A Quick Update

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TOEFL Excellence Update


For those of you out there who are following things here at TOEFL Excellence, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything for a little while.

This is simply from being a bit overwhelmed with bureaucracy and with doing a lot of “Spring Cleaning” between all of the GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!  Websites.

But luckily, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  The technical problems with the software for the TOEFL Excellence Training System is finished, and now I have been able to get back on track with content.


Projections


It’s hard to give an “accurate” estimate on when the first downloadable package will be ready, and making promises on the internet that one can not or does not deliver is much more of an “un-forgiveable act” than in “real” life, but the first two parts of the three-part package are basically finished.  This package will be aimed at those people who are completely new to the TOEFL iBT Exam and need to know what the first steps that they need to take will be.  It will be for a free download, and I will keep you all updated as to it’s development.


In the mean-time, don’t forget to check out the other posts about The TOEFL iBT Exam, and about lots of other useful and entertaining subjects pertaining to learning English.


Get All Of It Here!!!


P.S.  I almost forgot…  If you haven’t already, do not forget to sign up for a discount on the TOEFL Excellence Training courses, when they do come out.  You can sign up Here.


Have An Excellent Day!

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TOEFL Excellence 001 – Introduction To The TOEFL Excellence Training System

Introduction To TOEFL Excellence – (TOEFL Excellence 001)

Image Credit: Toefl from Vector.me

Image Credit: Toefl from Vector.me


A few weeks back, I started The TOEFL Excellence YouTube Channel.  Much of The TOEFL Excellence Training System will be done with videos, so it only makes sense that TOEFL Excellence should also have its YouTube Channel as well.

The reason that I did not want to promote this video earlier is that – until a couple days ago – it was the only video created, and I didn’t want to shoot myself in the foot by promoting something for-which the follow-up was not even conceived yet.

But since that has now happened…  Well, here it is. 😉


Read The Full Post & Watch The Video Here!


Have An Excellent Day!

😉

The First “TOEFL Excellence” Recording – Free Download!!!

TOEFL Excellence – Recording 001 (Introduction)

Yes, yes, I know… it has been a week since the last post.  But with good reason.  However, I’m sure you really don’t want to hear about how busy I have been…  You want to read about what I actually have for you now…

Below is the first recording of The “TOEFL Excellence” Training Courses, which serves as an introduction, and just may turn into a podcast…  I don’t know, because I have absolutely no experience with such things, but maybe I’ll let you decide…

And Here It Is!!!


https://www.reverbnation.com/givemesomeenglish/playlist/-4?wordpress=1

And There You Have It!

So let me know what you think, and if you have any specific questions.  I am looking forward to continuing in this fashion, as I can speak a lot faster than I can type.

…  And I’ll “see” you all again soon. 😉


Remember:  If there are any words or phrases in this post that you do not know – look them up.  Though you do not need to waste time memorizing lists of vocabulary before taking The TOEFL Exam, it is always a good idea to look-up words that you do not know.  Even if you think you know them, you may be surprised, so if you see a word that you may “know” but can’t actually define or explain…  look it up.  I suggest Wikitionary.com

And if you have any questions, feel free to ask any time.

Have An Excellent Day!

The First “TOEFL Excellence” Recording – Free Download!!! was originally published on TOEFL Excellence

Update! – TOEFL “Free-For-All” (part 2)

TOEFL “Free-For-All” Update – Helpful Resources

Greetings everyone…

I just wanted to post a quick update (another one) about the TOEFL “Free-For-All” Page of The TOEFL Excellence Training System.


I’ve been making a lot of progress on the full versions of the training courses, and so I don’t want to stop or hinder this momentum… but – as a natural result of this progress, I have added some more very-helpful (and necessary) resources to the new “Helpful Resources” section of the TOEFL “Free-For-All”.

These are the necessary skills that a person must have (besides knowledge and proper use of English) in-order to achieve the specific score that he or she desires on The TOEFL iBT Exam.

These are also the skills that are not (and can not be) taught in any text-book, and are always skipped in any traditional TOEFL preparation course…  (which is not really the “fault” of those institutions, it is simply a matter of business-logic, to do so.)

So…


Go Check It Out Now!


And that’s all for now…

…Time For Me To Get Back to “Excellence”!!!

😉


Remember:  If there are any words or phrases in this post that you do not know – look them up.  Though you do not need to waste time memorizing lists of vocabulary before taking The TOEFL Exam, it is always a good idea to look-up words that you do not know.  Even if you think you know them, you may be surprised, so if you see a word that you may “know” but can’t actually define or explain…  look it up.  I suggest Wikitionary.com

And if you have any questions, feel free to ask any time.

Have An Excellent Day!

Update! – TOEFL “Free-For-All” (part 2) was originally published on TOEFL Excellence

Update! – TOEFL “Free-For-All”

TOEFL “Free-For-All” Page Updated!

…  Can’t really talk now…  busy creating “Excellence”.  But I just wanted to mention that the TOEFL “Free-For-ALL” Page, just got a necessary make-over…  not quite “finished” but it sure looks a lot better, and the information is much easier to find…

More coming soon!  (well, actually…  the only time that there ISN’T more being added is when I’m sleeping.) 😀

Have An Excellent Day…

P.S.  This post has nothing to to with April Fools Day…  none of my students are fools

😉


 

Update! – TOEFL “Free-For-All” was originally published on TOEFL Excellence

TOEFL Reading Section – Tip #1

TOEFL Reading Section Tip #1 – Dealing With Frustration

Over the weekend I have been trying to implement some ways for people to, not only be able to actually order the TOEFL Excellence Training Packages, but to also set up a crowd-funding campaign to start up the scholarship program for both training and registration for the TOEFL iBT Exam…

However, since I live in the farthest Eastern country in Eastern Europe…  nothing is easy.  PayPal doesn’t want to allow me to set up a payment system without a US bank account (or one in a country which I do not live in) – and with the crowd-funding site, there is a similar problem.

These are not permanent problems, just temporary obstacles…


And this reminded me of one of the best tips that I can give about The Reading Section of The TOEFL iBT Exam.


The Reading Section of The TOEFL iBT Exam is the only section where one can actually skip ahead to the next question and then go back to a previous one.  It is for this reason, that one should NEVER waste time on a question that they do not know the answer to, or that they are un-sure about.

Just like my temporary obstacle with setting up the payment gateways…  sometimes the answer is “not available” yet…

This can often-times be caused simply by the stress of taking an exam and working with a timer counting down continuously.


In The TOEFL Reading Section, there are 3 passages (on the normal version of the exam) and approx. 12-15 questions for each passage.  There are also, only 20/passage to complete this portion of the exam.

This means, that you have about 3-5 minutes to skim over the exam and an approx. average of only 1 minute for each question.  Some of them will take much less than that, but some will take much longer.

Additionally…

Another thing to take into consideration (which should also relieve some stress) is that you do not get a “0” (zero) on a question with a wrong answer.  You can only get a “0” (zero) on a question that you do not answer.

So if you spend too long on a question or task that is confusing – you may end up getting a zero on a number of other question that you knew the answer to, easily, but did not have time to answer.


Therefore…

When encountering a question that you do not know the answer to, just make a guess, or mark any answer randomly.  Then, make a note of which question that was on the paper that they provide for you to take notes.  After that, go on to the rest of the questions and finish them.  Finally, with the time that is left over, go back to the questions you were having difficulty with, and if you have time, you can review them.

But, if you do not have enough time to go back to those, at least you guessed or chose something…  Your guess may have been right.  If so, perfect!  Your guess may have been wrong.  No problem!  You will still get some credit for the question, and it is better than getting “zero”.

Just as all of the questions and tasks on The TOEFL Exam, this mimics real situations in Life.  Therefore… make a guess, move on, go back to it later, fix it if it needs to be fixed, if not – don’t worry.


…  And I’ll “see” you all again soon.

😉


Remember:  If there are any words or phrases in this post that you do not know – look them up.  Though you do not need to waste time memorizing lists of vocabulary before taking The TOEFL Exam, it is always a good idea to look-up words that you do not know.  Even if you think you know them, you may be surprised, so if you see a word that you may “know” but can’t actually define or explain…  look it up.  I suggest Wikitionary.com

And if you have any questions, feel free to ask any time.

Have An Excellent Day!


TOEFL Reading Section – Tip #1 was originally published on TOEFL Excellence

Planning For The TOEFL

Wow!  What a week it’s been so far, and it’s only Wednesday, but I’m including the weekend as well.  So the fact that I have been super busy over the last few days, with learning the new software for the site that will actually host the lessons for The TOEFL Excellence Training Programs, in addition to answering emails about both, the exam itself, and about the training courses for the exam – it makes me think about…  Planning.

And specifically about…

Planning For The TOEFL iBT Exam

I guess I must have been unconsciously planning ahead many many months ago – because I have already written a post about this as well.  So click the link below to find out what you need to know if you are planning to take The TOEFL iBT anytime in the future.

When To Start Preparing For The TOEFL iBT Exam

This is a very important element to consider BEFORE scheduling a date for the exam…  (Unfortunately many people, do that in the reverse order – scheduling a date and then planning…  not a good idea.)

So…  enjoy the post, let me know what you think, and I promise, for the next post, I won’t simply be directing you to another blog post…  even though it is an awesome one 😉


Remember:  If there are any words or phrases in this post that you do not know – look them up.  Though you do not need to waste time memorizing lists of vocabulary before taking The TOEFL Exam, it is always a good idea to look-up words that you do not know.  Even if you think you know them, you may be surprised, so if you see a word that you may “know” but can’t actually define or explain…  look it up.  I suggest Wikitionary.com

And if you have any questions, feel free to ask any time.

Have An Excellent Day!

Planning For The TOEFL was originally published on TOEFL Excellence