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“I had a great experience preparing for the TOEFL exam with Joa. When taking a standardized test it's very important to know the exam very well and have a strategy for each section. The day of the exam I felt I was really in control and knew exactly what to do in each part. Thanks to Joa I was able to exceed my target score and without suffering the practice process at all.”

Tomás C.

Tomas C.
TOEFL/MBA Admissions Student

“I had the best experience with my tutor Joa in preparation for my TOEFL exam. Within 3 weeks of tutoring I learned how to preview a reading passage, summarize situation or opinion of the author, take notes, and organize essays. What I really admire of her is that she listens to my ideas and figures out ways to enhance my ability to read, speak, write and bring out the best of me. I feel very confident to take the TOEFL test soon.”

Diony Z.

Diony Z.
TOEFL Student

“Emily made the content of the exam easy to understand and the way she separated the study sessions really gave me an opportunity to work with her as well as independently at home. Emily and I were able to communicate frequently in order to make sure that all my study sessions were scheduled around when I was available. I highly recommend Emily!”

Meaghan F.

Meaghan F.


Where it began

We’ve worked with students just like you and helped them improve their TOEFL scores for job applications, professional certifications, and education programs. Elana had lived and worked in English speaking countries for many years, and had even taught in English, but was being asked to submit a TOEFL score for her professional certification. She had very accented English, and while she spoke fluently, her accent and talking speed was interfering with her score, and because she didn’t know the ins and outs of the test, she would get flustered during some of the sections.

Listening was Elana’s strongest section, followed by Reading. Her comprehension and accuracy were quite high, though her speed on the Reading sections needed work. Writing proved to be a bit difficult for Elana, as her technical writing was not very strong, though she had great ideas. Speaking was the biggest challenge for Elana, as the timer made her feel flustered, and she would often rush her answers and have tons of time left over that she could have used more effectively.

Elana wasn’t sure where to go with her preparation. Even though she took multiple practice tests, she didn’t have much luck with solo preparation because she needed strategic feedback about her performance in order to improve. She practiced her speaking responses and her essays, but without someone to evaluate them, she wasn’t sure whether she was making progress. Elana felt sheepish asking her friends and family for help, and was feeling stuck.

Working with us

During our first session, we took a look through the practice tests she had done on her own (there were quite a few!) and looked for themes. Listening accuracy was high and timing was solid. Reading accuracy was high, but timing needed improvement. Writing needed organization and structural help, and a few technical pointers. And Speaking was the area where the most improvement could be made.

We began with a deep dive on the Speaking section: we broke down the different question types and categories, we did warm up practice exercises, we strategized how to make use of the preparation time, and we PRACTICED a ton of speaking responses live, with feedback. Elana built up such comfort with the section that she was even able to evaluate her own responses and come up with score estimates that matched my own for her! In addition, we developed a personalized strategy to improve her timing on the Reading section, which gave Elana a confidence boost because she felt more in control of her performance on the section.

By the time we finished our work together, Elana surpassed the minimum score requirement for her certification and was able to apply for a promotion at work based on that certification! We couldn’t be more thrilled for her!

TOEFL preparation doesn’t have to be something you dread! 

When you work with a JEM expert, you’re working with someone who has over 10 years of experience in teaching people how to achieve their test goals, and not only that, but also in making it a little bit fun!


Common Challenges

The students we've worked with have struggled with the full range of difficulties associated with TOEFL test preparation.

Content: Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing -- the TOEFL covers a lot of ground, and it can feel like a lot if you’re trying to cram the details!

Strategy: how to approach each question type so that your skills can shine through!

Timing: sometimes the clock ticking down gets under your skin and you just can’t focus -- but we can help desensitize the timing pressure so you’re good to go!

Organization: preparation and materials can be overwhelming -- we help you understand what to focus on.

Confidence: even the strongest students can suffer from a lack of confidence, but when you work with a test prep expert, you have someone who knows you and your strengths cheering you on and giving you tangible tips to stay on an upward trajectory!

Motivation: how to break through those slumps where you’d rather do anything besides test prep!


Private Tutorials

The first step towards taking charge of your studies!
Let's look at what you can do with your hours.
Start with a thorough assessment of strengths and challenges and organize a personalized game plan.


Work on challenging content areas, keeping an eye out for strategy and confidence-building opportunities.


We’ll keep working on content areas, practicing timing and strategy, and start addressing motivation as needed.


Each hour is a power-packed session with a test prep expert.  Our experts have over 10 years of experience helping students in exactly your position, and that experience means you’ll have the best help available to achieve your goals.

Everything is customized to you










For added value, we have a free BONUS!

When you work with JEM Achievement experts for 12 or more hours, you’ll receive an Admissions Strategy Session, valued at $275 but yours for free.  An Admissions Strategy Session is a full hour of time with one of our Admissions Specialists to review your applicant profile and plan a timeline for your application process.  We’ll help you feel empowered and in control of your applications, setting you up for success!

We can’t wait to meet you and get started on achieving your goals!


Private Tutorial Packages

A la carte hours available at a rate of $125/hour for up to 12 hours, and $115/hour thereafter.
6 hours

Total Cost $750 $125 /hour
Most Popular
12 hours
Bonus Included!
Total Cost $1,380 $115 /hour
24 hours
Bonus Included!
Total Cost $2,760 $115 /hour

Meet the Experts



We (Joa and Emily) met while working for Big Test Prep companies and knew there was a better, more personalized way to provide digital test prep and admissions consulting services. Thus, JEM Achievement was born: tailored and flexible support available online, no matter where you are. JEM empowers students in pursuit of advanced education through curated courses, private tutoring, and strategic coaching. We strive to have a hand in developing future leaders within their communities, instilling a solid set of values to be carried forward.

We have worked with hundreds of GMAT, GRE, and graduate admissions students over the course of our 10+ year careers in private education and know how stressful test preparation can be. With jobs, families, and life, we realize that test prep courses are difficult to add into the mix, but we also know that they are an extremely important piece of the admissions puzzle. We also realize that you don’t always know if you’re paired up with an instructor who is a good fit for you.

Both of us have compatible styles with sometimes different perspectives and strengths, which is why we make such a great team! When you work with one of us, you can be sure that you’re still getting the other because we are in constant communication behind the scenes, strategizing ways to bring out the best in your abilities. We have worked with students from all over the world from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of goals. You can be sure with us that you’ll receive honest advice and work with people who care about you as an individual. We know what achievement can do for self-confidence, and we want you to find success!


Where do my Private Tutorial sessions take place and what kind of program will we use?
Our sessions will be online: we know you’ve got a full schedule, and we have clients all over the world. We’re accessible no matter where you are and what else you’ve got going on! We are happy to meet you via WebEx or Adobe Connect, both of which have screen sharing and whiteboards. Neither of these platforms will cost anything for you -- all you need is a bit of time to get set up to understand how the platform works, and then you’re ready to rock!
Can I access my sessions on my phone or tablet instead of my computer?
Technically yes! However, we recommend that you use a laptop or desktop computer to participate in your Private Tutorial sessions in order to get the most value out of the instruction offered.
Do the Private Tutorial sessions include any materials?
When you work with one of our test prep experts, you’ll get personalized recommendations for the best test prep materials on the market for your particular situation. During our initial consultation with you, we’ll find out whether you have any materials already, discuss the areas in which you’d like to make the most improvements, and suggest the best materials for you to purchase for our sessions.
Who are the Private Tutorials designed for?
We have specifically designed the Private Tutorial sessions for clients with busy lives who need a thoughtful guide through the process of preparing for the TOEFL. We help clients who need to boost their scores, and need specific tailored feedback to do so.
Who are the Private Tutorials NOT designed for?
If you already feel quite confident in your test-taking ability and are scoring in the range required, our service may not be a best fit for you since you’re right where you need to be already!
How many hours should I sign up for?
The minimum number of hours we typically recommend is 12 -- this can be divided into 12 one-hour sessions, or 8 hour-and-a-half sessions. This is typically enough time to do either a deep dive on up to 2 sections with a high level overview of the remaining sections or a review of all sections of the test. If you suspect you may need a deep dive on all sections of the test, we typically recommend 24 hours of tutorial time. We’d be very happy to talk about the specifics of your situation and give you a personalized recommendation! Please click here to contact us.
How does scheduling work?
During our initial consultation with you, we’ll discuss a general outline of availability to make sure scheduling is a smooth process. Then you and your test prep expert will schedule directly with each other, deciding when and how often you’ll meet. Once sessions are confirmed, you’ll receive a Google Calendar Invite via email with information about the focus of the session and any other relevant links!
How do I get started with my Private Tutorials for TOEFL Preparation?
So glad you asked -- click below!

Private Tutorial Packages

A la carte hours available at a rate of $125/hour for up to 12 hours, and $115/hour thereafter.
6 hours

Total Cost $750 $125 /hour
Most Popular
12 hours
Bonus Included!
Total Cost $1,380 $115 /hour
24 hours
Bonus Included!
Total Cost $2,760 $115 /hour

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