Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Independent Speaking

The TOEFL iBT is comprised of four parts: Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking.

The Speaking section has two types of tasks: independent and integrated.

For the Independent tasks, candidates are required to answer a question based on general knowledge.

The most important things to remember when responding are:

- being economical: use objective concise sentences to explain your answer.

- using good opening and closing phrases/sentences to help organize your thoughts:

e.g. There are three reasons why the cellphone has become so popular.[OPENING]

e.g. It is because of these three reasons that the cellphone has become popular. [CLOSING]

- nominalizing instead of using long sentences, e.g. There are three reasons why the cellphone has become so popular: commercial, technological and social.

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