TOEFL iBT | Independent Essay | Webinar Snippet | Body Paragraphs

Here’s another webinar snippet for everyone! This webinar happened just last night, so if you’re someone who’s having difficulty in developing your body paragraphs of the independent essay, this could be extremely useful for you! This is a snippet and the full link is down below!

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TOEFL iTP | Structure | Mini-test #4 + Course Bundle Preview

Welcome back to another TOEFL Structure Mini-test! Remember, if you want all the details, techniques, and want to understand misplaced modifiers, verb errors, parallel structures, word order, XYZ and more….tune into my courses in the links down below! Also, the reading course will be debuting September 15th! Get it for pre-sale now or wait for the huge bundle to be sold together with Structure and Written Expression!

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  1. The North Pole ________ a latitude of 90 degrees north.

a. has

b. is having

c. which is having

d. it has

2. ______ greyhound, can achieve speeds up to thirty-six miles per hour.

a. the

b. the fastest

c. the fastest dog

d. the fastest dog, the

3. The Mayflower was bound for Virginia, but a hurricane _______ off course.

a. blew it

b. to blow it

c. it blew

d. blowing it

4. The greenhouse effect occurs _______ heat radiating from the Sun.

a. when does the Earth’s atmosphere traps

b. does the Earth’s atmosphere traps

c. when the Earth’s atmosphere traps

d. the Earth’s atmosphere traps

5. The Rose Bowl, _______ place on New Year’s Day, is the coldest postseason collegiate football game in the United States.

a. takes

b. which takes

c. it takes

d. took

6. Experiments ______ represents a giant step into the medicine of the future.

a. using gene therapy

b. use gene therapy

c. they use

d. gene therapy uses

7. ______ off the Hawaiian coastline are living, others are dead.

a. coral reefs

b. some types of coral reefs

c. there are many types of coral reefs

d. while some types of coral reefs

8. People who reverse the letters of words _______ to read suffer from dyslexia.

a. if they tried

b. when trying

c. when tried

d. if he tries

9. Featured at the Henry Ford Museum ______ of antique cars dating from 1865.

a. an exhibit is

b. an exhibit

c. is an exhibit

d. which is an exhibit

10. Rubber ______ from vulcanized silicones with a high molecular weight is difficult to distinguish from natural rubber.

a. is produced

b. producing

c. that produces

d. produced

11. _______ in scope, romanticism was a reaction against neoclassical principles.

a. mainly literary

b. it was mainly literary

c. the main literature was

d. the literature was mainly

12. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) _______ came about as a result of the National Security Act of 1947.

a. what

b. it was

c. was what

d. it was what

13. Oil shale is a soft, fine-grained sedimentary rock ______ oil and natural gas are obtained.

a. from

b. is from

c. is which

d. from which

14. _______ appears considerably larger at the horizon than it does overhead is merely an optical illusion.

a. The Moon

b. That the Moon

c. When the Moon

d. The Moon which

15. According to the World Health Organization, _______ there to be an outbreak of any of the six most dangerous diseases, this could be cause for quarantine.

a. were

b. they were

c. there were

d. were they

TOEFL iBT | Webinar Snippet | Integrated Essay | Your Ultimate GUIDE!

Honestly, I kid you not, while I was breaking down this entire webinar for my students, I realized, “this could be the most prolific quality piece of content I had ever produced.” I made this webinar $15 total, up 200% from the usual webinars, just because I know once someone hears the entire webinar, they’ll never have difficulty constructing an Integrated Essay ever again. Here’s a snippet of the webinar, and if you’re interested in the full webinar, the link is down below (at the top of the rest of them). ENJOY!

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Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 7: Episode 29 | A Job Interview

So, from an interviewee’s perspective, you will know if the employer is interested or not. If an employer says, “so tell me a little bit about yourself,” your goal is to show out (meaning impress them). At the same time, make sure everything you tell them about you is relatable to what they’re looking for.

Now, there are times that interviewers are condescending, and even if they do offer you the job, be very careful in choosing it because no one wants to work for someone who minimizes what they’ve accomplished.

In this episode, we’re going to dissect an interview between two people, see what the girl did right, wrong, and the tone of the interviewer. Lots to cover!

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Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 7: Episode 28 | How to Apply for A Job

First and foremost, a big shout out to Tony, a follower of my website who messaged me via WhatsApp, telling me how appreciative he was about how much I helped him in my blog “How to Write a Letter.”

So, what did this entail? Well, it comes down to doing things through the perspective of others rather than yourself. When it comes to job interviews, we mostly approach the situation by saying “me, me, and me.” But in today’s podcast, I’m going to teach you how you can write in a way that speaks to the core and values of a company and it’s not about YOU YOU YOU.

Get ready, pen and paper, because I’ma GET YOU SOME JOBS (bad grammar, I know. Don’t judge.)

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TOEFL iBT | Listening | Discussion | Location of Physics Class

Hello, all! Welcome to my first-ever discussion in months! I was scrolling earlier on my podcast episodes and realized that most discussion podcasts have between 400-1,000 downloads each. I assumed that this wouldn’t be a problem, but it is — and here I am! Let’s dive into this!

Note-Section

– physics class science building

where’s class

physical class

room assignment sheet on bulletin board

class isn’t listed

class was cancelled

should’ve gotten letter from registrar

letter was sent out a week ago

throw it away by mistake?

sent to apartment on center street

hasn’t changed address at administration office

why would they cancel it? not enough students = college can’t offer it

can’t have instructor when only a few students in class

any courses next semester? Take classes now and sign up for physics next seester

how mayn students enrolled for it to be cancelled

10 people minimum

they might do it with less next semester

give phsycsi dept call a couple oweeks before

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Questions

Why does the women come to the office? 

A . To notify the university of her change of address
B . To find out where her physics class is being held
C . To get directions to the science building
D . To complain about her physics class being canceled

What happened to the letter the university sent to the woman? 

A . She threw it away by mistake
B . Her roommate forgot to give it to her
C . It was sent to her old mailing address
D . It was sent to another student by mistake

Why was the woman’s physics class canceled? 

A . Not enough students signed up to take the class
B . No professors were available to teach the class
C . The university changed its requirements for physics students
D . There were no classrooms available in the science building at the hour

What does the man suggest the woman do before the beginning of next semester? 

A . Consult with her advisor about her class schedule
B . Check with the registrar’s office about the location of the class
C . Register for her classes early
D . Call the physics department

What does the man imply when he says this: 

A . He knows the physics class has been canceled
B . He is not sure where the science building is
C . Many of the room assignments have been changed
D . The women can check for herself where her class is

TOEFL iBT | Listening | Lecture | Full Webinar: Aristotle’s Theory of Happiness

Are you ready?! Oh, you’re blessed! In today’s EXTRA-LONG-WEBINAR, I and students from Colombia, Brazil and Peru are dissecting all the details of these questions. We came across a very difficult question (#2) which is going to be a great topic of discussion. Nonetheless, Aristotle’s Theory of Happiness provided us with stress and ease and times, so get ready to take notes and answer the questions with us!

TOEFL iTP | Listening | Part B | College Course

  1. Who is taking part in the conversation?
  • two students
  • two professors
  • two sociologists
  • two lecturers

2. Why does the woman want to talk with Mike?

  • she wants his opinion of sociologists
  • she wants to hear him lecture
  • she wants to know about a course he took
  • she wants to meet Professor Patterson

3. What kind of course does the man prefer?

  • a course where the professor lectures
  • a course where the students just listen and take notes
  • a course with Professor Patterson
  • a course where the students take part in discussion

4. How does the woman feel about professor Patterson’s course?

  • she thinks it’ll be boring
  • she doesn’t want to take it
  • it sounds good to her
  • she’d prefer a course with more student participation

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TOEFL Speaking Criteria & Mythbusting

Here is the 7 criteria that TOEFL iBT Speaking is based on! First, let’s myth bust some of the things you may have heard. 

No, it’s not how fast you speak. They don’t care how many words you say per minute!

The first outlandish thing you may have heard from others is you need to say a specific amount of words in order to achieve a task. That’s absolutely FALSE. Task achievement, which is probably what these students are referring too, is based on fulfilling the task in general, not how many words you say per minute. 

You won’t be graded on speaking as long as you can without pauses, either!

Another crazy myth I’ve heard is you want to continue speaking and speaking without breaks. That’s another big NO. Your fluency isn’t based on that. Having separation between your thoughts by implementing thought groups will help you sound more fluent and contribute to the “flow” criteria. 

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SOUND AMERICAN!

Another crazy myth I’ve seen. The more you sound like someone you’re not; or the more you slow down your speech to emphasize specific words — the more your grade comes down because these testers will look at you as “trying to do something more than you’re supposed to.” Believe me, before one of my current students from the Philippines began coaching with me, he had a tutor who told him that he needed to sound like an American. His score, at the time, went from a 24….back down to a 23. Don’t try to sound like someone you’re not. Your goal is to BE UNDERSTOOD. 

Grammar

Correct grammar usage is about how you use English grammar and sentence structure. Raters want to see that you can use what you know correctly. Your grammar doesn’t have to be perfect to score high, but mistakes shouldn’t interfere with your meaning.

Vocabulary Usage

Vocabulary usage is about how you use English words. Raters are looking for responses that use different words correctly and accurately, and that use a wide range of words that help listeners understand.

Support & Development

Support and development is about the content of your speaking response. Your content should be related directly to the topic, and you should have several main ideas that support your opinion or position. These ideas should be persuasive or compelling.

Connections & Coherence

connections and coherence are about how you put your ideas together and link different sentences to each other. Raters want to see speaking that flows naturally from idea to idea without confusing the listener.

TOEFL iTP | Reading | Italian American A.P.

Welcome back to another TOEFL iTP episode! You’re going to love this one today because it’s what Bank of America USED to be called. In saying that, be sure to sign up (presale) my TOEFL iTP Reading course!

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The organization that today is known as the Bank of America did start out in America, but under quite a different name. Italian American A.P. Giannini established this bank on October 17, 1904, in a renovated saloon in San Francisco’s Italian community. of North Beach under the name Bank of Italy, with immigrants and first-time bank customers comprising the majority of his first customers. During its development, Giannini’s bank survived major crises in the form of a natural disaster and a major economic upheaval that not all other banks were able to overcome.

One major test for Giannini’s bank occurred on April 18th, 1906, when a massive earthquake struck San Francisco followed by a raging fire that destroyed much of the city. Giannini obtained two wagons and teams of horses, filled the wagons with the bank’s reserves, mostly in the form of gold, covered the reserves with crates of oranges, and escaped from the chaos of the city with his clients’ funds protected. In the aftermath of the disaster, Giannini’s bank was first to resume operations. Unable to install the bank in a proper office setting, Giannini opened up shop on the Washington Street Wharf on a makeshift desk created from boards and barrels.

In the period following the 1906 fire, the Bank of Italy continued to prosper and expand. By 1918 there were twenty-four branches of the Bank of Italy, and by 1928 Giannini had acquired numerous other banks, including a Bank of America located in New York City. In 1930 he consolidated all the branches of the Bank of Italy, the Bank of America in New York City, and another Bank of America that he had formed in California into the Bank of America National Trust and Savings Association.

A second major crisis for the bank occurred during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Although Giannini had already retired prior to the darkest days of the Depression, he became incensed when his successor began selling off banks during the bad economic times. Giannini resumed leadership of the bank at the age of sixty-two. Under Giannini’s leadership, the bank weathered the storm of the Depression and subsequently moved into a phase of overseas development.

Longman
  1. According to the passage, Giannini
  • opened the Bank of America in 1904
  • worked in a bank of Italy
  • set up the Bank of America prior to setting up the Bank of Italy
  • later changed the name of the Bank of Italy
  • Where did Giannini open his first bank?
  • In New York City
  • In what used to be a bar
  • On Washington Street Wharf
  • On a makeshift desk
  • According to the passage, which of the following is NOT true about the San Francisco earthquake?
  • it happened in 1906
  • it occurred in the aftermath of a fire
  • it caused problems for Giannini’s bank
  • it was a tremendous earthquake
  • The word raging in line 5 could be best replaced by
  • angered
  • localized
  • intense
  • feeble
  • It can be inferred from the passage that Giannini used crates of oranges after the earthquake
  • to hide the gold
  • to fill up the wagons
  • to provide nourishment for his customers
  • to protect the gold from the fire
  • The word chaos in line 8 is cloest in meaning to
  • legal system
  • extreme heat
  • overdevelopment
  • total confusion
  • The word consolidated in line 11 is closest in meaning to
  • hardened
  • merged
  • moved
  • sold
  • The passage states that after his retirement, Giannini
  • began selling off banks
  • caused economic misfortune to occur
  • supported the bank’s new management
  • returned to work
  • The expression “weathered the storm of” in 16 could be best replaced by
  • found a cure for
  • rained on the parade of
  • survived the ordeal of
  • blew its stack at
  • Where in the passage does the author describe Giannini’s first banking clients?
  • 2-5
  • 7-8
  • 12-13
  • 14-16
  • How is the information in the passage presented?
  • in chronological order
  • in order of importance
  • a cause followed by an effect
  • classifications with examples

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