Bahman D.R:29, L:25, S:26, W:25
FEBRUARY 2017 – PHARMACY.
Bahman D. is a pharmacist from Iran who took his first TOEFL in 2013. Given his background, he felt really good about scoring a 22 in the speaking section on his first try.
Now he only had 4 points to go to meet the pharmacy board requirements!
“I thought my English was decent, to be honest. I thought that if I got 22 the first time, it wouldn’t take long to get a few more points up to 26. No big deal.”
As Bahman soon found out, jumping up 4 points would be much more of a challenge than he thought…
He studied hard on his own over the next year. But he could only get his score up to a 23. That’s when he came up with a brave plan to improve his speaking skills:
“I decided at that point that I needed to put myself in a position where I could practice my English as much as possible. Even though I knew I was going to be uncomfortable at first, I had to find a job where I spoke English throughout the day.”
So, he started working as a customer service rep. His job was to speak to patients and resolve their issues. These people were not easy to deal with! A lot of them were sick and unhappy with their experience. He knew that to fully address their concerns he would have to improve his English skills.
To complement his new job, he also joined Toastmasters. This was a national group that gave him the opportunity to speak in public. And other members would listen to his speeches and give him feedback afterwards.
As a result, his confidence and comfort when speaking English skyrocketed!
In addition to his other efforts, Bahman’s search for a solution led him to NoteFull by early 2016.
He started out using our free resources to work on his speaking responses. But he was hungry for more helpful information. So he signed up for our 6-Step Speaking + Tutoring + Review program. But he decided to wait to take advantage of the tutoring sessions until he understood Steps 1 through 3.
Midway through summer, he was ready to start the tutoring sessions. So, Nayyer worked with him through 4 classes and identified his problem areas. Nayyer also gave him homework that would help him avoid running into those problems on the test. Now that he knew what to work on, Bahman really dialed in his study sessions and geared up for his next test.
“At that point it was late July and I was ready for the TOEFL. Then, in the middle of writing my exam, there was an electricity outage! They lost power and had to cancel the exam! This was so frustrating. And then to make matters worse, a couple of weeks later I went to take the exam but there was a problem with the computers so again it was cancelled!”
Having 2 tests get cancelled in a row really took a toll on Bahman. He had worked so hard only to have his attempts cut short. And when he was finally able to take the test he scored a 23 in the speaking section again. He was really upset and frustrated at the situation. But he wasn’t going to stop trying…
He picked back up with the tutoring sessions again. Only this time he was working with Joseph because Nayyer was no longer tutoring on the weekends. They worked together to build on what the program had already taught him. And he got more feedback on the issues he was having. By the end of December, Bahman was ready to put the TOEFL behind him…
On Their Way
“This time around, I decided to imagine that I was speaking to a friend, instead of an ETS rater. I wanted to sound natural and confident, that’s what I think they were looking for.”
When he went in for his next attempt on January 8th, Bahman’s confidence shone through. He hit the exact score of 26 he needed for the speaking section! Awesome job, Bahman! Your willingness to make yourself uncomfortable was a huge key to your success.
He encourages his fellow TOEFL students to never give up. And to practice English as much as possible every single day!Reading: 29, Listening: 25, Speaking: 26, Writing: 25
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