Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The TOEFL Listening Test

Note taking is one of the skills that we need to develop in the English language. Note taking actually happens everywhere. For example, we have college students who write down what their professors discuss in class. Most professors in universities do not use the board in teaching. They are more on discussions without any visual materials. Another evidence of note taking is when writers or reports conduct an interview. Most of them write what the interviewee tells them. Hence, the skill of note taking is very essential and helpful in our daily lives. This skill is also very important in taking the TOEFL listening examination. 

The Test of English as a Foreign Language Listening test covers academic lectures. There are about four to six recorded lectures. Each lecture will have six questions. Additionally, there will be two to three recorded conversations with five questions each included in the listening test. The listening section takes about an hour to finish.

The test measures the candidate’s ability to obtain information from a listening task such as the main idea, key pints, purpose, and other important facts and details. It will also check the skill of the candidate to make inferences and recognize implied information in the lectures and conversations.

During the listening test, some pictures on the screen will be seen. This will give the candidates an idea of the setting and the role of the people speaking. Questions will be shown first before the choices. Sometimes, a part of the conversation or lecture is repeated as part of the question. Note taking is allowed and this skill should be improved and developed prior to taking the examination.

There are different types of questions in the listening test. These are:
  • Attitude or purpose
  • Inferences
  • Predictions
  • Categorizing
  • Summarizing
  • Looking for the main idea
  • Chart questions
  • Paraphrasing

How to get a good score for the TOEFL listening? Simply follow these tips!

  • Increase vocabulary. Having wide vocabulary makes understanding difficult words easier.
  • Anticipate what the person in the conversation or lecture is going to talk about.
  • In note taking, do not write sentences. Write in words and phrases. Be sure to write them clearly and orderly for you to find the information you need when the questions are shown.
  • Listen to audio lectures online. These will give you an idea how to get important details once listening to a TOEFL audio recording.
Finally, to be able to practice and be more familiar with the exam, participate in TOEFL review classes in TOEFL review centers. They have designed programs that will make candidates confident with their listening skills for the TOEFL test.

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