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Secrets for the Listening section

When you are practising for the listening sections, don't play the tape or CD more than once. On the real test you will only hear everything once. You have to train your ears to listen fully the first time. During the real exam, don't look back at a listening question after you have decided on an answer. You cannot change it. The clock will not start running until you start the answers. Learn to listen for main ideas, presentation (compare/contrast etc.), and key details. Share your own secrets for TOEFL listening section here. 12. Secrets for the Speaking section

It is okay to hesitate for a moment or two when it is time to respond. However, it is best to fill as much of the time as possible with your response. If you have a few extra seconds you can sum things up in a short conclusion. You will lose marks for poor pronunciation, so don't try to use big words that you can't say properly. You will also lose marks for improper use of vocabulary and idioms. Make sure you know how to use an expression properly before you try to use it on the exam. Share your own secrets for the TOEFL Speaking section here. 13. Secrets for the Writing section

Don't forget that you will have to make connections in the first part of the Writing section. Memorize phrases from practice tests that show you how to do this. The most important thing is to keep your writing simple and clear. You will not have access to a spell check function. Don't use vocabulary and punctuation that you are unsure of. Spend some time planning your essay before you write it. Your outline will save you time in the long run. When you practise for the essay, find a format that you are comfortable with. Use this format every time. For example, your thesis might always be in the third sentence of your introduction. You might always end your conclusion with a question. Make sure to use lots of examples to support your essay. Transitional words and phrases will make your writing easier to read. Memorize a list of these and practise typing them. Always leave time to review what you have written. Read your essay silently in your head as you check it. Share your own secrets for the TOEFL Writing section here.

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What is your favorite freetime activity? Use reasons and details to support your answer. What is your favorite book? Use reasons and details to support your answer. What is your favorite style of music? Use reasons and details to support your answer.

How was your pace? Did you speak for the whole 45 seconds? Were there many pauses? Did you speak too quickly or too slowly? How was your pronunciation? Is it difficult for others to understand you? Have a tutor or teacher help you improve your pronunciation. listening. Why do you include grammar? Good question. There are many ways to improve your language skills. TOEFL Tip:Search for a listening passage that discusses a similar topic as a reading passage you find to practice the speaking and writing integrated questions. writing. rhythm. speaking. with the main points longer than either the introduction or the conclusion? What grammar mistakes did I make? How could I correct them? Get someone who knows English well to help you find your grammar errors. These are just a few examples of the types of questions you may run across in the speaking section of the iBT TOEFL. When .       General language skills These skills are reading. Then go back and listen to your recording. you will not get the scores you are trying to get. Grammar is tested on the iBT TOEFL based on how well you communicate in speaking and writing. For example.    Test-taking strategies These are the strategies you use to best approach the questions on the iBT TOEFL. however. There are numerous websites you can go to for listening and reading practice. should you first read the whole reading passage and then answer the questions about it or just begin answering questions? TOEFL Tip: A strategy many students use is to simply begin answering the reading questions without reading the passage since we know that the questions follow the order of the reading passage. The most important thing to remember. and conclusion? Is it prioritized well.   What is your favorite movie or movie genre? Use reasons and details to support your answer. Try to record yourself speaking. is to use English every day. (Stay tuned for an explanation of the difference between a grammatical mistake and an error.) Where were my words unclear? What words could I use instead? Ask someone who is more experienced with English to help you choose the best vocabulary to express your ideas. where would you choose to go? Use reasons and details to support your answer. andgrammar. Wait a minute? The TOEFL doesn’t test grammar any more. You have 15 seconds to prepare an answer and 45 seconds to talk. Without complex grammar and sophisticated vocabulary. If you could visit any place in the world for just 24 hours.       Did I have a short introduction in which I gave a little background information and answered the question? Did I have two–three main points to support the answer in #1? Did I give two-three details or explanations to support each main point? Did I finish with a short conclusion or concluding comment? How much time did I spend on each—introduction. Who has been your favorite teacher so far in your life? Use reasons and details to support your answer. in the Reading section. Ask yourself the following questions. and intonation. body.

Teachers can use the TOEFL iBT Speaking Scoring Guide to evaluate your practice. you have 20 minutes to answer 11-13 questions. try starting your own club and invite native speakers you know to join. Use the outline to summarize the information orally. music.  Read a short article (100–200 words). you will need to pay attention to the clock on the screen or your own watch (Don’t use your cell phone for a timer!). In some countries. TOEFL iBT Speaking tips The best way to practice is speaking with native speakers of English as much as possible. and ask yourself questions such as:  Did I complete the task?  Did I speak clearly?  Did I make grammatical errors?  Did I use words correctly?  Did I organize my ideas clearly and appropriately?  Did I use the time effectively?  Did I speak too fast? Or too slowly?  Did I pause too often?  Monitor your own progress by keeping an audio journal of your speaking practice. students find they can answer the questions well even if they don’t ever fully understand the whole reading passage. so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to complete it. TOEFL Tip:: Be sure you leave enough time for the last question on each reading passage. travel and so on. and then orally synthesize by combining the information from the reading and listening materials and explain how they relate. finding native speakers of English to speak with can be quite challenging. That is approximately 1 ½ minutes for each question.    Time management In order to finish all the questions in the time given.) Take notes or create outlines on the listening and reading material and do the following:  Orally summarize the information in both. Here are a few suggestions for ways to build your speaking skills:  Practice stating an opinion or preference within a 1-minute time limit.they use this strategy.  Record yourself as you practice. the 1st section of the iBT TOEFL. tutors or teachers. but you should 3-4 questions in each 5 minute period. Another way you can practice speaking is to join a club that involves speaking in English about movies. You can also ask for feedback from friends. and make an outline that only includes the major points of the article. too. Some questions will obviously take less time. If no such club exists in your area. . It is worth more points.  State an opinion about the ideas and information presented in the reading and listening material. The material can provide similar or different views. Check the clock regularly to make sure you are staying on pace. (The Internet and the library are good places to find information.  Find listening and reading material on the same topic. For those not living in English-speaking countries. there are English-speaking tutors or assistants who can help students with their conversation and overall communication skills. In the reading section.

You are given 20 seconds to prepare. The first two are independent tasks in which you are asked questions based on your personal knowledge and experience.TOEFL iBT Speaking The Speaking section of the TOEFL iBT is about 20 minutes long and measures your ability to express yourself orally in English about a variety of topics.   . you have a short reading passage. which are divided in the following way: In the first two. you have 30 seconds to prepare. An example of an independent task is "What event in your life made you very happy?" You are given the topic. but you don't have much time to write.Your preparation time is really in all your life up to that point. and then you have to speak. of two different kinds: independent andintegrated. There are six tasks in this section. you listen to a conversation or lecture and then speak in response to a question about it. The next four are integrated speaking tasks. The 30 seconds given during the Listening section of the TOEFL is just to organize your thoughts. You can take notes on paper. and 60 seconds to speak. then a listening. not to actually think. You are given 30 seconds to prepare and 60 seconds to speak. In the last two. and 45 seconds to speak.

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