Listening TOEFL Test

What does the Listening Section of TOEFL Test and How?

TOEFL is a standardised test to measure the competence of an individual in the English language. It is an internationally recognised test that is undertaken worldwide. The official website for the test is www.ets.org. The test measures the ability of an individual in four areas of English.





TOEFL Test Sections are:

  1. Listening
  2. Reading
  3. Writing
  4. Speaking

Among these, the Listening TOEFL test aims to measure the skills of an individual in comprehending the English language through listening to someone speak in it. The Listening section ascertains if the listener can understand and complete a conversation in a coherent and legible manner or not. The test also tries to assess the ability of the listener to add to the matter he/she is listening to, using his/her skills in the language.

The Various Aspects of the Listening Section of TOEFL:

  • Listening TOEFL test consists of audio-visuals that are followed by questions.

  • There are around 4-6 lecture based audios and around 2-3 conversation based audios that are played during the test.

  • All the audio-visuals demonstrate the speakers.

  • The subject matter in all the audios pertains to academic topics or, is based in an academic set-up like schools or colleges.

  • The people involved in the conversation are mostly students or professors. Other people may or may not be present.

  • The discussions in the audio samples lead to those questions that categorically assess if the candidates have the ability to understand academically used English or not.

  • The questions that follow the audio-visuals range from multiple-choice questions to illustrative questions. In the illustrative questions, the candidate is expected to relate two arguments in a tabulated chart. Some questions may also be descriptive.

  • There are two kinds of multiple-choice questions in Listening TOEFL test. In the first kind, the candidates have to choose only one right answer and in the second kind, there can be two right answers and the candidates have to select both of them to make the answer complete.

  • As university requirements change, the section is subject to revisions by ETS and to get the latest information about the Listening TOEFL test section, candidates should visit the link http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/pdf/TOEFL_Tips.pdf.

How to tackle the Listening test:

  • Every candidate can and should, take notes while listening TOEFL test audio visuals.

  • Remember to take short notes since you will eat up on the listening time if you spend too much time writing.

  • Do not ignore the softer aspects of the audios like the place where the lecture or conversation is occurring, the moods of the speakers, the moods of the listeners, the way the sentences are constructed and the way in which they are delivered etc.

  • Try and speak-out the sentences from your notes, which have been said in the audio visuals. This will give you a better perspective while answering a question about them. Remember that you should not be louder than a whisper.

  • Try and answer all the questions given in the Listening TOEFL test because no marks are deducted for wrong answers.

  • Follow the tips and techniques given in the website www.ets.org which are designed to help you take the test.

Scoring for the Listening TOEFL test:

The Reading and Listening TOEFL test scores are computerised but they are not provided on-site. The total of all the correct answers is calculated and then expressed in the range of 0-30. A score in the range 22-30 is a High score. A score in the range of 15-21 is an Intermediate score. A score in the range of 0-14 is a Low score. No marks are deducted for wrong answers.

The Importance of the Listening Test of TOEFL

Most of the audio-visuals in the listening TOEFL test are heard only once by the candidates; therefore, the listening test is a very important section of TOEFL. Candidates get only one shot to get the questions right and that makes the Listening section a very crucial step, to ace TOEFL.




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