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Are you ready to take the TOEFL iBT Test?

Our speakers are Ms. Alice Chow and Ms. Jessie Yeh, from the American International Education Foundation (AIEF).

Are you ready to take the TOEFL iBT Test?
Wednesday, January 04 2006 (2:00 PM - 3:30 PM)

Please note: Portions of this transcript have been edited for clarity

Host: (Alice Chow)

Good afternoon, I am Alice Chow from AIEF. I am happy to answer new toefl questions in this chat. Please post your questions.

 

Host: (Jessie Yeh)

Hi! This is Jessie from AIEF. It’s my pleasure to be here to answer your questions on the new TOEFL.


Start of Chat


 

Host: (Jessie Yeh)
Q
What effect do you think this new test will have on the way English is taught in Taiwan?
A
The preparation for the old test focused too much on question banks instead of proficiency building. However, the new test really emphasizes on test taker’s abilities in integrating four skills, i.e. listening, speaking, writing and reading. Thus, the teaching methodology has to be changed in order to help students build their proficiency. (2006-01-04 14:00)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
請問新的托福在閱讀和作文的部份和舊制有差嗎?
A
閱讀方面的差異性不會太大,主要是文章篇幅較長,問題也較多. 寫作的部分是會多一篇綜合題,包括看一段文章內容然後再聽一段評論後再根據提供的內容寫作.另一篇則與現行CBT一樣. (2006-01-04 14:05)
 
Host: (Jessie Yeh)
Q
another question, 請問聽力的字彙難度有增加嗎
A
難度並沒有特別的增加,但是新托福的聽力會比較真實,並且可以作筆記,但是有可能會有澳洲腔或英國腔 (2006-01-04 14:06)
 
Host: (Jessie Yeh)
Q
Do you think the demands will scare a significant number of people away from the TOEFL?
A
I think we should not focus too much on how difficult the test is. Instead, I encourage students to think how much they can get from the preparation process. If we need to deal with English eventually regardless at school or work, we should always think to build our English proficiency first. Once we have built our English proficiency, test is just a matter of formality. So, we really encourage students to deal the new TOEFL in a positive way. (2006-01-04 14:09)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
I would like to know the difference between speaking section of iBT and TSE.
A
IBT的口說會有6題,頭2題是獨立題,後4題是綜合題.其中有2題是聽一段文章及讀一段文章後再回答,另2題是聽一段文章後作答.補充,口說其中有2題是先讀一段文章再聽一段文章後再回答.根據台灣同學在美國考試反應是,難度增加了. (2006-01-04 14:13)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
Why is the TOEFL test changing?
A
The test is changing to better measure what colleges and universities need to know: a prospective student’s ability to use English in an academic setting. The new Speaking section evaluates a person’s ability to use spoken English, and the new integrated Writing and Speaking tasks measure the ability to combine information from more than one source and communicate about it. (2006-01-04 14:16)
 
Host: (Jessie Yeh)
Q
How often will the test be held
A
The test will be held only on Fridays and Saturdays. However, each test center will have different test schedule. For example, test center A may only hold test on Friday in the first week of June. So, we advise students to check test schedules of the test centers first. (2006-01-04 14:17)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
Have you received any feedback about the test from the countries in which it is already being run?
A
根據台灣同學在美國考試反應是,難度增加了.再補充一下之前問到在美國考試同學的反應,由於一般同學口說部份較弱所以需要多加強口說的練習. (2006-01-04 14:20)
 
Host: (Jessie Yeh)
Q
請問考生收到成績單的時間會變動嗎? 會不會比較早收到成績單?
A
由於新托福考試採網路方式舉行,所以考生在考完試後的第15個工作天,便可以上網查看成績,同時書面成績單亦會於15個工作天後寄給考生和考生指定的學校 (2006-01-04 14:21)
 
Host: (Jessie Yeh)
Q
The test includes four sections and takes about four hours to complete.
A
1. Section (Reading) Time Limit (60-100 minutes) No. of Questions (36-70) 2. Section (Listening) Time Limit (60-90 minutes) No. of Questions (34-51) 3. Break 10 minutes 4. Section (Speaking) Time Limit (20 minutes) No. of Questions (6 tasks ) 5. Section (Writing) Time Limit (50 minutes) No. of Questions (2 tasks ) (2006-01-04 14:23)
 
Host: (Jessie Yeh)
Q
Will it be possible to take just a specific section of the test?
A
No, the entire test must be taken to receive a score. (2006-01-04 14:26)
 
Host: (Jessie Yeh)
Q
In reference to the feedback answer, how about test takers other than those from Taiwan?
A
As far as I know, students in China don’t act much differently from Taiwanese students. (2006-01-04 14:26)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
Can you tell me what’s different about the iBT TOEFL test?
A
The TOEFL iBT has a new Speaking section, which includes independent and integrated tasks. There is no longer a Structure section. Grammar is tested on questions and tasks in each section. Lectures and conversations in the Listening section are longer, but note-taking is allowed. In fact, note-taking is allowed throughout the entire test. The speech in the listening material sounds more natural, and one lecture may use a British or Australian accent. Also, there are new questions that measure understanding of a speaker’s attitude, degree of certainty, and purpose. The Reading section has new questions that ask test takers to categorize information and fill in a chart or complete a summary. The Writing section requires typing. There is an integrated task in addition to the current independent task, and the scoring guides (rubrics) used for rating are different from the current test. (2006-01-04 14:27)
 
Host: (Jessie Yeh)
Q
What benefits will the new test provide?
A
The inclusion of Speaking, the use of integrated skills, and the emphasis on communicative competence will have great impact on how English is taught in the future. Students and other test takers will develop a higher level of English ability as a result, and will have confidence that they will be able to communicate and succeed. (2006-01-04 14:28)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
will the test be held every month in Taipei?
A
Basically, it should be held each month in Taipei. (2006-01-04 14:29)
 
Host: (Jessie Yeh)
Q
How do test takers register?
A
Registration opens two months in advance of the first administration in each country. Test takers will be able to register: online, by phone, by mail. (2006-01-04 14:33)
 
Host: (Jessie Yeh)
Q
How will the Speaking section be scored?
A
Each of the six tasks is rated from 0 to 4, and the average of these scores is converted to a scaled score of 0 to 30. Human scorers rate the responses. They evaluate the test-taker’s ability in topic development, delivery, and language use. (2006-01-04 14:38)
 
Host: (Jessie Yeh)
Q
How will the Writing section be scored?
A
The two tasks are rated from 0 to 5, and the average of these scores is converted to a scaled score of 0 to 30. Human scorers rate the responses. Scorers evaluate the integrated writing task on the overall quality of the writing (development, organization, appropriate and precise use of grammar and vocabulary) and the completeness and accuracy of the content. Scorers rate the independent writing essay on the overall quality of the writing: Development, Organization, Appropriate and precise use of grammar and vocabulary. (2006-01-04 14:39)
 
Host: (Jessie Yeh)
Q
Will the TOEFL score scale change?
A
Yes. The new score scale is shown here. Section: Listening, Score Scale: 0-30, Section: Reading, Score Scale: 0-30, Section: Speaking, Score Scale: 0-30, Section: Writing, Score Scale: 0-30, Total Score 0-120 The total score is the sum of the four skill scores. (2006-01-04 14:41)
 
Host: (Jessie Yeh)
Q
What happens to scores from previous tests?
A
ETS will report previous scores for two years after the original test date. (2006-01-04 14:41)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
What are the Testing and Service Fees?
A
Item Fees (as of July 1, 2005) , TOEFL Internet-Based Test (includes 1 examinee score record and 4 score reports sent to schools designated when you register) --> US$140 , Rescheduling Fee --> US$40 , Additional Score Report Requests (per school) --> US$17 , Fee for Returned Check --> US$20 . Fees may change without notice. Taxes will be added where applicable. It is not necessary to include VAT for TOEFL fees and services at this time. Preferred Forms of Payment: Credit card (required for online registration) - American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, or VISA credit cards and Money order. (2006-01-04 14:43)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
Can you recommend a good set of preparatory materials for students who are facing the new TOEFL test?
A
我們不方便在此推薦任何的教材,但是由於同學們需要同時提昇聽說讀寫,所以只要是可以達到此目的皆是同學們可以採取的進修方式,例如多聽以英文發音的新聞或電視節目.多閱讀英文報紙及書籍等都有益處.相信市面上會逐漸出現一些相關教材 (2006-01-04 14:44)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
Do you think cram schools will be made irrelevant by this test?
A
No, it will depend on students’ needs. Different cram schools emphasize different areas. (2006-01-04 14:56)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
Is there any possibility that the debut of the test in Taiwan will be postponed?
A
So fare we have not received any information about postponed testing schedule from ETS, otherwise there won’t have any chance of changing testing schedule in Taiwan. (2006-01-04 15:05)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
The iBT TOEFL test dates.
A
The iBT TOEFL will offered in Taipei beginning in April, 2006. The iBT Test Dates for April 2006–June 2006 are: Saturday, April 8, 2006 , -Friday, April 14, 2006 , -Saturday, April 22, 2006 , -Friday, April 28, 2006 , -Friday, May 5, 2006 , -Saturday, May 13, 2006 , -Saturday, May 20, 2006 , -Friday, May 26, 2006 , -Friday, June 2, 2006, -Saturday, June 10, 2006 , -Saturday, June 17, 2006 , -Saturday, June 24, 2006. Please note. These dates apply to all locations where he TOEFL iBT will be given. However, not all test dates will be available in all locations. (2006-01-04 14:34)


End of Chat


 

 

Host: (Alice Chow)

感謝各位同學的發問,如果有更多關於新托福的問題請洽美國教育基金會,02-27058840 謝謝.

 

Host: (Jessie Yeh)

Thank you for your time. Wish you all the best in the new TOEFL test.