Try a TOEFL Listening Test

TOEFL is a very popular American exam to test the level of your English. Today I've chosen a listening task that is similar to the ones in the TOEFL exam. The test comes from the Exam English website.

The text is about a famous writer called Sylvia Plath. In the test you listen to a short excerpt from a lecture and then have to do some tasks to test your listening and comprehension ability.

Sylvia Plath was recently the subject of film, so before you try this task you might like to watch this trailer for the film

  • Listen to the lecture and take some notes of key facts on a piece of paper. You will then have the opportunity to listen to short extracts and answer questions
  • At the end of the test you should get a score and the opportunity to review your answers with the script of the listening text. This is a great way to help develop your listening. Hope you did better at the test than me.
If you enjoyed this activity, try a few more from the site.

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Nik Peachey


Anonymous said...

Nick, this is the second time your posts have come up in a search for me, and they are great! Thanks for the great ideas. I hope to use some of them for my own students in my school!

Nik Peachey said...

Thanks Les,

Glad you find the site useful and please do tell your students about it.


Nik Peachey

Maria Lorena Recio said...

Thanks Nik, this is just what I needed for my students. Thanks for sharing and giving us the oportunity to explore. See you,
Lore (from Argentina)

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Saša said...

Thanks, Nik - great site!

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