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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

February TOEFL speaking schedule

Here is the February 2017 TOEFL speaking schedule:


As you can see, there are seven classes per week, and four weeks per class month.

Orientation will be 6-10 p.m. on February 11, and attendance is required for all new students.

There are four TOEFL tests that conflict with classes: February 18, 25, 26, and March 4. There will be a makeup class on Sunday, March 12, for people who miss class because of TOEFL and can not switch to a different class.

All classes are taught by Donald Miller, and many are team-taught with another instructor. You can find more information about prices and policies on the homepage.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Wharton Meeting


第1部 2016 年 12月 17日(土)午前10 時~10時40分(日本時間)

第2部 2016 年 12月 18 日(日)日中12時~12時40分(日本時間)

場所: フィラデルフィアよりオンラインで開催いたします(*)。


申込: こちら よりお申し込み下さい。 登録いただいた方に、後日、 Access URL を送付いたします。

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvaniaの日本人在校生一同です。受験へ向けて、お忙しい日々をお過ごしのことと存じます。

今回、(Chicago Booth在校生の取り組みを参考に、)Wharton在校生としても上記の日程にて、Online Conference形式のWebinarを開催致します(基本参加者の方のQ&Aを中心とさせて頂きます)。それぞれの会に在校生(2年生)数名が参加予定です。日本国外で出願準備中の皆さんもご参加いただけます(時差をご確認ください)。

出願の準備へ向けて、WhartonでのAcademic、Student life in Philadelphia、そのほかのopportunity等、在校生ならではの最新情報をざっくばらんにお伝えできる機会になれば幸甚です。特に2nd /3rdラウンドで出願される方向けに、エッセー・インタビュー等のポイントをお話しできればと考えております。


Satoshi Yamada: Class of 2017(

Wharton Web Site (

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

MIT Webinar

Here's MIT Sloan School's Webinar information:

MIT Sloan日本人在校生によるWebinar Q&A Session 12/10開催

MIT Sloanの日本人在校生によるWebinarを以下の通り、開催致します。

MIT Sloanに2nd Roundでアプライすることを検討されている方は、Essayを書き進めるにあたり、気になることが出てきているのではないか思います。本Webinarは、MIT Sloanに関する理解を深めていただけるよい機会となると思いますので、ご興味がある方はぜひご参加下さい。



MIT Sloanに関する全体的な説明は、Webinarでは行いません。2016年6月12日に行いました学校説明会のプレゼンテーション(30分程度)を以下URLの通り、Youtubeにて公開しておりますので、参加されていない方はそちらをご覧ください。また、1st Round向けに行ったWebinarの動画(2時間程度)も公開しておりますので、必須ではありませんが、そちらもご覧いただけますと、よりMIT Sloanに関する理解が深まるかと思います。



Chicago Booth Live Chat

A former student who is studying at the University of Chicago asked me to share the link to the Chicago Booth Japan Club's Live Chat event. Check it out!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

January 2017 TOEFL speaking schedule

Here's the schedule for TOEFL speaking classes in January 2017:

As you can see, there are seven classes per week, and four weeks per class month.

Orientation will be 6-10 p.m. on January 7, and attendance is required for all new students.

There are two TOEFL tests that conflict with classes: January 14 and 22. Students who miss a morning class because of TOEFL can attend a makeup class in the afternoon on 2/11 or 2/12 (I'll decide later).

You can find more information about prices and policies on the homepage.

Monday, October 3, 2016

HBS Global Networking Night

 A former student asked me to share the information on HBS's Global Networking Night. Enjoy!


On a single night, in locations around the world, HBS alumni will gather for an evening of socializing and networking in relaxed and fun settings.

We will be hosting the 2016 HBS Global Networking Night in Tokyo following the huge success last year. The event will be held in a casual "Happy Hour" format. See old friends. Make new connections across generations of HBSers. Experience the power of the HBSnetwork.

We will also welcome those that are currently interested in applying to HBS. This will be the perfect opportunity to hear about life before, during, and after HBS firsthand hand from various HBS alums.

If you can join the event, please register through official event page! (

October 19th (Wed) 7:00PM-10:00PM

Brewdog Roppongi

- Food charge: 2,000yen
- Cash on delivery for drinks

- Please register through official event page:

HBS Club of Japan

Friday, August 26, 2016

Fall schedule

The fall TOEFL speaking schedule has changed:

Orientation for October classes will be 6-10 p.m. on September 24

Orientation for November classes will be 6-10 p.m. on October 29.

There are seven classes per week:

Monday: 7-10 p.m.
Tuesday: 7-10 p.m.
Wednesday: 7-10 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00-13:00 and 3-6 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00-13:00 and 3-6 p.m.

There are three TOEFL tests during October: 10/15, 16, and 22. Students who miss a weekend morning class because of TOEFL can attend a makeup class from 15:00-18:00 on 10/30.

There are five TOEFL tests during November: 11/5, 12, 13, 19, and 26. Students who miss a weekend morning class because of TOEFL can attend a makeup class from 15:00-18:00 on 11/3 (文化の日).

Monday, July 11, 2016

Independent Writing

As I've explained on the homepage, templates are not a good idea for writing (or speaking). On this past weekend's test, after the independent writing question, the directions said something like:
"Answer the question and do not reproduce an answer you have memorized. "
The Official Guide says the same thing. You've been warned!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Tuck Information Session

A former student who just finished Tuck asked me to share the link to their informal Tokyo Information Session.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Aug-September 2016 Class Schedule

Orientation will be 18:00-22:00 on Saturday, August 20, and attendance is required for all new students.

There are seven classes per week:

Monday: 7-10 p.m.
Tuesday: 7-10 p.m.
Wednesday: 7-10 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00-13:00 and 3-6 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00-13:00 and 3-6 p.m.

There are three TOEFL tests during this month: August 27, September 10, and September 11. Students who miss class because of TOEFL can attend a makeup class from 10:00-13:00 on September 25 (but availability is limited, so tell me soon if you have a schedule conflict).

Monday, March 14, 2016


We did a few months of IELTS speaking classes earlier this year, but we're discontinuing it for now. Here's what we found:

  1. Student levels in the IELTS class were quite a bit lower than levels in the TOEFL speaking classes. I think lower-level students self-select IELTS, thinking it will be easier.
  2. IELTS reading and listening sections seem easier than TOEFL; TOEFL speaking and writing sections seem easier than IELTS.
  3. We think that in the long-run, it's better to take TOEFL than IELTS. While TOEFL reading might be more difficult, it also prepares you for GMAT reading better than IELTS does. While TOEFL listening may be more difficult, it prepares you for studying in an English-language classroom better than IELTS does.
  4. We also think that universities are becoming aware that IELTS scores seem inflated. MIT Sloan Fellows recently told one of our applicants that he needed TOEFL 100 or IELTS 7.5 (rather than 7.0).
At any rate, our TOEFL speaking classes are typically at full capacity until October or November. If this year follows the same pattern as previous years, we can run an IELTS class next fall, but for now, we're going to focus on TOEFL.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Chicago Booth Unofficial Coffee Chat

One of my former students who is a first MBA student at Chicago Booth asked me to pass along this information on their Coffee Chat:

Chicago Booth Unofficial Coffee Chat

Date: 3/27 (Sun)
Time: TBD (based on aggregated preference of participants)
Location: TBD (Tokyo central area)

Three first year students will join the event to share experiences and advices in application, classes, school activities, recruiting, and Chicago life.

Please fill out the format below if you are interested in.

We hope everyone  interested in MBA apply for this chat event. Especially, we would like prospective students who are currently not interested in Booth to join the event as typically their impression in Booth came from misunderstanding the school.

As soon as we fix the location based on demand, we will inform the participants via emails registered in the form. However, please note that we would limit the number of attendees if it is too big to handle. In the case of excess demand, we will invite people first come first serve base.

Appreciate if you can also take a look at our new website.

Chicago Booth Japan Club Leaders

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Younger TOEFL test-takers

Since I started E4TG in 2007, I have never accepted many high school or college students. However, a high school graduate with good fluency and fair intonation applied in December 2015, and I invited them to join TOEFL speaking classes in January. It went well, so we will start to accept high school graduates who already have high-intermediate or better English speaking skills.

Here is the testimonial:


Saturday, October 3, 2015

MBA Interview Seminar

John Couke and Adam Markus are hosting an MBA Interview Workshop at E4TG in the afternoon of October 11. John was director of admissions consulting at AGOS, and Adam was director of admissions consulting at The Princeton Review Japan. You will not find better interview counselors in Japan. There are a few seats left. 

Please contact John directly to register!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tuck Informal Session

The Amos Tuck Informal Information Session is coming up on July 11. Here's my former student's blog post with the information on it.