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Eiken vs. TOEFL: Eiken Practice Lecture 2

There are a number of alternatives to the TOEFL. If you live in Japan or know Japanese, the Eiken is an alternative to consider. Let’s look at Eiken vs. TOEFL.

Eiken vs. TOEFL: Try Both Tests!

Today, I’ll help you figure out which is easier for you: the lectures in Eiken listening, or the lectures in TOEFL Listening. Below is a practice Eiken lecture (see my previous post for Eiken practice lecture 1). I’ve made the lecture audio just like the audio on the real Eiken test. You’ll hear a lecture, followed by a  reading of two questions. You’ll have ten seconds to choose your answer after each question. The answer choices — but not the question itself — appear in text form below the audio track.

Compare this experience to a TOEFL lecture and question set, as seen in ETS’s free official TOEFL test, or their TOEFL practice sets.

The Devil’s Kettle: A Geological Mystery

 No. 1

A) It is in the exact center of a national park.
B) Its water flows throughout the sate of Minnesota.
C) Its water flows in two different directions.
D) Its water flows into the ground, not over land.


No 2.
A) Softer rocks are more likely to collapse and block the flow of water.
B) Softer rocks can easily be dyed new colors for scientific study.
C) The water in the Devil’s Kettle contains limestone deposits.
D) Only softer rocks can support the flow of underground water.

Eiken vs. TOEFL: Transcript of the Eiken Lecture and Questions

The Devil’s Kettle: A Geological Mystery

In Minnesota, one of the northernmost states in the USA, there is a very strange waterfall that has confounded scientific explanation. Found in a national park 25 miles south of the Canadian border, this waterfall, known as the Devil’s Kettle, is found at a fork in the Brule River. At this fork, half of the Brule River continues to flow southward into Minnesota. The other half of the river drops down the Devil’s Kettle waterfall, cascading forcefully into a hole in the ground.

The great mystery is where this water goes. There is no apparent outlet for this strong, continuing flow of water into the ground, and no evidence of an underwater river anywhere near the Devil’s Kettle hole. In fact, for an underground river to even be possible, there would need to be large deposits of limestone or some other soft, malleable stone under the ground in the region surrounding the Devil’s Kettle. Instead, the land that the Devil’s Kettle flows into is hard and unyielding, composed of granite and other strong, water-resistant rocks. Scientists have attempted to put dye, ping pong balls and logs into the Kettle to see where these contaminants might come out. So far, nothing placed in the Devil’s Kettle has ever been seen again.

No. 1
What is the Devil’s Kettle waterfall’s most distinct physical feature?

No. 2
Why do scientists feel that the lack of soft stone in the area around the Devil’s Kettle is significant?

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