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Listening Section Directions

This section measures your ability to understand conversations and lectures in English.

The Listening section is divided into 2 separately timed parts. In each part you will listen to 1 conversation and 2 lectures. You will hear each conversation or lecture only one time.

After each conversation or lecture, you will answer some questions about it. The questions typically ask about the main idea and supporting details. Some questions ask about a speaker’s purpose or attitude. Answer the questions based on what is stated or implied by the speakers.

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1 Why does the student go to speak to the consultant?

2 Listen again to part of the conversation. Then, answer the following question.  

What is the student attempting to express?

3 Why can’t the student join the bicycle club?

4 What kinds of clubs are similar to the bicycle club?

5 Which of the following is NOT a benefit of joining the rock climbing club?

Today's Topic:


1 What is the lecture mainly about?

2 Why did the antifreeze protein originally give no special advantage to the earliest notothenioids?

3 What characteristic of notothenioids helps them survive in subfreezing temperatures?

4 Why does the professor mention that coral reefs support more than 4,000 species of fish?

5 According to the professor, which factor led to the rapid distribution of notothenioids throughout the Southern Ocean?

6 According to the professor, what happened to notothenioids that migrated to different areas of the Southern Ocean?

Today's Topic:

Iroquois and Huron peoples

Source from: ETS TOEFL

Source from: ETS TOEFL

1 What is the lecture mainly about?

2 According to the professor, what characteristics of birch bark made it useful to Native Americans? Choose 2 answers.

3 According to the professor, why was the canoe important to some Native American groups? Choose 2 answers

4 Why does the professor mention French traders who arrived in the Iroquois region?

5 Listen again to part of the lecture. Then, answer the following question.  

Why does the student say this?

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