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# Speaking and Writing sections - explanations VS. reality

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13 Apr 2017, 07:47
Hi guys,

I'm using youtube channels such as NoteFull, TOEFL Resources and EnglishSimpleTV to prepare for the speaking and writing sections of the TOEFL.
They show great ways to approach questions, easy to use templates and much more.

But, when taking what I study and trying to practice on real questions like those on Barron's or even the OG - the question are totally different!

For example -

After watching Writing Q1 explanation videos, I tried both Barron's and OG writing sections to practice and surprisingly enough the passage didn't look a bit similar to what you described in this video:

They both gave a short passage, two paragraphs long. Explanatory only - without giving any arguments. The first paragraph described something (e.g.: what is altruism, how does the American graded school system works, etc.), and the second paragraph gives an example to describe or elaborate on the first paragraph. This way the professor speaking in the lecture does not contradict arguments one by one.

Thanks!

Am I missing something?﻿
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Re: Speaking and Writing sections - explanations VS. reality  [#permalink]

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13 Apr 2017, 09:59
the format might not be 100% the same, but the principle is the same.
there should be some differences - otherwise, read the question and see what really you are being asked for? Maybe the question asks you to find the arguments in favor for smth described in the text?
the difference will be between TEXT and LECTURE. you will not find in the text contradicting information.
Re: Speaking and Writing sections - explanations VS. reality   [#permalink] 13 Apr 2017, 09:59
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# Speaking and Writing sections - explanations VS. reality

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