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TOEFL iBT Note-Taking Strategies

TOEFL iBT Note-Taking Strategies

When you sit for the TOEFL iBT test, you will be allowed to take notes in the Listening, Speaking and Writing sections. Effective note-taking is essential for TOEFL as you will receive a lot of information and it would be impossible to remember all of it. Good notes will facilitate your responses and directly affect your TOEFL iBT score. Why should you develop the skill of note-taking? • It keeps you focused; • It helps you remember information; • It helps you answer the questions and organize your spoken or written responses.

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TOEFL iBT Integrated essay

TOEFL iBT Integrated essay

In this part of the writing section you will first have three minutes to read an extract from an academic text, then you will listen to a lecture on the same topic. Afterwards, you will have 20 minutes to write the integrated essay where you will be asked to summarize the points from the listening and relate them to the information in the reading. An effective integrated essay should be 150-225 words long.

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TOEFL iBT Speaking Tips

TOEFL iBT Speaking Tips

The Speaking section in TOEFL® iBT comes right after the 10-minute break. It measures the test taker’s ability to communicate in English orally. The six tasks in the Speaking section are divided into two types – independent speaking tasks (2 tasks) and integrated speaking tasks (4 tasks). Systematically improve your pronunciation. You should pay attention to the words’ stresses, intonation patterns and pauses. You should sound as naturally as possible.

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TOEFL iBT Independent essay

TOEFL iBT Independent essay

In this part of the writing section you will be asked to present your opinion on a certain topic. You will have 30 minutes to write your essay. An effective independent essay should be about 300 words long. You can write fewer words as long as your ideas are well-developed and fully support your opinion on the topic. You can also write more than 300 words, but the response should be to the topic, as the quality of your writing is what is important, not the amount.

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TOEFL iBT Writing Tips

TOEFL iBT Writing Tips

The last component in TOEFL iBT is the Writing section. It measures you ability to write in standard academic English. There are two tasks in TOEFL iBT Writing section – Independent Writing task and Integrated Writing task. Within the Independent Writing task students are asked to write an essay on a given general question. Within the Integrated Writing task the students are asked to demonstrate that they have understood material coming from different sources (reading and listening), that they can combine the information from those sources in a coherent, well organized, summarized written form, and that they may compare the information from those sources and draw conclusions from them.

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TOEFL iBT Paraphrasing

TOEFL iBT Paraphrasing

What is paraphrasing? When you paraphrase you actually explain or present the information from a certain source in your own words or in a more coherent way. Generally, we can say that a paraphrase is more detailed than a summary, but it also presents and accents on the main ideas of a certain source material. Why do you need paraphrasing? The ability to paraphrase will be an asset for the Integrated Speaking and Writing sections of the TOEFL iBT test. It will also help you remember and comprehend the main ideas from the texts and lectures. Apart from that paraphrasing is also essential for the further academic success of every student.

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TOEFL iBT Transitional Words

TOEFL iBT Transitional Words

Transitional words, called also linking words or signal words, are of huge importance for building your written and spoken responses. As the name suggests these words help you to move from one idea to another in a smooth and coherent way. They also signal the reader or listener what will follow after the transitional word. That is why transitional word will be helpful not only to do better in your TOEFL® iBT Speaking and Writing, but also to better comprehend the information presented in the TOEFL® iBT Reading and Listening sections.

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How To Crack TOEFL iBT Tips

How To Crack TOEFL iBT Tips

TOEFL® iBT is a test that may shape your future. Should you get a good score on it and enter the university you belong to or should you fail to cross the line. For this reason, it is extremely important to devote time and resources and do your best to prepare for TOEFL® iBT. In this section we have prepared some tips that may help you throughout your preparation process and also during the test itself. First you read the general tips and then we have listed component-specific tips for each of the TOEFL® iBT sections. We suggest that you allot some time and read them.

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TOEFL iBT Listening Tips

TOEFL iBT Listening Tips

In TOEFL iBT Listening section is delivered immediately after the Reading. The Listening section of TOEFL iBT measures your ability to understand spoken English in academic settings. Each part of the Listening section (2 or 3 parts) consists of 1 long conversation and two lectures. The test takers hear each lecture or conversation only once. Lectures and conversations are 3-5 minutes long. While listening the time is not running. The allotted time of 10 minutes for each part is only for answering the questions.

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TOEFL iBT score comparison

TOEFL iBT score comparison

In the table that follows there is a comparison between the total scores from the Internet-Based TOEFL (TOEFL iBT), Computer-Based TOEFL (CBT) and Paper-Based TOEFL (PBT).

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TOEFL iBT Rеading Tips

TOEFL iBT Rеading Tips

The first component you will have to do when you sit for the TOEFL® iBT exam is the Reading. The Reading Section measures your ability to read and understand academic texts (passages) in English. Reading is a critical skill in academic environment. Students have to read a lot and comprehend the information presented in their textbooks or other reading materials.

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TOEFL iBT Summarizing

TOEFL iBT Summarizing

Summarizing can be applied not only when you sit for the TOEFL iBT exam, but in your academic studies, your employment or even everyday life. As for the TOEFL iBT exam, you will need the strategy of summarizing in all sections of the test, so it is essential to master it. What is summarizing? Summarizing is actually expressing the main idea(s) of a source material into your own words, including only the main point(s). Summaries are shorter than the original; they are actually the reduction of a large text, lecture or conversation to its main points: the main topic, main idea and supporting details. We summarize by cutting off the excessive information, the additional examples and by focusing on the key words and phrases that convey the general idea of the source material.

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