of beginning his PhD program in Engineering in the United States.

Having finished his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Engineering at American Universities, Medard aspired to complete a doctorate degree. But since his first language was not English and since he wanted to get a doctorate degree in the United States, there were steep requirements for his TOEFL score. In fact, he needed to score over 105 on the exam, and he needed to score higher than 26 and 24 on the speaking and writing portions of the exam. Medard had taken the TOEFL before, but his score was only 95; hence, he needed to get ten points higher, especially improving his speaking and writing sections by three points each.

So here Medard was on his seventh independent writing task in his Online TOEFL Course. His TOEFL writing and speaking mentor Michael Buckhoff had guided him thus far, and had helped Medard solve a plethora of problems relating to his vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, listening, reading, writing, and speaking. But it was the writing portion of the exam that was was giving Medard the most problems. However, he was determined to press on and keep his eye focused on improving little by little, and his Online TOEFL Course was helping him do just that.

Medard stopped staring at the writing prompt, made a short shopping list of ideas, and then worked on carefully crafting the introduction with a sharply-focused thesis. Medard knew that, if he could write the introduction, he would confidently be able to complete the body paragraphs of his essay. Since Medard had already solved the necessary vocabulary and grammar problems that were holding his writing proficiencies back, he only needed to work on improving his organization and development of ideas. Furthermore, the compare and contrast essay requires a very specific organization and since the writing prompt had two parts to it, it would be very easy to write a fatally- flawed response. Still, Medard was prepared, had gone through all the writing lessons in his Online TOEFL Course and knew exactly how to organize the body paragraphs to reflect a compare/contrast and argumentative organization pattern.

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