Confidence is a really big thing. And it´s something a lot of TOEFL students struggle with. So the most important part of improving your TOEFL Speaking score is improving your confidence and understanding that you have control and you can do very specific things to make an improvement.

The first and the most important part of getting the right mindset is to ensure that you can perform without anxiety on TOEFL Speaking Section. The students who have a growth mindset are the most successful in what they do, including achieving their goal score on the TOEFL Speaking Section.

The growth mindset means that skills can be improved. And when we work to improve those skills, we make sure that we give ourselves a better chance of getting 26+ on TOEFL Speaking or 100+ on TOEFL.

You should focus on the process, not the outcome. In the case of TOEFL and TOEFL Speaking, the outcome is the score that you get.

And so many students are so focused on the outcome, that they lose sight of the process, which they need to pay attention to. If you focus on improving TOEFL Speaking skills, your score will automatically adjust; you don´t need to worry as much about the outcome because you concentrate on the process.

The other thing that you can do to improve your confidence for the TOEFL Speaking Section is to take a confident posture before you´re going to take the TOEFL Speaking test.

Researchers show, that those who hold a power body position, automatically feel an increase in confidence and decrease in stress. When you have a 10-minute break between the Listening and the Speaking Section, hold the posture of confidence, and you´ll see how it helps you improve your overall approach.

Also, before you sit for the real TOEFL test, especially for the TOEFL Speaking Section, practice in an environment that is similar to the TOEFL center. It can be loud and distracting, with a lot of other people talking. And it can make you feel anxious and nervous; that´s why you need to practice in the same environment before you actually go and take the real TOEFL. Go to a cafe, any other public place, and practice a TOEFL Speaking test, record your responses.

The last thing that you should do to make sure you have high confidence on the TOEFL Speaking Section, you need to start strong. If you can do really well in the first 5 to 10 seconds of your response, that is going to set a precedent; it is going to make sure that you are extremely ready to do well at the rest of the response.

So, let´s review what you need to do to improve your confidence:

1. Focus on the process, not the outcome. To learn more about growth mindset VS fixed mindset click here

2. Hold a physically confident posture before you are actually going to take a test. You can do that in a 10-minute break, between the listening and the speaking section.
3. Go into a public place a few days before you take your test, and actually see how you deal with the distracting environment, what causes you to be nervous.
4. Make sure that those first 5-10 seconds of Question Type 1 are excellent.

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How To Stay Calm And Confident on TOEFL Speaking

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Welcome back to a video series on the most common issues and problems that TOEFL students face for the TOEFL Speaking Section.

Just for you to know, my name is Paul, I am the head instructor at TOEFL Speaking Teacher, an online language school that just focused on helping students get 26+ on TOEFL Speaking.

In today´s video, I want to talk about how you can remain confident in the TOEFL Speaking Section, even if you´ve struggled with anxiety and nervousness in the past.

Confidence is a really big thing. And it´s something a lot of students struggle with. You know, they have this idea, you might have this idea, of the sense of pressure, the sense of anxiety, that if you are going into TOEFL Speaking Section, if you´re going into TOEFL test, then you need to perform, if they don´t get the score they are after, then they are a failure.

And this mindset comes from what we call the fixed mindset. It really comes from our educational system and the way that we´ve been raised to learn in general. And this fixed mindset says that our skills are concrete, that our skills cannot change, and that we will remain the same, regardless of what we do to improve.

And recent research shows that this is false. And that the students who have a growth mindset will be the most successful in what they do, including achieving their goal score on the TOEFL Speaking Section.

The growth mindset says that skills can be improved, and we can pick different skills, for example, that applied to the TOEFL Speaking Section, things like fluency, timing, words and phrases we use, or accent or pace of speech, and we can do very specific things to improve those skills.

And when we work to improve those skills, then we make sure that we give ourselves a better chance of getting, for example, 26+ on TOEFL Speaking or 100+ on TOEFL.

But taking back control, saying,  ‘I know I can do those things to improve my score, I know I can do things to improve my different skills that will improve my score,  gives us control back and helps us to be more confident in the TOEFL Speaking section.

Because often times, what´s the root, the heart of the sense of anxiety and nervousness that the TOEFL Speaking score is outside of our control, that the evaluator controls it, and we have no say.  But that´s not true; you have a very strong say in the score that you can get.

So the first most important part of improving your TOEFL Speaking score, of improving your confidence, is understanding that you have control and you can do very specific things to make improvements in your fluency, in your timing, in your content, with your accent.

The first and the most important part of getting the mindset right is to make sure that you can go into the TOEFL Speaking Section and perform without anxiety.

The other thing is you wanna focus on the process; this comes back to the growth mindset versus the fixed mindset. You wanna focus on the process,  not the outcome. In the case of TOEFL and TOEFL Speaking, the outcome is the score that you get.

And so many students are so focused on the outcome, that they lose sight of the process, which they need to pay attention to. If you want to improve, you must pay attention to this process, this process of improving your fluency, this process of improving your accent, this process of improving the words and phrases that you need to use.  And if you focus on improving that process, your score will automatically improve; you don´t need to worry as much about the outcome because you focus on the process.

Below this video I´ve included a couple of additional resources to further explain this, but the first and the most important part of having high confidence on the TOEFL Speaking Section is setting in the process, and not worrying so much about the outcome.

In terms of other smaller thing that you can do to improve your confidence for the TOEFL Speaking Section, one –  have a confident posture before you´re going to take the TOEFL Speaking test.

Researchers show, that those who hold a power posture,  a confident posture, chest up and out,  hands on the hips, feeling like you are confident and in charge, those who hold that posture for 2 or 3 minutes, automatically see an increase in confidence and decrease in stress.

Before you go in to take a TOEFL Speaking Section, remember, you have that 10-minute break, between the Listening and the Speaking Section, hold that posture of confidence, and see how it helps you improve your overall approach.

Next, before you actually sit down and go to take the real TOEFL, especially for the TOEFL Speaking test, practice in an environment that is similar to the TOEFL Speaking test.

For those of you who haven´t taken the TOEFL Speaking test yet, it´s important to understand that it´s loud, it´s distracting, there are a lot of other people talking. And it can be, like we´ve talked about, really nerve-racking, makes you feel anxious, makes you nervous, so you need to practice in the same environment before you actually go and take the real TOEFL.

So what I often tell my private students to is I have them going to a cafe, a public place. I actually have them publically practice a TOEFL Speaking test, so they can feel how it affects their psyche, how it affects their nervousness, so they continue to do their best on the TOEFL Speaking Section.

The last thing that you wanna do is you want to start strong.  To make sure you have high confidence on the TOEFL Speaking Section, you need to start strong. When you sit down in the chair for the first Question Type 1 response, you need to make sure you are really focused on nailing the first 5 to 10 seconds of the response.  If you can do really really well in those first 5 to 10 seconds, that is going to set a precedent; it is gonna make sure that you are extremely ready to do well the rest of the response.

For those of you who have taken the test before, you know when the Question Type 1 goes really well, then the rest of your response also goes really well.  If question Type 1 doesn´t go so well, that can often affect your confidence, psyche in the rest of the test.

Just to review here about confidence:

  1. Focus on the process, not the outcome. Growth mindset VS fixed mindset.
  2. Hold a physically confident posture before you are actually going to take a test. You can do that in a 10-minute break, between the listening and the speaking section.
  3. Go into a public place a few days before you take your test, and actually see how you deal with the distracting environment, what causes you to be nervous.
  4. Make sure that those first 5-10 seconds of Question Type 1 are excellent.

So that´s it. If you enjoyed this video, keep in mind, at TOEFL Speaking Teacher we offer private lessons, and group lessons for students who are serious about getting 26. We´ve helped over 100 students at this point; we´ll also love to help you. You can get more details about those by clicking below.

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