How do you manage the time when
attempting short talks questions in the listening
section of the TOEFL test?
As is the case with every test, the listening test
in the TOEFL Test is also time bound and has a set
number of questions that must be answered within the
given time frame. There are about 30-50 questions
spread out in three sets that must be answered in
about 60-90 minutes. The first section comprises of
30 questions based on short conversations in the
paper based test and in the internet based test the
listening section has only two parts of which the
short conversations is in the first part. . You are
given 60-90 minutes and there are 2-3 short
conversations and each conversation is followed by 5
questions based on the conversation. Since you must
answer each and every question, you need a lot of
time and this is one of the most important aspects
of the TOEFL Test. The reason why this is so
important is because it has the power to manipulate
your result either positively or negatively.
Effective Time management
Avoid Reading Instructions:
You can save up on valuable time when you avoid
reading the instructions since you are already
familiar with the instructions and the format due to
your practice sessions.
Try to Grasp the Main Topic and the Keyword in the
talk and the question.
Focus on the talk to identify the context in which
it is spoken so that you get an idea of “what”,
‘where’ and ‘who’ of the conversation.
What is the Tense In The Question
One of the proven tips is to identify the tense as
this will help you in the process of elimination to
arrive at the right option. The tense in the
conversation should be identical to the tense in the
Draw a relation between the vocabulary used in the
question and those in the options.
This is a really effective method to find the right
answer. Try and draw relations not only between the
language used in the questions and the vocabulary in
the options but also between the speakers in the
conversation, the context and the location.
Plan your time ahead of the test
Ensure that you have drawn out an effective time
management plan ahead of the test so that you can
adhere to the plan and manage your time effectively.
So by following all these strategies ad guidelines
you are sure to manage your time well and excel in
the TOEFL Test.
All these methods help to save time in due course
and at the end of the test you might probably have a
few minutes in which you can review you answers