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TOEFL Tip #12: Listening For The Main Idea

by Strictly English TOEFL Tutors on January 10, 2009

The TOEFL likes to trick you by beginning a lecture with a topic that the lecture is NOT about. For example, a typical lecture will begin by summarizing what the class was supposed to read the night before. Or, it will begin by talking about the previous lecture. 

After three or four sentences, the professor will say something like, “But in today’s class, I want to discuss . . .” or “Although this is interesting, there are other possibilities too.”
It is important for you to realize that the real ”main topic” of the lecture is going to be whatever the professor talks about after he says “but” or “although,” NOT what he first talked about when the lecture began.

TOEFL Tip #10: Long And Short Listening Sections

by Strictly English TOEFL Tutors on

Be prepared for a long Listening Section. Every TOEFL test has either a long Reading Section or a long Listening Section. If you have only have three reading passages, then you know that your Listening Section will be “long”, so don’t be surprised! The “long” listening is because TOEFL adds experimental questions that it wants to test to see if they are well-written questions or not. Instead of 2 conversations, 2 class discussions, and 2 lectures, you will have 3 each. You won’t know which 6 will count for the test, so try and do your best on all questions!

TOEFL Tip #2: Practicing Lectures

by Strictly English TOEFL Tutors on January 6, 2009

Did you know that iTunes has thousands of podcasts of university lectures, and they are all has picked three that it thinks will help you the most. Check them out!
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