Today’s post is an interview I did with one of our recent Pay-What-You-Want sponsors from Mexico, Guillermo Rueda. I always send out emails to our new learners and Guillermo and I very quickly established a good rapport, so I felt like asking him a few questions here for the benefit of all. And off we go!
So, Guillermo, where are you from and how long have you been studying English?
I´m from Mexico and I have taken English lessons for about 5 years discontinuosly.
Do you use English very often in your day-to-day life. If so how and when?
I dont use English very often, but I´m looking forward to get a job where I could use it every day. That´s why I practice by my own every time I can.
How did you hear about Edulang?
I was looking for websites which could helped me to improve my english skills in order to get a good grade in the TOEIC® exam. So that´s how I found Edulang on the web.
What did you find most challenging about the TOEIC?
The grammar section is the most dificult part for me. Additionally, the fact that is a timed test makes it really interesting.
Do you mind if we ask how well you did?
Not at all, I got 930 points. Since I studied very hard I tought I was going to get about 850 points, but as you can see I did a lot better than I expected. I´m really glad about that.
((( WOW! )))
How did Test Simulator help you prepare for your test. What do you think was the greatest advantage to preparing this way?
I only had 2 weeks before the TOEIC® exam and I really wanted to be sure that I was going to get a good grade, so at that time I started to use the Test simulator. The simulator helped me to get the confidence that I needed since It gives a similar enviroment to the test. The greatest advantage was that I had the chance to measure my skills before the exam and to work harder where it was needed.
Anything you might suggest we should improve upon?
In general, the Test simulator is a good tool to improve skills and to get confidence before the exam. I think the timer in the exam mode could be reviewed in order to give exactly the same time as in the TOEIC® exam.
(We’ll take a look at that immediately. Thanks Guillermo!)
What do you think of our pay-what-you-want program? How did it feel to contribute?
This is a very interesting program, because I had never heard about something like that before and I tought it was to good to be true, so I send a couple of e-mails to make sure I got it right and so it was (yes, I remember how surprised AND supportive you were).
Since part of the price of the Test Simulator is for charity I didn´t hesitate to buy the program in a fair price. So at the end everything worked out very well, I got a good grade, I contributed to charity and hopefully to expand a business. It was a win-win situation!.
It is win-win indeed, Guillermo, and I really appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your test preparations, how we helped and wish you the best with your job search that will let you excel with the English you’ve worked hard to acquire!
Guillermo Rueda is a post-graduate student who has been studying English for 5 years now and looking for a job in Logistics in Mexico. He currently lives in Veracruz, Mexico and enjoys jogging, reading, surfing the web and watching sports in his down time.