Tips to crack Speaking TOEFL test
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TOEFL is test of English as foreign Language. TOEFL test is designed by ETS. TOEFL scores are accepted by universities all around the world. TOEFL test measures reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. TOEFL ibt is a multi stage adaptive test.
TOEFL ibt test format:
The TOEFL test duration is 3hrs.
The TOEFL iBT Speaking section measures your ability to speak English effectively in academic settings. The four questions/tasks resemble real-life situations you might encounter both in and outside of a classroom.
Question 1: Independent Speaking Task — requires you to draw entirely on your own ideas, opinions and experiences when you respond.
Questions 2–4: Integrated Speaking Tasks — require you to combine your English-language skills — listening and speaking, or listening, reading and speaking — just as you would in or out of a classroom.
Prep time: You'll get 15–30 seconds of preparation time before each response, and your response will be 45 or 60 seconds long.
Speaking response: To respond, you'll speak into the microphone and your responses will be recorded.
Test time: You have 17 minutes to complete the Speaking section.
Scoring: Speaking tasks are scored based on the combination of AI scoring and certified human raters. Raw scores are converted to a scaled section score of 0–30.
Challenges during TOEFL exam:
- The response time is very less so the student has to be spontaneous.
- The test is on the computer, some students are not comfortable using microphone and computer.
- The tasks are integrated so the student has to multitask listen, read speak and write at the same time.
- High vocabulary
- Insufficient Time
Tips to crack TOEFL exam:
Know the format of the test: It is imperative to understand the test format. It also important to know how it is graded. The test checks for grammar, pronunciation, fluency, pacing, organization of thoughts and vocabulary. Once a student knows what the exam tests he can concentrate on the required skills.
Practice: Most of the students think that TOEFL is an easy exam and do not practice. This results in bad TOEFL scores. A student has to take maximum full length tests to get familiar with the test and be able to sit through the complete test.
Record your voice: Record your voice and check for mistakes. Work on the drawbacks. A tutor would be a best person to give feedback on your test.
Improve Vocabulary: Learn important phrases, idioms and words to score more on the test. Read regularly to get into habit of reading.
Join a group: A motivating factor is important to study. A student can join a group or class of students who are preparing for TOEFL.
Use a timer: TOEFL is a timed test .Time management is an important part of the test. So it is a good idea to practice with a timer to get the feel of the test.
Get comfortable with background noise: There might be background noise in the test center. So be comfortable with noises in background. A student can practice with noise of music or tv in the background.
Use abbreviations: As TOEFL is a timed test, make use of abbreviations while making notes during the integrated tasks.
Do not panic: Do not panic if you do not have time as you will end up making more mistakes.