The TOEFL Listening Section

The Listening Section of the TOEFL iBT Exam tests and measures the ability for the test-taker to comprehend spoken academic English at a University-level.  Such that would be encountered in lectures, conversations, study groups and other classroom or academic situations (films and other video material used in a classroom or study situation.)

The TOEFL Listening Section tests your ability to comprehend spoken academic English in various situations such as these.  According to the makers of the test, Academic listening is done for any of these few reasons.

The TOEFL Listening Section Test These Three Areas:


Listening For Basic ComprehensionListening For Pragmatic Understanding

Connecting And Synthesizing Information


Listening For Basic Comprehension

The question-types that fall under the the classification of the Listening For Basic Comprehension test One’s Ability To Understand The Main IdeaThe Key Points; And Other Important Details Related To The Main Idea Of The Listening.

(It is important to note, that it is not necessary to comprehend ALL of the details of the recording, but to at least get most of the key details.)


Listening For Pragmatic Understanding

The question-types that fall under the classification of the Listening For Pragmatic Understanding test One’s Ability To Recognize:

  • The Attitude Of The Speakers In Various Situations
  • The Reason For The People To Be Speaking


Connecting And Synthesizing Information

The question-types that fall under the classification of Connecting And Synthesizing Information, test One’s ability to:


  • Recognize The Organization Of The Information Presented In The Listening
  • Comprehend The Relationships Between The Different Ideas.  Such as:  Compare & Contrast;  Cause & Effect;  or Steps In A Process or Sequence Of Events
  • Make Inferences And Draw Conclusions Based Upon The What Is Implied By What The Speakers Are Saying.  In other Words — to Comprehend what the speaker means, rather-than what the speaker actually says
  • Recognize Various Bits Of Authentic Spoken English Which Is Not Actually Part Of The Topic Being Discussed In The Lecture Or Conversation.  Such as:  Side-Statements, Digressions, etc.
  • Recognize The Introductions And Conclusions Of A Lecture And What Information Can Be Excluded In A Conversation Or Lecture


Description Of The TOEFL Listening Section


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