TOEFL–iBT – Speaking Strategies (2)

In the previous article, we have discussed about the overview of the speaking test with the sample type of questions. During the test, you are assessed based on your topic development, language use and delivery. Topic development includes organization and appropriate use of details to provide support. Language use includes accurate vocabulary and grammar. Delivery encompasses pronunciation, intonation, volume, tone and pacing. Finally, here are some general strategies for the speaking of the exam:

  1. Focus on Content

The TOEFL is an exam that assesses your ability to draw conclusions and communicate concepts in English. These things should be your number one goal. Yes—you should strive to speak flawless English, but your focus must be on conveying ideas, not worrying about your accent or if you should have used past continuous or past simple. Once you feel very comfortable with the content of your speaking, move on to your effective use of the technicalities of the language.

  1. Practice the Test Conditions

The only way to get comfortable with the format of the speaking test is to practice it consistently. It is certainly an odd feeling to be recording yourself into a microphone, but there is not another option. Also, when you practice, use the recording as a learning tool and listen to yourself. You will be amazed at what you both do well and need to improve on, and the recording does not lie. This can be one of the most effective ways to self-correct in your preparation for the exam.

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