Posts with tag: "general strategy"

TOEFL vs. IELTS: Fact and fiction

TOEFL vs. IELTS
What’s the difference between the TOEFL and the IELTS?

Perhaps like you, we’ve heard this question so many times! We at ScoreNexus are experts on the TOEFL, but we definitely know the IELTS as well. We have written materials for both, we have trained teachers for both, and we have taught both extensively.

The next time one of your students asks for a comparison, here is a list of what is definitely true and false: Read more »

Teaching TOEFL: The pressure of taking tests

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Like many people, I’ve been closely watching the final season of the American TV show Breaking Bad. I just watched one of the final episodes, named “Ozymandias.” This is a reference to a poem of the same name by the 19th century poet Percy Shelley. I know this little piece of trivia because I memorized that poem in the 6th grade, many, many, MANY years ago. Read more »

Why TOEFL Students Need to Take Practice Tests (Part 3)

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In Part 1, I stated the first reason why students need to take practice TOEFL tests: Students need to become comfortable taking the test.

In Part 2, I stated the second reason: Students need to find their specific weaknesses and target them.

In this post, I’ll give the final reason why students need to take practice tests. Please emphasize these reasons to make sure your students take their practice tests when assigned, and when they do take them, to do so seriously. Read more »

Why TOEFL Students Need to Take Practice Tests (Part 2)

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In my last post, I stated the first reason why students need to take practice TOEFL tests: Students need to become comfortable taking the test. In this post, I’ll give reason #2. Please emphasize these reasons to make sure your students take their practice tests when assigned, and when they do take them, to do so seriously.

(I had one student who would always do his practice tests at midnight or later–I could see the time stamp on his score report. He then wondered why his performance was improving ever so slowly.) Read more »

Why TOEFL Students Need to Take Practice Tests (Part 1)

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Taking a test is unpleasant. It’s stressful, tiring and the resulting score is a judgement on the test-taker’s competency–and most people really don’t like to be judged.

Keeping this in mind, I’d like to share three important reasons to emphasize to your students why they need to regularly take TOEFL practice tests. In this post, I’ll post the first reason. Whenever you sense one of your students dreading the prospect of taking a practice test (which can be perfectly normal), these are some reasons you can cite. Read more »

Rules of the Game: TOEFL Speaking and Writing

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In my last post, I talked about the “rules” for TOEFL Reading and Listening. Remember, to use ScoreNexus to maximize your students’ TOEFL scores, you have to have clear strategies. And in order to have clear strategies, you have to know the rules.

In this post I will discuss the rules of the last two TOEFL sections: Speaking and Writing. These rules were created in response to the basic structure of each section, so I will first discuss the structure of each section, followed by the rules themselves.

Speaking:

1. Speaking is the third section of the TOEFL, and it comes right after the break. This section has six tasks to perform Read more »