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10 More TOEFl Preparation Tips
More than any section of the TOEFL exam, the listening part requires practice, tactics and a clear head!
The TOEFL listening test contains 6 parts and 34 questions. There will be 5 to 6 questions on each part of the listening test.
You can expect two conversations, two lectures, and two discussions on academic topics.
Here are some tips to prepare you for the test.
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1. Listen To Different Accents
A great way to prepare for TOEFL listening exam is to familiarize your ear with as many accents as possible. The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) for standard English accents and New York Times for standard American accents are great websites to start.
2. Learn To Differenciate Emotions
When we are sad, happy, excited or nervous we use different vocabulary and expressions. Try to familiarize yourself with how native English speakers express their various emotions.
3. Develop Your Knowledge of Connector Words and Idiomatic Expressions
Connector words (e.g. so, actually, therefore) are often used in spoken English as are idiomatic expressions (like a fish out of water, go off the deep end etc). Try to build up a collection of these on a wide a range of topics as possible.
4. Learn How To Take Notes Effectively
Take old TOEFL tests and also listen to news reports and use them to learn to pick out the key information like who is talking to whom, where, when etc.
5. Get On Top Of Numbers
Make yourself listen to native English speakers saying numbers and write them down. Years like 1890 and 1960 can be tricky for even the best English students as well as high digit numbers like 23,678 and 345,009. However, these can be practiced beforehand.
6. Get to Know Placenames
Would you know how to write Leicester (England) or Wisconsin (US) if you heard them? Have a look at maps of Anglophone countries and familiarize yourself with important towns and cities.
7. Identify How Ideas Are Developed
How are ideas developed? This generally happens in a cause/effect (as a result, therefore, consequently) and comparisons/contrasts (as, like/but, on the other hand) relationship. Try and find examples of this in written texts and familiarize yourself with the words used.
8. Try Not to Anticipate What The Speaker Will Say
It’s a good idea not to try to anticipate what the speaker will say next. There might be a twist in the tale and you could be wrong. Await the information before answering questions.
9. Stay Focused
Don’t drift during the listening section. You are likely to miss important information. Try and find a strategy to help you stay focused. Taking notes in the margins helps.
10. Turn Off Subtitles
Even in your down-time, you can still prepare for the TOEFL listening exam. When you are watching your favorite US or British television shows turn off the subtitles to test your comprehension. Close your eyes if that helps you understand it better!
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