ETS has reported that TOEFL scores for Chinese students have gone up to match the worldwide average. In case you were wondering, the worldwide average for the TOEFL iBT is 78. The average score in Taiwan is 72, in comparison. I think especially in the Speaking section of the TOEFL, Chinese students have suffered when compared to many others (though this applies to Japanese students as well). One thing to remember is that if you have an accent, you should try to work on any part of your accent which might cause your words to be misunderstood. But what you SHOULD NOT do is mumble in an attempt to hide your accent. It doesn’t work, and just causes more problems.
Here are some good, long TOEFL iBT Speaking examples. Just keep doing these until you are ready to take the exam.
This is a two-part lesson about participal adjectives. It’ll be very useful to you for the speaking section especially, where mistakes in grammar will hurt your score.
Okay friends, here is a trick you can use on the TOEFL iBT to improve your score in the section that everyone dreads the most — the TOEFL Speaking section.
Now, I would only advise that you read the following information if you are willing to do something devious and dishonest in order to get a better score…
Okay, here it is: When you’re done the section BEFORE speaking, donâ€™t go forward to the speaking straight. Still your mind and and listen to what your fellow TOEFLers are speaking about around you. At least a few of them have probably already started their Speaking sections and will thus reveal something about the topic in what they are saying. If you do this, you’ll be able to think about the topic for longer and thus get a better score than your friends!
Remember — this is a TOEFL secret!! Don’t tell anyone ;)