Tips for the TOEFL® exam
- The TOEFL exam takes several hours to complete. Be prepared!
- Read the instructions and questions carefully before you listen.
- Note taking is allowed. You should practice this.
- Remember, one lecture is spoken with a British or Australian accent
- Try to get an idea of the situation. Who are the speakers? Where are they? Why are they speaking?
- In some questions a portion of the lecture or conversation is replayed so you don't need to rely on memory of what was said.
- Listen for 'signpost words' such as however, although and finally. They help you to anticipate what the speaker will say.
- For some questions you will need to understand the speaker's attitude. Listen to voice tones and other cues to determine how the speakers feel about the topic.
- Remember, you will be reading academic texts, so learn academic vocabulary
- Skim through each text to try to get a basic understanding of it. What is the text about? Who was it written for?
- Carefully read the title and any sub-headings.
- What is the main point of each paragraph? Each paragraph contains a single main idea. The questions will focus on these main ideas.
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