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When you sit for the TOEFL iBT test, you will be allowed to take notes in the Listening, Speaking and Writing sections. Effective note-taking is essential for TOEFL as you will receive a lot of......

When you sit for the TOEFL iBT test, you will be allowed to take notes in the Listening, Speaking and Writing sections. Effective note-taking is essential for TOEFL as you will receive a lot of information and it would be impossible to remember all of it. Good notes will facilitate your responses and directly affect your TOEFL iBT score. Why should you develop the skill of note-taking? • It keeps you focused; • It helps you remember information; • It helps you answer the questions and organize your spoken or written responses. http://www.i-courses.org

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  • 1. How to Crack ® TOEFL iBT TOEFL® iBT Note-Taking When you sit for the TOEFL iBT test, you will be allowed to take notes in the Listening, Speaking and Writing sections. Effective note-taking is essential for TOEFL as you will receive a lot of information and it would be impossible to remember all of it. Good notes will facilitate your responses and directly affect your TOEFL iBT score. Why should you develop the skill of note-taking? It keeps you focused; It helps you remember information; It helps you answer the questions and organize your spoken or written responses. www.i-Courses.org Your TOEFL® iBT Gateway i-Courses.org is a TOEFL® iBT dedicated web page providing wide variety of practice materials including full TOEFL® iBT Tests that feature the academic level of the real tests. All components are scored including Speaking and Writing.
  • 2. Your Gateway for TOEFL® iBT Success 2 TOEFL® iBT Note-Taking When you sit for the TOEFL iBT test, you will be allowed to take notes in the Listening, Speaking and Writing sections. Effective note-taking is essential for TOEFL as you will receive a lot of information and it would be impossible to remember all of it. Good notes will facilitate your responses and www.i-Courses.org |TOEFL® iBT Note-Taking Strategies directly affect your TOEFL iBT score. Why should you develop the skill of note-taking? It keeps you focused; It helps you remember information; It helps you answer the questions and organize your spoken or written responses. Note-taking strategies As you listen, focus on the main points and ideas. They can be recognized by the pause that is made before the essential information, by the repetition of some information, the emphasis that is placed on certain points, word signals (…two main aspects…, …second…,…essential…) etc.; Concentrate on important words, like nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, also names, dates, numbers, etc.; Listen carefully to the questions both professors and students ask and answers given – they often refer to major ideas; In conversations – identify the main problem/need, the solution and the main participants in the conversation, as well as the one who is more important or whose problem/need is the topic of conversation; Do not write down everything you hear, for example you can easily omit auxiliary verbs, determiners, pronouns and prepositions; Identify how the information is organized: the stages of a process, major points to minor points, problems and solutions, causes and results, etc.; Organize your notes in some logical form – graph, list with major points and sub-points, flow chart, etc.; Write clearly, as the notes will do you no good afterwards if you can’t read what you have written; Use abbreviations and symbols. Page |2
  • 3. 3 Your Gateway for TOEFL iBT Success Abbreviations and Symbols with – w/ regarding, about – re limited - ltd without – w/o difference – diff through - thro at - @ reference – ref though - tho about, approximately - ~ especially - esp important - imp times – x opposed to - vs possible - poss www.i-Courses.org |TOEFL® iBT Note-Taking Strategies that is – i.e. and so on – etc probable - prob for example – e.g. department – dept number - #, no because – b/c page – p compare - cf before – b/4 pages – pp or - / You can use the first syllable of the word and drop the others: reference – ref; You can omit the vowels from the words: people – ppl, problem – pblm; You can use an apostrophe: admitted – adm’d; Note-Taking Methods Outline format In this format you can take notes in the form of a list with main points, then sub-point, etc. For example: I. Cocoa a. Production i. Harvesting 1. Detail 2. Detail ii. Processing 1. Detail 2. Detail iii. Chocolate 1. Detail 2. Detail b. Health benefits Mind mapping A mind map is an image centered diagram that represents semantic or other connections between major ideas. For example, it can graphically illustrate the structure of a plant, the connections between certain major points, etc. 3|P age
  • 4. Your Gateway for TOEFL® iBT Success 4 Here is how you can take notes by using this method: 1. Write the topic in the center; 2. Each key word/phrase should be alone on its own line; 3. The lines should be connected to the main topic; www.i-Courses.org |TOEFL® iBT Note-Taking Strategies 4. Organize the ideas by some hierarchy, numbers or outlines. Chocolate Harvesting Processing Production Health benefits COCOA See also the section Test Taking Strategies for more tips for each particular TOEFL task – Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. Practice you skills with i-Courses TOEFL iBT Full Tests and Components. You will benefit from the professional scoring that gives you feedback on all the weak points in your papers and ways to overcome those weaknesses. Page |4