I’m a pharmacist from Iran and I emigrated to the US in 2014 and I need TOEFL in order to get my license in pharmacy. I needed 26 in speaking.
So I took TOEFL for the first time and I got 24 for speaking. So, after that, I studied a lot. I went to different classes – general TOEFL classes.
And I even took the test to be a substitute teacher. I got credentials for being a substitute teacher but none of them helped. I was stuck on 24.
One day I was looking online for materials for TOEFL and it was after 7 times taking the TOEFL, and every time I got either 24 or 23. I saw this advertisement on the internet that said “If you cannot pass TOEFL with a higher score, you have to go to professional people.” I was capable of speaking like 26 or 27 but the reason I didn’t get 26 and I was stuck on 22, 23 and 24, was that I didn’t have a specialist teacher in TOEFL to tell me what to do and how to speak. That was my problem.
When I went into my community I spoke with everybody. Everybody at my workplace says, “You’re speaking good! Why can’t you get your score?” And I said, “I don’t know.”
Then, when I took lessons with you, I realised that the way that I spoke was not the way the graders were looking at it. They were looking for something else that I didn’t know.
That’s why when I got that clue, I passed with S27.
Every day I worked more than 2 hours for speaking. And yes, I did whatever you told me and I practiced a lot.
I had flashcards of those questions and speaking prompts and even when I was driving, I had one of those prompts and I spoke with myself.
One time I was describing something to myself at work and my boss said, “What are you doing?” And I said, “I’m just describing things for myself for TOEFL!” And he said, “Okay, it’s okay, do it!”
And yeah I worked really hard.
When you told me that I should use a special structure for question 3 and 5, it was really helpful because at that moment I realised that if I use this structure I can handle every kind of question.
When I look back to my 3 years of studying, I’d say to myself, I’d say “Why I didn’t go to these specialists sooner?” I wasted my time for 3 years working by myself and going to general TOEFL classes and following general advice.
So my advice is - everybody get help from specialists, from people who know how to tackle this problem. And it’s really important because for the 7 times taking the TOEFL and for 3 years I was really disappointed. I even lost my confidence.
When I was in the United States for the first time, I went to different stores. I talked to people. I was really confident. But after 7 times of taking the TOEFL and they told me you’re not capable of speaking, I was a little bit disappointed, shy even, talking to people. So it was really important for me to pass this one.
That’s why my advice for everybody is - without help you will feel disappointed or will feel that you cannot do anything and it’s very bad. It’s sad. I would even say that I was depressed.
So that’s why I advise everybody to get help from specialists.
Right now I’m really happy and delighted. It’s a huge relief.
Thank you so much for your help and for everything that you’ve done for me because you helped me to pass this TOEFL. It was a kind of barrier for me and I didn’t think that I will be able in the future to pass this test.
But finally I did it and it was because of your help. That’s why.
Thank you so much for this journey.