Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today get the three top strategies for the best preparation for both TOEFL and IELTS!

Jaime Miller from English Success Academy is back on the show today!

She has been working with TOEFL students for more than five years.

She knows TOEFL!

She’ll talk with Jessica about some insider tips and strategies that works for both exams so that you can

IELTS Writing:

For Task 1 you describe a bar chart or a graph in a short essay.

Task 2 is your standard 4-paragraph argument essay.

TOEFL Writing:

TOEFL has an opinion essay also but the first writing activity is very different.

You don’t get the bar chart. You listen to a lecture and read a passage about an academic debate. You summarize how the two people speaking view the topic differently.

Final Tips:

  • #1) Pick a system! You can blend different strategy systems. It will hurt your score. Jamie suggests that you choose a teacher or a school and then master the concepts from that school. Don’t leave that school or system until you have gotten the score that you need. Many teachers don’t even know what the test graders want. Do your research in the beginning and then commit to it.
  • #2) Support your ideas with examples from your life: Use your own life as the place to start. Have you lived in different countries? What have you done in your career? When you get a writing topic you usually have something you can say about it. On the TOEFL, just writing stories about your life is too simplistic. Jamie believes that it’s better to use a “research style” to report your own life experience. To do this you can make your own experience a generalization.
  • #3) Look at sample essays that have scored high: Read good models! Make sure the person who wrote the essay has taken the test or knows the scoring system very well. Looking at these essays will help you start thinking in the right direction.

If you need help with TOEFL, go check out what Jaimie has available to help you!

TOEFL English Success Academy Jaime MillerJamie’s Bio:

Learn more about Jaime Miller on, an online school that matches motivated students with dedicated teachers for private, customized online lessons.

Jaime knows why some students get TOEFL speaking scores of 26 or higher, while others are stuck with scores of 24 – and she creates customized exam study plans that get results.

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