Top 10 Speaking Tips for the TOEFL iBT

The Third part of TOEFL iBT is Speaking. All international student always concern how to speak well and get the good score. Let’s see the Top Tips for Speaking Part. Be prepare and GO FOR IT!!

1. Find friends to practice speaking English – the more confident you are with speaking English, the easier you will find the TOEFL speaking section of your exam.

2. Find the past questions from past exam. Plan your response by preparing what you will say for your introduction as well as three supporting ideas. You should aim to do this at least three times a week – the more you practice, the easier you will find it to respond to questions with limited time to plan your response.

3. Record yourself as you practice responding to your chosen questions. Afterwards, listen to your recording and ask yourself: Did I answer the question correctly? Did I pause or say ahhh or ummmm too often? Did I make any grammar mistakes? Did I speak too quickly? Too slowly? Did I organize my ideas clearly? Did I mumble or was I clear to understand? The more you practice, the more confident you will get at speaking. You will also become less nervous when speaking while being recorded.

4. Practice combining your reading, listening and speaking skills for your integrated tasks speaking section of the TOEFL speaking exam. Practice responding giving the main points of the lesson. Now practice combining your listening and speaking skills by choosing another lesson. This time only listen to the lesson and then record yourself outlining the main point of what you have heard.

5. Use big words – but only if you can pronounce them correctly! You will lose points for poor pronunciation so if you are not sure or you get nervous every time you try and say it, it is better not to use the word at all. Instead, practice giving short responses to different issues and subjects.

6. Work on your pronunciation including where the stress should go on words. Be familiar with how English words should sound.

7. Make it personal. Don’t memorize set phrases that you do not understand— or you do not know enough about. You will be able to speak more fluently about topics that you are familiar with, experiences that you have had and opinions that you believe in. You will be nervous on the day of the test – trying to memorize responses will only add to your stress!

8. Increase your vocabulary and learn how to use idioms correctly

9. Join your ideas by using signal words and expressions. Some good examples include: firstly, secondly, although, even though, furthermore, therefore, thus, hence, additionally, another difference is, as a consequence, in conclusion, on the one hand, on the other hand.

10. Time yourself when doing TOEFL Speaking Practice Test. This will give you a better idea about how many points you can make within a set amount of time. It is better to make fewer points that have a clear structure, rather than rushing through as many points as you can fit in. By responding calmly, you will also make fewer mistakes.

Jaraswan Jarasjaruwan or Pear is a full-time MIM student. She got a Bachelor’s of Science from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. After she graduated, she worked as an educational consultant in Thailand for 2 years. Pear chose to study international business at Portland State University because she is interested in the business field and also the reputation of the university. Currently, Pear is studying Chinese as a third language. Also, she will choose Finance as her specialization in the Master of International Management program.

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