Hi TOEFL Students!

In today’s blog, I will talk about a really important concept related to how you can improve your TOEFL speaking score.

It’s a secret that I often share with my private students and now I’m sharing this with you. You can use it during practice to get a higher TOEFL score.

So what is this secret that I’m talking about?

As you know with TOEFL speaking there are a number of skills you need to improve. So yes, you need to make your score higher right?

Maybe you had a score of 18 and you want to get a score of 20 or 22. Or maybe you had a score of 23 or 24 and you really need to get a score of 26 (clickhere to find out how to get a 26 on TOEFL speaking and click here if you’re wondering why you got a 23 or 24 on TOEFL speaking).

TOEFL evaluators grade you on certain criteria. We’ll break those criteria down into actual speaking skills.

We realize that there are few main skills that we actually need to improve in order to get a higher score. Some examples as well as a few others that you can actively improve upon to help raise your TOEFL speaking score are included below:

  1. Grammar
  2. Pronunciation
  3. Intonation
  4. Fluency
  5. Ability to take notes

So what is the secret? How does it relate to these skills?

Well if you want to improve your TOEFL speaking scores, you need to improve these skills.

The problem is that most students try to improve too many skills at once. They don’t know they’re doing it right, they’re just practicing for TOEFL speaking.

By practicing for TOEFL speaking they’re usually trying to practice timing, organization, fluency, content and they’re trying to do it all at once. That gets overwhelming and students tend to quit or they lose motivation to continue developing.

The key to improving your TOEFL speaking score is to focus on one skill at a time.

If you’ve never taken TOEFL before, record a few example responses and analyze them. Ask yourself the following six questions to figure out what specific skills you are struggling with and determine what you need to actively work on to improve one skill at a time.

  1. What am I struggling with?
  2. Am I making grammatical mistakes?
  3. Do I make pronunciation mistakes?
  4. Do I have issues with organization or content?
  5. Do I struggle to have the correct time?
  6. Am I taking good notes?

Focus is key.

When you focus on one skill and you only work on improving that one skill it’s going to make everything easier. You won’t feel overwhelmed anymore.

You won’t feel like you’re doing the wrong things or like you’re not improving.

By focusing on one skill and directing all your energy to that, it will improve. It has to improve as long as you’re doing the right things.

When you’re practicing on improving your TOEFL speaking score, practice and focus on one thing at a time.

Once you’ve improved a specific skill to a higher level, only then switch your focus to another weakness and again improve that one weakness to a higher level.

Once that’s improved, switch to the third focus. Improve that to a higher level.

You’re probably thinking, “That sounds great but I don’t know what I’m struggling with!”

How can I improve on my weaknesses when I don’t know what they are?

I offer a TOEFL Speaking Evaluation for students. We meet for 30 minutes one on one through Skype and I’ll tell you your exact weaknesses for TOEFL speaking.

Once you know those, you can go actively improve upon them using exercises.

The main thing you need to have in order to be successful is focus. Focus is key.

Focus on one thing at a time, improve it and then move on to the next weakness.

For additional TOEFL speaking tips, click here.

Good luck with study!