TOEFL Listening – Structure
The listening section is made up of 3 types of exercises. You will have to:
- Listen to 2 or 3 conversations, each lasting from 2mins 30 to 3min, in a university setting, between a student and a professor (or someone from the university’s staff). Then answer 5 questions.
- Listen to 2 or 3 lectures, each lasting from 4 to 5min, on an academic topic, held by a professor with students interrupting. Then answer 6 questions.
- Listen to 2 or 3 lectures, each lasting from 4 to 5min, on an academic topic, held by a professor and with no interruptions. Then answer 6 questions.
The sequence of the exercises is always the same: first, a conversation in an academic setting, then a lecture with student interrupting, and then a lecture with no interruption.
After each recording, you will have 10 minutes to answer 5 to 6 questions. The countdown will start once the first question appears on your screen.
For the TOEFL Listening, you will have to perform 6 or 9 exercises. You won’t know whether you will be asked to complete three additional exercises before finishing the sixth one. In any case, all the exercises are mandatory.
TOEFL Listening Exercise 1 (10min): conversation
TOEFL Listening Exercise 2 (10min): lecture with interruptions
TOEFL Listening Exercise 3 (10min): lecture with no interruptions
TOEFL Listening Exercise 4 (10min): conversation
TOEFL Listening Exercise 5 (10min): lecture with interruptions
TOEFL Listening Exercise 6 (10min): lecture with no interruptions
TOEFL Listening Exercise 7 (10min): conversation
TOEFL Listening Exercise 8 (10min): lecture with interruptions
TOEFL Listening Exercise 9 (10min): lecture with no interruptions
TOEFL Listening – Topics
Conversations address common themes of academic life, mainly associating a student and a professor, a librarian or a university staff member.
Lectures are about academic topics taught at university: science, history, social sciences, art…
Types of questions
Just like in the reading section, there are recurring questions that can be grouped into “question-types”. These questions are usually multiple-choice, except one type of question which will be presented as a fill-in table. Most of the time, each question is worth 1 point. If a question is worth more, this will be specified in the instructions.
Table of the different types of questions :
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