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  • 10 Preparation Tips for the TOEFL Oral Exam

    The TOEFL oral exam contains 6 tasks and lasts 20 minutes.

    These tasks are either independent or integrated. Independent tasks demand descriptions and references to experiences and opinions while integrated tasks involve reading a passage and listening to a recording and then talking about them afterwards.

    Here are some tips to help your preparation for the TOEFL

    1. Start With What Interests You

    Do you love traveling? Are you a music buff? Then start off by learning how to talk about these topics. When you talk about what interests you, the language generally flows.

    2. Brush Up On Current Affairs

    What are the main issues affecting the world today? It’s a good idea to have knowledge and an opinion about what’s going on in the world around you. This could be one of the topics of conversation in your TOEFL speaking exam.

    3. Learn Idiomatic Expressions and Proverbs

    It’s very impressive when an English student is familiar with idiomatic expressions and proverbs. Just make sure you know how and when to use them properly!

    4. Have a Strong Collection of Adjectives

    One of the best signs of fluency in an English student is when he/she uses a variety of adjectives. Rather than saying we had a nice time and a nice lunch at the fair, you can say we had a wonderful time and a delicious lunch at the fair. This better expresses how much you enjoyed the event and also shows a greater command of English.

    5. Learn How to Introduce New Ideas

    There is a wide range of connector words to express a change or development of ideas. These include on the other hand, however, conversely. A rich collection of these is also helpful for the exam.

    6. Answer The Question Asked

    It is very important you answer the question asked. Listen carefully because the words you need to answer are contained in the questions. If you are asked did she? you will need she did/she didn’t. If you are asked would you, you will need I would or I wouldn’t.

    7. Brush Up On Your Tenses

    For your oral exam you will need to prepare past, present, future and conditional tenses. Again, pay attention to the questions and identity the right tense to use before you answer each question.

    8. Don’t Learn Off Reams Of Text

    It might be tempting to learn entire passages by memory but don’t do it, you might end up answering questions you are not asked! It is also very obvious to examiners when students do this.

    9. Speak Clearly

    It might be difficult if you are a soft-spoken person by nature but try to say your answers as clearly and assertively as possible. You want the software to register your answers!

    10. Speak With Native Speakers

    The best way to prepare for your TOEFL English exam is to converse with native speakers. If you don’t have friend or willing colleagues who fall into that category we’d be happy to help!

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