TOEFL: LISTENING COMPREHENSION STRATEGIES

LISTENING COMPREHENSION

  • Consist of 50 questions
  • Divided into three parts
  • Part A consists of 30 shorts conversations, each followed by a question. Choose one best answer from four options
  • Part B consists of 2 log conversations, each followed by a number of questions.
  • Part C consists of three talks, each followed by a number of questions.

GENERAL STRATEGIES

  • Be familiar with the directions.
  • Listen carefully to the conversations and talks. You will hear only one time.
  • Know where the easier and more difficult questions are generally found.
  • Never leave any answers blank on your answer sheet. No penalty for guessing.
  • Use any remaining time to look ahead at the answers to the questions that follow.

PART A

STRATEGIES FOR THE LISTENING PART A QUESTIONS

  1. As you listen to each short conversation, focus on the second line of the conversation.
  2. Choose answer with synonyms. Keep in mind that the correct answer is probably a restatement of a key word or idea in the second line of the conversation. Keep in mind that certain structures and expressions are tested regularly in Listening part A. Listen for these structures and expressions:
  • Structures (passive, negatives, wishes, conditions)
  • Functional expressions (agreement, uncertainty, suggestion, surprise)
  • Idiomatic expressions (two-part verbs, three-part verbs, idioms)
  • If you know a few words, choose the answer that contains s restatement
  • If you didn’t understand anything at all in the second line, choose the answer that sounds the most different from what you heard.
  • Never choose an answer because it sounds like what you heard in the conversation
  1. Keep in mind that these questions generally progress from easy to difficult.
  2. Read the answers and choose the best answer to each question.
  3. Even if you do not understand the complete conversation, you can find the correct answer.

Taken from TOEFL Preparation by Longman Paper Based TOEFL

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