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How to score 100+ in TOEFL

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To secure admission in the US, you need to prove your efficiency in standardised English tests like TOEFL and IELTS. These tests assess your English comprehensively, from all possible aspects, i.e. Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

You may be good at writing but you may not be able to speak. You may be a good speaker but struggle with understanding American accent. Being weak in any single aspect can impede even very good candidates.

In CareerGOD’s 4th webinar titled “How to score 100+ in TOEFL” from the 5-day webinar series ‘Experts’ Speak: Demystifying US Admissions’, ace experts from ELT (English Language Training) industry will guide you on building colloquial as well as formal English skills to score high in TOEFL and excel in your studies in the US.

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How to score 100+ in TOEFL

  1. 1. In association with Thursday, 29th December 2016, 5 PM – 6 PM IST
  2. 2. Mapping student’s potential to Globally Available Opportunities !
  3. 3. MS POOJA BHATNAGAR SAT (VERBAL) AND TOEFL faculty, 17+ years of experience
  4. 4.  Introduction  Structure of the TOEFL iBT®  Question types  Tips to score high on TOEFL iBT® (Reading)  Tips to score high on TOEFL iBT® (Listening)  Tips to score high on TOEFL iBT® (Speaking)  Tips to score high on TOEFL iBT® (Writing)  The concluding word
  5. 5. TOEFL stands for TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
  6. 6.  If you intend to study in an English speaking country.  In order to demonstrate your proficiency in English language.  TOEFL score is an important part of the admission criteria of many universities around the globe.  TOEFL is accepted by more than 9,000 universities and institutions in over 130 countries.
  7. 7. TOEFL iBT ® Test Sections Section Time Limit Questions Tasks Reading 60–80 minutes 36–56 questions Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions. Listening 60–90 minutes 34–51 questions Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answer questions. Break 10 minutes — — Speaking 20 minutes 6 tasks Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks. Writing 50 minutes 2 tasks Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.
  8. 8. QuestionTypes -TOEFL (Reading)
  9. 9.  Factual Information Questions  Negative Factual Information Questions  Inference Questions  Rhetorical Purpose Questions  Vocabulary Questions  Reference Questions  Sentence Simplification Questions  Insert text Questions  Prose Summary Questions  Fill in a table Questions
  10. 10. Tips to Score High on TOEFL (Reading)
  11. 11.  DO NOT READ the entire passage but do memorise the key ingredient of the passage.  MANAGE TIME as this seems to be the major concern of the students taking the test.  1min.- Read the heading of the passage and first line of every paragraph.  6 min. 20 sec.- Questions 1-5  6 min. 20 sec.- Questions 6-10  6 min. 20 sec.- Questions 11-14  IDENTIFY QUESTION TYPE 4-5 Questions in every passage are ‘detail’ questions (32% of your reading score if attempted correctly)
  12. 12. Type#1 Factual information Read the following part of the passage: Archeology delivers traces of dance from prehistoric times such as the 9,000 year old Bhimbetka rock shelters paintings in India and Egyptian tomb paintings depicting dancing figures from 3300 BC. One of the earliest structured uses of dances may have been in the performance and in the telling of myths. Before the production of written languages, dance was one of the methods of passing these stories down from generation to generation. Another early use of dance may have been as a precursor to ecstatic trance states in healing rituals. Dance is still used for this purpose by many cultures from the Brazilian rain forest to the Kalahari Desert. Some European tribes also used loud group singing and dancing in order to prepare themselves for the dangerous combat with other tribes.
  13. 13. Now look at the question… According to paragraph one, why was dance used to pass stories down between generations? A. Because it was more expressive than writing B. Because writing had not been developed C. It was a good way of depicting stories from myth D. Dances could be shared between tribes
  14. 14. According to paragraph one, why was dance used to pass stories down between generations? A. Because it was more expressive than writing B. Because writing had not been developed C. It was a good way of depicting stories from myth D. Dances could be shared between tribes Refer to the third line of the passage which states the answer explicitly without using the exact words…. "Before the production of written languages, dance was one of the methods of passing these stories down from one generation to the next." Locate your answer using the keywords or phrases….here ‘writing ‘ appears in passage as well as in question . Hence, option B is the correct answer.
  15. 15. QuestionTypes -TOEFL (Listening)
  16. 16.  Main Idea  Detail  Purpose  Organisation  Inference Number of conversations/lectures Length of conversations/lectures Timing 4-6 lectures with classroom discussion; 2-3 conversations 3-5 minutes; approximately 6 questions each 60-90 minutes
  17. 17. Tips to Score High on TOEFL (Listening)
  18. 18. 1. Take ‘NOTES’ (notes -taking is allowed ) 2. The conversation questions -Between two students/ student and professor or the person of authority should be solved : 3. Take notes during the lecture while concentrating on the information provided, restating it using synonymous language, reference words/ideas and signal words. 4. Use process of elimination (P.O.E.) to answer the questions. Problem : Stance: Resolution:
  19. 19. 1. Take notes while you listen: Problem/Issue : Student Stance: Librarian Resolution: ● Reviews on the play Happy Strangers. ● publication date of reviews ● find boring ● optimistic ● critical reaction positive -present ● first play seen ● emotional ● find video tape 2 . Now look at the questions, use your notes to answer them.
  20. 20. 1. Why does the man need the woman’s assistance? Choose 2 answers. A. He does not know the publication date of some reviews he needs. B. He does not know the location of the library’s video collection of plays. C. He does not know how to find out where the play is currently being performed. D. He does not know how to determine which newspapers he should look at. 2. What does the woman imply about critical reaction to the play Happy Strangers? A. Negative critical reaction led to its content being revised after it premiered. B. The play has always been quite popular among university students. C. Reactions to the play are more positive nowadays than they were in the past. D. The play is rarely performed nowadays because critics have never liked it. Refer to your notes…...
  21. 21. 1. Why does the man need the woman’s assistance? Choose 2 answers. A. He does not know the publication date of some reviews he needs. B. He does not know the location of the library’s video collection of plays. C. He does not know how to find out where the play is currently being performed. D. He does not know how to determine which newspapers he should look at. 2. What does the woman imply about critical reaction to the play Happy Strangers? A. Negative critical reaction led to its content being revised after it premiered. B. The play has always been quite popular among university students. C. Reactions to the play are more positive nowadays than they were in the past. D. The play is rarely performed nowadays because critics have never liked it.
  22. 22. QuestionTypes -TOEFL (Speaking)
  23. 23. 1. Independent task (Familiar, opinion based question) Preparation time: 15 seconds Response time: 45 seconds 2. Independent task (Familiar, opinion based; versus question) Preparation time: 15 seconds Response time: 45 seconds 3. Integrated Task(Reading & listening) Preparation time: 30 seconds Response time: 60 seconds 4. Integrated Task(Reading & listening) Preparation time: 30 seconds Response time: 60 seconds 5. Integrated Task(Reading & listening) Preparation time: 30 seconds Response time: 60 seconds 6. Integrated Task(Reading & listening) Preparation time: 30 seconds Response time: 60 seconds
  24. 24. Tips to Score High on TOEFL (Speaking)
  25. 25. 1. Take notes the moment you hear the question. 2. Take care of your rate of speech. 3. Do not use fillers ( unh.., hmm ,umm etc.). 4. For tasks 1 & 2 keep 2-3 reasons handy with examples for your opinion. Start your Response: In my view….for two/three reasons. First,.....for example… . Second,.....for example… . That’s why….
  26. 26. 5. For tasks 3&4 ; write your notes: who opposes or supports Start your Response: TITLE…. Opinion (male) listening opinion (female) listening reason 1 reason 1 reason 2 reason 2 change(reading) - reason 1 reason 2 6. For tasks 5&6; make your notes and summarise.
  27. 27. Look at the question: What is the most important characteristic in a teacher? Preparation time: 15s Response time: 45s  Plan your answer in 15 sec Answer: knowledge Reason 1: learn more Reason 2: fun Sample response: In my view knowledge is the most important characteristic in a teacher for two reasons. First, we can learn more ,as teachers with vast knowledge have so much to give. For example, when I was in grade 10 my Math teacher used to share new techniques to solve the questions. new and interesting facts and questions to challenge us. Second, we can have fun while learning. For example, when I was in grade 11 our English teacher used to teach in different way using games and activities which made the class interesting. That is why …...
  28. 28. QuestionTypes -TOEFL (Writing)
  29. 29. 1. Task 1 - Integrated task (reading, listening & writing) 150-225 words Response time: 20 Minutes 2. Task 2- Essay (opinion based) Minimum 300 words Response time: 30 Minutes
  30. 30. Tips to Score High on TOEFL (Writing)
  31. 31. 1. Devote 3 minutes in reading . Do not read the entire passage .Read first and the last line of first paragraph. 2. Then read first line of every paragraph. 3. Quickly scan rest of the passage 4. Make notes and then compare and contrast . Avoiding repetitions. Start your response :The article /passage states that….. and provides…. while... READING LECTURE OPINION OPINION REASON 1 REASON 1 REASON 2 REASON 2
  32. 32. 1. Read topic carefully. 2. Devote 3min. to outline your essay into introduction,body1, body2 and conclusion 3. Plan your essay and write. 3min.-Outline 4min.-Introduction 9 min.-Body 1 9min.-Body 2 3min.- Conclusion 2min.- Fix your essay 4. Write your essay in about 450-500 words if you want to score high.
  33. 33. Now look at the question… Read the question below. You have 30 min to plan, write, and revise your essay. Typically, an effective response will contain a minimum of 300 words Response time:30 minutes Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People today spend too much time on personal enjoyment - doing things they like to do- rather than doing things should do. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.  Write a multi paragraph essay. To score high write the essay in about 450- 500 words.  Plan your essay in first three minutes.  Hold on to your stance  Make notes and write effectively giving examples.
  34. 34.  Keep yourself cool during the test.  Identify question type in every section.  Use your understanding and comprehension to find the correct answer .  Follow the appropriate strategy  Don’t doubt yourself ‘self-doubt will kill your performance’  Be careful of the timing. ALLTHE BEST!
  35. 35. THANK YOU!

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