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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 Guide Glossary

TOEFL® Listening Question Types James Liu July 9th, 2018 TOEFL Listening Guide

There are 8 types of questions in the Listening section. These types are divided into 3 categories as follows: Basic Comprehension Questions, Pragmatic Understanding Questions, and Connecting Information Questions. We will take a look at each of the three categories and the TOEFL listening question types associated with each.

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Recommended activities for studying the TOEFL listening section Ron Ross July 8th, 2018 TOEFL Listening Guide

Academic is done typically for one of three purposes i.e. basic comprehension, pragmatic understanding or connecting and synthesizing information. The best way to increase one’s vocabulary and build listening skills is to actually listen to the English language and read a variety of academic material in English. Listening is found to be most engaging when it is entertaining. Movies, live interviews and television shows are therefore perfect opportunities to hone listening skills especially because they also have visual cues and reinforcements. Just as useful are audiotapes and CDs of other material such as lectures and books.

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How to take notes in the TOEFL Listening section Madison Oster July 4th, 2018 TOEFL Listening Guide

Taking good notes as you listen actively throughout the entire listening is very important. Many students either take no notes so they have trouble remembering important information or they take too many notes and sacrifice understanding and comprehension. Many students also think they can do better without taking notes because they feel it distracts them. Without practice and knowing what notes you should write down, it could be faster to simply not take notes. However, once mastered, note taking will significantly help you answer questions quickly and most importantly, accurately.

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Proven study method to improve your TOEFL listening score James Liu June 17th, 2018 TOEFL Listening Guide

In today’s article, we will show you how to study for the listening section using TOEFL listening practice questions.

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Overview of the iBT TOEFL® Listening Section Madison Oster June 15th, 2018 TOEFL Listening Guide

There are two formats for the Listening section. On the short format, you will listen to two conversations, two lectures, and two discussions. On the long format, you will listen to three conversations, three lectures, and three discussions. After each listening passage, you will answer five or six questions about it. Only two conversations, two lectures, and two discussions will be graded. Because you will not know which conversations, lectures, and discussions will be graded, you must try to do you best on all of them.

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Studying TOEFL listening: Passive listening and active listening Madison Oster June 12th, 2018 TOEFL Listening Guide

Have you ever felt this way? You have already taken the TOEFL test and you realize your ears weren’t fast enough for the long conversations and lectures on the listening section. Well don’t worry, because You’re not alone. Many people find TOEFL listening practice difficult. Even though you work hard on your listening skills and spend a lot of time training, you still aren’t seeing significant improvements. A lot of students wonder why there is no improvement, so today we will cover why most students don’t improve their listening skills despite all their effort and hard work.

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Signal Words in TOEFL Listening Madison Oster June 12th, 2018 TOEFL Listening Guide

When you are listening to a lecture in the TOEFL listening section, you don’t want to pay the same amount of attention to every single word. A better strategy is to listen selectively, paying more attention to the important words. So what words should you pay extra attention to? The answer is signal words. Signal words give clues as to the direction of the lecture and will help you understand the organization of the talk, connections between ideas, and the importance of ideas.

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How to prepare for TOEFL® listening section Madison Oster June 12th, 2018 TOEFL Listening Guide

If you’re looking for a guide to help you prepare for the TOEFL listening section, you are in the right place. This guide will help you with your TOEFL listening practice by walking you through the entire listening section, tell you exactly how you should listen to improve your listening score, give you a list of test-taking tips to help you avoid some common mistakes, and show you a proven study method to improve your TOEFL score.

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