Description of Listening Section

This section of the TOEFL test consists of three parts: A, B and C.

Description of Listening Comprehension, Part A
The short conversations in Part A of Listening Comprehension section tests your understanding of everyday spoken English on different topics. These conversations are between a man and a woman and sometimes between two men or two women. A third person asks a question based on the stated or implied meaning of the conversation. You will have 12 seconds to choose your response from the four multiple-choice questions that follow each conversation. Pay attention to who the speakers are and what subjects they are talking about. The auxiliary verbs such as "be," "have," and "do" are often used in contracted form. The sentences are affirmative, negative, or interrogative. The conversations and questions are spoken once and are not presented in written form. The conversations are informal and use everyday vocabulary and idioms. The conversation topics are varied. For instance, the conversation may be based on making a suggestion, asking for permission, or giving advice. If you do not know the answer, make a guess. There is no penalty for guessing.

Description of Listening Comprehension, Part B
In this part of the test, you will hear conversations, approximately two minutes long, between two people. These conversations are based on both a variety of general topics relevant to college life and general interest subjects. For example, the conversations may be about a lab experiment, a part-time job, or a TV or radio program. The language of the conversations is informal and includes idiomatic expressions. The conversations are about 150 to 255 words. After each conversation, you will hear several questions about the conversation. The conversations and questions are spoken once and are not presented in written form. After you hear a question, read the four choices given and choose the one that is closest in meaning to the question you heard.

Description of Listening Comprehension, Part C
In this part of the test, you will listen to talks or lectures, two minutes long. The factual content of the talks or lectures is nontechnical, so your knowledge of a certain topic is not tested. Compared with Part B, the language is a bit more formal and the talks or lectures are slightly longer. After you listen to a talk or lecture, you will be asked several questions. The questions following each talk or lecture are based on the stated or implied meaning of the talk or lecture. The questions are varied. Some are based on the main idea of the talk, while others test your understanding of the specific details (examples, reasons, etc.). Total number of questions for Part B and C is 20.