TOEFL Listening Practice Questions

Similar to the practice reading I posted a bit over a month ago, this post is a sample of the practice material we’re working on here at Magoosh. Please give the questions a try and tell us what you think! Leave your comments at the bottom of the page or email us at

First, you will listen to part of a lecture from a university classroom. Don’t read the questions before listening! Be sure to take notes while you listen. Get a pen and paper, and when you’re ready, click the link below.

Five-minute lecture


Question 1

What is the main topic of the lecture?

  1. The technical definition of EMDR
  2. Differences between different types of therapy
  3. Various non-traditional treatments for trauma
  4. The value and usefulness of EMDR treatment

Question 2

According to the professor, what does “processing” mean?

  1. Explaining the complicated way that EMDR works
  2. Mentally revisiting a traumatic event
  3. Understanding an experience via a healthy state of mind
  4. Talking about a painful experience through EMDR

Question 3

What is the speaker’s attitude toward EMDR?

  1. She believes it is a unique form of therapy with a proven track record and promising future.
  2. She thinks it will require time before EMDR’s benefits can be fully understood by psychologists.
  3. She is unsure of whether or not the results achieved by the method are long-term.
  4. She believes it will one day be considered the preferred form of treatment for most victims of trauma.

Question 4

The professor describes various features of EMDR compared to other forms of therapy. For each of the following, indicate whether it is a feature of EMDR or of another form of therapy.

For each item, check the appropriate box.

EMDR Other Therapy
Focuses more on the mental state of patients than on bodily responses    
May be slow in cases of multiple levels of trauma    
Involves moving the eyes back and forth while looking at a beam of light  


Question 5

Listen again to part of the lecture. Then answer the question.

  1. Traumatic experiences feel like they take a long time to reach completion.
  2. Traumatic experiences can haunt the memory and never leave a person’s mind.
  3. Traumatic experiences sometimes occur in repetitious patterns in people’s lives.
  4. Traumatic experiences can seem more debilitating than they really are.

Question 6

Why does the professor say this?

  1. To caution against hurrying through treatment to obtain fast results
  2. To clarify why EMDR is a time-limited treatment approach
  3. To suggest that other forms of therapy are slower and less effective
  4. To warn her students against using EMDR with patients whom they do not know well


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  • Lucas Fink

    Lucas is the teacher behind Magoosh TOEFL. He’s been teaching TOEFL preparation and more general English since 2009, and the SAT since 2008. Between his time at Bard College and teaching abroad, he has studied Japanese, Czech, and Korean. None of them come in handy, nowadays.