TOEFL Speaking Example 3.0

This blog post focuses on a TOEFL Speaking Example 3.0.  A student sent me this practice test yesterday and asked that I score it and provide feedback.

TOEFL speaking example 3.0TOEFL Speaking Example 3.0 Video

The following video includes the following:

    • A audio recording of a student’s TOEFL independent speaking practice test without interrruption
    • A second recording of the student’s practice test, this time with my delivery, language-use, and topic development feedback
    •  An explanation of why the student scores 3.0/4.0 and a recommendation of specific ways the student can reframe the response so that it scores higher

What Can You Learn after Watching this Video?

Scoring 3.0 on four speaking tasks gives you a score of 23/30 points. As you can learn here, 54% of test-takers score 23/30 points on the speaking section of the exam. In other words, the student who scored 3.0 in this video has average speaking skills.  Therefore, this student is performing in a similar manner to more than 50% of all test-takers who take the TOEFL exam.  What can you learn from this student’s average performance on this speaking practice test?

  • Do not try to explain more than two reasons in your argument. You MUST limit your focus.
  • Avoid generic words like great, awesome, excellent; instead, use precise words that help you to deepen your explanations.
  • Use specific personal experiences to illustrate the generalizations that you put forth.
  • Use a combination of higher and lower tones when you speak; this will help you to speak more naturally.

Additional Resources to Help You Reach your Goal

Do you want to be one of the top 12% of all students who score 26/30 on the speaking section? A number of specialized resources to fit all budgets are included below:

May the next TOEFL exam you take be your last!

Michael Buckhoff, mbuckhoff@aol.com

Teaching Experience

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