This is the first of two writing tasks on the TOEFL iBT. Allow 20 minutes to complete this task. You must prepare your scratch paper, read and take notes, listen and take notes and then write a summary of the audio lecture, bringing in points from the written text as applicable.
How to Set-up Your Notes
Preparation of your scratch paper in advance is vital. The paper should be folded lengthwise into two long columns, then each column should be sub-divided into 4 equally sized boxes. In the end your paper will have 8 boxes--4 in the left-hand column and 4 in the right-hand column. The left column will be for notes from the written text. The right column will be for notes regarding the audio lecture. From top to bottom on the left side write the following: "Reading (R) and Thesis: " in Box 1; "Topic sentence 1" in Box 2; "Topic sentence 2" in Box 3; and "Topic sentence 3" in Box 4; In the right-hand column, correspondingly, write: "opposing R? answering R? casting doubt on R?: " in Box 1; "1" in Box 2; " 2" in Box 3; and "3" in Box 4.
When reading, write the thesis on your scratch paper in the top left box.. Read the topic sentence of each body paragraph and write the jist in the appropriate box. Then read everything from top to bottom, until the reading disappears.
Next listen careful and determine in the first few seconds of listening if the audio lecture opposes the reading, answers problems presented by the reading or casts doubt on the reading. Circle the appropriate item. Listen carefully and write what the lecture says related to the reading’s first body paragraph, the second body paragraph and the third body paragraph.
How to Organize Your Summary
You will write a 4 paragraph summary of the audio lecture. Bring in corresponding information from the reading.
Paragraph 1 will be your introduction. Paragraphs 2, 3, and 4 will be your body paragraphs. There will be no concluding paragraph.
The reading and the audio lecture are both about ____. The author of the reading states that + thesis from the reading. The lecturer challenges/answers/casts doubt on the _____ presented in the reading.
First, the lecturer suggests + major point of lecture. Explain or give example. Contrast with what is stated in the reading.
Second, the speaker points out that + major point of lecture. Explain or give example. Contrast with what is stated in the reading.
Third, the speaker informs the audience that + major point of lecture Explain or give example. Contrast with what is stated in the reading.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice the integrated writing task as much as possible. Your notes will be key. Write enough key words in the right-hand column so that you can summarize the lecture and recall any specific examples or explanations. You will not have time, when taking notes, to write complete sentences. You must write enough to trigger your memory about what was said. It will be impossible to write it all in your notes while listening. Use appropriate transitions and connectors within body paragraphs when drawing in information from the reading. Complete the 3 minute reading, note taking, the listening, the note taking and the summary writing all within 20 minutes. Have an English teacher score your writing, using the official rubric which you can find here.Writing Q1 & Q2 Rubrics