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TOEFL Tip #188: Poor Grammar Can Limit Your Job Opportunities

by Strictly English TOEFL Tutors on January 25, 2013

At Strictly English, we sometimes hear students talk about having to learn the rules of English grammar “for the TOEFL.” These students seem to see mastery of English grammar as a stepping stone to the TOEFL exam, rather than as a skill that they will continue to use throughout their careers.

Kyle Wiens has a simple answer to the question of whether good grammar REALLY matters in the “real world” beyond college, “Yes, it does.”

In fact, good grammar is so important to Wiens that his companies, iFixit and Dozuki, require all job applicants to take a grammar test, even for jobs that are not primarily about writing. Those who don’t do well on the exam are not hired, even if they are otherwise excellent candidates. The grammar test helps his companies maintain a high standard of professionalism.

In July 2012, Wiens explained his views about the link between good grammar and good job performance in a blog post for the Harvard Business Review. For Wiens, “Good grammar makes good business sense.” Wiens’ experience shows that people who make the effort to use correct grammar are also careful about other aspects of their job performance. Similarly, Wiens says, “Applicants who don’t think writing is important are likely to think lots of other (important) things also aren’t important.” Wiens also insists that his companies are not alone in valuing good grammar, “I guarantee that even if other companies aren’t issuing grammar tests, they pay attention to sloppy mistakes on résumés.”

How is this related to preparing for the TOEFL? Think of mastering English grammar as a long-term investment in your future career, not as something you need to do “just” for the TOEFL exam.


Categories: Speaking,TOEFL for Pharmacy,TOEFL for University,TOEFL Preparation,Writing

2 comments so far. Leave a comment.

  1. Jin Hee Lee

    wrote on March 21, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Students often think that the good grammar is the skill necessary for getting the good TOEFL score but not on the real life tasks. However, Kyle Wiens thinks that the good grammar is the mark for the job performing ability. Therefore, for his company’s entrance exam, the grammar test is included to test the grammar proficiency of the future employee. He believes that the person with the grammar skill will work better than the one who has the poor grammar. If the person cares for the grammar, he/she will work with more effort on the job as well. Therefore, he thinks that the good grammar skill indicates the better ability to perform for the job.

  2. Luu, Kim

    wrote on June 29, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    The article is true. Grammar is very important in our speech and writing. If we make a lot of grammar errors, this would really have a negative effect on people’s understanding. Therefore, we need to train ourselves to speak and write without grammar mistakes. This also helps us to get a high score in a Toefl speaking session and writing.

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