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Seize the opportunity

  1. The best time is now.
  2. Opportunity only knocks once
  3. Don’t let the it slip through your fingers.
  4. Make the most of every situation
  5. Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today
  6. Take the bull by the horns
  7. It’s your turn to shine
  8. Step into the limelight
  9. It’s now or never.
  10. A once-in-a-lifetime chance
  11. Don’t throw away your chances
  12. Don’t play with your luck.

The proverbs and sayings above all cover the same idea: SEIZE THE DAY

How do these words of wisdom relate to the current Brazil riots across the country because of bus fares (the original reason)?

TOEFL iBT Tool kit

Here are some extra resources to prepare on the fly:

The 10 Essential TOEFL iBT Skills

TOEFL iBT How to exam Tips

TOEFL iBT Target Skills


Useful Sentences For Toefl Essay Writing


Expanding topic sentences

Develop ONE of the topic sentences below into an Independent Writing Task:

1- #The disadvantages of owning a large car are many

2- #The advantages of studying abroad outweigh the disadvantages

3- #A person who lives in a remote area may face many problems

4- #Absenteeism at work causes both the employer and the employee many problems.

5- #Car accidents can be avoided or minimized if the driver takes certain precautions

6- #Computers have brought many changes to our way of life

Copy and paste the topic sentence in your comment and develop at least two paragraphs on the idea.

Independent Speaking skills – Personal Preference language



Remember the Speaking Section of the TOEFL iBT has two independent tasks.

The purpose of these two tasks is to have candidates talk about their own experiences and give opinions about everyday topics.

The slides are here to give more insight on the topic:

Independent Speaking skills & Personal Preference language



Independent Writing task – Bullying punishable by law

“Bullying should be a crime punishable by law.” Agree or disagree?

Some points to consider:

  • Define what a crime is. Does bullying fall into the category?
  • There are different types or levels of bullying, some of which may not even be considered an offense.
  • Compare bullying to other social ills e.g. racism, sexism, sexual discrimination, homophobia and so on. Is it just as despicable and socially unacceptable?
  • Making bullying a crime will send out a message to offenders that they can’t get away with something of this gravity.
  • What are the physical and psychological consequences for the victim and his/her loved ones – family and friends?
  • If the offender is underage, who will be held responsible – the parents?
  • How will such a law be enforced? Is there going to be a need for a panel of experts – psychologists, child counselors etc. to work together with law enforcement agents?

Remember: Write no more than 300 words in 30 minutes.

P.S. I am attaching an article below that talks about preventing the act of bullying in schools. It might be helpful for you to prepare your answer.

Bullying – Preventing classroom bullying

Thomson TOEFL iBT

Here is the course material in pdf format thanks to Diego.

Thomson Toelf Ibt

Answer Key – Guide to Listening

Answer Key – Guide to Reading

Answer Key – Guide to Speaking

Answer Key – Guide to Writing

Answer Key – Practice Test 1

Answer Key – Practice Test 2

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