TOEFL Integrated Speaking Questions 4 and 6This video gives an overview of the TOEFL Integrated Speaking questions 4 and 6. These questions are about academic subjects.
You will learn about:
- The structure of these questions
- Tips on how to approach these questions
- How the questions are scored
- A high-score sample answer
- Tips to build and develop your TOEFL speaking skills
This is the format of Question 4:
- Reading passage
- Listening passage
- 30 seconds preparation time
- 60 seconds response time
This is the format of Question 6:
- Listening to lecture
- 20 seconds preparation time
- 60 seconds response time
Question 4: Reading passage
The passage is about an academic concept which is typical of a college textbook. The reading passage in the video is about the idea of flow.
Question 4: Listening Passage
You will hear a listening excerpt which is part of a lecture related to the topic of the reading passage: in the listening section you hear details and an example related to the reading passage.
Question 4: What does the question ask?
To answer the question you need to explain how the example is supporting or helping to illustrate the academic term or concept discussed in the reading passage.
Question 6: Listening Passage
You will hear part of a lecture about a subject. It normally begins with a professor giving a definition of a concept or discussing a particular issue.
There will be some examples to explain or help clarify the concept or issue.
Question 6: What does the questions ask?
You will have to explain the main idea or points discussed based on the examples in the listening passage. Your answer should be a summary of the important details.
Tips on how to approach TOEFL speaking questions 4 and 6
- Use academic texts to practice
- You do NOT need any specialist knowledge in specificacademic fields
- The questions evaluate your level of competency in English
Tips on how to approach questions
- Make notes while you are listening
- Identify key words, ideas, concepts and examples
- Use your notes to prepare your answer
- Don’t fill time by repeating yourself
- Clarify, develop and elaborate your answer fully
- Time yourself when practising
TOEFL Speaking Scoring Criteria
- 0 - 4
- TOEFL speaking is scored on a holistic basis
- Delivery: clarity and fluency of speech, pronunciation, speed of speech and intonation
- Language use: how you express ideas using grammar and vocabulary
- Topic development: this is how completely you answer the question, how clearly your ideas are expressed and how well your ideas are connected
TOEFL Speaking Tips for Skill-BuildingYou can develop your TOEFL speaking skills using some of these activities:
- Enlarge your vocabulary related to academic topics
- Make a list of new words, check and practice their pronunciation
- Read academic articles and make a spoken summary of them
- Write a transcription of your recording, consider alternative ways of expressing your ideas
- Use English textbooks which include examples of these questions
- Practice speaking your answers out loud
- Record yourself and keep them to review later
- Find an English teacher and ask them to evaluate your answers based on the TOEFL speaking rubrics