TST Prep - TOEFL Insider #29 - The TOEFL Speaking has changed (but not much)

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There are a couple of small but important changes to the TOEFL Speaking. Find out more.
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Happy Friday TOEFL Insiders;

Here is your weekly summary of tips and resources in the TOEFL world.

But first up, TOEFL Writing Group Classes are starting Sunday, Aug 25th.
TOEFL Speaking Group Classes are starting Sunday, Aug 25th.

Each class is maxed out at 8x students so we make sure each one of you gets the attention you need for the score you want.

TOEFL Speaking Group Classes:
  • Group 1: Sun & Wed 7 pm NY time/ 6 pm Central time, beginning Aug 25th
  • Group 2: Mon & Thur 8 pm NY time/ 7 pm Central time, beginning Aug 26th
Learn more about the TOEFL Speaking Group Classes.
TOEFL Writing Group Classes:
  • Sun & Wed – 8pm NY time/ 7pm Central time, beginning Aug 25th
Learn more about the TOEFL Writing Group Classes.
And if you have any questions, you can always contact our Head of Communications, Maryna, at contact@tstprep.com


If you feel like reading a 26-page PDF about the recent changes to the TOEFL, ETS has just released a new information and registration bulletin. Basically, it just talks about the information you can find on their website, like how to reschedule your test and what to bring on test day.

I have to thank Michael Goodine from TOEFL Resources for the heads up on this one. Thank you, Michael.


All right, I know you are dying to hear about the new change to the integrated speaking.

As I mentioned last week, integrated questions 3, 4, and 6 are now integrated questions 2, 3 and 4. They follow the same format as before, except question 2, which was slightly different (at least on one version of the test.

***Keep in mind that this format has not been confirmed by ETS and is only speculation. You will most likely encounter a format you are used to, but I want to share this with you just in case (and since we have had reports of this change and I feel it is important).

So, speaking question #2 (formerly question #3) begins with a reading passage announcing a change on campus.


And you probably know that in the conversation one of the speakers will agree or disagree with the change.

However, in one possible new version of the new test, it looks like the person in the listening has mixed feelings. In other words, they both agree and disagree with the change.

For example, let’s say this is the reading passage for question #2 (formerly question #3)

Announcement: No more parking bicycles on campus
Reason #1: A lot of bikes are getting stolen
Reason #2: There is not enough space on campus

Opinion: The man in the conversation has mixed feelings
Reason #1: He agrees that bicycle theft is a problem.
Reason #2: He disagrees that there is not enough room on campus

So what does this change?

Not much. Basically, instead of saying that the man/woman agrees/disagrees, just say that "he/she has mixed feelings on this issue". Follow that with "on the one hand…" and later with "on the other hand…"

That’s it!

And don’t forget we have new speaking group classes that go over all these changes now open for enrollment.

The writing section is unchanged.

Helpful TOEFL Resources:

I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned it before, but I highly recommend the site Rachel’s English for anyone looking to improve their American accent and overall pronunciation.
This page has a gigantic list of helpful resources that will let you know exactly how to position your mouth to make a specific sound in English. No matter what pronunciation issue you might be encountering, Rachel has got you covered. Check it out.

Happy studying and shoot Maryna an email at contact@tstprep.com if you have any questions!

-- The TST Prep Team


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