Frequently Asked TOEFL Question #4 – Independent & Integrated Tasks

Independent & Integrated Tasks on The TOEFL iBT Exam

These FAQs are from the FAQ page of The GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! TOEFL Portal.


Independent & Integrated Tasks In The TOEFL Speaking Section

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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

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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 SectionThe 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.


I Hope that this helps.  As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments.

…  And I’ll “see” you all again soon.

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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

And if you have any questions, feel free to ask any time.

Have An Excellent Day!


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Frequently Asked TOEFL Question #4 – Independent & Integrated Tasks was originally published on TOEFL Excellence

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Test-Taker Issues #1 – No TOEFL Testing Center

No TOEFL Testing Center In My Country / Area

Hello Again,

Yesterday we didn’t have a post because I was “in the home-stretch” of finally finishing a project that took almost an entire year.  That project was – to add the Testing Center pages for every single country in the world that hosts The TOEFL Exam to the Dates and Locations pages on The GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! – TOEFL Portal – including all fifty states and all of the provinces of Canada as well…  that was one hell of a project!!!

But in the process of finishing up, I had communication with one potential text-taker who wrote me a message, asking about where The TOEFL Testing Center was in his country…

… And there wasn’t any.

This unfortunate situation was compounded (or at least made more frustrating) by the fact that the official site (and thus my site) lists the testing dates for those locations, even though there are actually ARE NO TESTING CENTERS.

I can comprehend, from a business stand-point (because that’s what the organization that administers The TOEFL Exam IS), that this makes sense to them…

Advertise The TOEFL Exam, even if there is no testing center because maybe that will increase demand, and then all of those unfortunate individuals who want and need to take the exam will start complaining to their local schools – and then they will do whatever is necessary to become an official testing center (even if they have no resources to do so) thus making more money for the people who administer the exam**

(**Legally-speaking, this is pure speculation.  I have absolutely no proof that this is what is actually happening which is why I do not mention their names.)

I get it…  And I also get that in our world today, that such situations are somehow considered “acceptable”…  but it fucking sucks for those individuals who live in countries which do not have and testing centers.

But then, the organization that created and administers the exam is not running a charity organization… that is clear.

Why do I list the exam dates if there are no testing centers?  Because sometimes, things actually change for the better.  And as soon as there is a testing center for any place added (or any new information – for that matter – I pass it on to you.) 😉

So…  What Do You Do If There Is No Testing Center, Now?

Well…  unfortunately the answer to that question (for many) is another big “F*#k You!”.  That is because, unless that person is able to travel to a neighboring country, to the testing center in that area…  there is nothing one can do.

However…

This post is not meant to be all about complaining of the injustices of the world and of the big (and I mean HUGE) business of “education”…  but is about solutions.

So, until someone gives me a few hundred million dollars so that I can pay for everyone’s exam, registration, and travel expenses (which I would do if I could)…  Then the only option for the people living in those countries, is to either wait until whatever political or economic trouble which is causing this situation ends… or to search for the testing centers in the nearest country that one can get to (hopefully without having to learn yet another language just to communicate with the people in that testing center.)

The way that one can do this, is to go to the TOEFL Testing Dates and Locations page on the GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! – TOEFL Portal and click on the letter for the country or countries surrounding one’s own country and search in those areas.

I am hoping that I will be able to find a way…  or that a way will find me, that will make this process A LOT easier and less of an expense on person who actually needs to take the exam…  The very people who – quite often – have the least amount of resources to accomplish such a task.

So…  if anyone out there has a few million or a few hundred million and wants to start a social, educational, and ethical revolution…  get a hold of me…  Let’s do it!  And for those of you who need ANY help, with any part of taking the TOEFL (including registering, and finding information) please let me know…  I may not be Superman yet, but I am definitely Batman, and I’m ready to kick some “F”-in’ ass on your behalf…  In other words…  I will do what I can.

-C.

P.S.  If you want to help me help you (or someone you know) please take the survey from the previous post, and pass it on to others.


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

And if you have any questions, feel free to ask any time.

Have An Excellent Day!

 

Test-Taker Issues #1 – No TOEFL Testing Center was originally published on TOEFL Excellence

Test-Taker Issues #1 – No TOEFL Testing Center was originally published on TOEFL Excellence

(Non) Frequently Asked (But Should Be) Question #1 – When To Start Preparing

(Non)-Q:  When Should I Start Preparing For The TOEFL iBT Exam?

A lot of texts and websites focus on the frequently asked questions of some “thing”.  But if the person asking the questions does not know much about the “thing” that he or she is asking about, then there is a good chance that that person does not know which questions he or she should be asking…  and, in my experience with The TOEFL Exam, this is the most important “Non-Frequently Asked Question”.


Why is this so important?


There are plenty of answers to this, but the most relevant functional answer to this is that most people who decide (for whatever reason) that they need to take The TOEFL Exam assume, mistakenly (although understandably), that The TOEFL will be just like all of the other exams they have taken before…  This couldn’t be farther from the truth…


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But, instead of trying to explain the “how”s and “why”s, (and considering that I already have done-so) I will, at this time, simply refer you to a blog post that I have already written on this subject.


When To Start Preparing For The TOEFL iBT Exam

(I Promise, No-Click Bait…  Or Time-Wasting, only TOEFL Excellence 😉 )


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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

And if you have any questions, feel free to ask any time.

Have An Excellent Day!

😉

Frequently Asked TOEFL Question #2 – Vocabulary (Part 1)

Q:  Should I be studying vocabulary For The TOEFL Exam?


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A: (short version)  Well, sure!  That certainly can’t hurt your score.  In fact, if you are able to successfully implement higher-levels of vocabulary into your speaking and writing responses, this will definitely improve your score…(in most cases.)  Sometimes it will increase it by a little, and sometimes by a lot.  This can also help you with some of the questions types in The Reading Section.

BUT…

A:  (more realistic version) You do not NEED to study vocabulary for The TOEFL Exam as there is no “Vocabulary Section” in the exam.  There are, however, vocabulary questions with-in The Reading Section – but the way that these questions are formulated are to test a persons ability to learn new vocabulary if they do not already know it…  Not to test the vocabulary that they already know.  (And here’s the most important part)


Read The Full Post Here


Have An Excellent Day!

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Frequently Asked TOEFL Question #1 – American Or British English

Q:  Do I Have To Learn American English To Take The TOEFL Exam?

(This first entry comes from the FAQ page on the TOEFL Portal of GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!)

A:  No.  You do not need to learn “American English” to take the TOEFL Exam.

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To Find Out Why…

Read The Full Post Here


Remember: If there are any words in this post that you do not know – look them up.  Though you do not need to waste time memorizing random lists of vocabulary words before taking The TOEFL Exam, it is always a good idea to look-up words that you do not know.  The TOEFL Vocabulary Data-Base is Excellent For This.  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

And if you have any questions, feel free to ask any time.


Have An Excellent Day!

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