How much time is it going to take you to get your goal score on TOEFL and TOEFL Speaking?

Well, it depends. Every single student is at the different point in their journey. So there is no one blanket answer.

The first and the most important factor is your previous experience with English.

If you have a ton of previous experience with English, you could speak it since you were a young child, and you continue to practice it on a consistent basis, it´s not gonna take that long you to get your goal score on TOEFL or TOEFL Speaking.

But if for example, you just recently started studying or maybe you studied it in a program where they did not really push you hard, you were not that really motivated; you did not really study that much, you were not really disciplined while you were studying. Well, it´s gonna take you longer.

The second factor is the actual score that you need on TOEFL and TOEFL Speaking. Obviously, for someone who just needs to get 20 on TOEFL Speaking, compared to 26+ on TOEFL Speaking, it´s probably going to take less time. And, of course, it depends on their previous experience of English which is why I mentioned that first.

The third factor is what you do when you study. When you sit down, and you study for TOEFL and for TOEFL Speaking, what is your studying like? Are you disciplined, concentrated or distracted?

Researchers have shown that studying is most effective when there is a singular focus. So, if you study for an hour and a half every day and you extremely disciplined, and you are only focused on a studying material, then you are going to improve much faster than someone who is constantly distracted or someone who just doesn´t study that often.

Another aspect of how fast you learn is the consistency at which you study. A student who studies like an hour and a half every day for three months is going to reach the goal score a lot faster than a student who just studies for an hour twice a week.

The last factor if you are getting professional help or not. A student who is working with a professional instructor, or a tutor, or a guide is going to accelerate and learn much quicker than someone who is not.

Why is that? Because of something that we call a feedback loop. The best way to learn, the best way to accelerate your learning is to know when you do something wrong, you need to correct it, and adjust it, and fix it, and do a better the next time.

The challenges when you are studying by yourself, you often don´t know whether you are doing something wrong or right.

And when you can work with a private instructor that is going to accelerate your learning curve as well.

At TOEFL Speaking Teacher, we have helped over 100 students get 26+ on TOEFL Speaking as well as 100+ on TOEFL. We can help you get your goal score!

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Transcript

Hi, welcome back to another video from TOEFL Speaking Teacher. My name is Paul Austin, and I am the head instructor at TOEFL Speaking Teacher.

Today´s video is about how much time is going to take you to get your goal score on TOEFL and TOEFL Speaking

And, of course, whatever I get this question, ‘Hey, Paul, I need to get 26+ on TOEFL speaking, how long is it gonna take me?’ Or ‘Hey, Paul, I need to get 105 on my TOEFL test in order to apply to MBA school, how long is it gonna take me to get that score?’

My answer is always, ‘It depends.’ Students want to know how long it´s going to take them because they wanna have this estimate of when they can take the next step.

Whatever they are doing, related to TOEFL, but the challenge is that every single student is at the different point in their journey. So there is no one blanket answer for students when they are asking how long it´s going to take them to reach their goal score on TOEFL and TOEFL Speaking.

In this context let´s talk about needing to get 26+ on TOEFL Speaking.

At this point, I´ve worked with probably with few hundred students who need to get 26+ on TOEFL Speaking, and every single student is different in terms of the time it´s going to take them to earn their goal score.

And a few characteristics, few main differences that I can pick out, I will talk about today. If you are wondering how long it´s going to take you to get your goal score on TOEFL, pay attention to these three things.

The first and the most important factor is your previous experience with English. Students who, for example, grew up in international schools, studying English since they were 4 or 5 years old, and who are basically fluent, it´s gonna take them a lot less time, energy and effort to get their goal score on TOEFL, compared to students who just started studying English when they were 17 years old and did so in a relatively poor country, where their exposure to English on a consistent basis is fairly low.

And this is the number one factor in determining how long it´s going to take you to get your goal score on TOEFL and TOEFL Speaking.

If you have a ton of previous experience with English, you could speak it since you were a young child, and you continue to practice it on a consistent basis, it´s not gonna take that long you to get your goal score on TOEFL or TOEFL Speaking.

But if for example, you just recently started studying or maybe you studied it in a program where they did not really push you hard, you were not that really motivated, you did not really study that much, you were not really disciplined while you were studying. Well, it´s gonna take you longer. Because the idea of the TOEF it´s and objective measurement of your English ability.

While that´s not a 100% completely true, it does a pretty good job standardizing English level so that Universities, institutions can actually measure your English ability.

So, be honest with yourself and ask yourself what´s your previous experience with English like. How much have you studied English in the past? How rigorous has your studying been? And then you´ll have a little bit a better answer in terms how long it will take you.

The second factor in terms of the time that is going to require you to get your goal score on TOEFL is the actual score that you need on TOEFL and TOEFL Speaking. Obviously, for someone who just needs to get 20 on TOEFL Speaking, compared to 26+ on TOEFL Speaking, well, again, it´s probably going to take those individuals a different amount of time. And, of course, it depends on their previous experience of English which is why I mentioned that first.

So for example, if there is a student who has been studying English since they were 5 years old, and they need to get 26 on TOEFL Speaking, it´s probably going to take them a very short amount of time.

Or if you have a student who has only been studying English for maybe two or three years, and they just need 20 on TOEFL Speaking, it might just take them a short amount of time as well. So, again, it depends on the goal that you need.

Again, let´s operate an assumption that you need 26+ on TOEFL Speaking and 100+ on TOEFL. It´s probably going to take you some time depending on how much previous experience you have.

The third factor in determining how much time is going to take you to get 26+ on TOEFL Speaking or 100+ on TOEFL is what you do when you study. When you sit down and you study for TOEFL and for TOEFL Speaking, what is your studying like? Are you distracted?

If you are studying, are there children who are distracting you, are you checking Facebook all the time, are you watching youtube videos, so you are scrolling trough other websites while you are studying.

Researchers have shown that studying as most effective, learning is most effective when you there is a singular focus. So, if you study for an hour and a half every day and you extremely disciplined, and you are only focused on a studying material, then you are going to improve much faster than someone who is constantly distracted or someone who just doesn´t study that often.

Becuase that´s another aspect of how fast you learn is the consistency at which you study. A student who studies like an hour and a half every day for three months is going to reach their goal score a lot faster than a student who just studies for an hour twice a week.

So, consider that when you are determining what are you going to reach your goal score. How much free time do you have, how much time can you dedicate to studying for TOEFL.

If you can study for an hour and a half every day, good!  Because consistency is key to accelerating the learning process.

So, again, this goes back to the discipline, this goes back to study habits, this goes back to motivation.

The last factor in this is are you getting professional help or not. A student who is working with a professional instructor, or a tutor, or a guide is going to accelerate and learn much quicker than someone who is not.

In that same way, someone who has one on one attention on a consistent basis, compared to someone who is just taking group lessons, for example, is also going to accelerate much faster.

Why is that? Because of something that we call feedback loop. The best way to learn, the best way to accelerate your learning is to know when you do something wrong, you need to correct it, and adjust it, and fix it, and do a better the next time.

The challenges when you are studying by yourself, you often don´t know whether you are doing something wrong or right.

So, for example, if you are working to get 26+ on TOEFL Speaking, you’re working on giving responses, and you need to improve your fluency. Chances are if this is the first time you´ve done this, you don´t know what is required to improve your thoughts.

So, you might practice and practice and practice, you might practice for an hour and a half every day, but if you don´t have someone telling you, ´No, that´s wrong, you need to fix this,’ you gonna keep practicing the wrong thing, and it´s going to take you longer to get your goal score.

So, really the most important factor is what feedback are you getting. Because when you close that feedback for you, then you can make mistakes you can get corrections, and adjust, and adjust, and adjust.

And when you can work with a private instructor that is going to accelerate your learning curve as well.

So, let´s review. How much time is it going to take you to get your goal score on TOEFL and TOEFL speaking, it depends on three things.

–    your previous English experience

–    what score you need on TOEFL and TOEFL Speaking

–    what your studying habits are like, and what type of feedback you are getting, whether from yourself, from a friend or, most importantly, from a professional instructor.

If you need help from a professional instructor, we at TOEFL Speaking Teacher have helped over 100 students get 26+ on TOEFL Speaking as well as 100+ on TOEFL. We can help you get your goal score! Again, by going to that process of the feedback loop. We offer group lesson and private lessons.

If that is something you are interested in, you can find the link to our website below. Go ahead and click that, and that will bring you to our website for more information.

So, again, if you have this question, ‘How much time is it gonna take you to reach your goal score?’ think of those three questions, and thank you so much for tuning in for this video today.

Have a great rest of your day!