TOEFL iBT Membership | 1 on 1 Coaching | Independent Essay Review

Welcome to another super special! The video is available on my TOEFL Membership, however, you have the ability to listen to this 1 on 1 coaching session with one of my students from Nicaragua. You guys will understand more about the structure of essays and see how you can improve yours!


Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 7: Episode 32 | How to Upgrade Flights & Hotels Using Polite Language

Have you ever asked for an upgrade? If you have, you probably didn’t get it. Do you want to know how to get an upgrade without directly asking for it? Etiquette and polite language mean all the differences in the world, so in this podcast, you’re going to learn how to do just that!


TOEFL iBT | Reading | Webinar Snippet | Session III

Welcome back to another webinar snippet! There will be lots of webinars coming on the weekends (snippets) with potential full ones this upcoming December. Very excited about debuting this one because I truly believe that both Thais and Elena will do a PHENOMENAL JOB on their reading! In saying that, I’m excited to debut this one, and if you want the full webinar, the link is down below!



TOEFL iTP | Reading | Course Preview & Vocabulary-In-Context | Civil War

Welcome back to a WONDERFUL reading special! So, if you’re listening to this on my ESL podcast, we’re just two days away from the full launch (September 15th). However, if you’re watching this on September 3rd (Facebook, IG, or YouTube), you’re in luck!

This is a wonderful pre-course episode for what’s in store in my wonderful reading course (TOEFL iTP), and this is a full reading lesson that you will see in my course, too. The course, between now and September 22nd, can be bought at a super reduced cost (bundle) with Structure & Written Expression for just $100! That’s right, three courses for just $100 for the first week and you can buy them now, too!

Nonetheless, the techniques I have in this video/podcast are going to be superb in understanding the context of paragraphs and these types of questions. Tune in!

Reading Passage

The Civil War created feverish manufacturing activity to supply critical material, especially in the North. When the fighting stopped, the stage was set for dramatic economic growth. Wartime taxes on production vanished, and the few taxes that remained leaned heavily on real estate, not on business. The population flow from farm to city increased, and the labor force it provided was buttressed by millions of newly arrived immigrants willing to work for low wages in the mills of the North and on the railroad crews of the Midwest and West.

            Government was nothing if not accommodating. It established tariff barriers, provided loans and grants to build a transcontinental railroad, and assumed a studied posture of nonintervention in private enterprise. The social Darwinism of British philosopher Herbert Spencer and American economist William Graham Summer prevailed. The theory was that business, if left to its own devices, would eliminate the weak and nurture the strong. But as business expanded, rivalry heated up. In the 1800’s, five railroads operating between New York and Chicago were vying for traffic, and two more were under construction. As a result of the battle, the fare between the cities decreased to $1. The petroleum industry suffered from similar savage competition, and in the 1870’s, many oil industries failed.

  1. The word “feverish” in line 1 is closest in meaning to
  1. Extremely rapid
  2. Sickly and slow
  3. Very dangerous
  4. Understandable
  • Which of the following is closest in meaning to the word “critical” in line 1?
  1. Industrial
  2. Serious
  3. Crucial
  4. Insulting
  • The phrase “the stage was set” in line 2 is closest in meaning to which of the following?
  1. The play was over
  2. The progress continued
  3. The foundation was laid
  4. The direction was clear
  • The phrase “real estate” in line 4 refers to
  1. Tools and machines
  2. Actual income
  3. New enterprises
  4. Land and buildings
  • The word “buttressed” in line 5 is closest in meaning to
  1. Concerned
  2. Supplemented
  3. Restructured
  4. Enriched
  • The word “accommodating” in line 8 is closest in meaning to
  1. Persistent
  2. Indifferent
  3. Balanced
  4. Helpful
  • Which of the following could best be substituted for the word “posture” in line 10?
  1. Stature
  2. Predicament
  3. Position
  4. Situation
  • The word “prevailed” in line 11 is closest in meaning to
  1. Influenced
  2. Triumphed
  3. Premiered
  4. Evolved
  • The phrase “left to its own devices” in line 12 means
  1. Forced to do additional work
  2. Allowed to do as it pleased
  3. Made to change its plans
  4. Encouraged to produce more goods
  1. The word “vying” in line 14 is closest in meaning to
  1. Competing
  2. Hoping
  3. Arranging
  4. Caring
  1. The word “savage” in line 16 is closest in meaning to
  1. Fierce
  2. Growing
  3. Surprising
  4. Genuine


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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!



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!

Written Expression



  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

Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 7: Episode 30 | Work-life Balance is NOT About Hours

So, the common myth about work-life balance in under-performers is about time. So many people who allow activities to manage them believe that it’s impossible to achieve a balance.

However, the goal is not about hours, but it’s about the quality. It’s about self-awareness and assessing yourself on a weekly basis in the different categories of your life.

In today’s podcast, we’re going to dive into time, the mismanagement of time management, and coming up with solutions.


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!

Integrated Webinar

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!


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.)