Soumya Bandyopadhyay’s TOEFL® Success Story
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Soumya Bandyopadhyay’s TOEFL® Success Story

Mar 4, 2019

How can the right prep help you do well? For Soumya Bandyopadhyay, official TOEFL® test prep helped him ace the TOEFL test, paving the way to coveted internships and research positions in the U.S. and Germany.

Soumya has a passion for technological innovation and he hopes to someday bring sustainable technologies to many people. It’s what led him to study engineering. Knowing he would need a lot of training to fulfill his dream, he took the TOEFL test to go farther with his academic studies. 

He was awarded a highly coveted science scholarship from the Government of India. From there, he studied Mechanical Engineering and earned a spot on a prestigious research team. This led to an internship at Purdue University and a summer of research at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. None of this would have been possible if Soumya had not proven his English-language proficiency through the TOEFL test.

The TOEFL® test for academic success
To prepare for the TOEFL test, Soumya  used the Official TOEFL iBT® Tests Volumes 1 & 2 and The Official Guide to the TOEFL® Test. He also listened to online podcasts, debates, and news to get used to a U.S. accent. A month before the test, he took mock tests to prepare for the real test day. He also followed TOEFL on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram to get more study material. 

Soumya understands how the right prep and a good outlook can help one do well. As he says, “My parents taught me the importance of being resilient and optimistic. The TOEFL test taught me that, with hard work and the right preparation, I can go as far as my dreams take me.” TOEFL test prep helped Soumya to succeed on the test and beyond.

If you are interested in studying in the U.S., Australia, Canada and other countries, learn more about the TOEFL test advantage, how to obtain a visa, and the universities and programs worldwide that accept TOEFL scores.