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A high TOEFL score, but still fail to understand US senior school classes?

Added on: 2017-06-22Share on :

Generally, if you wish to enroll in a US university as an international student, your TOEFL or Junior TOEFL scores must be up to the level required by the university you apply to. The test is to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers, to check if they are able to do daily communication in English. But with adequate level at TOEFL, you think you really can do barrier-free communication? Today, we are going to share the Story of C, who's been studying in Midland School in the US. Though he achieved enough TOEFL scores to get into the school, when he arrived to kick off his study abroad life, he saw the huge gap between reality and fantasy.

 

Generally, if you wish to enroll in a US university as an international student, your TOEFL or Junior TOEFL scores must be up to the level required by the university you apply to. The test is to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers, to check if they are able to do daily communication in English. But with adequate level at TOEFL, you think you really can do barrier-free communication?

 

Today, we are going to share the Story of C, who's been studying in Midland School in the US. Though he achieved enough TOEFL scores to get into the school, when he arrived to kick off his study abroad life, he saw the huge gap between reality and fantasy. 

 

 

 

 

 

Pass the exam or retake the Year

 

 

 

Even though C passed the TOEFL test, the vocabulary he had then does not fit for senior school lessons. And the pace was pretty fast, which C found it hard to follow, not to mention digesting what he learned in class. The first academic report of C showed that he failed most of his courses.

 

C is the type of student who wants to strive for better. The truth is, he worked really hard and quite painfully. The only problem was: he needed to overcome the language barrier first. At the Midterm Exam, he was told by the school that if he failed the exam once again, he would have to retake Year 9.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coaching on basic grammar

 

 

 

From the day when C started his term in Midland, our BE consultant Frances has been watching over C. She keeps a close relation with C's academic director, headmaster and study counselor. When she knew about the situation, she set out to solve the problem right away.   

 

BE developed an online curriculum for C based on C's schedule. We had Aamir who graduated from Columbia University coaching him on basic English grammar. Utilizing the Writing Guide of Midland, Aamir trained C to write essays on different themes. For example, to practice the use of future tense, he was asked to write down his new year determinations. And through reviewing the previous term, he strengthened use of past tense. He would also get reading tasks if he had no such school tasks on that day.    

 

 

C's English improved greatly after months' coaching. With language being the strong foundation, his academic level continued to progress. Finally, C passed the exam and moved to Year 10 smoothly. Having removed the language obstacle, life in the schools got more easy and relaxed for C.

 

 

 

 

What's the gap between TOEFL and US senior school lessons?

 

 

 

C was not the only international student who ran into this kind of situation. Actually, it's common among overseas students from China. So, what exactly happened? Why?

 

 

 

Well, TOEFL is a test that has been organized for so many years that too many strategies or techniques have been made to guide you how to pass or achieve high scores. But classrooms in US senior schools is the real life where you normally don’t or can’t prepare. “Passing TOEFL should be the starting point toward a solid language. Before you start the school term, it’s better to take some ESL courses such as American History, Science and Biology, so as to get a real sense of the English classrooms, not just on paper. ” Frances advised.

 

The use of language is a science. Passing a certain language test does not mean you could use the language freely. We kindly remind overseas students to keep on training language skills even after passing the test, preferably in an all-English environment, if you want get a head start. 

 

 

 

 

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