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Should I make notes during TOEFL's listening component exam?

May 16, 2018 5:55pm 1

  • Fu Answered May 17, 2018 4:34pm

First, you should have your own style of note taking. Find a method that you find the easiest to use as note taking is very important for Q3-6 of the listening test. This is because these questions require a lot of content from the recordings. Keep practising your note taking as frequent use of note taking skills will help you make it a habit and make it easier for you during the exam.

Another tip will be that there are usually key messages of the recording around logical words and when there is a marked change in tone. Therefore, when you are listening to the recording, you have to focus. The audio at the exam venue is also not bad as long as you turn up the volume to at least 90%. 

First, you should have your own style of note taking. Find a method that you find the easiest to use as note taking is very important for Q3-6 of the listening test. This is because these questions require a lot of content from the recordings. Keep... Read more

First, you should have your own style of note taking. Find a method that you find the easiest to use as note taking is very important for Q3-6 of the listening test. This is because these questions require a lot of content from the recordings. Keep practising your note taking as frequent use of note taking skills will help you make it a habit and make it easier for you during the exam.

Another tip will be that there are usually key messages of the recording around logical words and when there is a marked change in tone. Therefore, when you are listening to the recording, you have to focus. The audio at the exam venue is also not bad as long as you turn up the volume to at least 90%. 


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How can I score more than 110 for TOEFL?

May 16, 2018 5:56pm 1

  • Fu Answered May 17, 2018 4:33pm

If your aim is to score more than 110 for TOEFL, you should have two basic strategies.

1. Reading, listening, and writing  (writing especially) components should steadily be at the 29 mark. In this case, even if for the oral part you get fair (about 23 marks), you can still get above 110 mark overall.

2. If you have a particularly weak component among these three that usually cause you to not fare well, you need to score at least 24 and above for the oral part to have a chance at breaking the 110 mark. 

Of course, these are just my assumptions and theorising and may differ across individuals. Good luck!

If your aim is to score more than 110 for TOEFL, you should have two basic strategies.1. Reading, listening, and writing  (writing especially) components should steadily be at the 29 mark. In this case, even if for the oral part you get fair... Read more

If your aim is to score more than 110 for TOEFL, you should have two basic strategies.

1. Reading, listening, and writing  (writing especially) components should steadily be at the 29 mark. In this case, even if for the oral part you get fair (about 23 marks), you can still get above 110 mark overall.

2. If you have a particularly weak component among these three that usually cause you to not fare well, you need to score at least 24 and above for the oral part to have a chance at breaking the 110 mark. 

Of course, these are just my assumptions and theorising and may differ across individuals. Good luck!

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How to prepare for Task 3-6 of TOEFL's oral exam?

May 16, 2018 6:01pm 1

  • Fu Answered May 17, 2018 4:24pm

I've got two things!

1. Logic

I usually compartmentalize the answering logic of the oral test into different categories, eg, passage logic, logic between sentences, and logic within sentences. 

For passage logic, it is easy to tackle where you just have to apply a template and build an overview. It is easy as long as you don't exceed the time limit. 

For logic between sentences, the main idea is not to repeat what you have said previously. To prevent this, you can practise by listening to more recordings to prevent using the same words. Also, for every sentence you make, ensure that there are connectors that retain the logic including times when you are listing examples. For example, when you are giving examples, you can use words like during, at the same time, as a result, etc. If you don't use these connectors, the examiner may not know what you are talking about. 

For logic within sentences, use connectors such as so that, even though, etc.

2. Re-reading

The English language and the Chinese language are different in the sense that when you are speaking Chinese, you use the same tone throughout your speech and students usually apply this habit when taking oral examinations. However, this habit makes it hard for foreigners to understand as they are used to using a variation of tones. This can be seen in all the official recordings where the speaker have different tone when coming across connectors. Words that are associated with negative emotions are usually also read more than once so, when practising, you have to practise re-reading too.

Good luck!

I've got two things!1. LogicI usually compartmentalize the answering logic of the oral test into different categories, eg, passage logic, logic between sentences, and logic within sentences. For passage logic, it is easy to tackle where you... Read more

I've got two things!

1. Logic

I usually compartmentalize the answering logic of the oral test into different categories, eg, passage logic, logic between sentences, and logic within sentences. 

For passage logic, it is easy to tackle where you just have to apply a template and build an overview. It is easy as long as you don't exceed the time limit. 

For logic between sentences, the main idea is not to repeat what you have said previously. To prevent this, you can practise by listening to more recordings to prevent using the same words. Also, for every sentence you make, ensure that there are connectors that retain the logic including times when you are listing examples. For example, when you are giving examples, you can use words like during, at the same time, as a result, etc. If you don't use these connectors, the examiner may not know what you are talking about. 

For logic within sentences, use connectors such as so that, even though, etc.

2. Re-reading

The English language and the Chinese language are different in the sense that when you are speaking Chinese, you use the same tone throughout your speech and students usually apply this habit when taking oral examinations. However, this habit makes it hard for foreigners to understand as they are used to using a variation of tones. This can be seen in all the official recordings where the speaker have different tone when coming across connectors. Words that are associated with negative emotions are usually also read more than once so, when practising, you have to practise re-reading too.

Good luck!

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What kind of reading materials should I use to prepare for the TOEFL reading exam?

May 16, 2018 6:02pm 1

  • Fang Answered May 16, 2018 6:04pm

Hello! Besides doing TPO to familiarise yourself with actual exam questions, you can also use professional articles to practise. The most classic type of specialised articles are those related to your major. Such factual articles can allow you to understand more types of English expression, and it allows you to build on your content knowledge pertaining to the subject, giving you the ability to use these content for other components of the exam. Of course, if you have a good foundation, you can consider reading articles of different topics.

If you don't have much time, my advice is for you to just relax and keep up with the habit of reading instead of focusing so much on what to read. Good luck!

Hello! Besides doing TPO to familiarise yourself with actual exam questions, you can also use professional articles to practise. The most classic type of specialised articles are those related to your major. Such factual articles can allow you to... Read more

Hello! Besides doing TPO to familiarise yourself with actual exam questions, you can also use professional articles to practise. The most classic type of specialised articles are those related to your major. Such factual articles can allow you to understand more types of English expression, and it allows you to build on your content knowledge pertaining to the subject, giving you the ability to use these content for other components of the exam. Of course, if you have a good foundation, you can consider reading articles of different topics.

If you don't have much time, my advice is for you to just relax and keep up with the habit of reading instead of focusing so much on what to read. Good luck!

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Can I submit my DUKE-NUS online application if I don't have a MCAT score or if some supporting documents have not yet been sent to the school?

May 16, 2018 2:02pm 1

  • Yi Answered May 16, 2018 5:07pm

Hello there! Yes, you can, but note that the online application itself should have all the components completed and submitted by the deadline. 

If you are submitting an application without an MCAT score, you have to indicate on your application the date of exam taken or registered to be taken. There is a 2-week grace period after the admission deadline to send all supporting documents including the MCAT score. Good luck on your application!

Hello there! Yes, you can, but note that the online application itself should have all the components completed and submitted by the deadline. If you are submitting an application without an MCAT score, you have to indicate on your application... Read more

Hello there! Yes, you can, but note that the online application itself should have all the components completed and submitted by the deadline. 

If you are submitting an application without an MCAT score, you have to indicate on your application the date of exam taken or registered to be taken. There is a 2-week grace period after the admission deadline to send all supporting documents including the MCAT score. Good luck on your application!

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