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May 15, 2018

In the previous blog post, I covered how the independent speaking responses are scored on three criteria: DELIVERY, LANGUAGE, and TOPIC DEVELOPMENT. 

Now, let's examine two sample responses for the questions which were posted. 
Here is question 1 again. 

Talk about a t...

April 30, 2018

If you're preparing for the TOEFL, the speaking section can be particularly tricky. The first two speaking tasks are independent speaking questions and if you're getting ready to take the TOEFL, you might be struggling to answer these questions sufficiently. 

First of...

February 15, 2018

    Around 90% of the students that I typically meet want to learn how to

improve their speaking. They want to know how to speak faster, feel more confident, use more idioms and vocabulary words, and sound more like native speakers. However, students often don...

November 21, 2017

If you need to get ready for the TOEFL exam and you've looked at different books to help you get prepared, you may have gotten overwhelmed. 
There's a sheer number of books out there, but if you're just starting out, the absolute best book to start with is the Official...

October 3, 2017

Preparing for the TOEFL exam is difficult, and many of my students specifically want to prepare for the speaking section since they don't have many opportunities to practice speaking English in their home countries. When my students work with me, I strive to go over as...