TOEFL Study Plan
I created the following TOEFL Study Plan.
I spent around 2 days on the speaking section.
The best way to practice for TOEFL speaking section would be to time yourself and record your 45s-60s talk and LISTEN to it later.
Analyse your talk and improvise gradually.
Also listen to some sample audio clips as it will help you to understand where you stand.
I would read the topic and start speaking into my phone and record.
I would play the recorded file, rethink my answer and again talk (on the same topic) and record.
I would repeat until I found my response to be satisfactory. Then I would move onto the next topic and so on.
This TOEFL study plan gave me immense confidence and it started reflecting in my response as well.
I first noticed how much I had improved at the TOEFL test venue when I had to speak on a general topic just for the sake of microphone adjustment/testing.
And yes it helps to sit in a secluded place where you won’t be disturbed by others’ response.
Also, the earlier you start off the better it is as you focus on the task better.
Personally, I think that the “umm’s” in your response don’t matter as long as you don’t get stuck there and talk sense which is grammatically correct.
Some things that might improve speaking skills is talking to people in English, thinking in English, watching news channels like CNN and BBC etc. Oh and yes Hollywood movies help greatly, especially in the listening section !
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So basically, speaking skills can be mastered with rigorous practice and focused mind.
Good Luck !