Aleksander NR:30, L:30, S:28, W:28
MARCH 2018 – GRADUATE SCHOOL.
Aleksander N. was living in Scotland when he started preparing for the TOEFL.
He only had 4 months to study, and he needed to score over a 100 to pass. But he wasn’t just trying to get his dream scores…
He set out to improve his English skills as much as possible!
Aleksander’s challenge was understanding how to approach each section of the TOEFL. He signed up for our 3-Step TOEFL Mastery program, but he didn’t study much for the first two months. He mainly stuck to reading the NY Times and the Scientific American. He also listened to podcasts for a few hours each day.
Then, in October of 2018, he signed up for a NoteFull Group Class series…
“That was a revelation to me. I didn’t have to memorize rules but just focus on reading/listening and answer questions like I normally would. These classes also made the speaking section very easy. Just ‘look for this, connect, answer using a structure’. No more hardcore templates. I felt like a free man :)”
Aleksander had found his solution!
He had trouble with big, long sentences in the reading section at first. He tended to see them as big clumps of words. But Joseph taught him how to break them down into small parts and make sense of them.
He also learned to read and understand the reading passages first before moving to the answer choices. This along with the yes/maybe/no method helped him choose the right answer.
Leading up to the last few months of his journey, he signed up for 2 Writing Reviews and 1 Speaking Review.
In the final 2 months before his test, Aleksander worked on each section of the TOEFL every day. He did 1 reading passage, 1 listening part, 1 full speaking section, and 1 writing part each day.
He practiced listening parts so much that he taught himself to pick out exactly what the question was asking for.
For the speaking section, he found that his answers for Q1 and Q2 could be very simple. He didn’t have to use long, complex sentences. This made a huge difference!
For Q3, he split his opening connection into two sentences. The first sentence was about the reading. And the second was about the listening. When it came to Q5, Aleksander got very creative. In the “What I Would Suggest” part, he always chose the solution best suited for work in the future. Great thinking, Aleksander!
As for the writing section, the most important thing he learned from the group classes was connection. Once he understood what to look for, he checked every sentence to make sure it connected.
He even started showing his answers to his girlfriend to see if she could understand what he wrote. This taught him how to “write a point, rethink, and re-write the point”. Whenever his girlfriend couldn’t understand his essay, he would rethink and re-write it. This took his essay-writing skills to the next level!
On Their Way
On test day, Aleksander was not happy with how he did. He felt that he was going to have to take it again…
“And 10 days later, to my surprise, I got the results – 116. I couldn’t be happier. Thank you again for your program and all the feedback I got.”
Just 4 points shy of a perfect score. Amazing! This goes to show that even though you may not think you did your best, you can still do great things! Best of luck in all you do, Aleksander. We know you’ll do great!Reading: 30, Listening: 30, Speaking: 28, Writing: 28
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