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  1. Did anybody else's microphone check show few or no bars as you spoke? Did it affect your Speaking score? I did the test today when adjusting the mic no bars have appeared but at the end of adjustment a message appeared that the mic had adjusted successfully , is that Ok , will this lower my grade?
  2. Greetıngs from turkey I am yunus and workıng ınternatıonal company about human rıghtsI am looking for someone who wants to ımprove speakıng skılls. amd prepare for toefl exam. Please contact me ıf u are ınterest in.(B1 B2)
  3. Hey, I am from India and I am writing TOEFL on 13th June. I have a fair knowledge in English and looking for a partner to hone my Speaking and Writing Skills. Hit me up if you are interested. Thanks!
  4. IELTS band descriptors are the set of skills which examiners look in your answers. Each component of the IELTS test has some set band descriptors which are used to evaluate your overall IELTS score. In this section, you can get familiar to the IELTS band descriptors for the Speaking test and know which skills to use while answering IELTS questions. 1. Fluency and Coherence Fluency shows how fluently you can express your thoughts in English. If you can speak clearly at length, without making any logical or grammatical errors or unnecessary pauses, then you can easily get a band 7 or higher in fluency and coherence. Remember, being fluent is not the only thing, you need to be logically correct, and this is what determines coherence, which is whatever you are saying, should also make sense. 2. Lexical Resource The lexical resource is the range of vocabulary which you use while speaking. The examiner assesses your vocabulary on the basis of what range of words you use in the test. To achieve good scores in the lexical resource, you should include creative and interesting vocabulary in your answers and also, make sure that you don't repeat the exact words used in the question. Try to paraphrase the words to avoid using repetitive vocabulary. 3. Grammatical Range Grammar is not only an important writing skill, but it has equal value in speaking component of the test as well. You need to have grammar accuracy in your sentences. Your sentence constructions are only accurate if they are grammatically accurate, which means your tenses, use of parts of speech, active and passive voice in speech, should all be accurate. If your answers don't sound grammatically correct, this would mean that you require a lot of improvement in the English language. 4. Pronunciation Pronunciation is a prominent speaking skill in the IELTS test. The examiner assesses you on your capability to be able to use different pronunciation features such as individual sounds, stress and intonation and this carries 25 per cent of your total IELTS speaking score. To improve your pronunciation, listen to native speakers online on podcasts or radio, see how they pronounce words differently. You can get a higher IELTS speaking score when you prepare according to the band descriptors. Make sure to practice for the speaking test with a person so you can improve your frequent errors. Prepare for IELTS with IDP India. Get expert tips and free sample IELTS questions and practice material. Visit, https://www.ieltsidpindia.com/
  5. Hello all, Am preparing for TOEFL IBT, speaking partner Userlogin: achuthapedireddy1 - Approximated English level: medium - Target TOEFLSpeaking score: 26+ - Software: Skype - Native language: Indian -Availability: Weekends( 9am-6pm) Weekdays( 11am-6pm) EST
  6. I am new to this forum, so "Hi" to all. I have my TOEFL exam in four days. Can someone please help me with the speaking section ? Can i find any speaking partners here?
  7. Hi friends, I would like to ask for your opinion on whether my TOEFL speaking sub-score is high enough for PhD programs in quantitative marketing. Test Date: July 28th, 2019 Speaking: 24/30 Reading: 30:30 Listening: 29/30 Writing: 29/30 I have a master degree from U.S. for which some programs could waive their TOEFL for me. However, I am hesitating to retake TOEFL given some anecdotal evidence that some programs desk-reject applicants with Speaking Sub-Score lower than 26, e.g. CMU Tepper. I feel appreciated for your advice.
  8. Ok, so I finished my TOEFL some time ago now, but I just discovered this forum today. I prepared for about a week or two, with "cracking the TOEFL" which I did not find helpful at all - the tasks in there are much more difficult than what the TOEFL asks. You don't need to understand any texts, or interpret them, or rewrite sentences, or invent new paragraphs. Nothing like that. You don't need to tell engaging stories, at no point in the test. You also don't need to entertain your tester, nor sound overly natural and believable. What helped me most was using the practise exams online, and watching some videos / reading about other people's experiences. So what I really needed to practise was speaking quickly without thinking. SOmewhere I found a template that was something like 1) summary of question/problem 2) state your opinion/solution 3) give three reasons/arguments 4) summarize your suggestions and how they relate to the problem/question Not sure if that is actually required, but it helped me to feel confident. There was one question where my mind turned blank after half the time, so I didn't speak for like 15 seconds, and then just said a grammatically not very correct summary about the very few things I mentioned earlier Still got 30/30. What also helped to feel less nervous about talking to a computer in a room full of people was, as I saw someone say on youtube, trying to be the last one in the cue so that others start before you. Also, in general, if you always wait until the time for each task is up (you can skip it if you want to just continue), some people are going to be speaking before you have to anyway. Listen, so you can guess the topic. I just catched one answer for the first question but it made all the difference to my stress level. I was able to think of a sound structure before even knowing the question, and with that successful experience, the following questions were much easier to handle. I feel like the comprehension questions are very tricky, more than once I thought that there might be several correct answers. One listening excersice was particularly difficult, about some particles or bugs I don't remember, I didn't understand it too well, but I did not get that throughout the lecture they were talking about 2 different types - they sounded extremly similar and I did not notice. So when there were questions about (made up words, I don't remember the names) "miops" and "myops", I did not know which one was which so... I guessed. I'm pretty certain that was the testing question, because I got the number of questions expected in all other parts and one more in listening, and it's just extremly unlikely that I guessed everything correctly. I got 30/30 so it must have been that question that didn't count. I got 29/30 in writing and I think I know why. As again I did not want to finish early, I kept staring at my essay improving a word/sentence here and there. Unfortunately, do avoid stress, I had accostumed myself to not look at the clock. So I didn't know I didn't have time for another adjustment, but I started moving sentences around anyway. This lead to my final essay having a half sentence somewhere, as I cut the first part of it, intending to move it elsewhere and then adapt everything - stupid mistake, but well. I might have made some spelling mistakes as well, I'm used to autocorrect. Overall I have no clue why they give people so much time. I had 45 min left in reading, and over 30 min in each of the other parts except speaking because there you can't do anything after finishing the timed recordings so you don't have extra time. So what I can recommend: get there early. Don't worry about the other people, you'll never ever see them again. Also, their stress or (over) confidence do not help you. Just focus on yourself. You can go to the bathroom and take snack breaks whenever you feel like it. I think they tell you how to do it in the instructions, but since I had so much time left and did not want to skip forward, I walked around quite a lot and nobody cared (to be fair, I was the only one doing this, everyone else was very busy). Do the freely available online quizzes to get a feel for the questions and the time you need to answer them. If you know you don't have to worry about the time, don't. Just don't commit my mistake either - before changing anything, do check the time! Read the available "good" text examples. Practise writing a few essays about similar topics. A specific structure can be helpful as a guide for your writing, but again I doubt that it's necessary. Learn everything about the the test (e.g. the test questions that are evaluated, but do not affect your result). Know its duration and have your strategy to deal with the (extra) time. Know that it may take some more time to start the test than they tell you (I started about an hour late, not my fault but obviously only happened because I was last in line. Everyone else started about half an hour late). Have your drinks and (non-noisy) snacks if you think you might need them. Wear comfy clothes, but choose a colour and shirt that look decent enough for applications - the result document contains a photo they take there! Get more paper for notes if you need it, before you need it. Make sure you have enough paper for the speaking and oral comprehension questions, before you start those parts. Have an extra pen as well. Focus on your grammar and easy sentences. Nobody is trying to evaluate your intelligence, it's not like an exam at school, the content doesn't really matter as long as it's not wrong. Know your strategy for the oral comprehension part with respect to taking notes. For speaking, as mentioned above, a certain structure can help to make it easier to think of complete sentences. Before the test actually starts, there's some time which I used to write down the structures (which I had memorized) so that later, when my memory was filled with funny topics of the reading part, I could just refer to my own notes. I made a template for each question, so it was easier to take notes and the notes already formed the structure. And as you will have noted throughout this text (which obviously does not meet TOEFL criteria!), my English is far from perfect. I also have an accent. Before taking the test I had never been to an English speaking country (except for some stop overs) nor did I study in English. I feel it's really all about understanding how the test works, and using that knowledge.
  9. Hi As you probably know, IELTS Speaking Part 3 is the most difficult part of the IELTS Speaking test for most candidates. For a good example of how to answer IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions from a band score 8.5 candidate (Nils from Belgium), check out my latest IELTS video below. In the video, Nils answers some Part 3 questions on the topic of advertising and then I explain how Nils organises his answers to make them easy to follow. Pete
  10. Hi guys, i want to share with you a viewpoint: I think that many of us always struggle with the speaking and writing section, because we see a lot of exercises on the internet, but we can’t review our work by ourselves, so why there is no an online platform that afford many speaking and writing exercises and exams so the community review each other work by annotating words and phrases, commenting, liking or disliking. The essays can be texts (for the writing) or vocals recorded by a microphone of headphone (for the speaking).
  11. HELLO, I want my TOEFL speaking recordings to get graded?..which forum should i go to ?
  12. Hello everyone! I 'am planning to take TOEFL test sometime in the future, but till then I need to practice my speaking. I would tell that my present level of speech and fluency is probably OK, but there is still a lot work to do, to improve my overall fluency and the test score for speaking section. Please contact me via private message. I 'am available most the days from 6 pm (GMT+2).
  13. Hi friends, yesterday I had given TOEFL exam..., But I'm not confident to get good score.Again I'm going to start the preparation. So, I need English partner, to develop my speaking skills.Please assist me. Thanks,Pavan
  14. Hi,I am from Turkey. I have just graduated from the Northwestern University, USA. I will take a Toefl test within one month. However, I don't have any chance to practice my speaking skills in the homeland. If you are interested in, please contact me. Hamzasaracoglu2015@u.northwestern.edu
  15. Hi,I am from Turkey. I have just graduated from the Northwestern University, USA. I will take a Toefl test within six month. However, I don't have any chance to practice my speaking skills in the homeland. If you are interested in, please contact me. Hamzasaracoglu2015@u.northwestern.edu
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    Need a retest?

    Hi all, I have got my TOEFL scores report: reading: 30 listening: 25 speaking: 23 writing: 28 total: 106 I am wondering if I need to retake a test since my speaking part is kind of lower than the average. And I am worried the total score is not strong enough. Any suggestions? Thanks a million!
  17. Hey everyone:panda: I have my Toefl exam in a few days and I am really worried about the speaking and writing part of it. Any suggestions regarding how to tackle them would be appreciated. I want to score 110 or more as I am preparing to apply for the PhD program in pharmaceutical sciences in USA.
  18. Do you want to practice speaking English with a native English speaker? I am available to chat with you for 30 minutes. In exchange, I'd love to ask you a few questions about how you are studying for the TOEFL and answer any other question you may have about studying in the United States... reply below with your email or add me on Skype (yuanyuangeng). Good luck everyone!
  19. hello there My name is khusel.I am 17 years and from mongolia. So i looking for speaking partner that who can speak fluently.My speaking skill is so bad.So i wanna improve my speaking skill.if you don't mind,leave your Skype id.I would so glad if you accept me.
  20. Hello everyone! Zebra Education Inc has decided to provide free material to a few TOEFL Forums. iBT TOEFL Speaking 1: Question: Where Is Your Favourite Place To Study? Describe This Place And Say Why It Is A Good Place For You To Study. Answer: We attempted to post a zip file containing the audio file with the Native English answer, but the file size was too large. We hope this is not against the forum rules and if it is please contact us so we can discuss other alternatives. The below link simply links to a black screen with the audio file. http://www.toeflnetwork.com/system/files/toefl_speaking_1/Q1A41.mp3 Enjoy!
  21. Hello guys! I took my TOEFL on April, 19 and got a total of 97. R:24, L:25, W:24, S:24. Can I apply for rescoring and get a score of 100? Here are the details of Writing and Speaking sections: Speaking about familiar topics Fair(2.5 - 3.0) Speaking about campus situations Fair(2.5 - 3.0) Speaking about academic course content Good(3.5 - 4.0) Writing based on reading and listening Fair(2.5 - 3.5) Writing based on knowledge and experience Good(4.0 - 5.0)
  22. hi everyone :) i am new here. the reason that i joined is speaking practice. last month i was in Malta for learning English. but i don't want to lose what i learned. i can read sth and listen news, watch movies, tv series by myself. these are good but i can't speak anyone in my country.my level is intermadiate. i am looking for friends to practise English. if you want you can send me a message. and i can share my phone number or skype id , whatever you want. :) please somebody send me a message. i really need this.
  23. Good day everybody! My name is Kaye, and I'm a Filipino currently residing in the US (Just new here, no friends or acquaintances to converse with). I'm about to take TOEFL ibt this coming 20th of December. In my assessment, my speaking skill needs a lot of improvement. So what I am thinking right now is to find someone to practice speaking with. I don't know how it can be done since I can't post any contact details here. Suggestions are most welcome, and those who are interested to practice their speaking skill with me can freely express their interest in this forum. (Note: Just intellectual and decent discussions please) Thanks everybody! Hope to hear from you all!
  24. I want someone to help with speaking session in TOEFL. My skype id is CONTACT DETAILS DELETED BY MODERATOR. Please use Test Magic messaging system.
  25. Hello all, Thanks god, I got 24 in speaking section :) Till the exam, I made lots of research about speaking tips and examples. They have really helped me and I have just wanted to share experience and knowledge in a blog. Because, I was also looking for web sites about speaking tips everyday, day and night, not for a long time ago just a month ago. For that reason, I can guess what do you think and what do you want. I have prepared for TOEFL for being graduated from university. Before entering this exam, I took TOEFL ITP(special for us) for 4 times and didn't pass each of them because of 1 point. And then, I thought that "Don't be afraid of TOEFL IBT. Take and pass it". My TOEFL story was started like that :) Anyway, my blog is TOEFL IBT Speaking (Questions,Examples,Tips) . I hope, all of you can pass it easily ;) God help you.
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