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TOEFL Tuesday: Official Magoosh Listening Practice

Announcement! As of August 1, 2019, the TOEFL Reading, Listening and Speaking sections will be shortened. The TOEFL will also make changes to its prep materials and scoring system. Because of this, some of the info in our blog posts may not yet reflect the new exam format. We cover all the changes here.

You’re in for a treat this week: we’re going to play one of Magoosh TOEFL’s listening videos for you. This video is practice material for our paid students, but you can listen to it for free, here. 🙂

Before you watch

First, let’s go over what is actually in the TOEFL listening section.

You will see an image—sometimes a few images—in the video, but mostly you will just be listening. There will be a recording of one to three people speaking. Each recording is just a few minutes long (from three to five, mostly).

There are three types of recordings on the TOEFL listening:

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  • Lecture
  • Classroom discussion
  • Conversation

In this week’s TOEFL Tuesday video, we’re going to hear a conversation. That means there will be two people speaking in the recording: one student and one other person. The second person might be a teacher, a librarian, an advisor, an office worker at the school, or any other person who works at the school campus.

Now, if you haven’t watched it already, start that video and hear the conversation!


After you watch

…alright, now I’m assuming you’ve listened to it. That conversation between a student and an employee in at the registrar is typical of a real, official TOEFL conversation. But on the real test, after you hear it, you need to answer the questions!

There will be five questions after any conversation, including a few different types. The first question is usually a “main purpose” question. That type of question asks why the conversation happened.

After that, you will see a few different types of questions that ask about details—pieces of information that were said at different times in the conversation. Having good notes and a good memory is key! Keep in mind that you can’t listen a second time. Only on specific questions will the test give you a short replay, but you cannot control how much is replayed or when. Then, after the five questions are finished, you move on to the next listening task—probably a lecture or a classroom discussion!

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6 Responses to TOEFL Tuesday: Official Magoosh Listening Practice

  1. Mohammad Sharif February 28, 2016 at 10:58 pm #

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    Magoosh blog is really useful for Toefl test takers because it have effective materials for test takers. I found more about reading, speaking, writing but i need some audios clips to improve my listening. please send me some audio clips or guide me where i should find them.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 1, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

      There’s definitely a lot of stuff out there that can serve as good TOEFL Listening practice, Mohammad. The best materials are the “real” ones. The official TOEFL listening materials from ETS are real in the sense that they’re taken form real retired versions of the TOEFL exam. And then there’s online audio lectures on academic topics. These kinds of materials are not real test samples, but they’re real in a different, equally useful sense— they’re real educational talks by real speakers. Lucas has another post on our blog with with links to ETS listening resources and informative speeches online. Check it out!

  2. Sandra April 27, 2016 at 8:36 am #

    Do you have the official practice test for TOEFL IBT?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 30, 2016 at 9:43 am #

      Yes, we do offer full practice TOEFL tests here at Magoosh. 🙂

  3. Maria Hoang May 7, 2016 at 2:14 am #

    There are several questions in the listening section that requires us to choose more than 1 answer, for example:choose 2 answer or summary table or Yes/No. Can you explain how to calculate the score for these kinds of question? In the reading section, for example, if we answer the summary questions, if we answer correctly 5 answers, we earn 4 points, 4 answers-3 points, … So does the listening section?
    Look forward to your reply. Thank you <3

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 9, 2016 at 1:16 pm #

      Two-answer multiple choice questions are “all or none”— they’re worth just one point, and if you get even one of the two answers wrong, you don’t get the point. Questions with more than two correct answers (which you wont’ find in every Listening section) are scored as follows: You get full points if you select every answer correctly. You lose one point if one of your answers is incorrect. And you get 0 points if 2 or more answers are incorrect. Generally, questions wroth more than one point are worth two points. And they are clearly marked in TOEFL Listening– if a question is wroth two or more points, the exam software will actually tell you this.

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