Author Archive | Rachel Kapelke-Dale

  • Rachel Kapelke-Dale

    Rachel is a Magoosh Content Creator. She writes and updates content on our High School and GRE Blogs to ensure students are equipped with the best information during their test prep journey. As a test-prep instructor for more than five years in there different countries, Rachel has helped students around the world prepare for various standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, GRE, and GMAT, and she is one of the authors of our Magoosh ACT Prep Book. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Brown University, an MA in Cinematography from the Université de Paris VII, and a Ph.D. in Film Studies from University College London. For over a decade, Rachel has honed her craft as a fiction and memoir writer and public speaker. Her novel, THE BALLERINAS, is forthcoming in December 2021 from St. Martin's Press, while her memoir, GRADUATES IN WONDERLAND, co-written with Jessica Pan, was published in 2014 by Penguin Random House. Her work has appeared in over a dozen online and print publications, including Vanity Fair Hollywood. When she isn't strategically stringing words together at Magoosh, you can find Rachel riding horses or with her nose in a book. Join her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!

The Best TOEFL Forums

When you’re preparing for a test like the TOEFL, the sheer amount of information on the Internet can be daunting. It can be hard to know where to begin! First of all, congratulations on finding Magoosh—you’re off to a great start! As you work through our variety of resources, however, you may find it helpful […]

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Should You Memorize TOEFL University Codes?

Let’s face it: most people don’t take the TOEFL for fun. When taking the test, most people have an ultimate goal in mind, whether it’s studying at the undergraduate level, pursuing graduate education, or going into a specialized course of study. Because of this, making sure that the right university receives your scores is of […]

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How to Start Your TOEFL Independent Speaking and Writing Responses

While everybody has their own personal preference as to their favorite (or least-favorite) type of speaking and writing prompt, I’ve found that many students struggle with beginning their answers to independent tasks. Although speaking is a different skill than writing, test-takers can waste a good amount of time struggling to begin both speaking and writing […]

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Tricky English Vocabulary: Commonly Confused Verbs

Let’s face it: Typos happen to everyone. When you’re writing your TOEFL essays on test day, making one or two small spelling mistakes or typing errors probably won’t affect your score. However, once they start to change the meaning of your sentences, these little errors can start adding up big-time. While your scorers won’t know […]

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Little Things That Make a Big Difference to Your Score: Speaking and Writing Conclusions

Let’s start with the good news: Unlike exams in your English class, the speaking and writing sections of the TOEFL won’t automatically take points away from you if you make a little mistake, or even a handful of them. The bad news, though, is that while these sections of the TOEFL are graded holistically, or […]

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Spontaneous Speaking: How to Give Your Best Answers Under Time Pressure

When that clock starts ticking down from :15 or :30 on the TOEFL speaking section, a lot of test-takers panic. Maybe they hadn’t considered this particular question before. Maybe they didn’t fully understand the question. Maybe they’ve been asked for an opinion (independent tasks, anyone?) about an issue on which they just don’t have an […]

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