FIRST, before you do anything else, read this article I wrote on HOW the TOEFL section is graded. It may answer your questions and save you from reading unnecessary information below.

If you have already read the article, then continue reading below…

One of the reasons TOEFL is SO frustrating is because you don’t know WHY you lost points. Sure, it’s possible to guess, but most guesses are well just THAT: GUESSES.

When people ask me, “Why was my speaking score 24?” I say, “I don’t know. Go do a diagnostic test in a public place (so you feel nervous and simulate TOEFL conditions). When I listen to those recordings, I can identify problems more accurately. If I don’t hear you speak under ACTUAL TOEFL conditions, then even my guesses might not be accurate.”

Why does this matter?

Well, when we study for TOEFL Speaking, we want to make sure we’re correcting the wrong things and continuing to do the right things. Not knowing your specific problems creates serious obstacles because all of your study time is then spent on the wrong topic.

So what do you have to do?

Understand the scoring criteria, figure out what your weaknesses are, and then focus on the problem (private tutors are a great way to figure out what your weaknesses are).

What else is important to do? How else can you “Know Your Enemy?”

Understand the format of the TOEFL Speaking Section:

Best place to do that?

ETS’s official website.

Here’s a link:  Check at pages 14-17, 60-64, 77-79 and 85.

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