Improving Your Speaking Skills for the TOEFL iBT® Test

Preparing for the speaking section of your TOEFL iBT® Test, the first thing you have to do is improve your speaking skills. Remember that you do not need to adopt a specific accent, but your pronunciation of words should be correct.

The link provided above would be of great help to you in that matter. Go through the program very thoroughly and practice as much as you can. Don’t forget to record your voice as this will help you correct your mistakes. This may seem hard work, but with persistence and a bit of patience you will get great results not only towards your TOEFL examination, but communicating in English with native speakers as well.

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Practicing your Speaking Skills

Concentrate on speaking clearly with good pronunciation, stress, and intonation. Speak with confidence and open your mouth more widely than you normally do, like if you are giving a speech.

Look for opportunities to speak to native speakers of English, even in a casual conversation. Interaction with others will help you improve your speaking ability.

It is important that you should find a speaking partner. If you can’t find a native English speaker, find a friend who wants to practice speaking English and promise to speak only in English for a certain period of time.

Practice speaking for a limited time on different topics without a lot of preparation. Time your responses to questions. Make a list of some general speaking topics, such as people you admire, places you enjoy visiting, things you enjoy doing etc. Speak about a specific topic for one minute. Always remember to time and record your conversations.

As you get more confident, select one of the topics above and write down three verbs and three adjectives relevant to the topic. Try to use the words as you speak.

Once you are confident enough with your speaking skills, you are ready to practice in examination conditions using sample questions.

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