[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Directions” open=”false”]At the bottom, after you finish the speaking section, please answer and submit the questions.

In this section of the exam you will be able to demonstrate your ability to speak about a variety of topics. You will answer six questions by recording your response. For this, YOU must record your speaking and email it to us. Make sure that your recording device has a timer / stopwatch feature so you know how many seconds have passed.

When you start the recording and the narrator speaks, you can “Click to see the question.” To mimic real TOEFL conditions, don’t look at the question before it’s the right time.

In tasks 1 and 2, you will talk about familiar topics for 45 seconds. In tasks 3 and 4 read a short text (you will have 45 seconds; I recommend that you open a new window in www.online-stopwatch.com and “count down” from 45 seconds); then you will listen to a dialog or a lecture. You will summarize the tasks 3 and 4 for 60 seconds. Task 5 will ask you to summarize a dialog (with no text!) AND give your opinion in 60 seconds. Task 6 will ask you to summarize a lecture (with no text!) in 60 seconds.

Again, be disciplined: Don’t listen to the dialog or lecture more than once. You can only listen once on TOEFL, so to learn your most accurate score, there’s no point in giving yourself extra help on this diagnostic.

As always in TOEFL, you may take notes while you read and listen. For each question, you will be given preparation time. Don’t start speaking/recording your response until you are told (after that, you must track the time by yourself).

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Task 1

[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click for prompt” open=”false”]What game do you enjoy playing? Describe the game. and explain why you like to play it. Include details and examples to support your explanation.

You may begin to prepare your response after the beep.

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Task 2

[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click for prompt” open=”false”]Some people drive their own car to school or work. Others ride a bus, train or other form of public transportation. Which do you think is better and why? Include details and examples in your explanation.

You may begin to prepare your response after the beep.

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Task 3

You have 45 seconds to read the announcement. Tell your teacher to start the timer and begin reading now.

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Distance Education Courses

Distance education courses at Valley Community College are regularly scheduled classes that must be completed by the end of the quarter. All online courses are taught by college faculty in conjunction with the related academic departments. Students will be required to participate in a “virtual classroom” online, conduct research, and complete assignments. Students must have daily access to a personal computer with word processing software and connection to the internet. Students should expect to spend approximately 12-15 hours a week for any online course[/x_accordion_item][/x_accordion][cs_text]After 45 seconds, CLOSE the text and resume (continue) the listening and take notes!

Now listen to a student as he discusses online courses with his academic adviser.

[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click for prompt” open=”false”]The adviser expresses her opinion about online courses. State her opinion and explain the reasons she gives for holding that opinion.

Begin to prepare your response after the beep.

(Prep: 30 seconds; Respond: 60 seconds)
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Task 4

You have 45 seconds to read the announcement. Tell your teacher to start the timer and begin reading now.

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Culture
Culture consists of beliefs, values, rituals, texts and symbols of a society. An important element of culture is how the rules — or “norms” — that regulate behavior and maintain social order. Some norms tell us how we should behave — for example, obey authority and treat others with respect. Some norms are traditions or customs, such as clothing styles. Other norms cover matters of morality, such as courtship behavior or showing respect to ancestors. The most essential norms cover activities that are central to the well-being of the whole society; these rules are established as laws, both written and unwritten.[/x_accordion_item][/x_accordion][cs_text]After 45 seconds, CLOSE the text and resume (continue) the listening and take notes!

Now listen to part of a talk in a business class.

[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click for prompt” open=”false”]Explain how corporations are similar to any other culture, and explain how corporate culture varies in different companies.

Begin to prepare your response after the beep.

(Prep: 30 seconds; Respond: 60 seconds)
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Task 5

Now listen to a conversation between two students.

After the conversation, get ready to answer the question. Open the prompt.[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click for prompt” open=”false”]Describe the man’s problem and the suggestions the woman makes about how to solve it. What do you think the man should do and why?

(Prep: 20 seconds; Respond: 60 seconds)
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Task 6

Now listen to a lecture in a marine biology class.

After the conversation, get ready to answer the prompt. Open the prompt.[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click for prompt” open=”false”]Using points and examples from the lecture, explain why some ocean water is clear and why some water is a certain color.

Begin to prepare your response after the beep.

(Prep: 20 seconds; Respond: 60 seconds)
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