Independent & Integrated Tasks on The TOEFL iBT Exam
Independent & Integrated Tasks In The TOEFL Speaking Section
Q: What Are “Independent Tasks”?
A: The tasks which are referred to as “Independent”, are only called such because there will be a question which asks for the test-taker to give information which is not given in a written text or in a audio recording. The term “Independent” is a bit mis-leading though, as the test-taker will still have to read the question, and listen to the audio. However, the audio will simply be repeating the text that they have read.
Ultimately, the reason for calling them “Independent” is that the test-taker will have to come up with the information to speak about on his or her own, rather than simply reporting on information that is given, such as in the “Integrated Tasks”. And even though Task 2 of The TOEFL Speaking Section, does actually give specific information to speak about, it is called “Independent” because the test-taker is asked for his or her opinion on a subject.
Q: What Are “Integrated Tasks”?
A: The Integrated Tasks in the TOEFL Speaking Section, require a person to use different English language skills. For example, the test-taker will read a text, then listen to a recording, and then he or she will will have to integrate the information from both sources in order to complete the task.
Independent & Integrated Tasks In The TOEFL Writing Section
Q: What Is The “Independent Task”?
A: Just as in The Speaking Section, the task which is referred to as “Independent”, is only called such because there will be a question which asks for the test-taker to state and support an opinion. So even though the subject matter that is to be written about, it is considered “Independent” because it requires an “opinion”. The format of the task, and how to best answer it is exactly the same a Speaking Section – Task 2. The only difference is that you will write your answer, and you will have far more time to formulate your ideas into more complete sentences and paragraphs.
Q: What Is “Integrated Task”?
A: Just as with The Speaking Section, The Integrated Task in the TOEFL Writing Section, requires a person to use different English language skills. The test-taker will read a text, then listen to a recording. Then he or she will will have to integrate the information from both sources in order to complete the task. This task, (and how to fulfill it) is formulated exactly the same as Speaking Task 4, only the response will be longer, and will, obviously, be in the written form.
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Remember: If there are any words or phrases in this post that you do not know – look them up. Though you do not need to waste time memorizing lists of vocabulary before taking The TOEFL Exam, it is always a good idea to look-up words that you do not know. Even if you think you know them, you may be surprised, so if you see a word that you may “know” but can’t actually define or explain… look it up. I suggest Wikitionary.com
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