[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

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You may begin to prepare your response after the beep.

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Task 2

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

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Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend all classes for which they are registered, including the first class session. Classes for which attendance is mandatory from the first session will be noted so in the class schedule. Instructors may set an attendance policy for each class, and it is the student’s responsibility to know and comply with individual class attendance policies. Students who fail to comply with the established attendance policy for the class forfeit the right to continue in class and will be subject to an administrative withdrawal.[/x_accordion_item][/x_accordion][cs_text]After 45 seconds, CLOSE the text and resume (continue) the listening and take notes!
Now listen to two students as they discuss the attendance policy.

[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click for prompt” open=”false”]The woman expresses her opinion about the attendance policy. 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 3

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

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Participant Observation

To study real-life behaviors, social scientists have to get out in the field and take notes, and they have to do it systematically. A favorite method for many researchers is participant observation. In participant observation, the researcher becomes part of the group under study. This method is often used to study groups that are not easy to observe from the outside, such as street gangs or farm laborers. In some studies, no one knows the researcher’s identity. However, this is controversial because observing people without their knowledge, or recording their comments without their permission, is not always considered ethical.[/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 lecture on the same topic in a sociology class.

[/cs_text][x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”Click for prompt” open=”false”]Explain the ethical problem in the participant observation study discussed in the lecture. State what the researcher did to solve the problem, and explain why this was acceptable.

Begin to prepare your response after the beep.


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

Now listen to a talk in a biology class. The professor is discussing competition in bird populations.

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Begin to prepare your response after the beep.


(Prep: 20 seconds; Respond: 60 seconds)
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