The TOEFL Listening section is an area you can score some good easy points. Take a look at the main information and tips to help you get the best score you can!
- The listening section lasts for around 60-90 minutes
- There are 5/6 listening sections, each with around 5/6 questions
- The first 2 sections contain conversations in a university setting lasting 3 minutes.
- The last 3/4 sections are lectures that last 3-5 minutes.
- The listening cover a variety of subjects.
- After each audio, there is a set of questions asking about the information in the audio.
- You have 20 minutes in which to answer questions.
- Most of the questions following the lectures and conversations are multiple choice questions with four choices and a single correct answer.
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No Reading! – Don’t read transcripts or passages when doing listening practise, you need to develop your listening skills, so only read once the tests are complete.
Notes – learn to take notes while listening, practise taking down key information.
- gist – content – “What is the topic of the discussion?”
- gist – purpose – “Why does the professor mention…?”
- detail – “What is stated in the passage about…”
- understanding the speaker’s attitude – “What is the professor’s opinion of…?”
- understanding the function – “Why does the professor say this…”
- making inferences – “What does the speaker imply about..?”
- understanding organization – “How does the professor organize the information about…”
Structure – Listen to different TOEFL examples and understand the different structures:
- First, a problem is presented by the student.
- Next, the campus worker offers a solution.
- Lastly, the student or campus worker typically describes the steps needed to take to solve the problem.
- Cause and Effect
- Historical Narrative
- Problem and Solution
- Sequence of Steps
- Compare and Contrast
- Category with Specific Examples
Vocabulary – Words are less important in the listening, rather than practising to understand the general ideas and gathering details.
2nd speaker – During the short conversations between two people, the answer is often (but not always!) said by the second speaker.
Agreement – Learn about the different ways people show agreement or disagreement in a conversation.
Guess – Not sure, just Guess!