my TOEFL test day

My TOEFL Test Day Experience

This is the TOEFL test day experience submitted by an TOEFL taker. You can read other TOEFL takers’ experience here.

The first thing I want to mention is that the testing room was very noisy. Even though I had headphones on, I could hear the sound from the other computers. ETS is known for its poor quality testing centers, but I did not know it would be this bad. I was surprised to see that no one objected. So, I would advise you to check the test venue before booking a slot.

READING:

I found that the passages were simpler than those given in the TOEFL books published by ETS. I had six minutes left after I completed all three passages. The questions and answer choices were easily understandable, the sentences were easy to follow, and the vocabulary was elementary. Although I was confident about this section, I was worried about incorrectly reading the questions because of the background disturbance.

LISTENING:

I could understand the lectures and conversations. However, some questions tested minute details that may be missed if one doesn’t listen closely. In a particular conversation, a student spoke faster than normal and appeared to be shouting at the professor.

I think you should take effective notes and try to remember all the tiny details. Incidentally, the practice tests that I took did not require so much concentration.

SPEAKING:

I was disappointed with my performance in this section because I had attempted all the practice tests and had internalized the advice from PrepEZ.com. I kept pausing and used words that did not match the context, like “haphazard” instead of “readily.” I found it difficult to give all the information in the designated time. But, I expected to get a score of 22 or more because I had answered all the questions.

WRITING:

I was not happy with my performance in this section as well. I wrote around 280 words in the first task and around 420 words in the second task. I had adequate time to review my work. As per writing guidelines, I dropped some minor details that I wasn’t sure about, such as the name of a country.

In the second task, I wrote in depth about ATI products, VGA card, and computer gaming because I had a personal interest in these topics. Perhaps I received a low score here because the examiners did not understand the content. So, you should keep your answer simple.

I scored 108/120 and I am satisfied with my score and I will not take the test again.

Satabdi is a content writer and editor with degrees in Biology and English. Her interests include education, health and wellness, and books. When not writing, she can usually be found reading in a corner.

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