At first glance, TOEFL ITP Listening may seem like an easy section: all you have to do is pay attention to some short conversations and answer a few questions on them. Should be easy for anyone who has watched a movie or listened to music in English, right? As a matter of fact, the TOEFL ITP Listening section is often challenging because it requires test takers to remember facts and information from several-minute long recordings and then answer questions on specific information mentioned in the recording.
To really ace the TOEFL ITP Listening test, you need to know exactly what types of questions you’ll be seeing, how you should be studying, and how to take great notes on test day. We cover all those topics and more helpful TOEFL ITP Listening tips in this guide.
Listen to Spoken English Regularly
The number one TOEFL ITP Listening tip is, unsurprisingly, to listen to English regularly. The more you hear English, the better your listening skills will become and the easier you’ll find the Listening section. You want to listen to spoken English, so music sung in English won’t be as useful since English sounds different when it’s sung compared to when it’s spoken. Talk radio, news stations, movies, TV shows, and podcasts are all great options (as long as they’re in English, obviously). Try to listen to some English with background noise, such as an interview conducted outside or in front of a large crowd. TOEFL ITP Listening recordings purposely include background noises, so you’ll want to be used to that.
Focus on Main Ideas
Don’t try to write down everything you hear. You won’t be able to, and you’ll likely miss some important points because you’re trying to copy every word. Instead, focus on the main ideas in the recording.
Listen for Signal Words
Listen for signal words that indicate major steps, changes or ideas such as seldom, at the moment, in 1915, so far, usually, often, up to now and at the moment. Make sure to listen out also for the synonyms, repetition and pronouns.