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TOEFL IBT Speaking Practice #70

 Speaking #1

The question:

Some people believe it's essential for a person's education to learn to play a

musical instrument. Others don't believe music education is important. Which view

do you agree with? Explain why.

My Answer transcript:

Personally in my point of view I don't agree with the statement,  I believe music education is not really important.  because as simple as learning music is not something that you have to learn through education or formal education you can learn it by yourself and in terms of hobby it can be easier for you to learn it without any system you have to follow.  I do remember my friends he was not  attending any class of music but he really good at playing some music instruments

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 (max 400 words):

Delivery: 7.5/10 - Your response is generally clear and easy to understand, but your pace feels a bit rushed and some sentences are long and confusing.

Language Use: 7/10 - Your vocabulary and grammar use are generally good, but there are some errors and awkward phrasings.

Topic Development: 7.5/10 - Your argument is relatively clear and straightforward, you provide a personal anecdote to support your point of view, but you could further expand your reasons and support your argument with more evidence or examples.

Here is a revised version of your response:

"In my personal perspective, I wouldn't say that formal music education is an essential component of a person's learning journey. This is primarily because the acquisition of musical skills does not necessarily require structured educational methods. In fact, it can often be self-driven, born out of passion and a genuine interest in the field.

Music is a universal language that can be explored and mastered at one's own pace and in one's own unique way. A person does not necessarily need a formal classroom setting to become proficient at a musical instrument. There are numerous resources available outside of formal education like online tutorials, community groups, and peer-learning opportunities that allow individuals to learn and improve their musical skills.

To illustrate this point, I remember a friend of mine who became adept at playing various musical instruments without ever attending a formal music class. His journey towards musical proficiency was a testament to the fact that while structured education has its benefits, it isn't the only path to learning.

Therefore, while I appreciate the value of formal education, I believe that it is not the only avenue for learning music and should not be seen as a compulsory part of a person's education."

Remember, this response takes a more neutral standpoint, acknowledging the value of formal education while emphasizing the potential of self-learning. Depending on your personal view, you may choose to lean more towards one side or the other.

Speaking #2

Reading Passage:

College Radio Station to Undergo Major Changes?

The university is considering making major changes to the college radio station.

Changes would include an expansion of the station's broadcasting range, which

would allow the radio's programming to reach nearby towns. One goal of the plan

is to attract more students to apply to its communications program. Another goal

is to provide the university with an extra source of revenue. University officials

expect the enhanced radio station to significantly increase the number of listeners,

which will in turn encourage businesses to place commercials on the radio.

Listening Transcript:



Now listen to two students discussing the article.

Male student

What d' you think of the proposal?

Female student

I think it'll work. I mean, the range of the station now is basically limited to the campus

and so it's basically just a few programs, mainly for students ...

Male student


Female student

Well, if this proposal goes through, there will be more programs, and it'll give the students

more professional experience as they experiment with programming for a much larger...

you know. ... "real-life" audience. And stuff like that'll give them a better shot at getting a

job after they graduate.

Male student

Of course.

Female student

Besides, the whole university will benefit from it.

Male student

What d' you mean?

Female student

Well, you know my friend Tony, right? He told me that the radio station at his university

did something like this about five years ago...

Male student

And ...

Female student

Well. It's a success. They are making a lot of money out of commercials, and they are

using it to offer more scholarships and to help fund projects to renovate the facilities of

other programs.

Male student

That sounds really good!


The woman supports the proposal described in the article. Explain why she thinks it will

achieve the university's goals.

The question:

Directions: You will now read a short passage and listen to a lecture on the same topic.

You will then be asked a question about them. After you hear the question, give yourself

30 seconds to prepare your response. Then record yourself speaking for 60 seconds.

My Answer transcript:

The college try to increase range of their station radio into town nearby.  the  purpose is they want to attract more students to its communication programs, moreover the female on the conversation seems agree with that plan because if the campus has a really wide range of audience it could be give real experience for students that good for better jobs after  graduate.   One more the think that, this plan  could increase their revenue because people will put some ads on their show,  the woman from the conversations give some example regarding this, her friend the name is Tony 5 years ago got more money because of this kind of show from the radio, so it's really possible plan for campus, she think

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 (max 400 words):

**Delivery**: 7/10 - Your speech is generally clear but contains some pauses and hesitations. You also seem to be rushing through some points which can cause confusion. 

**Language Use**: 6.5/10 - There are grammatical errors and awkward sentence constructions. You have some difficulties in effectively connecting your ideas, and this reduces the clarity of your arguments.

**Topic Development**: 7.5/10 - You managed to mention key details from both the reading and listening parts, but some ideas could be expanded further. For instance, the role of the radio station in providing professional experience could have been explored more, and the example given by the female student wasn't integrated smoothly.

Here's a more polished version of your response:

"The university plans to extend the broadcast range of their campus radio station to reach neighboring towns. The aim is to attract more students to their communication programs and to generate additional revenue through commercial advertisements. The female student in the conversation supports this plan for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, she believes that the expansion will provide students with practical, real-world experience as they would cater to a larger and more diverse audience. This hands-on experience, she argues, will be valuable for students when they graduate and look for jobs in the field of communications. 

Secondly, she thinks that the extended broadcast range will indeed increase the university's revenue. To illustrate this point, she refers to her friend, Tony, whose university implemented a similar plan five years ago. As a result, they were able to earn significant income through commercials. This revenue was then used to fund scholarships and renovate university facilities, which benefitted the entire institution.

Therefore, based on these reasons, she is confident that the university's proposal will achieve its intended goals and bring about tangible benefits."

Speaking #3

Reading Passage:

Subliminal Perception

Humans are constantly perceiving visual and auditory stimuli. Sometimes our per-

ception of these stimuli occurs consciously; we are aware of a stimulus and know

that we are perceiving it. But our perception of a stimulus can also occur without

our awareness: an image might appear and disappear before our eyes too quickly

for us to notice that we saw it, or a sound might be too faint for us to realize that we

heard it. This phenomenon—the perception of a stimulus just below the threshold

of conscious awareness—is called subliminal perception. Experiments have shown

that subliminally perceived stimuli can influence people's thoughts and attitudes.

Listening Transcript:



Now listen to part of a lecture on this topic in a psychology class.


Consider this experiment: two groups of people were asked to watch TV, and while they were watching, a picture flashed on the screen for less than a second—very quickly, so it was barely noticeable.

The picture was of a boy with a birthday cake. Now, like I said, there were two groups, and each group saw a slightly different version of the picture. One group got the boy looking angry; in fact, he was actually throwing the cake on the floor. The other group got a picture of the boy smiling, happy, holding out the cake as if he was offering it. Same boy... same cake... but different emotions expressed in each picture.

Everyone was then asked to look at a different image—now this is the third image, right? Again, it's the boy and the cake, but this time the image stayed on the screen. In this picture, the boy is just holding the cake, with basically no emotion on his face—everything very neutral. Now, remember, nobody knew they had already seen a picture of this boy. After a minute, everyone was asked to describe the boy's personality. Those who had been exposed to the image of the angry boy generally described the boy's personality negatively. Those who had earlier seen the happy boy described him positively.


Describe what subliminal perception is and explain how the experiment discussed by the professor illustrates this phenomenon.

The question:

Describe what subliminal perception is and explain how the experiment discussed

by the professor illustrates this phenomenon.

My Answer transcript:

Subliminal perception is a perception that we do without any awareness of our.  according to the professor there was an experiment through two groups that watching TV that each group given flash image less than 1 second obviously those two groups will not notice about the image.  the first group given the boy with the cake and anger feeling and the second group boy with the cake same boy and same cake with Happy Feeling.  and next later both of two groups given one image of boys statically and the experimenter asked about each group about how they feel about this boy.  obviously since this one is subliminal perception the groups who saw the anger boy will give reservation negatively about the picture and the second groups that sing the boy with the happy give positive perception to the boy

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 (max 400 words):

**Delivery**: 7.5/10 - Your speech is generally understandable but with some minor hesitations. There's also room for improvement in terms of fluidity and clarity.

**Language Use**: 7/10 - While you make good use of vocabulary, there are some grammatical inaccuracies and awkward sentence constructions. 

**Topic Development**: 8/10 - You've covered the main points and provided a good summary of the experiment which clearly shows an understanding of the topic. However, your explanation of subliminal perception is a bit vague and there are some minor details from the lecture you didn't mention.

Here's a revised version of your response:

"Subliminal perception refers to the phenomenon where stimuli are perceived below the threshold of conscious awareness. In other words, our brain registers these stimuli without us consciously acknowledging them. An experiment shared by the professor in a psychology class illustrates this concept quite well.

In this experiment, two groups of people were shown an image on a TV screen for less than a second—a time too brief to consciously notice the image. The image depicted a boy with a birthday cake, but each group was shown a version with different emotional expressions. One group saw the boy looking angry and throwing the cake on the floor, while the other group saw the same boy smiling happily, appearing to offer the cake.

Later, both groups were shown a third image of the boy holding the cake, this time with a neutral expression, and were asked to describe the boy's personality. Interestingly, the group that subliminally perceived the angry image tended to describe the boy negatively, while the group that was exposed to the happy image portrayed him in a positive light.

This experiment showcases how subliminal perception, though not consciously recognized, can significantly influence our attitudes and interpretations, further underlining the power of subliminal messages."

Speaking #4

Listening Transcript:



Listen to part of a lecture in an economics class.


So when we talk about the demand for a product, we're referring to how much consumers want to buy it, right? And often the demand for a product is influenced by its price—the more expensive it becomes, the less chance that people will want to buy it. Okay. But that's not the whole story. Sometimes the demand for a product can also be influenced by the price of other, related products.

First, there are those products called substitute goods. If products can be substituted for one another, then, um, well, then they're called substitute goods. They're similar enough to be interchangeable. And, uh, an increase in the price of one means an increase in the demand for the other. Like, uh, like butter and margarine. They're pretty much used for the same purposes. Margarine is a butter substitute. And you can bake equally well with either. Well, when the price of butter goes up, it becomes less affordable, and so what do people do? They buy margarine instead, right? So, uh, you see, an increase in the price of butter increases the demand for margarine.

Now, another instance where the price of one product can influence the demand for another is when you have two products that can't be used without each other. Those products we call complementary goods. They complement, or, uh, complete, each other, if you will. Like compact discs and compact disc players. You need both products in order to use either. So if the price of either product increases, the demand for both is likely to decrease. And if the price of CDs goes up, well, the demand for them will go down, right? And because CDs and CD players complement each other, what'll also happen is that the demand for CD players will go down too.


Using the points and examples from the talk, explain how substitute goods and complementary goods influence the demand for a particular product.

The question:

Using the points and examples from the talk, explain how substitute goods and

complement goods influence demand for a particular product.

My Answer transcript:

According to the professor, the substitute goods are goods that can replace each other.  the professor Give an example about butter and margarine in terms of this economic class if butter price goes up the margarine demands will be goes up because people will leave butter and go to margarine which is more affordable than butter. that's the example of substitute good.  secondly about the complementary goods, this one goods that can complete each other or without another goods the function of the first goods couldn't be good enough. so the professor give an example of disk and compact disk those two products if the this price is high and obviously the demand from compact disk player will goes down

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 (max 400 words):

**Delivery**: 8/10 - You are able to speak fluently, however, there are a few instances where you seem to hesitate or falter.

**Language Use**: 7/10 - While your vocabulary is adequate, there are several grammatical mistakes and awkward sentences that interfere with clarity.

**Topic Development**: 7.5/10 - You manage to convey the main points from the lecture, but some aspects could be elaborated more, particularly on the consequences of price changes on the demand for complementary goods.

Here's a more refined version of your response:

"In the lecture, the professor discusses how the demand for a product can be influenced by the price of other products, using the concepts of 'substitute goods' and 'complementary goods'. Substitute goods, as explained by the professor, are products that can replace each other due to their similar functionality. For instance, butter and margarine are substitutes since they can be interchangeably used in cooking or baking. So, if the price of butter rises, consumers may find it less affordable and turn to margarine instead. This increases the demand for margarine, demonstrating how the cost of substitute goods can influence consumer choices and product demand.

The professor also discusses 'complementary goods', which are products that are typically used together. The demand for these goods is mutually dependent. A good example is compact discs and compact disc players; you need both to enjoy music. So, if the price of compact discs increases, the demand for both CDs and CD players is likely to decrease. People are less likely to buy CD players if they can't afford the CDs to play on them. This shows how the price of one product can affect the demand for both it and its complementary product."

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