One of the most challenging aspects of the TOEFL test is staying motivated for long periods of time. Motivation is key to achieving the score you want.

In today’s blog, I’m going to tell you a little bit about how you can stay motivated for a long period of time so you can get the score you want.

Think of a reason that you’re taking TOEFL. Really dig deep here.

Don’t just say you want to become a pharmacist or you want to go to graduate school.

Really think about the purpose or the reason that you want to go to graduate school and the real reason you want to become a pharmacist or a doctor.

Why do you really want to get that MBA that you’ve always dreamed of?

Why do you want those things?

  • Is it because you want to get paid more?
  • Is it because you want more responsibility?
  • Is it because you want a new challenge?
  • Is it because you want to provide for your family?

Chances are one of the reasons and one of the purposes behind your desire to get a high score on TOEFL and TOEFL speaking is so you can push yourself to new heights and continue your professional development.

I understand your frustration. TOEFL, especially TOEFL speaking, is not the best way to measure speaking ability.

But, it serves a good purpose.

TOEFL evaluators are basically gatekeepers.

You get scored. The score captures if you have the ability to hold a conversation with no problems.

Want to know how TOEFL evaluators judge you on the speaking section? Go here: TOEFL Speaking Rubric.

A lot of students come to work with me for private lessons who cannot get a 26. Out of those students, 80% of them can’t get a 26 because their English isn’t good enough yet.

Why isn’t their English good enough?

They haven’t invested enough time and effort into actually improving their English skills.

Remember, the reason you want to get a 26 on TOEFL speaking: because you want to challenge yourself and continuing growing and developing as a human being.

You need to grow and develop to get the roles you dream of. To do this, you must improve your spoken English.

Have you taken TOEFL one time? Or maybe ten times?

If you’re not getting the score you want, take that as feedback.

Do the right things to improve your English. Put effort in.

Do something different.

This can help you get the score you want on TOEFL speaking.

English skills usually will fall into 6 or 7 categories, especially spoken English skills.

Here are some things I help students improve at.

  • Pronunciation
  • Intonation
  • Spoken grammar
  • Confidence
  • Fluency
  • Phrase use
  • Sentence structure

Get some helpful TOEFL speaking tips here. You can also check out the Master Guide series.

Analyze those aspects of your spoken English.

Ask yourself, is that good enough?

Ask yourself if you need to change something based on the feedback from TOEFL.

It’s difficult to analyze yourself to figure out what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong.

That’s why I offer a 30 minute TOEFL Speaking Evaluation

I’ll tell you the exact things you’re doing wrong so that you can improve your score.

Now, let’s recap.

To stay motivated, you have to understand that you want a new challenge. You want to take your career to new heights.

To do this, you must embrace the challenge of TOEFL. It’s a learning experience.

Invest time and effort into improving your English skills. See the TOEFL Speaking Study Schedule to make sure you get a 26.

Use your anger, your frustration, and your discouragement.

Use that. Feel it inside you.

And use that as jet fuel to motivate yourself to get up every morning and study for TOEFL.

If you don’t use your jet fuel, you’re never going to improve or reach the score you deserve on TOEFL speaking.

So, use that anger. Use that energy.

Let it motivate you to wake up every day, study at the same time and when you don’t feel like it.

This will help you FINALLY earn the score you want!

Embrace TOEFL as a challenge. Tt’s just a measure of how good your spoken English is.

Use your anger to get up every day and move forward just a little bit.

And these are my tips on how to stay motivated.

Do you have any more?