After posting the article, 5 Reasons for Low Scores in TOEFL iBT Speaking, many students / blog readers shared their thoughts on why they got low scores in that TOEFL iBT section.
A few sent their comments on how they prepared by sharing their TOEFL speaking practice methods.
But among these readers, one comment stood out of them all. His comment is really worth sharing with a much wider audience on how to better practice for the TOEFL speaking section.
I scored 30/30 on the TOEFL speaking section.
I believe that the best method of practice is to record your responses to Barron’s / Kaplan’s / ETS’s TOEFL speaking practice questions and then listen to them intently.
Afterwards, listen to their sample response and try to figure out the differences.
This way, you will be able to try to elevate your responses’ quality to those of the sample. You shall see significant differences within a week in TOEFL speaking section.
P.S. My practice time for the whole TOEFL was not more than 5 days, and my total score is 114.
What Qaiser had said is absolutely right.
If you are going to take the TOEFL without any speaking practice (record, listen and improve) in the speaking section, it’s very hard to speak in front of a computer microphone for the first time.
First of all, you will have deal with the TOEFL exam tension, and on top of that, you have to take notes on the TOEFL passage and then clearly say your response over the mic.
So if you haven’t practiced for TOEFL speaking section prior to that, you are going to sound terrible or be very conscious when you speak. So practice really is the key to get good score in TOEFL speaking section.
These days, all cell phones (now called smartphones) come with a voice recorder, so use it to record your response and review it.
Pick up sample TOEFL Speaking practice questions and passages. Record your answers, review and make improvements to your mistakes.
It’s natural for anyone to feel awkward to speak to a recorder, but if you need high score in speaking section in TOEFL, you got to overcome that feeling.
Keep practicing till you feel comfortable talking to a recorder.