If you have ever taken the TOEFL exam before, I'm sure that you'll agree that it is a long and very difficult exam that would even give some trouble to native speakers. After preparing my students for the TOEFL exam for many years, my students recently began telling me about how the format of speaking question 1 momentarily caught them off guard during their test.
Usually, speaking question 1 covers a topic where the test-taker has to explain his or her choice.
Here's a typical example:
[Choose a place that you often go to and explain why this place is significant to you. Explain why.]
NOW, speaking question 1 can give you THREE CHOICES to choose from!
Here's an example of the NEW format for speaking question 1 which you will most likely hear on the TOEFL exam:
[Your university is planning to build a new parking structure, an additional library, or another restaurant on-campus. Which of the following choices do you think is the best? Explain why. ]
When one of my students first told me about this kind of question after she had taken the TOEFL exam, I thought that the question was a little bit unusual. However, five of my other students also began reporting the same thing!
For some people, this may not seem like a big deal, but for others, this unexpected question format may cause them to feel more stressed out during the test, and it can affect their performance during the TOEFL.
So what does this all mean? First of all, you should try to practice speaking questions with three choices because there's a good chance that it'll pop up on the exam. Secondly, if you need a higher score on the speaking section of the TOEFL, try to find ways to practice as much speaking as you can.
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