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TOEFL Speaking question 6 part 1 (4 samples)

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Published on Oct 28, 2008

Here are 3 samples of the TOEFL ibt Speaking question 6. In this question, you are asked to summarize a lecture on an academic topic. From my experience as a teacher, this is one of the hardest questions in the entire test, as it puts your note taking abilities to a test. You have to make sure that you take as much notes as you can, so that when the time to prepare comes, you have a lot of material to work with. As with all the other questions, you will only hear the lecture once, so it is imperative that you take notes. Most of the time, the lecture provides you with two examples, studies, life experiences etc. Your job is to summarize 1: The main idea of the lecture 2: the two examples provided by the lecturer. 3: Some of the supporting details provided by the professor. You should also try to summarize by paraphrasing the content of the lecture. That is to say find other ways to say the same thing as the professor did. This is supposed to demonstrate your ability to retell information using your own words. So in other words, don't repeat integrally what the lecturer has said. I wish you the best of luck!!!

Here is the link to the PDF speaking scoring grid
www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/pdf/Speaking_Rubrics.pdf

It will give you a good idea of what they use to grade you

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