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Fretting over the TOEFL speaking section?  No need to worry – here are 11 practical tips to help keep you grounded:

1) Remember – it doesn’t have to be immaculately perfect.

2) Don’t take risks with new vocabulary words or complex pronunciations. If you aren’t pronouncing properly you loose points.

3) Don’t go over the time allotted. If you get 7 or 10 seconds until the end of your response time and you aren’t finished, it’s best to complete the thought and/or sentence you’re currently responding to or go to a conclusion right away.

4) Take notes. Taking notes not only to help you deliver a complete response, but also provide you with keywords from the lecture and conversation to impress the graders.

5) Make the grader’s life easier.You should always keep in mind your job is to make the grader’s life easier.  Graders have to listen to many responses within the time span of one hour and if they have to replay part or all of your response because they happen to question what you were saying, it can only count against you.  Speak clearly, concisely and comfortably in order to make their job of giving you a high score easier than they anticipated.

6) Speak, Speak, Speak. Whatever else you do, without speaking you will never make it. So, start speaking to build fluency. Do not fear to make mistakes, try to avoid them the next time you speak

7) Develop fluency. Put a headset, start a listening material and repeat all you hear after the speaker. Repeat aloud. Another good method to develop fluency – read aloud.

8) Use idioms appropriately. Use of idioms in English is a sign of fluency. However, if you don’t use them appropriately, you will get the opposite effect

9) You should sound as naturally as possible .Systematically improve your pronunciation. You should pay attention to the words’ stresses, intonation patterns and pauses.

10) Practice organizing your speech. In TOEFL iBT you are given short time to think what to say to answer the question. You should use the time to think of a layout to follow during your speech. Write down the main points you would follow when speaking. Support the main points with some details (write down just words or short phrases that will help you to remember what to say).

11) Record your practice speaking using computer sound recorder and listen it again to find where you did well and where you did not do well. Listen to your past records and compare them with the new ones.

Using computer sound recorder will help you to identify areas of improvement in your speech and ultimately to correct those mistakes.Go to accessories and you should see the sound recorder.

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