TOEFL test aims at measuring student’s knowledge and command of the English language. There are different formats of this test, namely a paper-based and an internet-based format. The three main parts of the test that check student’s various English skills include Reading, Writing and Listening Comprehension.
In order for one to be prepared for each part of the TOEFL test, he/she has to know exactly what every section will look like and what it will focus on.
The specifics of the Listening Comprehension section of the computer-based TOEFL test depend on the format of the test. Thus, students are usually given some 30-50 questions to answer. The time limit is around 30 minutes; however, additional 20 to 30 minutes can be given to listen to the prompts for the questions. The remaining time for answering for all the questions in this section is clock-like displayed on the computer screen.
The listening task includes two parts: Part A is made up of short conversations and Part B comprises longer conversations and talks. Students are provided with headphones which can be individually adjusted. During the listening parts, the speaker and other relevant characters or information will appear on the screen. As the question is given, it is spoken orally, as well as written on your computer screen. There are no time limits to answer each question, but students should not forget about the total restriction on the time for every section.
In this part of the Listening task, every question has a 4 answer alternatives. In order to choose the answer, the student believes to be correct, he/she has to choose the box right to the chosen answer and left click on it with the mouse. As the questions appear, students have to answer one question at a time, they cannot move back to change their answers, neither can they skip any questions and go to the next ones to answer. Moreover, no paper notes are allowed during the TOEFL computer-based Listening Comprehension task. Students should have no additional material near their computers.
There examples of tasks the students are asked to do include the following:
1) Click on two answers (choosing from the four available)
2) Categorize via Drag and Drop (first, click on the object on the screen, then, on the space where it belongs using each image only ones)
3) Choose the image as an answer to the question by clicking on one of the images on the screen
4) Click on part of the image (the image is divided into parts with one part missing, choose the missing part)
5) Chronological order