TOEFL iBT integrated speaking tips:
The TOEFL iBT speaking test is scored on a scale of 0-4 and it is very easy to score the maximum. The key to this is to overcome a few challenges.
What are the pain points in a TOEFL iBT Speaking test?
- You have to prepare a response to a prompt in 15 seconds
- You have to speak into a microphone—this can be intimidating as you will get no feedback as when you have a face-to-face interaction
- You have to speak for 45 seconds to 1 minute. This may be too little or too much for a candidate and may depend on the topic given
- Correlating an audio lecture with a reading passage may become too complicated and you may not be able to put your thoughts together
How can we overcome these challenges?
- Overcome the challenges through practicing before the test
- Take coaching classes
- Practice with a friend
- Learn some strategies by going through Toeflibt independent speaking tips and Toeflibt integrated speaking tips.
What is the structure of the TOEFL iBT speaking test?
The TOEFL iBT Speaking section consists of 6 speaking tasks: 2 are independent tasks and 4 are integrated tasks.
In the independent speaking tasks you have to respond to familiar topics that are part of your daily life or regular experience. You will also be asked to give your opinion about a topic. You have 15 seconds to prepare your answer and 45 seconds to record it.
In the integrated speaking tasks you will hear an audio clip and read a passage related to the recorded lecture. This could be on a campus situation or a lecture. You will have 20-30 seconds to prepare your answer and 60 seconds to record it.
TOEFL iBT Independent speaking tips:
Example of Task 1
What are the qualities you look for in a best friend? Describe a friend and explain what influenced you to choose this person as a best friend. Be sure to add specific details and examples in your answer.
Example of Task 2
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
It is better for students to gain real world experience than to spend their time in a classroom
- An independent speaking task 1 will ask you a question about your personal life or experience. For example it may ask about a job that you have held, talk about a friend, a relative or about what you do in your spare time, a subject that interests you and such common topics that you are familiar with.
- Speaking task 2 will ask you to give an opinion on a particular statement.
- Practice several topics by recording your voice on your phone. See how much you can speak for 45 seconds.
- In the 15 seconds you have to prepare, note down major points. If your prompt has several questions, answer each one of them
- A good strategy would be to repeat the topic sentence and build on it
- It does not matter if your accent is not American or British—what is more important is that you are able to speak
- You need not be entirely truthful—for example, if you are asked about your job, you can talk about any job and it need not be your actual job. Choose any job you can speak on.
- Whenasked an opinion,it need not be right or wrong—just state your opinion and say why you support your statement.
- Give as many examples as you can,in 45 seconds
- Start talking as soon as the recording starts.
- Talk clearly into the microphone.
- Don’t be alarmed if you could not complete everything you thought about—just make sure you talk as much as you can for 45 seconds.
- Do not go off topic—there is a tendency that we give a long introduction and go off topic—suddenly you realize that time has run out.
TOEFL IBT integrated speaking tips:
Example of Task 3—Read a text and listen to a conversation
A text on a university announcement is presented. Two people will discuss the announcement and give an opinion. You have to listen to the conversation, which is related to the text and summarize the opinion and speak about it.
“The man explains his opinion about the announcement made by the College of Liberal Arts. State his opinion and explain the reasons he gives for holding that opinion.”
Example of Task 4—Read a text and listen to a lecture
You have to summarize and speak on the content of the text and the lecture.
“Refer to Thomas Jefferson’s definition of a college campus presented in the lecture and explain how the information in the anthropology text supported Jefferson’s view”.
Example of Task 5—Listen to a conversation and summarize it
Two speakers could be discussing a problem and proposing some solutions. You will be asked to narrate the problems and evaluate the solutions.
Describe the man’s problem and the two suggestions that the woman makes about how to handle it.What do you think the man should do, and why?
Example of Task 6—Listen to a lecture and summarize it
Using points and examples from the talk, explain how archaeologists must take the origins of amber and coral into consideration when caring for them.
- For Tasks 3 and 4, use the text to prepare your notes. You know that the lecture or conversation will be related to the text, so make sure you note down all the major points.
- For Tasks 4 and 5 take down notes as you listen, so that you can give a good summary
- Start your speaking for each task by introducing the topic.
- While summarizing, include every relevant point. You can speak a lot in 1 minute.
- Practice with as many integrated tasks as possible
- Record your voice and play it back.
- For the integrated tasks, you should structure your speaking with an introduction a body and a conclusion.
- Be clear and explain everything in a cogent manner. Do not stammer, stutter and take long pauses. A few interruptions and mistakes are okay.
- The examiners want to know whether you have understood the topic and whether you can express well in English.
Example-summary of a lecture:
“In the lecture in an archaeology class, the professor talks about gems .He says that some gems are durable while others like coral and amber are fragile.”
Body of the lecture
“Amber is formed from…..
Coral is another organic gem…”
“Since amber is formed from tree sap and coral from skeletons in the sea, they are organic and must be cared for, or they will disintegrate.”
- Similarly in conversation summaries also, introduce the topic, the problem and suggested solution and your opinion on the solution.
Example— summary of a conversation
“The man is not happy with the announcement that….The woman agrees with him and offers three possible solutions….I think the man should go and meet…”