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Time limit for the speaking section

couchpotato
14/11/12

Time limit for the speaking section

Hi,
how big of a problem is not finishing the response in 45 or 60 seconds? I have a problem with that and I need to know how worried I should be.

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DiKaKo
14/11/12

TOEFL speaking section timing

Well, you should be worried for sure. Within the period of time you are allowed to get your response in the speaking section in TOEFL iBT exam, you need to state your opinion if asked and deliver some reasoning to support your opinion. If you don't finish the response but you have responded well and have supported your opinion within that time limit, it won't be as big problem. In most cases however when you don't finish the response it means you don't defend your idea and that is a big problem though.
Also, for the integrated tasks you a not asked for your opinion but to deliver and connect the information from different excerpts you were provided. You need to be short and precise in your response in order to deliver the all of the important information and also make the connection. If you don't fit in the time it is most likely that you haven't completed the task and that is a problem too. You also have to show fluency within your response which will compensate a bit when eventually short of time.

couchpotato
15/11/12

I understand. I guess I will have to work on that ...

I understand. I guess I will have to work on that then. Is there anything I can do to deal with the time limit problem?

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DanGeo
15/11/12

I'd say that the best thing you can do is ...

I'd say that the best thing you can do is practice. For the independent tasks, the more topics you talk about, the more reasons you will work out that you can use to respond to more than one task. This would lower your hesitation and boost your confidence. Whats is more, you will sure be able to complete your response within 45 seconds.
For the integrated tasks, you need to develop the skill of summarizing, in order to present all the ideas from the conversation or lecture within 60 seconds. You need to be concise and that is done with practice, too. You could try listening to something on TV, the Internet, etc. for 2-3 mins, take notes and then try to summarize the information within 60 seconds. You should do all the TOEFL Speaking tasks you can get your hands on - practice and learning from your mistakes will get you the result you desire.

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