You have learnt all about the TOEFL Junior Standard so it is time to check the other section out! The TOEFL Junior Speaking test is one way to assess your spoken communication skills in English in a classroom scenario. The test is intended for young people of middle-school or lower high-school age.
Here’s a detailed look at how the test is structured, how each section is scored, and your best bet for preparing for success on your TOEFL Junior Speaking test with GlobalExam.
The TOEFL Junior Speaking test is administered on a computer. You’ll be given a pair of headphones with a microphone to listen to the instructions and record your answers.
There are four parts to the TOEFL Junior Speaking test, and the entire test takes less than 20 minutes to take.
Let’s take a look at each of these sections in detail.
Task 1: Read Aloud
You’ll be allowed one minute to read over a short text silently, then one minute to record yourself reading the text aloud.
Day of the Dead
The Day of the Dead is maybe the most famous Mexican tradition in the world.
The holiday involves gathering with friends and family to remember the people
who have died. In Mexican culture, death is seen as a natural part of the
human cycle. Mexicans believe that dead people should be remembered with
joy, not with sadness. It is also believed that during this holiday, the spirits of
those who have passed have permission to come and visit us in the physical
world.. Altars are made to honor the dead people. Their spirits can find their
favorite food and drinks and people bring musicians to the cemetery, so the
spirits can enjoy their favorite music.
You will be scored on pronunciation, of course, but also your level of natural intonation and speed.
Task 2: Picture Narration
You will be shown a series of six pictures. You’ll need to tell the story the pictures tell. You’ll have one minute to prepare and one minute to record your story.
The six images below show what Matt does every day. First, look at the pictures and prepare your sentences. Then, you will be told when to record your story. You will have one minute to prepare. Then you will have one minute to tell Matt’s routine as shown in the pictures.
For this part, what counts is whether your story is complete, relevant, and includes enough details. You need to speak fluently and smoothly with accurate pronunciation and intonation. The grammar and vocabulary you use need to be appropriate and varied.
Task 3: Non-academic Listen-Speak
Next, you’ll hear a teacher or students talking about something to do with school, then you’ll need to talk about it. You can take notes as you listen to the recording. You’ll get 45 seconds to prepare and one minute to speak.
Example transcript excerpt:
M- As part of this semester’s grade, you must turn in a science project. You can
choose any of the subjects we have seen so far. Projects must include a formal
presentation and a demonstration. For example, last year, one student
researched active volcanoes around the world. And then, she created an actual
volcano, which would ‘erupt’ by mixing some ingredients like vinegar and
Presentations must be made using slides or posters. If you use slides, I want
you to print them and give me a paper copy.
Prompt: You are having a meeting with a classmate. You decided to work with him for
the science project. You need to remind him what the teacher said. Be sure to
– The deadline to turn in the project
– The project elements (presentation, demonstration)
– The conditions that the teacher set
Similar to Task 2, your speech needs to be fluent and well structured with appropriate vocabulary and grammar.
Task 4: Academic Listen-Speak
This task is similar to Task 3, but the topic will be academic-related. You’ll have 45 seconds to prepare and one minute to speak.
Example transcript excerpt:
W- Recycling is not complicated once you learn how to use the different waste bins.
Paper must be separated from other waste. If you throw paper away, it must
be torn, not crumpled. The reason is simple: crumpled paper loses its value
during recycling. It must be dry to avoid having accidents while transporting it.
Glass has its own bin. You are not allowed to throw away plant pots or broken
porcelain dishes in this bin. Glass bottles must be thrown in the bin without
the plastic or metallic cap, and they must be cleaned.
Cans and metallic caps are materials that can be easily recycled. Actually, they
are the most valuable materials. Like bottles, cans must be thrown once they
have been rinsed or cleaned.
Prompt: Talk about the recycling process. How does the waste sorting work? Try to give
as many examples as possible.
Scoring for this section is identical to that for Task 3 above.
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