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TOEFL IBT Speaking Practice #71

 Speaking #1

The question:

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

“Co-workers make the best friends.”

Provide details and examples to explain your opinion.

My Answer transcript:

Absolutely I agree with the statement that coworkers make the best friends.  for me personally, I have my best friend as my co-founder, because I am a businessman. actually my co-founder is my best friend.  it's Just because I spent a lot of time with him for doing our business and become so he now my really best friend. I couldn't imagine if at that 7 years ago if I don't met him maybe I don't have a co-founder and maybe I don't have any best friend through this my business. So once again I do agree with the statement

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

Language Use: 7/10

Topic Development: 6/10

Overall, your answer provides a personal perspective and supports your agreement with the statement that coworkers make the best friends. However, there are areas where your response could be improved. Your delivery is fairly clear, but there are a few instances where sentence structure and grammar could be refined. Additionally, while you provide an example from your personal experience, it lacks depth and could benefit from further elaboration and supporting details.

Here is a modified version of your answer with improvements in structure, language use, and topic development:

In my opinion, I wholeheartedly agree with the statement that coworkers make the best friends. I have had the fortune of experiencing this firsthand through my business venture. Allow me to elaborate on my perspective and provide examples to support my viewpoint.

As a businessman, my best friend happens to be my co-founder. This unique bond developed as a result of spending extensive amounts of time together while building our business from scratch. Over the past seven years, our shared vision, challenges, and triumphs have solidified our friendship. I cannot imagine how different my life would be if I hadn't met him during that critical juncture in my career.

Working alongside my co-founder has allowed me to witness his unwavering dedication, trustworthiness, and reliability. These qualities, essential for a successful business partnership, have translated into the foundation of a truly remarkable friendship. We have celebrated victories together, overcome obstacles as a team, and supported each other through personal and professional struggles.

What sets apart coworker friendships is the unique understanding that develops from shared experiences in the workplace. We have faced high-pressure situations, made difficult decisions, and witnessed each other's growth and development. Our bond has grown stronger through mutual respect, effective communication, and a shared commitment to our business goals.

Moreover, our friendship extends beyond the confines of our professional lives. We have celebrated birthdays, milestones, and even shared family vacations. The support and camaraderie we share are unparalleled. Having a best friend who intimately understands the intricacies of my work life has been invaluable, as we can offer each other guidance, advice, and a listening ear whenever needed.

While some may argue that keeping personal and professional relationships separate is ideal, I firmly believe that the unique bond formed with coworkers can transcend the boundaries of a typical friendship. The shared experiences, trust, and understanding that develop in the workplace can create friendships that are both fulfilling and enduring.

In conclusion, based on my personal experience as a businessman, I strongly agree that coworkers can make the best friends. The shared journey, common goals, and understanding that arise from working closely together foster a deep connection that extends beyond the office walls. My co-founder has not only become an integral part of my professional success but also an irreplaceable best friend.


Speaking #2

Reading Passage:

Scheduling with Advisors

We have recently had a large number of students who are unable to graduate on time

because they enrolled in the wrong courses. Therefore, students will now be required to

create their schedule with an academic advisor before the next semester begins and will

not be allowed to register for a class without their approval. Professors currently complain

that many students who are enrolled in advanced level classes have not first taken the

required lower-level classes. Moreover, speaking with an advisor will help students choose

classes more suited to achieving their long-term career goals.

Listening Transcript:

Speaking Task 2: Transcript

Woman​:​ Hey Kyle, did you know that students have to consult with an advisor to create their schedules now?

Man​:​ Yeah, I heard, and I totally agree. Plenty of other schools do the same thing. It makes picking courses so

much easier.

Woman​:​ Really? But don’t you think most of us want to choose our own schedule?

Man​:​ You see, that’s the problem. Students choose what they want instead of what they need. It's been a total

mess. For example, last semester there were about five students in my World History II class that never

took World History I. Needless to say, they struggled the whole semester.

Woman​:​ Are you saying that someone can choose History II without completing History I?

Man​:​ Yes, and that’s insane! In my History II class, these students kept asking questions about things we had

already gone over in the introductory course. They were a complete distraction.

Woman​:​ I guess I see your point.

Man​:​ I mean, besides that, now students get a chance to speak with an adviser so they can figure out how the

classes they take may benefit them in their future career. Last semester, I wanted to take a class called

History of rock-n-roll because it sounded cool, but my advisor pointed out that it wasn't a requirement and

wouldn't help me much in the future if I wanted to get involved in public policy.

Woman​:​ Alright, alright, you sold me. So when should we make our appointments to see the advisor?

The question:

The man expresses his opinion on the announcement from the student services department. State his opinion

and explain the reasons he gives for holding that opinion.

My Answer transcript:

The campus has a plan to create advisor as a mandatory for students before get next semester. it needs their approval before courses enroll for students.  from the conversation it can infer that the man really agree with the plan because It would be easier  for students about their study.  The first reason why the man is agree, because students never know what they need instead of they want. because on his experience on the history two class there are five students enroll with never taken the history one class, it's really distraction for classes because they always asking the materials from the history one.  the next one is about it could be make a brighter career plan if it took advisor

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 - There are a few minor grammatical errors, but the ideas are still clear and understandable.

Language Use: 6/10 - There are quite a few grammar errors, incorrect verb tenses, and the answer lacks vocabulary diversity.

Topic Development: 8/10 - You've done a good job of identifying the main ideas and supporting details in the transcript, but the connection between them could be more cohesive.

Modified Answer:

The man in the conversation expresses his strong agreement with the new policy issued by the student services department, which requires students to consult with an academic advisor before registering for their classes each semester. His stance on this matter is backed by several justifications that he shares throughout the discussion.

Firstly, he believes that this system could provide much-needed guidance to students when selecting their courses. He highlights how students often pick classes based on personal interests rather than academic requirements, leading to poor course selection. His own experience in his World History II class serves as a pertinent example, where he noticed that several students who hadn't taken the prerequisite World History I class struggled to keep up, thereby hampering the learning environment with frequent, fundamental questions.

Additionally, he sees this mandatory interaction with an advisor as an opportunity for students to make more informed decisions about their future career paths. He gives a personal anecdote where a potentially whimsical class choice, "History of Rock-n-Roll," was discouraged by an advisor, who instead guided him towards classes more relevant to his aspiration in public policy. This interaction, he feels, could help students avoid irrelevant courses and streamline their academic journey.

Therefore, based on his experiences and the perceived benefits, the man endorses the newly implemented advisor consultation policy for course selection, considering it as a beneficial approach for the overall academic progression and career planning of the students.


Speaking #3

Reading Passage:

Compassionate Consumerism

Compassionate consumerism is a relatively new trend in the American retail market. In

this type of consumerism, when individuals make a purchase a portion of the money they

pay is allocated to a charitable cause. Nowadays, individuals often look for ways to

contribute to the betterment of humanity, but they don’t always have the financial

resources to do so. Compassionate consumerism appears to be a good middle ground.

While critics feel that it’s only a marketing ploy aimed at appealing to people in their 20s

and 30s, others applaud the effort. They argue that it is desirable for companies to

sacrifice profits in order to help those in need.

Listening Transcript:

Speaking Task 3: Transcript

“​As the reading suggests, many companies have embraced the idea of compassionate consumerism over the past

few years. Studies show that customers are generally supportive of such efforts, especially very young shoppers.

Not only that, but companies make a lot of additional profits from this kind of compassionate marketing. Some

companies even thrive off of it.

Take ABC Shoes for example. They’re kind of like the pioneer of this type of consumerism. You know the shoes,

right? Those flat, simple, slip-on shoes, which are based on a type of traditional Argentinian footwear called an

alpargata. Anyway, ABC Shoes achieved a huge market share about seven years ago with their ‘one-for-one’

business model. Basically, if you buy a pair of ABC shoes, they donate another pair of shoes to an impoverished

individual. While this program has cost ABC Shoes a lot of money to administer, they’ve also made so much profit

that they’ve expanded to include not only shoes but also eyewear and coffee.

Speaking of coffee, another famous company that has adopted the compassionate consumerism model is Bob's

Coffee. Now, the one-for-one model doesn't make much sense for a cup of coffee, but a portion of the cost of

certain items is sometimes donated to various non-profit organizations. Since Bob's deals closely with coffee

bean farmers in South America, they have recently launched a campaign where 10% of all purchases are

donated to preserving the South American rainforest. And, would you believe it, on the day they announced the

campaign, there was a line out the door at Bob's Coffee right here on campus.​”

The question:

Using the examples from the lecture, explain what compassionate consumerism is and how it works.

My Answer transcript:

Compassionate consumerism is a campaign or a way to make purchasing and a little bit of it goes to charity action or initiatives.  according to the woman many company address this method and not only give charity but also increase their profits.  the woman give two example the first one is ABC shoes which is really simple shoes, this is the pioneer and the campaign is one on one which is if you buy one and another pair of shoes will be donated to somewhere in the world that someone or people need it.  put them on the second example is Bob's coffee that spent 10% from their revenue into rainforest in South America on the first day or they open the campaign there was a line queue on the campus

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 - The delivery is clear, but some phrasing could be smoother and more fluent.

Language Use: 7/10 - There are a few grammatical errors and the sentence structure is a bit awkward at times, limiting the effective conveyance of the ideas.

Topic Development: 8/10 - You've successfully captured the key ideas from the passage and explained the concept well using provided examples. However, the flow of ideas could be improved.

Modified Answer:

Compassionate consumerism is a strategy where a portion of the revenue from each purchase is directed towards charitable causes or initiatives. It's a form of conscientious buying that can satisfy consumerism while contributing to humanitarian efforts. According to the lecture, this method has been adopted by various companies, resulting in not only charitable contributions but also an increase in their profits.

The lecturer provides two vivid examples to illustrate this concept. The first example is of a company called ABC Shoes. Known as pioneers in compassionate consumerism, their business model is based on a 'one-for-one' strategy. For every pair of shoes that customers purchase, ABC Shoes donates another pair to individuals in need around the globe. This model has not only enabled them to make significant charitable contributions but also to grow their profits substantially, leading to the expansion of their product line to include eyewear and coffee.

The second example is Bob's Coffee, which allocates a portion of its sales towards non-profit initiatives. Instead of a 'one-for-one' approach, which wouldn't apply to coffee, they donate a percentage of the cost of certain items. Recently, they launched a campaign in which 10% of all purchases are directed towards preserving the South American rainforest. The campaign was so successful that on the day of its launch, there were long queues of customers at Bob's Coffee on campus.

Therefore, compassionate consumerism, as exemplified by ABC Shoes and Bob's Coffee, is a powerful retail strategy that intertwines consumer purchasing habits with charitable contributions.


Speaking #4

Listening Transcript:

Speaking Task 4: Transcript

“​Today we are going to talk about human aggression. You probably see aggression every day when people are

angry in cars or pushy on the subway. Well, to be a bit more formal, aggression is considered any negative or

harmful behavior that causes psychological or physical harm to another person or ourselves. While you may

understand what aggression is, there is the question of why it even exists. In the field of psychology, there are two

main theories as to why aggression exists.

Many researchers believe that aggression is a product of evolution. Most agree that men are more likely than

women to act aggressive, and this is most likely due to the need for males to display dominance over others. In

the past, and still a bit today, men felt the need to act aggressive in order to both protect their mate and

perpetuate their genes. Females tended to gravitate toward males they felt could keep them and their eventual

offspring safe. The world was much more dangerous back then and safety was of paramount concern, which is

why more aggressive males were more likely to pass on their genes to future generations.

There are psychoanalysts who disagree with this, however. Another popular account of why aggression exists is

known as social learning theory, which takes the stance that aggression is something human beings learn to do,

not something innate or instinctual. For example, research has proven that aggressive reactions are more

common in certain social environments. Children who observe violence at home are more likely to exhibit violent

behavior. Further still, children from homes that are relatively calm, but who are exposed to violence through

movies or video games, also demonstrate aggressive behavior more often.​”

The question:

Using points and examples from the talk, explain two main theories as to why aggression exists.

My Answer transcript:

According to the lecturer there are two reasons why human aggression could occur.   the first one is evolution theory,  according to the lecturer, oftenly men more aggressive than women and also males more aggressive than females.  it because back there our ancestor on the very dangerous world, so he has to kept the offsprings safe in order to pass the genes. Furthermore, the lecturer give another reason theory why human aggression could happen. it's the social learning theory.  According to her learning theory is aggression that we can learn from other people, for example children who has violent at their house most likely will do violent on the social life

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 - The speaker's delivery is mostly clear, but there's some repetition and confusion in certain parts.

Language Use: 7/10 - There are a few grammatical errors, and some awkward sentence structures limit the clarity of the information.

Topic Development: 8/10 - The main theories were captured and some supporting details were included, but further elaboration and clarity would improve the response.

Modified Answer:

The lecturer identifies two primary theories explaining the existence of human aggression. The first theory is based on evolution. This perspective posits that aggression is an evolved trait, especially prevalent in males, due to their historic need to display dominance for survival and gene propagation. The lecturer explains that historically, the world was a more dangerous place, and men often had to protect their mates and offspring. Therefore, aggressive males, who could better ensure safety, were more likely to successfully pass on their genes.

The second theory, known as social learning theory, views aggression as a learned behavior, rather than an innate or instinctual trait. This theory is based on the premise that our behaviors, including aggression, are shaped by our social environment. The lecturer provides examples to illustrate this point: children exposed to violence at home are more likely to exhibit violent behaviors themselves. Even children from peaceful homes can demonstrate increased aggression if they are exposed to violent content through media, such as movies or video games. 

Thus, according to the lecture, human aggression can be understood either as a product of evolutionary pressures or as a behavior learned from one's social environment.

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