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Tips & Strategies on TOEFL iBT Speaking Section

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January 2017

The Test of English as a Foreign Language is a standardized English proficiency test that assesses English Language skills in the areas of Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking. Candidates who wish to pursue further studies at an undergraduate or graduate level are required to take the TOEFL to demonstrate their English proficiency. Like the other sections on the TOEFL ibt, the speaking section is delivered via computer

In the Speaking section, you will be asked to speak to on a variety of topics that draw on personal experience, campus based situations and academic material. The speaking section of the TOEFL takes approximately 20 minutes. You will be asked a total of 6 speaking tasks. The first two independent tasks will require you to draw upon your own ideas, thoughts and experiences while responding. The other four integrated tasks will assess you on how well you base your spoken response on the listening passage or on both the listening and reading passage. Response time for each question will range from 45 to 60 seconds. You will be evaluated on delivery, language use and topic development. Familiarising yourself with the instructions before you take the test, will help you prepare for the test.

Here's how you can improve on your Speaking:

  • Understand the structure of the speaking section
  • Begin speaking at an even pace and avoid frequent pauses.
  • Note taking is a must on this section. Do not try to write down everything that you hear. You will end up missing out on important information. Since you will be rated on your ability to speak, ensure that you use your preparation time to go over your notes and organize your ideas.
  • Avoid using words that are difficult to pronounce
  • Time management is another important factor on this section. Ensure that you are able to complete your response within the given time period
  • Listen to how the speaker stresses on certain words. Being able to hear and recognize this pattern will help you identify important information
  • Ensure that your ideas are clearly connected to one another. Use transition words to relate parts of your speech together

Tips for the Test Day

  • Food or drinks will not be allowed inside the testing room, be sure to eat something before you give the exam
  • Avoid whispering when giving your response, raters should be able to understand what you are saying
  • Do not begin speaking until you are told to do so.
  • Listen to the instructions carefully so you know what you have to do

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  • 30 hours of intensive and comprehensive training
  • Barron's TOEFL, a standard book for TOEFL issued as courseware
  • Faculty trained by ETS
  • Maximum 10-15 students per batch, thus making sessions personalized
  • Teaching pedagogy involves a strong focus on enhancing the performance in all facets of the test Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing
  • Guiding students with approach towards different question types, and providing sufficient practice in all areas of the test
  • Qualified,experienced and trained faculties
  • 5 full-length mock tests
  • Well stocked library
  • Facility of home issuance of book
  • Availability of weekdays (Tuesday- Friday, 2 hours per day) and Weekend Batches (Saturday- Sunday, 4 hours per day) under regular mode
  • Availability of Fast Track Mode (Tuesday- Sunday, 4 hours per day) for people who want to complete the course at the earliest
  • Facility of shifting to any branch throughout India

What Edwise Students studying TOEFL says.?

"It was important that I was well versed with the actual pattern and duration of the test. Edwise provided me with the experience on how a real test would be conducted. The guidelines and suggestions provided by my faculty helped me, and I improved with each class. By the end of my course, I was more than confident to give the test."
Sagar Kadam- TOEFL Coaching

"My experience with Edwise was amazing. The trainers were really helpful and supportive. The tips given by my faculty helped me in Speaking and Writing, which were my weaker sections. I learnt how important it is to pace oneself when giving an exam like TOEFL."
Ritika Nayak- TOEFL Coaching

"Edwise is unique, because up until now, I have been groomed to study in a group. But here at Edwise, the faculties help us improve by giving us personalised attention. The input and advice given by the faculty surely helps us learn better and efficiently. "
Rohit Taparia- TOEFL Coaching

"Edwise has been my guide, counselor and pillar of support throughout my TOEFL preparation. The techniques taught helped me score well. It's not just the techniques that make it all worth it. It's the encouragement given by the faculties and their desire and drive to help you at all times that adds to the value of the program."
Scarlet Dias- TOEFL Coaching

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