TOEFL: Accuracy vs Speed

ACCURACY vs SPEED IN TOEFL PREP. HOW TO HAVE IT BOTH WAYS.

TOEFL assesses the ability of students to speak and understand English by testing their reading, listening, writing and speaking techniques. Speed and accuracy are essential traits recommended for a great score in the test.

Let’s discuss some approaches that will help speed up your rate of comprehension while maintaining the pace to get test tasks done on time in all four areas:

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How do you Approach TOEFL Prep?

THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO APPROACH YOUR TOEFL PREP

1. Do nothing. Walk into the exam room and just “roll with it”. If your English is pretty good, you might actually be surprised at the result, especially if you have some prior experience with standardized exams.

Downside: potential waste of time (4 hours) and money ($200). Strategy: take no TOEFL prep course.

2. Do everything. This might sound good on the surface: “I’m doing everything I can to get a high TOEFL score!” That type of motivation should be commended. This approach involves trying to consume as much information as possible about the test, and practicing hard.

Downside: if you are buying multiple resources, this could get expensive, but most importantly, it could be overwhelming.

3. Do one thing. One thing – like taking a highly structured course – suits some learners who appreciate optimizing their time and resources.

Downside: by limiting yourself to one program, you rely on one point of view and one set of advice.

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TOEFL Test Designers Have a Secret

BREAKTHROUGH YOUR LISTENING PROBLEMS

A great way to understand TOEFL Listening conversations, like anything complex, is to break it down into smaller parts. And we can do that with TOEFL conversations. In fact, it’s a thing – it’s called ‘discourse analysis’. 

That’s when interactions between people can be analyzed. We can do some analysis of our own here with TOEFL conversations. That’s because, even though these interactions try to appear genuine, of course they’re not, right?

Here’s a secret: TOEFL “conversations” are actually scripted by test designers at ETS and performed by voice actors.

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