What is the format of short talks in
the TOEFL test? (Explanation with
The Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL
is an internationally accepted test which measures
the proficiency of English in a person. The test is
undertaken by students looking for admission to
universities in English speaking nations and it is
mandatory for non –English speaking students. The
test is administered in all the four modules of
language learning which are Reading, Writing,
Speaking and Listening.
The TOEFL Test is administered in two different
formats for the convenience of the students. The
formats are Paper Based Test and Internet based
test. In places where the internet facilities are
not available, the paper based test is administered.
Though basically there are just minor differences in
the reading and the listening test the structure of
the two formats are almost similar. In the Paper
based listening test, you are given 30-40 minutes in
which you need to complete three sections. The first
section comprises of 30 questions based on short
conversations, the second has 8 questions on
conversations slighter longer than the previous and
the third has 12 questions on a short passage all of
which you will be made to listen to. The listening
test in the internet based test is slightly
different. You are given 60-90 minutes and the
Listening part has two sections. The first part is
of short conversations. There are 2-3 short
conversations and each conversation is followed by 5
questions based on the conversation. The second part
has 4-6 lectures and each lecture is followed by 6
questions. Two lectures of the 4-6 that you hear
will also include comments and inputs by students.
In both the
cases, notes can be taken down but you will need to
hand it over to the examiner at the end of the test
as you will not be able to take it out.
The tape script of a conversation between two
students Lee and Anna who have just joined for their
Masters degree in Information Technology is given
Hi, I’m Anna; can you please tell me where the Dept
of Information Technology is?
Hi, I’m Lee and I’m also looking for the IT dept.
(Narrator) What does the Lee mean?
A. He doesn't know the location of the IT Dept
B. He doesn't know whom to ask.
C. He doesn't have any information on the location
of the IT Dept
D. He doesn't know where to find the IT Dept.
From the conversation you can construe that both Lee
and Anna are new to the university and are yet to
find their way around. And so to answer the question
“What does Lee mean?” it is “A” He doesn't know the
location of the IT Dept either.