Online TOEFL Test Prep

1-on-1 individualized tutoring for higher TOEFL scores


TOEFL stands for “Test of English as a Foreign Language.” It is a standardized test to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers wishing to enroll in universities in English-speaking countries. The test is accepted by more than 11,000 universities and other institutions in over 190 countries and territories.

The TOEFL scores form an integral part of the university application process. A good TOEFL score would be any score that would allow the candidate to apply to their desired universities of choice.

What Are the Challenges?

Long sessions—41 mins listening section; if with additional listening section, the total would be 57 minutes.
Challenging test format—no going back to previous questions, no preview of questions or options, no repetition of listening passages.

Our tutors will teach you how to take notes to record as much key information as possible in the passages.


There is little preparation time on the spot. In addition, details, examples, and specific reasons presented in student answers are explicitly listed as one of the grading metrics. Students are expected to showcase their vast vocabulary and understanding of different sentence structures in a very short period of time.

You will practice various topics with our tutors, and we will provide you with feedback and valuable suggestions.


High requirement on vocabulary bank and understanding of complex sentence structure, in addition to the requirement on reading speed.

We will prepare you with reading strategies to help you quickly find critical information to answer the challenging questions.


Many believe the writing section is the hardest section of a TOEFL test. The section's timing is tightly constrained, and students should never sacrifice the quality of writing for the time constraint.

Fortunately, we will help you build an integrated process that will eventually speed up your writing. From making a complete outline to fleshing out the entire passage, we will teach you skills and tips for every part of the process.

Why Study with SINICA?
  • Individualized

    Sinica's 1-on-1 tutoring program gives students an individualized learning experience that is intentionally designed to help them target their learning gaps in weak areas.

  • Experienced

    Our instructors graduated from TOP 30 universities with 10+ years of teaching experience on average. Every tutor has undergone a rigorous screening process with subject exams and mock tutoring sessions to ensure they have the academic background and abilities necessary to teach our students well.

  • Visible

    We prioritize teaching our students exam strategies while also tutoring them in their content area needs. We want students to feel confident in both their knowledge and exam-taking abilities.

  • Personal

    We value building relationships with our students to best understand their academic needs and goals, so that we can provide support that is tailored to the way they learn and understand concepts.

  • Persistent

    We understand the importance of scores on student's academic future. We are committed to helping students reach their fullest potential by ensuring higher grades and cultivating outstanding abilities.

What Makes Our Tutors Different
  • Great Learners Make
    Greater Teachers

    Our instructors were brilliant test takers and accumulated knowledge and test-taking skills. They graduated from the world's top universities with academic distinctions, and 70% of them hold a master's or even higher degree. Our elite instructors will teach you the skills they have developed over the years.

  • Qualified Competence
    through Rigorous Screening

    Every tutor has undergone a rigorous screening process with subject exams and mock tutoring sessions to ensure they have the necessary background and abilities to teach our students well. We set layers of screening to make sure that our instructors can quickly identify students' pain points and consequently personalize their teaching methods and styles to suit those different needs.

  • Nothing Are Able to
    Substitute Experience

    On average, our instructors have over 10 years of teaching experience. They have taught hundreds of students from different backgrounds and clocked thousands of hours in the online classroom. They have helped innumerable students improve their scores significantly.

Key Steps to Achieve High TOEFL Scores
Statistics at a Glance
  • 90% of our students
    increased 10+ points
  • 1000+ students
    scored over 90 on
    the TOEFL
  • 98% of students are
    satisfied with their result
  • 300+ students
    scored over 110 on the
Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I prepare for the TOEFL?

       Our tutors will support you through the entire TOEFL prep process, from test registration to test result analysis. We will help you with the following:
    —Familiarizing you with the structure and format of the test
    —Learning subject content and practicing the different types of problems you will be given on the test
    —Identifying your areas of growth and providing targeted support to address those needs
    —Creating a specific study plan that fits your schedule
    —Practicing test-taking strategies to ensure you are confident and ready to tackle the test

  • How is the TOEFL scored?

    You’ll receive four scaled section scores and a total score. Each section has a score range of 0–30. These are added together for a total score of 0–120.
    Each skill has four or five proficiency levels, so where your score falls within that range tells you your proficiency for that skill.


    Advanced (24–30)
    High-Intermediate (18–23)
    Low-Intermediate (4–17)
    Below Low-Intermediate (0–3)


    Advanced (22–30)
    High-Intermediate (17–21)
    Low-Intermediate (9–16)
    Below Low-Intermediate (0–8)


    Advanced (25–30)
    High-Intermediate (20–24)
    Low-Intermediate (16–19)
    Basic (10–15)
    Below Basic (0–9)


    Advanced (24–30)
    High-Intermediate (17–23)
    Low-Intermediate (13–16)
    Basic (7–12)
    Below Basic (0–6)

  • What is a good score on the TOEFL?

    A score above 100 is considered a strong score that will meet the English proficiency requirements for most U.S. colleges.
    However, different schools might include specific score requirement for each section.

  • How important are TOEFL scores in college admissions?

    If you score 100 or higher on the internet-based TOEFL or 600 or higher on the paper-based exam, your demonstration of English language skills should be strong enough for admission to any college in the country. On the other hand, a score of 60 or lower will restrict your options drastically.

  • What are the TOEFL sections?

    The iBT consists of a 4-hour test in 4 sections which cover:


    Students are given a reading passage and then posed questions about the content they have just read.


    Students are given a passage to listen to only once and are asked questions about the the audio passage.


    Students read passages and answer questions on a variety of subjects. These replies are digitally recorded and sent to exam judges to be scored.


    Students are given a passage and then asked to write a passage in response to the text.

  • What is the difference between TOEFL and IELTS?

    — Test of English as a Foreign Language
    — TOEFL is slightly longer than IELTS, totaling about three hours with a 10-minute break
    — Each section has a score range of 0-30, totals 120
    — The test costs $245
    — Accepted are more than 11,500 universities and institutions


    —International English Language Testing System
    —Both IELTS tests, IELTS Academic or the IELTS General Training, have a total test time of two hours and 45 minutes with no breaks
    —IELTS is graded on a band scale of 0 (did not attempt) to 9 (expert)
    —The exam costs between $245 and $255 in the U.S.

  • How can I benefit from TOEFL 1-on-1 tutoring?

    1. 1-on-1 tutoring ensures that you receive the time and attention that brings out your best. As a result, you can progress much faster.
    2. You can receive feedback personalized and unique to your learning abilities and goals.
    3. Tutoring session times are flexible and tailored to your schedule and needs.
    4. 1-on-1 tutoring is a better value for your money because every second is dedicated to working on YOU.

    We look forward to being a solid backbone in your TOEFL preparation.

  • How do I prepare for the TOEFL reading section?

    1. Identify important words first
       Vocabulary level is critical for the reading section. You will need to recognize essential words in the passages. Look for the main idea in each passage and make a note of it to help you answer some of the questions.
    2. Read questions first
       Examine the questions that will be asked regarding a passage, then scan it for any details that can aid in your response.
    3. Practice and practice again
       Use a practice exam to hone your abilities early in identifying key vocabulary words, the primary idea, and conclusions.

  • How do I prepare for the TOEFL listening section?

    1. Practice conversing in English only
       The easier it is to communicate in English alone, the simpler it will be to comprehend the recording material. To improve your listening abilities, pick various topics and watch online videos.
    2. Listen carefully
       Remove distractions and pay close attention to what is being stated on the test because you will only hear the recorded content once. Learn to focus and remember what you hear in a little amount of time by using practice exams.
    3. Listen for the most critical information
       You won’t be able to change your selections, so pick one and proceed as soon as possible. Both types of questions will be posed. Pay close attention to what is being said and listen for both key ideas and specifics.

  • How do I prepare for the TOEFL speaking section?

    1. Take your time before you start talking
       In this section, reacting as rapidly as possible without having much time to think is crucial. You are also advised to use the allotted amount of time to provide a thorough response.
    2. Learn the correct pronunciations of words before the test
       You will lose points if you pronounce words incorrectly, so try to perfect your pronunciation beforehand.
    3. Keep the language you use familiar
       Use expressions and words that you’re familiar with to give confident and well-framed responses.

  • How do I prepare for the TOEFL writing section?

    1. Learn spelling and grammar rules
       Remember that you won’t be able to use software to check your spelling, so you’ll need to be certain that the words you use are spelled correctly.
    2. Develop an outline as the first step
       Before you begin writing your essay, make a plan, and allow time for editing.
    3. Use language well
       Try to write clearly and provide examples to back up your arguments. You should do the practice tests before the exam to ensure that you can answer the questions and memorize the phrases for establishing connections and transitions.

Meet Some of Our Amazing TOEFL Teachers
Amanda L.

M.S.一Columbia University

Ph.D.一University of Toronto

Meiran L.

M.A.一University of Pennsylvania

Charlotte F.

B.A.一University of Cambridge

M.A.-The University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D.-The University of Texas at Austin

Why Students Love Learning with Us

Thanks to Sinica, I was able to improve my language skills and achieve a high score on the exam.

A couple of experienced tutors guiding me through my test prep process is exactly the kind of help I was looking for. I would be so lost without them!

I highly recommend Sinica Education’s TOEFL tutoring services to any parent looking to give their child a competitive edge.

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