Archive for August, 2013

What to do and what not to do during the TOEFL Speaking Test

August 17th, 2013 in TOEFL

At the beginning of the TOEFL Speaking section, you will be asked to adjust the microphone on your headset. You will also be asked to give a short sample of your speech in order to adjust the recording equipment to your voice. Note that this preliminary exercise is only used to make sure that the computer can record your voice properly. It does not count towards your final score. This adjustment is automatically done and you will be informed when it is complete.

TOEFL Listening: Types of questions

August 16th, 2013 in TOEFL

After a conversation or lecture has finished, questions will appear on the screen one by one. Some questions in the Listening section will require students to listen again to an excerpt from the conversation or lecture. In these cases, the narrator will ask the students to listen to the excerpt.

Common proverbs

August 15th, 2013 in Style Guide

Proverbs are wise sayings. You can find quite a few proverbs in almost all languages. Interestingly, different languages sometimes have proverbs with similar meanings.

TOEFL Listening section overview

August 13th, 2013 in TOEFL

The Listening section of the TOEFL iBT is designed to measure your ability to understand lectures and conversations in English. You can encounter both informal and formal types of English in the listening section. For example, campus conversations between two students are more likely to be in informal, non-academic English. Lectures will usually be in formal, academic English. As with the reading section, no special subject knowledge is necessary to do well in the listening section.

Phrasal verbs with back

August 12th, 2013 in Vocabulary

Here is a list of phrasal verbs with back. Each phrasal verb is followed by its meaning and example sentences.

Back down

To back down is to stop defending your opinion in a debate.

Phrasal verbs with act and add

August 11th, 2013 in Vocabulary

Here is a list of some common phrasal verbs with explanations and example sentences.

Act up

To act is to behave badly or to function improperly.

Phrasal verbs exercise

August 10th, 2013 in English Quiz

Each sentence given below contains an incomplete phrasal verb. Complete the expression by choosing an appropriate adverb or preposition from the given options.

1. The baby takes ……………………… her mother.