TOEFL for Private High School

 

Preparing for College starts in High School

The best colleges want the best high school students. So it's important to graduate from a top high school. But before you can graduate from a top high school, you have to get accepted to one.

Often, your TOEFL score is one of the most important parts of your application, sometimes even more important then your SSAT/ISEE. Strictly English customized TOEFL tutoring will help you get into the High School of your choice!

TOEFL vs. SSAT/ISEE

Most International Applicants have very strong math scores on the SSAT/ISEE, but their Verbal and Reading scores are not as strong. So it's important to have a high TOEFL score to compensate for your weaker SSAT/ISEE scores. This will prove that your English is good enough to understand and communicate in English-speaking high school classrooms. By the time you're finished with our tutoring program, you'll have the TOEFL score and the confidence you'll need for any high school you choose.

Fast Results for Busy Students

Our clients have busy schedules: school, homework, math tutors, sports, music lessons. So we know that they don't have a lot of time every week to study TOEFL. Therefore, our tutoring is designed to save time by teaching TOEFL quickly and efficiently!

NOTE:

The TOEFL is a college entrance exam, so it is designed for high school seniors. Therefore, it is much harder for an 8th, 9th, or 10th grader to study for the TOEFL than it is for a high school junior or senior.

Requirements & Results

Private High School Admissions 100
Our Top Score 116!

Q: How do you improve your score?
A: Use your Strengths, Eliminate your weaknesses!

Strengths

Teenagers are typically:

  • Fast Learners! (of English, academic topics, & TOEFL strategies)

Weaknesses

Teenagers usually:

  • Have trouble generating original arguments with specific explanations
  • Are shy when speaking on the TOEFL
  • Lack the High School education that TOEFL assumes all test-takers have

Solutions

Strictly English's program:

  • Explains how to create interesting ideas
  • Trains you to be specific
  • Strengthens your speaking confidence
  • Teaches you about the High School topics that TOEFL tests you on

Methods

Strictly English:

  • Designs specific materials for each student’s unique needs
  • Has you memorize standard answers that apply to many different questions
  • Teaches you the way your high school teachers will teach you, so you’re preparing for high school at the same time you’re learning TOEFL

TOEFL for University



Score Higher than other international applicants

There is a lot of competition among International applicants to get into English-speaking colleges and universities. One way to stand out is to have the highest TOEFL score you can get. If the school is asking for a 95 on the iBT, then you should send in test results that are over 100. Unfortunately, group classes usually result in iBT scores of no more than 80-90. But thankfully, the private tutoring you receive from Strictly English's tutors will help you get the score you need.

TOEFL vs. SAT

Many International Applicants have good scores on the math section of the SAT/ACT, but their Verbal and Reading scores are low. Therefore, it's important to have a high TOEFL score to make up for your weaker SSAT/ISEE scores. This will prove that your English is good enough to understand and participate in English-speaking university classes. By the time you're finished with our tutoring program, you'll have the TOEFL score and the confidence you'll need for any university you choose.

Our writing strategies for the Independent Essay (the "30-Minute essay") work for the SAT essay too. Therefore, when you're done studying with us, you've already learned something to use on the SAT!

Study First, Study Fast!

Applying to English speaking universities is not easy. You have to get good grades, learn English, write your college essays, fill out all your applications, take the TOEFL, the SAT, and much more! The first thing you need to do is pass the TOEFL. Once you've got the TOEFL score you want, you will have strengthened your reading, your vocabulary, and your writing skills so that writing your college essays and taking the SAT will be much easier.

 

Requirements & Results

University Admissions 80 to 100
Out Top Score 116!

Q: How do you improve your score?
A: Use your Strengths, Eliminate your Weaknesses!

Strengths

University Applicants are typically:

  • Familiar with the TOEFL’s academic topics
  • Can generate original arguments
  • Good at the TOEFL listening section

Weanesses

University Applicants usually:

  • Have trouble using specific examples
  • Give disorganized speaking and writing answers
  • Demonstrate consistent grammatical errors

Solutions

Strictly English's program:

  • Trains you to be specific
  • Teaches you how to speak and write clearly
  • Eliminates grammatical mistakes that will lower your score

Methods

Strictly English:

  • Designs specific materials for each student’s unique needs
  • Has you memorize standard answers that apply to many different questions
  • Teaches you the way your university teachers will teach you, so you’re preparing for college at the same time you’re learning TOEFL

TOEFL for Graduate School



graduate programs demand the best

With more and more International students applying to graduate programs every year, the competition to be admitted is steadily increasing. This has allowed graduate programs to be more selective about who they accept. Don't let your TOEFL score hold you back from the career of your dreams. Make sure you study hard to get a high TOEFL score so that admissions offices will have no doubts that you will be able to participate fully in their graduate program. Strictly English has helped hundreds of students get scores well above the schools' minimum TOEFL requirements.

TOEFL vs. GRE/LSAT

There is no denying that TOEFL is an easier test than the GRE or the LSAT, so study it first. This will improve your English skills which will then help you to score higher on the other tests you need to take. Also, by preparing for the iBT's Speaking section you're also preparing for any admissions interviews you may have, in which you will want to prove that you can speak clearly and answer questions directly. Such abilities are precisely what we teach you in our TOEFL tutoring sessions.

Tutoring that fits into your busy life

People applying to graduate school are usually working a 40-hour-a-week job, or studying English full time, while also trying to study for the TOEFL and the GRE/LSAT as well as write their Resume, Statement of Purpose and Personal Statements! With so much to do, you need tutoring that's fast and effective.  will save you time so that you can dedicate your energy to these other tasks.

NOTE:

For graduate school, individual departments set the TOEFL requirement, not the university. Make sure you know the TOEFL requirement for the specific department you are applying to. If the department has more than one program, each program might also have its own TOEFL requirement

Requirements & Results

Graduate School Admissions 90-100
Our Top Score 116!

Q: How do you improve your score?
A: Use your Strengths, Eliminate your weaknesses!

Strengths

Graduate School Applicants are typically:

  • Familiar with the TOEFL’s academic topics
  • Can generate original arguments
  • Good at the TOEFL listening section

Weaknesses

Graduate School Applicants usually:

  • Over-think the test and their answers
  • Give disorganized speaking and writing answers
  • Demonstrate consistent grammatical errors

Solutions

Strictly English's program:

  • Teaches you to think like a TOEFL test maker
  • Trains you to be specific
  • Teaches you how to speak and write clearly
  • Eliminates the grammatical mistakes that will lower your score

Methods

Strictly English:

  • Designs specific materials for each student’s unique needs
  • Has you memorize standard answers that apply to many different questions
  • Trains you to use your undergraduate education to answer TOEFL questions

TOEFL for MBA Programs



MBA programs have high TOEFL requirements

Many top MBA programs request TOEFL scores of over 100. MBA programs demand such high scores because communication is at the heart of business. Marketing, sales, managing, and networking all require direct and clear communication. Therefore, MBA schools want a high TOEFL score to be sure that you can speak and write persuasively. For most applicants, achieving 100 or more will require private tutoring so that you can eliminate your own unique grammar and pronunciation errors.

TOEFL vs. GMAT Verbal

Use your TOEFL score to compensate for low GMAT Verbal scores. The GMAT's verbal section doesn't really show how you use your English. Instead it proves that you have memorized a series of grammar rules that most native speakers do not even know. Therefore, your TOEFL score is a much better indicator of your ability to use English in the way that you'll really be using it in Business School. So the higher you can make your TOEFL, the more impressed the MBA admissions committee will be.

TOEFL vs. GMAT Analytical Writing

Once you've learned Strictly English's method of writing the iBT's Independent Essay, then you have the skills you need to write a very strong essay on the GMAT's "Analysis of an Issue" section. In addition, your English will be strong enough to write a powerful response to the GMAT's "Analysis of an Argument."

Begin with TOEFL and Finish Quickly

Many MBA applicants try to do everything at once. They study for TOEFL and GMAT at the same time while they are also writing their admissions essays and updating their resume. Such multitasking usually works against the applicant, who receives lower scores and produces weaker admissions essays. Therefore, if you can, try to work on one task at a time. Beginning with TOEFL makes everything else much easier, because once you have a 100+ on the TOEFL, your language skills are strong enough to do the other tasks more quickly.

Requirements & Results

MBA Admissions 90-105
Our Top Score 116!

Q: How do you improve your score?
A: Use your Strengths, Eliminate your weaknesses!

Strengths

MBA applicants are typically:

  • Familiar with the TOEFL’s academic topics
  • Can generate original arguments
  • Good at the TOEFL listening section

Weaknesses

MBA applicants usually:

  • Over-think the test and their answers
  • Give disorganized speaking and writing answers
  • Demonstrate consistent grammatical errors

Solutions

Strictly English's program:

  • Teaches you to think like a TOEFL test maker
  • Trains you to be specific
  • Teaches you how to speak and write clearly
  • Eliminates the grammatical mistakes that will lower your score

Methods

Strictly English:

  • Designs specific materials for each student’s unique needs
  • Has you memorize standard answers that apply to many different questions
  • Trains you to use your undergraduate education to answer TOEFL questions

TOEFL for Pharmacists



Why TOEFL?

Many national pharmacy accreditation boards require that pharmacists get a score of 89 on the iBT, which is almost never a problem for these test takers. Unfortunately, though, pharmacy boards require minimum sub-scores as well (Reading 21, Listening 18, Speaking 26, Writing 24) and most pharmacist find it difficult to impossible to achieve these scores no matter how hard they study.

A Speaking score of 26 Needs Accent Modification

See our page for details on how to achieve a 26 on the Speaking section of the iBT.

A writing score of 24 needs an essay with "development"

When your writing has "development," it establishes logical connections from paragraph to paragraph. For example, what is said in paragraph two makes it possible for paragraph three's claims. Development is the opposite of "episodic" writing. The body paragraphs in episodic writing can go in any order because they do not have a continuously developing argument that forces them into a certain order. If your writing lacks development, then it will be hard to score over a 24.

Licensure requirements need private tutoring

Because accents are so individual and unique (see for details), and because no two people develop arguments in the same say, it will be very difficult to improve your Speaking and Writing scores by attending a group class, where the teacher has 10-15 other students in the room. This means that you're only getting about 1 minute every hour dedicated to your specific issues. Clearly, this is not enough time. In contrast, Strictly English's 1:1 tutoring dedicates the full hour to only you, allowing you to progress more quickly.

Requirements & Results

Pharmacy License 89 (R21, L18, S26, W24)
Our Top Score 116! (R29, L28, S30, W29)

Q: How do you improve your score?
A: Use your Strengths, Eliminate your Weaknesses!

Strengths

A Pharmacist typically has:

  • High conversational fluency
  • Good listening comprehension

Weaknesses

A Pharmacist usually:

  • Lacks effective structures for writing and speaking
  • Lacks familiarity with non-medical academic topics
  • Has answers that are not precise

Solutions

Strictly English teaches you how to:

  • Clearly organize your written and spoken TOEFL answers
  • Comprehend the structure of college-level readings and lectures that talk about non-medical subjects (such as history, literature, geology, and meteorology)

Methods

Strictly English teaches TOEFL the way Pharmacists learned pharmacy:

  • By using the same critical thinking skills used in pharmacy school
  • By memorizing checklists of standard procedures and then repeatedly practicing those procedure

More Information

For more information download the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee™ bulletin. NOTE: Failure to meet the requirement for one section means the FPGEC will not accept your TEOFL score, even it the total score is over 90.

EXAMPLE:

Reading 24 3 pts over
Listening 26 8 pts over
Speaking 27 1 pt over
Writing 23 X 1 pt BELOW
TOTAL 100 10 pts over

Missing the reading by one point means this Pharmacist will have to retake the TOEFL exam.

TOEFL for Physical Therapists



Why TOEFL?

Many national accreditation boards for physical therapy (PT) require that physical therapists get a score of 89 on the iBT, which is rarely a problem for these test takers. Unfortunately, though, the accreditation boards require a Speaking score of 26, and most PTs find it difficult to impossible to get higher than a 24 no matter how hard they study.

A Speaking score of 26 Needs Accent Modification

Strictly English's extensive research has concluded that the difference between a 24 and a 26 (there is no score of 25 on the iBT Speaking section) rests wholly on the speakers accent. Perfect English, perfect comprehension, and perfect presentation skills cannot get you above a 24. Only a significant modification in your accent will allow you to get a 26 or above.

What do we mean by "Accent Modification"?

"Accent" is a catch-all term used to describe how a speaker's mother tongue intrudes into their speech. "Accent' breaks down into "intonation," "diction," syllable stress," "tone," and, of course, "pronunciation." Our specialists find which of these issues is causing you to score low, and we modify it accordingly.

We use the term "accent modification" at Strictly English because "accent reduction" is only half of the process. You also have to learn how to perform a American/British accent while you're simultaneously losing your original accent. Therefore, it is more accurate to say that you're modifying your accent, not eliminating it.

Accent modification needs private tutoring

Because accents are so individual and unique, it will be very difficult to modify your accent by attending a group class, where the teacher has 10-15 other students in the room. This means that you're only getting about 1 minute every hour dedicated to your specific accent issues. Clearly, this is not enough time. In contrast, Strictly English's 1:1 accent modification classes dedicate the full hour to only you, allowing you to progress much quicker.

Requirement & Results

Physical Therapy Admissions 89 (S 26)
Our Top Score 116! (S 30)

Q: How do you improve your score?
A: Use your Strengths, Eliminate your Weaknesses!

Strengths

A Physical Therapist typically has:

  • High conversational fluency
  • Good listening comprehension

Weaknesses

A Physical Therapist usually:

  • Lacks effective structures for writing and speaking
  • Lacks familiarity with non-medical academic topics
  • Has answers that are not precise

Solutions

Strictly English teaches you how to:

  • Clearly organize your written and spoken TOEFL answers
  • Comprehend the structure of college-level readings and lectures that talk about non-medical subjects (such as history, literature, geology, and meteorology)

Methods

Strictly English teaches TOEFL the way Physical Therapists learned Physical Therapy:

  • By using the same critical thinking skills used in Physical Therapy classes
  • By memorizing checklists of standard procedures and then repeatedly practicing those procedure

More Information

For more information visit the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy

TOEFL for Dentists

 

Why TOEFL?

Internationally trained dentists have to complete two years of dental school in the US before they can take the dentistry licensing exam. And in order to be accepted into a dental school, you need to take the TOEFL.

Focus on your strongest iBT Section

Unlike other professions, dentists are not required to obtain a specific score on any one section of the test. Therefore, you can work on making your strong TOEFL sections stronger to compensate for your weak sections.

Get Fast Results

Strictly English tutoring will raise your score in the shortest period of time possible. Our have been specifically designed to save you study time. So you won't need to take a lot of time out of your busy schedule. And if you , you won't waste time in traffic and looking for parking!

Requirements & Results

Dentistry School Admissions 90-100
Our Top Score 116!

Q: How do you improve your score?
A: Use your Strengths, Eliminate your Weaknesses!

Strengths

A Dentist typically has:

  • High conversational fluency
  • Good listening comprehension

Weaknesses

A Dentist usually:

  • Lacks effective structures for writing and speaking
  • Lacks familiarity with non-medical academic topics
  • Has answers that are not precise

Solutions

Strictly English teaches you how to:

  • Clearly organize your written and spoken TOEFL answers
  • Comprehend the structure of college-level readings and lectures that talk about non-medical subjects (such as history, literature, geology, and meteorology)

Methods

Strictly English teaches TOEFL the way Dentists learned dentistry:

  • By using the same critical thinking skills used in dental school
  • By memorizing checklists of standard procedures and then repeatedly practicing those procedures

TOEFL for Nurses



TOEFL before NCLEX

Some US states and some federal governments of English-speaking countries require internationally-trained nurses to score an 80 on the iBT before they can sit for the NCLEX or other licensing exams.

Why do Nurses have difficulty with TOEFL

Achieving a score of 80 in the TOEFL is very difficult for most nurses because they are unfamiliar with the TOEFL's academic content. Either their nursing program did not require liberal arts courses or the courses were taken so long ago that most the content had been forgotten.

Also, some internationally-trained nurses are not used to computers. Since the iBT is taken completely on computer, many of our clients face technical challenges such as learning how to type or using a mouse.

How Strictly English Helps

We offer nurses a wide range of assistance, from typing classes to computer literacy workshops.

Special Discounts for low-income nurses

We offer discounts to clients who can document financial hardship.

Requirements & Results

Nursing License 80
Our Top Score 116!

Q: How do you improve your score?
A: Use your Strengths. Eliminate your Weaknesses!

Strengths

A Nurse typically has:

  • High conversational fluency
  • Good listening comprehension

Weaknesses

A Nurse usually:

  • Lacks effective structures for writing and speaking
  • Lacks familiarity with non-medical academic topics
  • Has answers that are not precise

Solutions

Strictly English teaches you how to:

  • Clearly organize your written and spoken TOEFL answers
  • Comprehend the structure of college-level readings and lectures that talk about non-medical subjects (such as history, literature, geology, and meteorology)

Methods

Strictly English teaches TOEFL the way Nurses learned nursing:

  • By memorizing checklists of standard procedures and then repeatedly practicing those procedures
  • By using the same critical thinking skills used in nursing school

More Information

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing requires a TOEFL score of 79/80 for any nurse "whose language of instruction or textbooks, or both, was not English."