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Messed up last question on the speaking section... [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2011, 03:36
OK, so I took my second TOEFL today. The first time was in August 2007 and I scored 114 so I wasn't too worried. I am pretty confident I did well in all the sections...save for one major hiccup on the last question in the speaking section. My problem is that I talk fast (but not to the point that native speakers don't understand me). Anyways, I did well on the first give questions and on the last one, I blew my load by the 30-35 second mark and just went "uhhhh" and "errrm" for the rest of the time. I mean completely blank, like when someone asks you a question when you weren't paying attention and you don't know the answer.

So what I want to ask is, how much is this blunder going to cost me. How does TOEFL rate such instances of isolated inconsistency? Do they take into account the performance in the whole section or is each question weighed individually?
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Re: Messed up last question on the speaking section... [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2011, 04:02
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Re: Messed up last question on the speaking section... [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2011, 08:55
I dont know. I just took the TOEFL. My Course language at university is english and I was also abroad some time. I felt that following the templates actually reduces my score because I had to press the answers sometimes in predefined structures. It hurt me most on the first two.
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Re: Messed up last question on the speaking section... [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2011, 03:06
Phaser wrote:
OK, so I took my second TOEFL today. The first time was in August 2007 and I scored 114 so I wasn't too worried. I am pretty confident I did well in all the sections...save for one major hiccup on the last question in the speaking section. My problem is that I talk fast (but not to the point that native speakers don't understand me). Anyways, I did well on the first give questions and on the last one, I blew my load by the 30-35 second mark and just went "uhhhh" and "errrm" for the rest of the time. I mean completely blank, like when someone asks you a question when you weren't paying attention and you don't know the answer.

So what I want to ask is, how much is this blunder going to cost me. How does TOEFL rate such instances of isolated inconsistency? Do they take into account the performance in the whole section or is each question weighed individually?


Hi Phaser,

Assuming you got good points across for the topic you spoke on, I believe you should at least get 28 even if you could not come up with anything for the last few seconds of one topic.

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I dont know. I just took the TOEFL. My Course language at university is english and I was also abroad some time. I felt that following the templates actually reduces my score because I had to press the answers sometimes in predefined structures. It hurt me most on the first two.


Hi e1s,

the templates should only be seen as guidelines and not rules. They are mainly meant for people starting with their practices. For people like you who are more comfortable with speaking in english than most, it should not matter whether you have followed the template as long as you get good points across.
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Re: Messed up last question on the speaking section...   [#permalink] 28 Jan 2011, 03:06
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