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How to Improve TOEFL Integrated Speaking, Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this post, we went through a special activity to improve TOEFL Integrated Speaking: transcripting and re-writing a response. This is a particularly useful practice activity for Integrated Speaking, because wording and content are very important in Integrated TOEFL Tasks.

Previously, we looked at a response to TOEFL Speaking Task 3, examining a transcript of the first version of the response, followed by a written revision. In this post, we’ll look at a Task 4 response.

(Note about this response: This is a transcript of a recorded TOEFL response from a real Magoosh student! The student gave me permission to share the original response and the revision here on the blog. The task for this response comes from Test 3 in Official TOEFL iBT Tests, Volume 1.)

Speaking Task 4 Response: First Version

The reading defines the term of (the concept of) implicit memory as a non-conscious method of memorizing.  It means that our brain memorizes the events around us without our permission. 

The speaker illustrates this point with an example. He said that in a test we install a billboard in a busy highway. Our billboard shows a car picture and its name which was Panther.  Then, we ask the driver who commute in that highway if you notice that.  Majority of them said no. But then we ask them what is the name of an animal which start with the letter P, majority of drivers said panther. This example clearly shows the unconscious method of memorizing. 

Speaking Task 4 Response: Revised Version

The passage defines “implicit memory” as an unconscious way to memorize something. In the process, our brain recalls things without any conscious knowledge.

The speaker illustrates this concept with an interesting example. There was a psychological test where a billboard was put on a busy highway. The billboard showed a picture of a brand name car called the Panther. After they drove the highway, commuters were asked if they remembered the billboard ad. Some commuters said they didn’t remember seeing that. But when these commuters were asked to name an animal starting with the letter P, the majority of them said “panther.” This example clearly shows implicit memory at work, because the drivers could remember the panther even if they didn’t consciously remember the billboard.

Improve TOEFL Integrated Speaking task 4: The Takeaway

Carefully read the two versions of the Speaking Task 4 transcript above. What changes were made to the original response? Why do you think these changes were made? Based on these changes, what can you learn about TOEFL Integrated Speaking and effective use of English?

Of course, some additional thoughts from a Magoosh TOEFL expert can help you really understand these revisions and learn from them. So in Part 5 of this series, I’ll  give you my commentary on the changes that the student made to his Task 4 response. Stay tuned!

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