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Hi All,

Following are some instructional videos for Toefl Speaking and Writing questions.
Each question is explained in great detail and includes useful tips.

Speaking section


For the speaking section, each question and a general overview is covered in the following videos. Very good material and includes sample templates for framing questions.

Overview



Question 1



Question 2



Question 3



Question 4



Question 5



Question 6




Writing section



Writing Task 1




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Re: Toefl Instructional videos - Speaking & Writing Very useful [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 15:44
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I scored 27/30 for the speaking and 29/30 for writing and these videos are highly recommended reference material.

The best way to find mistakes in your speaking is to have a listening partner.
However, if you cant find one, my personal tip - just use a tape recorder , tape your speach and play back several times to improve on accent, tone, clarity etc.

Be sure to give a proper and clear conclusion for each speaking question.

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Hi Alexnag123,

Alexnag123 wrote:
- Like most of the students, my problem with the TOEFL is the Speaking and writing sections.

I suggest you to visit these threads:
find-your-speaking-partner-100561.html
want-your-writing-essay-read-please-read-100613.html
Alexnag123 wrote:
- I like the idea of using templates for both sections of the test, but is it feasible to write the template on the noteboard before the begining of the speaking section? Can I write the templante on the noteboard during the break? Or during another section (reading, for example)?

During the exam you can try to write the templates before the speaking section starts, during the end of the break (but the guy controlling the room may tell you to stop writing) or quickly before each question starts. However, I suggest you to learn it by heart so you fully concentrate in searching ideas to fill the blanks.

If I remember your notes after the listening section are collected. They will give you new paper during the break.
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- Do these templates can result in a 29/30 score?

The templates will help you to have a structure for your answer. It will definitely give you points. However, everything will depend on your ability to find ideas during the preparation time for the first questions, and on your ability to remember what you just listened and noted from the questions you listen a dialogue before answering, and how you speak about them.
Alexnag123 wrote:
- I saw somewhere in the forum someone who mentioned a structure from ETS for the first writing exercise. Do you know if it is close to the model you provided?

Not sure what you mean. Anyway I think the writing template fits the actual ETS writing questions.
Alexnag123 wrote:
-Is there a list of examples for the independent writing task (for the gmat the GMAC provide a pdf with a lot of examples).

I found this http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/pdf/989563wt.pdf

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Thank you - I have embedded the videos and tweaked the formatting a bit (feel free to modify as you wish; just was trying to help)



Hey, thanks for the videos. But I'm unable to view it! :shock:


Hi anothermba,

do you get some kind of error? missing flash or something?I can watch them all.


they all appeared just fine for me as well. These are embedded YouTube videos. Is YouTube blocked by your work firewall by any chance?
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In one of these videos, the teacher mentions that for an essay score 30 it must have more than 450 words. Do you know if there are a word cont during the essay?


Yes there are word counts in both essays.

According to ETS, you are expected to write 150-225 words in the first task and 300-350 in the second. You can write more if you wish.
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Re: TOEFL Instructional videos - Speaking & Writing Very useful [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2010, 02:47
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I came across with this post yesterday and thank god I did since it is very very helpful.
It gives you a very good idea of what you should do and what you should aim for. Keeps you focused on the question and that is what matters.

Thanks for that :)


On the initial post question 5 and 6 of the Speaking section are missing, I have searched on youtube and have found the following links:

Question 5: watch?v=O2dU1JqlWS0

Question 6: watch?v=sf3yr-EoUQI

Resh, may I suggest you add these links to the original post?

Thanks

note: I am not allowed to post urls for now but if you go to youtube website and copy/paste the terminations I give to your browser should work just fine
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In my opinion you should write around 350 words or a bit more if you can, but without compromising the quality of your essay.
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Have you applied one to one the recommendations from notefull's YT videos? I mean, in Barrons & Cambridge prep materials there are sometimes totally different tasks, wchih make those structures inapplicable.

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Nope, I tried that initially with 2 speaking tests but didn't work out well. What I liked was the approach, points to concentrate on, how to break it down and get the gist of the conversations. Once I understood how it needs to be broken down, it was easy.

Just a suggestion, try not to go through too much material, just concentrate on the Official Guide, that is the only book I referred to. And then I did the Kaplan's 4 tests that come along with the Kaplan book. And to improve on your speaking, redo the the same speaking tests 2-3 times, and you would understand how easy it is the break down the passage and conversations to give a good response. Take notes when while you listen, it really helps. The 2 sections on the speaking were tough for me, because not being a native speaker you cannot be fluent and quickly respond to the topics. On the rest, the content is already there, you just need to present it, which I thought is easier.

And the last part is the essays, read at least 25 sample essays on each section to get an idea of how to present an essay. Good opening, structure, vocabulary, examples and a impressive conclusion will earn you very good points. Don't worry too much about the grammar, your content should be understood when read. (the last one is for non-natives)

I was however a little disappointed with my speaking and writing score, I had expected at least 28 on each. And again, don't let your performance on the Kaplan tests disappoint you, just practice them again and again, you will do very good on the real one.
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Sorry thevenus but I do not understand your point :(

tell me the question and I provide you what you need to pass the threshold of 100.



Thank you Carcass for your humble gesture. I wanted to know that whether universities look for specific scores in the various sections of the TOEFL. I've got the answer that It depends upon the university , such as a college in NY requires overall TOEFL score of 103 with no section should have less than 24 (R/L/S/W).

I figured this out and found that the colleges i am forwarding my application only looks for the overall score and there are no sectional cut offs, so i am not going to retake the TOEFL.



The answer I'll give is based on what I infer after several months on forum, blog, the same universities requirements and so on.......

It is true that the schools look at the overall score, and in particular some of them care about of the speaking part and writing part of the exam.

Though, I think that GMAT and TOEFL test different things.

For instance: what about if you have a good score on verbal gmat and an average score in the reading part of TOEFL ?? maybe you are good at CR and SC but not in reading OR RC and SC OR RC and CR, so the school do not know precisely where is your stand point .....

To make a long story short: for me the 2 exams do not overlap (or at least only in part).

My opinnion: your score is good, in particular if is coupled with a good gmat score but if you have time money (it costs, I know) try to break the 100 score.

here a couple of things that would be helpful

READING

What is useful for the gmat, is useful for toefl. the only different is this: do not bother you to read the passage entirely: the answers follow the conseguence of the text from the first one to the last one. Simply spot the answer choice with the relative paragraph or if the question is : to what IT refers: read only the reference. that's it. I hope is clear

LISTENING

http://www.businessenglishmaterials.com/

http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/

http://www.english-test.net/toefl/liste ... .html#list

http://www.elllo.org/

http://www.toeflblog.com/tag/toefl-listening/

Speaking and Writing

toefl-instructional-videos-speaking-writing-very-useful-100611.html

http://www.r-i-s-e.net/TOEFL_iBT.html

http://www.r-i-s-e.net/sptps/intro_a_j2 ... ds76u.html

http://jasonrenshaw.typepad.com/ibt_speaking_writing/

TESTS

http://testden.com/

http://i-courses.org/toefl-ibt-test/free-sample-test/

http://www.toeflsim.net/

Last but not Least

Official Guide http://www.amazon.com/Official-Guide-TO ... l+official

Is the same of the third edition, nothing of important is changed.

The best book for preparation without doubt

http://www.amazon.com/The-Complete-Guid ... l+official

Thougher than the OG

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Re: Toefl Instructional videos - Speaking & Writing Very useful [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 18:46
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Thank you - I have embedded the videos and tweaked the formatting a bit (feel free to modify as you wish; just was trying to help)


Thanks for embedding them bb. Looks much better now.
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Re: TOEFL Instructional videos - Speaking & Writing Very useful [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 13:33
hey Resh, thanks a lot for that! +1

I wish it also existed for listening.....
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Re: TOEFL Instructional videos - Speaking & Writing Very useful [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 13:45
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hey Resh, thanks a lot for that! +1

I wish it also existed for listening.....


Thanks, well there are some Toefl listening videos in youtube, but I did not find any of those a lot better than the barrons CD.
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Thank you - I have embedded the videos and tweaked the formatting a bit (feel free to modify as you wish; just was trying to help)



Hey, thanks for the videos. But I'm unable to view it! :shock:
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Re: Toefl Instructional videos - Speaking & Writing Very useful [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2010, 23:37
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Thank you - I have embedded the videos and tweaked the formatting a bit (feel free to modify as you wish; just was trying to help)



Hey, thanks for the videos. But I'm unable to view it! :shock:


Hi anothermba,

do you get some kind of error? missing flash or something?I can watch them all.
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Re: TOEFL Instructional videos - Speaking & Writing Very useful [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 05:14
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Excellent post, thank you. I just took GMAT and now I only have 3 weeks to prepare for the TOEFL (November 06). Some questions about the TOEFL:
- Like most of the students, my problem with the TOEFL is the Speaking and writing sections.
- I like the idea of using templates for both sections of the test, but is it feasible to write the template on the noteboard before the begining of the speaking section? Can I write the templante on the noteboard during the break? Or during another section (reading, for example)?
- Do these templates can result in a 29/30 score?
- I saw somewhere in the forum someone who mentioned a structure from ETS for the first writing exercise. Do you know if it is close to the model you provided?
-Is there a list of examples for the independent writing task (for the gmat the GMAC provide a pdf with a lot of examples).

Thanks again for your help!
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Re: TOEFL Instructional videos - Speaking & Writing Very useful [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 14:33
In one of these videos, the teacher mentions that for an essay score 30 it must have more than 450 words. Do you know if there are a word cont during the essay?
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