the Listening Section of TOEFL training

The TOEFL Listening section is designed to measure your ability to understand conversations and lectures in English. It includes listening for:

  • basic comprehension
  • pragmatic understanding (speaker’s attitude and degree of certainty) and connecting and synthesizing information

There are 2 types of listening items in the Speaking section — lectures and conversations. Both use campus-based language.

  • 3–4 lectures, each 3–5 minutes long, with 6 questions per lecture
  • 2–3 conversations with 2 speakers, each 3 minutes long, with 5 questions per conversation

You can take notes on any audio item throughout the test to help you answer questions. You have 41 to 57 minutes to complete the section.

The test you take may include extra questions in the Reading or Listening sections that don’t count toward your score. These questions help ETS to:

  • make test scores comparable across administrations
  • determine how such questions function under actual testing conditions

Arranges information and ideas coherently and there is a clear overall progression
Uses cohesive devices effectively, but cohesion within and/or between sentences may be faulty or mechanical
May not always use referencing clearly or appropriately View More Details

Narrator: Listen to a conversation between a male student and a female librarian.

Student: Hi. I’m new here … I, uh, couldn’t come to the student orientation—and I’m wondering if you can give me a few quick pointers about the library? I’d really appreciate it.

Librarian: Sure. I’d be glad to. What’s your major area of study?

Student: Latin American literature.

Librarian: OK. Well, over here’s the section where we have language, literature, and the arts, and if you go downstairs you’ll find the history section. Generally the students who concentrate in Latin American literature find themselves researching in the history section a lot.

Student: Uh-huh. You’re right. I’m a transfer student. I’ve already done a year at another university, so I know how the research can go—I’ve spent a lot of time in the history section. So how long can I borrow books for?

Librarian: Our loan period is a month. Oh, I should also mention that we have an interlibrary loan service … if you need to get hold of a book that’s not in our library. There’s a truck that runs between our library and a few other public and university libraries in this area. It comes around three times a week.

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