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TOEFL IBT Speaking Practice #66

 Speaking 1

question: Some people enjoy watching movies or television in their spare time. Others 

prefer reading books or magazines. State which you prefer and explain why

My answer transcript:

For me I do much  prefer reading a books or magazine instead of watching movies or television on my spare time.  just because my hobby is reading books actually.  and this is kind of hobby that support my actual job as a businessman, I have to really vast knowledge to improve my quality as a businessman.  for example I've read many books about business even if I don't understand the detail about the book, but it really helped a lot of my business.  so if I'm doing watching television of course it's not helping at all because it's only entertain me not educate me for general

ChatGPT Assessment, based on TOEFL iBT rubrics in scale out of 10 for each rubric (Delivery, Language Use, Topic Development), then give me better modified version of my answer:

Based on the TOEFL iBT rubrics, here is an assessment of your answer:

Delivery: 7/10

Your response is clear and organized.

However, there are a few instances of repetitive language and some sentence structures could be improved for better flow.

Language Use: 7/10

You demonstrate a good command of English with a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.

However, there are some errors in grammar, such as incorrect verb tenses and preposition usage.

Topic Development: 8/10

You provide a clear preference for reading books and magazines over watching movies or television.

You explain that reading supports your job as a businessman by expanding your knowledge.

You offer an example of how reading business books has helped your business.

Overall, your response is quite good. To further improve your answer, you can consider making some modifications to enhance clarity and language use:

Modified Answer:

Personally, I greatly prefer spending my spare time reading books and magazines rather than watching movies or television. Reading is not just a hobby for me; it also complements my role as a businessman. As someone in the business field, it is crucial for me to constantly expand my knowledge and improve the quality of my work. By immersing myself in various books, including those on business topics, I acquire valuable insights that directly benefit my professional endeavors.

Reading books and magazines has proven to be an invaluable resource in my business ventures. Even if I don't grasp every intricate detail within the pages, the overall exposure to different ideas and perspectives is immensely beneficial. For instance, I have come across numerous business books that have offered me unique strategies, valuable advice, and inspiration. This exposure to diverse perspectives has enhanced my decision-making abilities and helped me adapt to the ever-changing business landscape.

In contrast, simply watching television or movies purely for entertainment purposes does not contribute to my professional growth. While it may provide temporary enjoyment, it lacks the educational aspect that reading offers. Engaging with written material allows me to delve deeper into a subject, gain a comprehensive understanding, and extract applicable knowledge that I can implement in real-world scenarios.

In conclusion, my preference for reading books and magazines stems from both personal enjoyment and its alignment with my professional pursuits. Through reading, I can continuously expand my knowledge base, stay informed about current trends, and acquire practical insights that directly benefit my work as a businessman.

Speaking 2

Reading passage:

Plans for Campus Gym

The recreational services department will receive special funding from 

this year’s budget to increase the number of exercise machines in the campus 

gym. The increase is in response to numerous student complaints regarding 

the insufficient number of machines available. Recreational services agrees 

that, due to an increase in university enrollment, more students are using the 

gym. They, therefore, welcomed the proposal, adding that it would encourage 

even more students to exercise and would help to promote a healthier lifestyle 

among students

Listening Transcript:

Narrator: Listen to two students discussing the plan.

Male student: Hey, have you read about this... the plans for the gym?

Female student: Yeah, but I could sure think of better things to do with the money.

Male student: You're kidding. I thought you'd be all for it. You go to the gym all the time.

Female student: Yeah, but I never have any problem. Sure, there are a lot of people there, but I never have to wait to use the exercise bikes or even the weight machines. Do you?

Male student: Not really. It's not that busy.

Female student: The other thing is... well, we have all sorts of exercise programs, a terrific swimming pool that's always open, great running paths, all kinds of sports teams. I'm just saying that a bunch of new machines in the gym aren't gonna make any difference. People like to get their exercise in different ways... and on this campus, there are already plenty of choices.

Male student: You may be right...

Narrator: The woman expresses her opinion about the plan described in the announcement. Briefly summarize the plan. Then state her opinion about the plan and explain the reasons she gives for holding that opinion.

The question:

The woman expresses her opinion about the plan described in the announcement. Briefly summarize the plan. Then state her opinion about the plan and 

explain the reasons she gives for holding that opinion

My answer transcript:

The campus has planned to buy a new machine on gym because they thought that on the gym there are short of machines to use.  according to the conversation it seems like the female students  doesn't like with this plan.  she believed, because she always on the gym, she never seen any waiting line on the gym machines so she think this plan is not reasonable at all.  Furthermore she believe and  argue that it is wise that the campus to allocate the budget into sports club or swimming pool development. 

ChatGPT Assessment, based on TOEFL iBT rubrics in scale out of 10 for each rubric (Delivery, Language Use, Topic Development), then give me better modified version of my answer:


Delivery: 8/10

Language Use: 8/10

Topic Development: 7/10

Total Score: 23/30


Your response provides a summary of the plan and the woman's opinion about it, but there is room for improvement in terms of clarity and development of ideas. Here's a modified version of your answer:

The campus plans to address the issue of insufficient exercise machines in the gym by purchasing new equipment. However, the female student expresses a different opinion about this plan. She mentions that she personally hasn't experienced any problems with the availability of machines at the gym. Despite the gym being busy, she states that she never has to wait to use the exercise bikes or weight machines. Therefore, she believes that the proposal to buy more machines is unnecessary.

Moreover, she argues that the campus already offers a variety of exercise options such as exercise programs, a swimming pool, running paths, and sports teams. In her opinion, adding more machines to the gym won't make a significant difference since people prefer to exercise in different ways. Instead, she suggests that the campus allocate the budget towards developing sports clubs or improving the swimming pool facilities.

Overall, the woman opposes the plan to purchase more exercise machines for the gym, citing her personal experience of not encountering any issues with machine availability and emphasizing the existing alternatives for exercise on campus.

Speaking - 3

Reading Passage:

Keystone Species

Within a habitat, each species depends on other species, and contributes 

to the overall stability of that ecosystem. However, some species do more 

than others by providing essential services. Without the influence of these key 

species, the habitat changes significantly. Scientists refer to these important 

players in an ecosystem as keystone species. When a keystone species disappears from its habitat, the habitat changes dramatically. Their disappearance 

can then trigger the loss of other species. As some species vanish, others move 

in or become more abundant. The new mix of species changes the habitat’s 

appearance and character

Listening transcript:

Narrator: Now listen to part of a lecture on this topic in a biology class.

Professor: Let's take the elephant, for example. Elephants are an important species in the African grasslands. Without them, the grasslands actually stop being grasslands at all if you can believe it—they change to forests. What happens is that in the grasslands, some types of seeds other than grasses can sprout and begin to grow, which... if they're left alone... they could eventually grow into shrubs or trees. But what happens is that elephants come along and eat the sprouting plants... or the plants get crushed under the elephants' feet. And even if a plant or two manage to survive, it won't last long because sooner or later the elephant will knock it over or pull it out of the ground.

So what if the elephants weren't there and these plants were allowed to grow to maturity? Well, pretty soon there'd be whole clusters of trees. Their branches and leaves would shade the grasses... and without the sunlight, the grasses won't survive. So pretty soon the grass disappears, trees grow in its place, and eventually, the whole grassland changes to a forest.

And as you can imagine, the elephant has an impact on other animal species in the habitat as well. A lot of animals in this habitat rely on the grasses for food, for example. When the grasses disappear—when their food source disappears—these animals are eventually

 forced to leave. Gradually, some new species come into the habitat—species that are better suited to life in the forest. These new species replace the ones that left. So you can see the influence of the elephant on the environment is significant.

Narrator: The professor gives examples of the effects of elephants on the African grasslands habitat. Using the examples from the talk, explain why elephants are considered a keystone species.

The question:

The professor gives examples of the effects of elephants on the African grasslands habitat. Using the examples from the talk, explain why elephants are 

considered a keystone species

My answer transcript:

Keystone species are some species that have critical role on the habitat that if it disappearing will be changed dramatically on the habitat.  the professor talk about elephant in Africa that live on grassland is the keystone species, because if there were no elephants over there the  grassland will become a forest.  the reasoning behind this would happen is because elephant press the seed sprout so the seed will not become a tree or even the seed become a young tree it will be removed and crash immediately by the elephants.  Furthermore, the professor believe that grass is food for other animal that if no elephant there to maintain the grass it will be crash for the habitat itself and inviting some other animal from other  habitat.

ChatGPT Assessment, based on TOEFL iBT rubrics in scale out of 10 for each rubric (Delivery, Language Use, Topic Development), then give me better modified version of my answer:

Based on the TOEFL iBT rubrics, here is an assessment of your answer:

Delivery: 6/10

Language Use: 7/10

Topic Development: 6/10

Total: 19/30

Your response provides a basic understanding of the topic and addresses the main points discussed in the lecture. However, there are some improvements that can be made in terms of organization and clarity. Additionally, the response could benefit from more specific and detailed explanations. Let's work on a modified version of your answer:

Modified Answer:

Elephants are considered a keystone species in the African grasslands due to their significant impact on the habitat. The professor explains that in the absence of elephants, the grasslands undergo a dramatic transformation into forests. This occurs because elephants prevent the growth of non-grass plants by either consuming them or trampling on them. As a result, the grasses are able to thrive and maintain the grassland ecosystem. Without elephants to control the growth of these plants, they would mature into trees and overshadow the grasses, leading to the disappearance of the grassland and the emergence of a forest.

Furthermore, the influence of elephants extends beyond the vegetation. Many animal species in the grassland rely on the grasses as a food source. Without the presence of grasses, these animals are eventually forced to leave the habitat. Over time, new species that are better adapted to forest environments replace the ones that have departed. This demonstrates the significant role that elephants play in shaping the composition of the animal community in the African grasslands.

In conclusion, elephants are considered a keystone species because their actions directly impact the structure and dynamics of the African grasslands. By controlling the growth of non-grass plants and maintaining the grasses, elephants prevent the transformation of the grassland into a forest. Their presence also influences the species composition of the habitat, as animals that depend on the grasses for food are eventually replaced by forest-adapted species.

Speaking - 4

Listening Transcript:

Narrator: Now listen to part of a lecture in a creative writing class.

Professor: As writers, you want the dialogue in your story to have impact. Well, there are many ways to do that, and I'm gonna talk about two of them—exaggeration and understatement. Now, understatement is the opposite of exaggeration, but you can actually use them both to do the same thing—to create emphasis or impact. Let's compare them and see how they do that.

OK, exaggeration. When you want your characters to emphasize a point, you can have them describe things or their feelings as bigger or more extreme than they really are. For example, your main character comes back from a very long walk and she's very tired. Well, you can have her say "Boy, I'm tired." Or you can have her say, "I can't take another step." Well, of course, she can take another step, but you see, if she exaggerates, she'll make her point in a more forceful and interesting way.

But you can also create emphasis with understatement, and like I said, it's the opposite of exaggeration, but it does the same thing. With understatement, you emphasize by saying, by saying less, by saying less than you mean. That sounds paradoxical, so I'll give you an example. From real life.

My friend Ed is a very talented cook. So last week he cooked me a delicious meal. Now, I could've said to him, "This food is really great, Ed," but that's kinda boring. Plus, Ed knew I thought the food was delicious. I'd eaten three servings. So instead I said, "This

 food's not bad, Ed." Now clearly the food was a lot better than not bad. But by understating, by describing the food as—as less good than it really was, I actually made a stronger statement. The characters in your stories can do this too.

Narrator: Using the examples mentioned by the professor, describe two ways that writers create emphasis when writing dialogue.

My answer transcript:

According to the professor there are two ways to emphasize story to be more impactful.  exaggeration and understatement.  then the professor talk about exaggeration first, he gives some example about exaggeration that enhancing the feeling extreme of some character or scene. for example the character walk really long distance and the  character would say “I can't walk anymore even one more step”  and the other method is  under statement for example if the character get bad food instead of telling the truth it can use the dialogue such as “it is less good food than ever it were” 

ChatGPT Assessment, based on TOEFL iBT rubrics in scale out of 10 for each rubric (Delivery, Language Use, Topic Development), then give me better modified version of my answer:

Based on the TOEFL iBT rubrics, here is an assessment of your answer:

Delivery: 6/10

Language Use: 6/10

Topic Development: 5/10

Total: 17/30

Your response provides a general understanding of the professor's lecture and mentions the concepts of exaggeration and understatement. However, there are some grammatical errors and lack of clarity in your explanations. Additionally, the response could benefit from more specific and detailed examples. Let's work on a modified version of your answer:

Modified Answer:

The professor discusses two methods that writers use to create emphasis in dialogue: exaggeration and understatement. Exaggeration involves portraying things or feelings as more extreme than they actually are, while understatement achieves emphasis by saying less than what is meant.

Exaggeration allows characters to emphasize a point by amplifying descriptions or emotions. For instance, if a main character has just finished a long walk and is exhausted, they could exclaim, "I can't take another step!" Although they are physically capable of continuing, the exaggeration intensifies the impact of their fatigue, making the statement more forceful and engaging.

On the other hand, understatement involves deliberately downplaying or minimizing the true extent of something to create emphasis. The professor provides a real-life example where someone enjoys a delicious meal prepared by a talented cook. Rather than simply saying, "This food is really great, Ed," which would be rather ordinary and expected, the speaker uses understatement and remarks, "This food's not bad, Ed." By downplaying the excellence of the food, the speaker ironically emphasizes how exceptional it truly is, making a stronger statement.

In summary, writers use exaggeration and understatement to infuse dialogue with impact. Exaggeration heightens emotions and descriptions by emphasizing extremes, while understatement achieves emphasis by deliberately understating the true nature of something. By employing these techniques effectively, writers can create compelling and memorable dialogue in their stories.

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