Friday, June 15, 2007

//Opinion// In response to TOEFL question

If you're planning to take the TOEFL, better for the TOEFL iBT because it already integrates all the test parts--reading, writing, speaking and writing.

In the reading part, you'll be reading a couple of passages and then answering questions about them. It's the same for listening, where you'll listen to a talk, or a classroom discussion, or a conversation between two people, and then answering questions. I think, though I'm not sure, you'll get about 60 minutes for each of these parts.

The speaking part gets a bit tricky because you'll listen to a lecture or a conversation and then you'll be asked to summarize and give your opinion. Here, you will also be asked about your thoughts on everyday things like, "Describe how birthdays are celebrated in your country" and things like that.

The same format is followed in the writing part, except of course, you'll be using a computer to write down your answers. Typically you'll need to write 200-300 word essays. An example of a possible topic is, "Which world leader do you admire most and why?".

More information about the TOEFL can be found on www.ets.org.
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Good luck!

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Would just like to ask format of Toefl exam. I took it last year, unfortunately I failed. Is it the same this time where you will write an essay or you need to type it directly to the computer? Is it ok if I ask for the different parts so that I could compare it to what I had last year. Thanks very much

Geoff said...

If you're planning to take the TOEFL, better for the TOEFL iBT because it already integrates all the test parts--reading, writing, speaking and writing.

In the reading part, you'll be reading a couple of passages and then answering questions about them. It's the same for listening, where you'll listen to a talk, or a classroom discussion, or a conversation between two people, and then answering questions. I think, though I'm not sure, you'll get about 60 minutes for each of these parts.

The speaking part gets a bit tricky because you'll listen to a lecture or a conversation and then you'll be asked to summarize and give your opinion. Here, you will also be asked about your thoughts on everyday things like, "Describe how birthdays are celebrated in your country" and things like that.

The same format is followed in the writing part, except of course, you'll be using a computer to write down your answers. Typically you'll need to write 200-300 word essays. An example of a possible topic is, "Which world leader do you admire most and why?".

More information about the TOEFL can be found on www.ets.org.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Thank you po.

Anonymous said...

1. do you have any book that you can recommend to read about toefl?

2. is it true that toeflibt is harder than ielts?

3. is it true that if MERIT BASED SYSTEM pushed through, you need to take TOEFLiBt instead of IELTS to earn additonal points?


thank you so very much....

God bless...

Geoff said...

When I took TOEFL iBT, I used the ETS official guide and Barron's. They were very helpful. The ETS book will give you insight on how the test is administered and what exactly will be asked of you. Barron's will hone your testing skills further. Give yourself at least two months to study and make sure you accomplish the same exams. In the speaking part, time yourself and record your answers. Ask a friend to give you feedback. It'll help you a lot.

I'll post some additional TOEFL iBT tips later on.

Toefl Tiger said...

Dear Geoff,
Awesome blog! I'm an iBT TOEFL teacher and I thought your readers might find my blog and podcast useful if they want free tips on how to succeed on the test. I've helped many students, including some Filipino nurses, achieve their desired score (including the 26 on the speaking)!
If you want to check it out, please check out www.toefltiger.com.
Thank you!

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