Author Archive | Lucas Fink

  • Lucas Fink

    Lucas is the teacher behind Magoosh TOEFL. He’s been teaching TOEFL preparation and more general English since 2009, and the SAT since 2008. Between his time at Bard College and teaching abroad, he has studied Japanese, Czech, and Korean. None of them come in handy, nowadays.

TOEFL Teaching Material – Transitions And Opinions Worksheet

For this worksheet, I’m going to follow up on some of the same language that was used in my previous post: transition words. But this time, we’ll throw another layer into the mix. Besides some transition words, there’s also a good deal of opinion language. The worksheet is structured around the TOEFL’s second speaking task, which […]

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How to Teach the TOEFL

New TOEFL teachers are from one of three camps: those who primarily have ESOL experience, those who have taught other standardized tests more, and those who’ve taught little or none of either. The most common of those three, as far as I’ve seen, is the first group, so this post will focus primarily on that […]

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The Best TOEFL Listening Practice

As you prepare for your TOEFL Listening test, you’ll want to seek out the best TOEFL listening practice possible. Unfortunately, finding good TOEFL listening practice online is about as easy as trying to find a bear in New York City. There are a few out there, but there’s only one reliable place to find them: […]

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Kaplan TOEFL iBT Premier Book Review

(NOTE: The TOEFL books that Magoosh reviews and recommends reflect the older, pre-August 2019 version of the test. As of this writing, there are no TOEFL prep books that reflect the newest version of the test. Fortunately, older-format books are still very useful in prepping for the current TOEFL. For details on this, see Magoosh’s […]

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How the TOEFL Scoring System Works

For many non-native English speakers who want to earn a degree from a university in an English-speaking country, the TOEFL is a must. But unfortunately, the TOEFL score scale isn’t the most straightforward. So hopefully I can make it a little bit clearer for you. How are TOEFL scores derived? Like any standardized test (e.g. […]

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The Princeton Review’s Cracking the TOEFL iBT (2014) Book Review

(NOTE: The TOEFL books that Magoosh reviews and recommends reflect the older, pre-August 2019 version of the test. As of this writing, there are no TOEFL prep books that reflect the newest version of the test. Fortunately, older-format books are still very useful in prepping for the current TOEFL. For details on this, see Magoosh’s […]

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Conversational Vocabulary on the TOEFL

While the TOEFL is a test of your ability to communicate in an academic English speaking environment, not all of the language in the test is purely academic. Yes, most of the test is made of more formal English—including the reading passages, the recorded lectures, and your essays—but there are also a few times when […]

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TOEFL Integrated Speaking Practice

In this post, you’ll have a chance to practice your response to an integrated speaking task—specifically, this is an example of task number two. This question is taken from the six practice tests in Magoosh TOEFL, only it is in a slightly different format because this is only a blog post. 🙂 In the second […]

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Barron’s TOEFL iBT Book Review

(NOTE: The TOEFL books that Magoosh reviews and recommends reflect the older, pre-August 2019 version of the test. As of this writing, there are no TOEFL prep books that reflect the newest version of the test. Fortunately, older-format books are still very useful in prepping for the current TOEFL. For details on this, see Magoosh’s […]

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