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Resources to Help you Prepare for the TOEFL Listening Test

TOEFL listening is a long and stressful test for a lot of TOEFL test takers. You are required to listen to multiple lectures and campus conversations and answer a bunch of questions in 60 minutes. The most essential skill needed in the TOEFL listening section is, of course, your listening skill. However, there are other tips, skills, and strategies you'll need if you want to get a high listening score.

In this guide, you will find articles providing test-taking strategies to help you gain extra points on the listneing test, introducing different TOEFL listening question types, showing you proper ways to cultivate your listening skills, and how to study for the TOEFL Listening test.

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TOEFL Listening Guide Glossary

How to Take Notes in the TOEFL Listening Test Madison Oster October 12th, 2021 TOEFL Listening Guide

Taking notes while trying to listen at the same time is easier said than done. On the Listening section of the TOEFL test, it’s important that you’re able to accurately remember information you heard, and relying on your short-term memory isn’t a safe bet. However, accidentally missing another important piece of information in the process of trying to take notes is also a potential issue. Effective note-taking skills will allow you to perform better on the Listening section.

We’ll cover some of the common-sense ways to take notes faster, as well as some of the less obvious ways to improve your note-taking skills right way. There are several strategies for each type of listening, depending on whether you’re listening to a conversation or a lecture. Check out this guide to learn more about becoming a powerful notetaker on the Listening section of the TOEFL.

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How to Ace the TOEFL Listening Test: 8 TOEFL Listening Tips for Success Madison Oster October 12th, 2021 TOEFL Listening Guide

To do your absolute best on second section of the TOEFL test, the Listening section, you’ll need to prepare for two types of listening: conversations and lectures. The conversations and lectures you’ll hear in the Listening section will cover a variety of topics related to campus life. But watching a couple movies, or listening your favorite songs in English will likely not be enough to prepare for these, specifically the more academic listening tasks. Instead, you can save time studying by checking out some tips on the Listening section.

Here, we’ll cover what you can expect in Listening section of the TOEFL, with explanations and listening examples available for both conversations and lectures, paired with example questions. Keep reading here to find out more about our 8 helpful tips to listen more effectively, and score higher on the Listening section.

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Signal Words in TOEFL Listening Madison Oster June 29th, 2023 TOEFL Listening Guide

Paying too much or too little attention to the wrong words can be an issue for even the best listeners. On the Listening section of the TOEFL test, you’ll need to make sure you’re able to direct your attention to the right place at the right time. A few listening strategies are always helpful, and one is to learn to recognize signal words.

Effective listening can be made easier with the help of signal words. In this article, you’ll be able to see a few transcripts of TOEFL listening passages, with signal words clearly pointed out and explained. Take a closer look to get a better sense of how signal words can help you do your best on the Listening section of the TOEFL test.

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Studying TOEFL Listening: Passive Listening and Active Listening Madison Oster October 12th, 2021 TOEFL Listening Guide

Even if you’ve studied English for years, you may still be struggling with English listening. However, the Listening section of the TOEFL test is specifically designed to test you on your ability to listen to real English. To succeed here, you will likely need to improve your listening skills. The good news is, it’s also possible to improve by becoming more aware of your listening style, without having to move to an English-speaking country. You can start by learning more about active and passive listening.

Here, we’ll show you how and why paying attention to passive and active listening works, as well as how to create the ideal “active listening environment”, all without moving to an English-speaking country. With this guide, you’ll save yourself time, and discover ways to improve your listening dramatically on the TOEFL Listening section.

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Proven Study Method to Improve your TOEFL Listening Score James Liu October 12th, 2021 TOEFL Listening Guide

Once you’ve learned some tips on how to prepare yourself, as well as what to expect on the Listening section of the TOEFL test, it’s time to start practicing. Using TOEFL listening practice questions will allow you to do just that. Listening practice tests will contain audio for either a conversation or lecture, with 5-6 questions to answer. You can find listening practice tests here to get started.

So, you’ve started taking practice tests. Have you passed, or failed your first practice test? Either way, the following article can help students with all different practice scores to get closer to their target score. The guide clearly breaks down what different scorers need to do specifically to improve their listening scores, step by step. With the addition of helpful graphics, as well as tips for test takers, any student preparing for the TOEFL Listening section can benefit from this guide.

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8 TOEFL Listening Question Types James Liu October 12th, 2021 TOEFL Listening Guide

There are 2-3 listening tasks to complete on the Listening section of the TOEFL test, with 34-51 questions to answer in total. Are you feeling overwhelmed yet? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many students may feel somewhat intimidated by this section of the test, but there are ways to get ahead. Learning more about the types of questions you may be asked is a particularly helpful way to get yourself feeling more comfortable with the TOEFL Listening section.

This guide we’ve created will introduce you to 8 TOEFL listening question types, which you’ll then learn to be able to learn to recognize. You’ll get to see explanations on the different question types, as well as advice on how to approach each one, and potential mistakes to avoid. Read on to learn all about the 8 TOEFL Listening question types.

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