Meet Irma - a nurse who got a speaking score of 28!
She's originally from Barcelona, Spain and she now lives in the USA with her husband. She's an experienced nurse and she'd worked in Spain for over 20 years but she needed to do TOEFL to work as a nurse in the USA.
Her target scores were speaking 26, with an overall total score of 83.
She started lessons after she had been self-studying for just over a year. She'd attempted TOEFL 5 times by herself and her speaking score was stuck at 23-24.
She decided to get help to get to S26.
This is Irma's story, told in her own words.
How Jane Helped
So I learned a lot of things from you but it's true you showed me how to be spontaneous instead of following the templates and I think that's the thing that saved me.
You were so patient with me and you never gave up. And maybe you repeated to me that I don't have to put the double subject like a million times, however you have always been very steady so you transmitted calm and quietness to me.
Something that I really appreciated was that you took my recordings seriously stopping all the time and rephrasing or rewriting to make sure you understood whatever I was telling you and making it easier for me to understand my mistakes.
Then the ideas of the flashcards and you're a very organized person. You put my homework in Dropbox every week - not just do the official homework but 'Please Irma, repeat this sentence 5 times at least or work on that'.
You understood my weak points and you took them very seriously from the beginning and yes, you have been my salvation because I was trying to do it by myself but I needed a professional hand.
"You did the exam, so you know completely how it is inside the exam. Teaching English is one thing, teaching for the TOEFL exam is completely another thing.
So everyone should make sure the person who is going to teach them English is familiar with all the questions of TOEFL."
Ready for lessons?
At the beginning I had to run and get my glasses because I left them in the car!
All the way through, I wasn't nervous and I was paying attention. I started the speaking section happy and I said, 'I'm not going to be nervous and I'm going to do my best."
I saw it was there and i didn't want to look because I know that it defines my day and it's very frustrating when I don't pass.
So I opened it and I had to put on my glasses because I didn't want to miss that it was 28. You know 23 looks like 28 with the glare of the screen and everything.
And when I saw it, I have to be honest with you, I cried because it has been so long. Don't forget that it was my 7th attempt.
When I came home from work, my friends were there. My husband had contacted them and we celebrated my birthday and my TOEFL so, yes, it was good.
"It has been a long path but lessons with you have been worth it because you took our lesson hour seriously. You understood my weak points and you totally believed in me from the beginning."