The way to improve your TOEFL Listening score is fairly simple and involves three things.

First, find the resources that you enjoy and listen to them as much as possible. The best way to be able to become a better listener is to create an environment of immersion where you expose yourself to a bunch of listening resources for as long as possible.

So, listen to English every day for at least 30 minutes if not more. When you are listening, pick resources that you enjoy. Find podcasts that you like, listen to the radio shows that you enjoy, watch TED talks that you find interesting, watch your favorite TV shows or movies in English.

You can do it when you are on your way to work or school, driving a car, on the bus, or in the metro. You can do it when you are at home, at night, you can do it when you go for a walk, you can do it wherever.

Expose yourself to as much English as possible on a consistent basis, and that’s the first step to making sure that you can get a high score on the TOEFL Listening section.

The second step is taking good notes. If you have never taken notes before, you are probably not going to be very good at taking notes at the beginning. So, you should commit to practicing the process of taking notes. Listen to lectures, podcasts, TED talks and practice the process of taking notes on those resources just to start learning how to write things down.

You need to make sure your notes are organized. And the best way to organize those notes is a process of indentation.

The other thing you need to do is be careful about what you write down. When you are taking notes, you should abbreviate and use symbols, and you should not write down things like articles or propositions. You only should be writing down key pronouns, verbs, and maybe a few adjectives.

Be careful about how much you write down because, obviously, you’re not going to write down everything. You need to make sure you keep and write down the most important pieces of information.

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And the third thing is answering the questions. You need to be able to answer them correctly.

There is no point in practicing the same questions again and again for the Listening section. You need to focus on practicing the questions that you consistently get incorrect. First of all, ask yourself are the lectures more difficult or the dialogues more difficult.

If you are consistently getting all the questions correct for the dialogues, but you’re struggling with the lectures, then only listen to the lectures and only practice with the lectures. Going through those and answering only those questions and focusing your time and your effort on answering those questions is going to help you do better with that.

You should do this about ninety percent of the time. You should also spend a small percentage of your time just going through that process of making sure that you do a full Listening section, from the very beginning to the very end you can answer the question in time, and you can answer them consistently. But most of your studying time should be spent focused on the thing that you struggle with.

Let’s review:

  1. You need to just immerse yourself in as much listening resources as possible.
  2. You need to be able to take good notes.
  3. You need to be able to answer the questions correctly.

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How to Get A High Score on TOEFL Listening Transcript 

Hey TOEFL students, and welcome to another TOEFL Speaking Teacher video. This is gonna be a little bit unconventional again because we are talking about the TOEFL Listening section today.

We are going to talk about what you can do to get a high score on the TOEFL Listening section. Now, I follow a very similar methodology for the TOEFL Listening section that I would for the TOEFL Reading section, that I would for the TOEFL Writing Section, that I would for the TOEFL Speaking section. And that is a value the importance of enjoying the process of studying for the TOEFL Listening section just like the TOEFL Speaking, the TOEFL Reading, and the TOEFL Writing Section.

The way to improve your TOEFL listening score is fairly simple and involves three things this time, usually, I say two things, but for the TOEFL Listening section, it’s three things.

 

First, it’s finding resources that you enjoy and listening to them as much as possible, not TOEFL resources, just general resources. The second thing is you need to be able to take good notes, that is critical to doing well on the Listening section because the lectures and the dialogues tend to be very extensive. If you don’t take good notes, then you are not going to be able to answer the questions afterwards.

And the third thing is, of course, answering the questions.  You need to be able to answer them correctly. So we are going to talk about each one of those things briefly in today’s video so you know how you can get a high score on the TOEFL Listening section.

So, let’s go to point number one: listening to resources you enjoy. Obviously, to get a score in the TOEFL Listening section, you need to be able to listen and comprehend English very well. And the best way to be able to do that is to create an environment of immersion where you expose yourself to a bunch of listening resources for as long is possible.

I usually recommend students try to listen to English every day and it’s really easy to do. You can do it when you are on the bus, or in the metro or your way to work or school.  You can do it when you are at home, at night, you can do it when you go for a walk, you can do it wherever, when you are driving in the car. It is really quite easy to listen to a lot of English as long as you have some type of phone, or you have some type of player, and you can download things on, and you listen to them wherever.

So, listen to English every day for at least 30 minutes if not more. When you are listening, pick resources that you enjoy. Find podcasts that you like, listen to the radio shows that you enjoy, watch TED talks that you find interesting, watch TV shows, watch movies. Expose yourself to as much English as possible and listen to on a consistent basis, and that’s the first step to making sure that you can get a high score on the TOEFL Listening section. 

The second step is taking good notes. And just like I mentioned before, the process of improving your note-taking is a process, it’s something to commit to and do consistently is to get better at. If you´ve really never taken notes before or you’ve only done it here and there, you probably not going to be very good at taking notes at the beginning, and that’s okay.  What matters is being able to take notes well at the end. So what you wanna do is you wanna commit to just practicing the process of taking notes. Listening to lectures, listening to podcasts, listening to TED talks and practice the process of taking notes on those resources just to start learning how to write things down nad remember them. Now, when you are taking notes, you wanna do a couple of things.

First of all, specific to the TOEFL Listening section, you wanna make sure your notes are organized. Because there is nothing worse than having notes that are disorganized and then having to go back through them and be like, ´Oh, where was this, where was this, where was this?´

You need to make sure your notes are organized. And the best way to organize those notes is a process of indentation.  When you indent things, you have it here, and then here, and then here, and here. And then, for example, if you go to the next part of the conversation, or the next part of the lecture, you can go here, then here, then here. And that process of indentation is going to help you keep your notes organized.

The other thing you need to do is be careful about what you write down. When you are taking notes, you should abbreviate, you should use symbols, and you should not write down things like articles or propositions. You only should be writing down key pronouns, verbs, and maybe a few adjectives. But be careful about how much you write down because obviously, you’re not going to write down everything.  You need to make sure you keep and write down the most important pieces of information.

Let’s review quickly:

1. You need to just immerse yourself in as much listening resources as possible.

2.  You need to be able to take good notes.

3. You need to be able to answer the questions correctly.

And I give the same advice for the Listening section as I do for the Reading section. There is no point in practicing the same questions again and again and again for the Listening section. You need to focus on practicing the questions that you consistently get incorrect. So, usually in the lecture or in the dialogue, you ‘ll have to answer between, you know, four and six or seven question about each lecture, each dialogue. So, first of all, ask yourself are the lectures more difficult or the dialogues more difficult.

If you are consistently getting all the questions correct for the dialogues but you’re struggling with the lectures, then only listen to the lectures and only practice with the lectures. And you can do that in multiples ways. You can practice with the lectures on the actual TOEFL Listening; you can also practice on the lectures or just generally listening to more academic lectures, TED talks, academic lectures on YouTube that you might find, and practice the process of taking notes and understanding the information.

Now, if for example, there are specific types of questions that you always struggle with in the dialogue or specific types of questions that you always struggle with in the lecture, then you also wanna make sure that you get better and better at practicing those.

So, going through those and answering only those questions and focusing your time and your effort on answering those questions is going to help you do better with that. You should do this about ninety percent of the time, you should also spend, of course, a small percentage of your time just going through that process of making sure that you do like a full Listening section, and from the very beginning to the very end you can answer the question on time, and you can answer them consistently.

But most of your studying time should be spend focused on the thing that you struggle with, excuse me, so that you can get better at them.

So let’s review. Again, to improve your TOEFL listening score, you need to do three things, three things, three things.

You need to first listen to a lot more English and listen to resources that you enjoy, you need to able to take good notes, and you need to focus on the questions that you struggle with most and spend the most time with those.

So thank you for watching this video. That is the end of it. If you enjoyed this video, please share it with your friends, I think they will also benefit from this.

And if you want a completely free TOEFL practice test, please go below the video, and you can get access to a completely free TOEFL Practice Test so that you can continue to practice the TOEFL to get a high score.

Again, thank you so much for watching, and I hope you have a great rest of your day.

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