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# TOEFL debrief 102

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09 Dec 2013, 12:15
Hi guys ! I took the test on Saturday the 7th December in Paris. First of all I wanted to thank you all for putting this useful information together, I've been preparing for 3 months and as I was the only one in my class and from all the people I know to take the TOELF it felt really nice to have some support, which I found in reading your debriefs.

During my training I only used Barron's TOEFL iBT prep book and that was a big mistake. The book has many tests (8) but most of the questions are not really preparing for the TOEFL. For example, the integrated writing questions can be about a lecture that supports the reading and NEVER were the points in the lecture used by the lecturer. Hence, I prepared for complete random questions and I could not learn an answering template. A week before the test I started to actually look for TOEFL debriefs, that is how I end up here and heard about Notefull's lessons. And I realized that I was doing it wrong for months. My advice is NEVER trust only one prep book! So if I had to rate this book, just so you know I would give it the following grades, based on how well it prepares by Toefl parts: Reading: B, Listening: A, Speaking: C, Writing: D
Also, it was written nowhere in the book that the more you write the more you get. In France when you write more than asked, you get a lower grade... So out of my 8 tests I went through, I wrote every single essay with the word count between the range. My bad, I should have looked for advice earlier.
On the other hand, Notefull's advice was very useful, I learned the answering schemes and they worked great.

RC: As I started the reading comprehension I was really anxious and it was hard for me to focus, therefore I felt that this part was a bit harder than what I expected. I stopped on several questions because I could not find the answer and I lost plenty of time, I did answered all questions however and I had to rush through the summarizing questions, which I found rather hard.

Listening: There is a couple of answers that I am not sure about but it went pretty smoothly otherwise. My advice is to stay focused through the entire lecture because sometimes the questions are about details.

Writing: As I expected, in the integrated essay the lecture opposed each point from the reading. I wrote around 300 words for that one. The second question was not that easy, but it was like most training questions that can be found on the Internet. I wrote about 400 words, I ran quickly out of things to say, I recommend future test-takers to not only train by writing essays but also read some sample essays.

Reading all your guys previous experiences with the test really helped me build some confidence and I could not be more grateful. The test is not a big deal after all but one should really know what to expect (but if you are on this website, you probably already know.)
-Understand how the raters grades the test
-practice speaking and writing accordingly

Feel free to asks some questions

Here is a quick update with my score,
Listening-22
Speaking-26
Writing- 26
Well I am most certainly surprised that I only got 22 on the listening, well I guess my prep book was really useless then...

I wish you all the best of luck for your future tests.
TOEFL debrief 102   [#permalink] 09 Dec 2013, 12:15
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