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TOEFL Tuesday: What is Magoosh?

Announcement! As of August 1, 2019, the TOEFL Reading, Listening and Speaking sections will be shortened. The TOEFL will also make changes to its prep materials and scoring system. Because of this, some of the info in our blog posts may not yet reflect the new exam format. We cover all the changes here.

Two different groups of people see TOEFL Tuesdays: some people visit our blog at Magoosh, while others find the videos and watch through YouTube. And in both those places, some visitors don’t know what Magoosh is. So let’s make that 100% clear. After all, I’m an English teacher. I don’t want you to think Magoosh is a normal English word, because it’s not!

So the short answer is…well…short. “Magoosh” is the name of our website and business. We help students to prepare for the TOEFL. But we also help to prepare for other tests. Generally, people take the TOEFL because they are applying to an American college or university. But the TOEFL is only one test; in order to apply, most people will have to take the GRE, GMAT, SAT, ACT, or another test. We help students to prepare for all of those exams.

Basically, Magoosh is a test preparation product.

That explains what we do, but not how we do it. So if you want to know more about the full experience, just keep reading. 🙂


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How do we help?

The idea is pretty simple. Teachers can be good or bad, but you sometimes you have no choice. In a small city, it’s possible that you will find only one or two people who know the TOEFL. In some countries, in some towns, there may be nobody who speaks English fluently and knows the TOEFL.

Books provide more choice, but even books can be limited. We want to give another option to everybody. We want to provide expert knowledge from native speakers who know the tests to anybody, anywhere, through the internet. If you have a computer and a connection, you can use Magoosh at any time to study for the TOEFL (or another test!). There are three main ways we help students:


Practice Questions

The TOEFL iBT is an internet-based test—that’s what iBT means! So using internet-based practice is especially helpful, because it can more closely represent the experience of the real TOEFL. Magoosh TOEFL does exactly that.

At the moment, we have more than 350 practice questions, and we’re going to release near 150 more very soon, bringing the total to 500+ questions—the equivalent of more than 6 practice tests. And every single question has an explanation video. Guess who explains the best ways to answer every question in those 500+ explanation videos? Me!


Lesson videos

Besides the practice questions, we also have over 100 lesson videos that explain every part of the TOEFL. The explanations for specific practice questions explain how to answer those questions, but the lesson videos give more general advice. It’s very similar to a teacher in a class: You can learn from the general lessons for large concepts and specific situations from the practice. Our lesson videos detail every type of question you will see on your TOEFL and the best strategies for answers.

Of course, I also give TOEFL lessons here on TOEFL Tuesdays. But in comparison, Magoosh TOEFL’s premium lessons are much more complete. There is a video for every type of question and every major strategy.


Email help

One of the parts of Magoosh that we’re most proud of is our email help. If you are ever stuck, confused, or frustrated, and you are a Magoosh student, just email us! Magoosh tutors (including me) personally answer questions from our premium students. We love helping, and we love to learn about our students! Even if we can’t provide the type of communication that a personal tutor can, we want to be personally accessible to our students when they need us.

Hopefully this clears up the meaning of that strange word “Magoosh.” Next week, I expect you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say “I’m Lucas from Magoosh.” See you then!


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