GETTING TO KNOW THE
WHAT IS THE TOEFL?
The TOEFL is a comprehensive English language examination required by more than 3,000
colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world. In addition,
foreign born professionals frequently need a TOEFL score for certification to practice their
profession in the United States or Canada.
The TOEFL is a timed test that consists of the three sections listed here.
Section 1 Listening Comprehension
Minitalks and Extended Conversations
Structure and Written Expression
Section 3 Vocabulary and Reading
SECTION 1: LISTENING COMPREHENSION
This section of the TOEFL test your ability to understand spoken American English. You will hear
taped conversations to which you will make responses. Part A and B contain samples of informal
American English. Idiomatic expressions and two-word verbs are common in these parts.
In Part A you will hear a single statement made by a man or a woman. In your test booklet, there
are four sentences. You must choose the sentence that is closest in meaning to the one you heard.
YOU WILL HEAR:
To get to the post office, cross the street, go three blocks, and you'll see it right on the corner.
YOU WILL SEE:
(A) The post office is right on the corner.
(B) The post office is at the next corner.
(C) The post office has a cross near it.
(D) The post office is three blocks away.
The correct choice is, which most closely gives the same meaning as the sentence you heard. It is
important for you to know that if similar sounding words or the same words appear in an answer
choice, that answer choice is seldom correct.