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TOEFL ライティングIntegrated Tips③ タイピングスキルを磨け!

My beautiful picture TOEFL Integrated Essay Tip #3  – TYPING SKILLS

By: Rose Angelie Lapina

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▮ タイピングスキルを磨け!

 

TOEFL iBT ライティングは他のテストと違いパソコンでエッセイを書くことになります。 皆さんのタイピングスキルはいかがですか? 普段からパソコンを使っている方は問題ないとは思いますが、最近の若い方は、ケータイやスマホばかり使っていてパソコンのキーボードが苦手な人も多いと聞きます。

解答が頭に浮かんでもそれを正確に早くタイプできなければ高得点は望めません。

20分間で200語前後の文字を正確に打ち込まなければならないのですから、タイプスピードスキルは重要です。

できればブラインドタッチまで極めると良いでしょう。 自分のタイプしたエッセイをスクリーンで見ながら解答できるので安心して解答できます。

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When preparing for TOEFL, there are many books that can help you on how to make a good response, however, there is almost none that discusses about Typing Skills. Little do test takers know, Typing is the one that can make or break your TOEFL score. No matter how good you are in making your answer and how perfect your essay response is, if you have bad typing skills, it may still lead you to getting a low score.

Why?

Because in TOEFL Integrated Essay, you are required to type your response on the computer. Typing is the only way to answer the task so it is very important that you have good typing skills. You need to have high accuracy and good speed. Accuracy means you need to spell every word perfectly, place every punctuation mark correctly, and arrange every the sentence grammatically right. On the other hand, speed means you need to type your response in time. You don’t have to be a fast typist but it is important that you submit your complete response on time.

So how do you achieve acceptable accuracy and speed? First of all, you need to be comfortable in using a computer and be familiar with how it works. These days, it seems that desktop and laptop computers have been replaced by smartphones and tablets. Most of the people are typing on a keyboard screen instead of using actual computer keyboards. Also, there are some people that rely on few fingers when typing, which makes typing speed slow. So before taking the TOEFL test, you need to consider improving your typing skills first.

 

How to Improve your Typing Skills

 

1. Sit comfortably with good posture. It can make you feel relaxed and focused. You’ll have higher energy level and will make your fingers rest correctly on the home keys.

2. Type with both hands and position your fingers correctly. Left hand fingers will have A, S, D, and F, while the right hand fingers will have for J, K, L, and ;.

3. Everytime you have to type something, try not to look at the keyboard. Keep your eyes on the monitor when typing and try to memorize the keys while thinking of what you have to type. Take short quick glances if needed.

4. Take free online typing tests and play typing games that will encourage speedy improvement of your skills. There are many free typing websites that can check your accuracy and speed, and have many typing drills on different types of levels.

5. Instead of always relying on tablets or smartphones, prefer using actual keyboard on desktop computers or laptops when browsing online, sending emails, typing documents, and connecting socially.

6. Be patient and practice, practice, practice.

TOEFLライティングIntegrated Tips②

My beautiful pictureTOEFL Writing Tip #2

Written/edited by Venus Montebon

 

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▮ TOEFL iBTとは?

 

TOEFL iB T  インターネット版 (Internet – Based Testing  ) TOEFL 試験です。 大学レベルの英語能力を測定するテストです。

リスニング、リーディング、スピーキング、ライティングの各スキルを組み合わせて、学術的な課題を遂行する能力も評価します。

世界全域で2700万人を超える人々が主に米国、カナダ、オーストラリアなど英語圏の留学を目指すために受験します。

 

 

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Familiarize yourself with the TOEFL format

 

Most countries now offer the Internet based TOEFL (iBT). A few offer only the paper-based test (PBT). Make sure you find out which test you will be taking before you start studying for the TOEFL. You cannot choose to take the paper based test if your country offers the iBT. One reason people experience exam stress is because they don’t know what to expect before a test. Prevent stress on exam day by studying the format of the test in detail. ETS has very clear standards about the format of their test. This is why it is called a “standardized” test.

 

IBT Internet-based Test

Since its introduction in late 2005, the TOEFL iBT format has progressively replaced both the computer-based tests (CBT) and paper-based tests (PBT), although paper-based testing is still used in select areas. Although initially, the demand for test seats was higher than availability, and candidates had to wait for months, it is now possible to take the test within one to four weeks in most countries.[4] The four-hour test consists of four sections, each measuring one of the basic language skills (while some tasks require integrating multiple skills) and all tasks focus on language used in an academic, higher-education environment. Note-taking is allowed during the TOEFL iBT test.

 

Task

Description

Approx. time

Reading 3–5 passages, each containing 12–14 questions 60–100 minutes
Listening 6–9 passages, each containing 5–6 questions 60–90 minutes
Break 10 minutes
Speaking 6 tasks 20 minutes
Writing 2 tasks 50 minutes

 

 

Paper-based Test

The TOEFL PBT test measures reading, listening, grammar and writing skills and is currently offered only in locations where testing via the Internet is not available.

  1. Listening(30 – 40 minutes)

The Listening section consists of 3 parts. The first one contains 30 questions about short conversations. The second part has 8 questions about longer conversations. The last part asks 12 questions about lectures or talks.

  1. Structure and Written Expression(25 minutes)

The Structure and Written Expression section has 15 exercises of completing sentences correctly and 25 exercises of identifying errors.

  1. Reading Comprehension(55 minutes)

The Reading Comprehension section has 50 questions about reading passages.

  1. Writing(30 minutes)

The Writing section is one essay with 250–300 words in average.

 

 

 

 

Question:

 

How long are scores valid?

  1. 3 years
  2. 1 year
  3. 2 years