Help wanted from TOEFL speaking

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Help wanted from TOEFL speaking

Hello, my reader.

First of all, I want to sincerely thank you for your job I appreciate your work and expertise without which the desirable score will be unachievable.
I have been using this site for a half of a year and I do know that your evaluation and scoring reflect a reality. I had a great experience with the team that works with GMAT and GRE exams.

Secondly, I do deeply appreciate your recommendations. Moreover, I have been working with them for a while: I regularly speak to my English speaking friends, read books out loud as well as listen to BBC radio, audiobooks.

Unfortunately, it seems that I stuck in my English. In order to tackle the problem with the language I need to find out what exactly is wrong with it. I carefully read your comments but sadly I cannot acquire enough information to address the problem or problems. Might you give my your evaluation of my performance in more detailed? For instance, fluency, content, pronunciation. In other words, I ask you to help me to find what exactly ought to be improved, what is the weakest part of my English. if it is possible, it will profoundly help me with my preparation to the exam. I indeed need it.

It is a pleasure work with you, I want to underline that I appreciate your work and I do pay attention to your recommendations.

p.s. I am working with ehhh as well but this habit transferred to English from Russian.

This is the formula for speakings:

High marks = fluency + good content + more content.

First, for fluency, we will check pronunciations and whether users can express ideas smoothly.

We can understand your pronunciations pretty well. You big issue is 'ehn' in the speaking. and there are some 'hesitations' sometimes.

Second, for good content, we check out the structure/organization and coherence.

for example, for Q1/Q2, this pattern is popular for users who practice speakings at the beginning:

introduction; //about 5-10 seconds
reason1+ example1; //about 15-20 seconds
reason2+ example2; //about 15-20 seconds

this pattern is simple and easy to use.

and testbig recommended a pattern for users who want higher marks:

first 1-2 sentences: introduction. my opinion: A or B. agree or disagree. about 5-10 seconds

First, reason 1 (1 sentence) + why reason 1 (some arguments. 1-2 sentence) + a small conclusion for reason 1(like advantages of reason 1 or comparisons if not reason 1, 1-2 sentence). // about 15 seconds

Second, reason 2 (1 sentence) + why reason 2 (some arguments. 1-2 sentence) + a small conclusion for reason 2(like advantages of reason 2 or comparisons if not reason 2, 1-2 sentence). // about 15 seconds

Conclusion: Don't need a conclusion. (you can have one only when you don't have something to talk about)

An example (Eating at home or restaurant) for First:
First,reason 1 (1 sentence: Eating at home can save money) + why reason 1(some arguments. 1-2 sentences: I can prepare cheaper food from food market; I don't need to drive or take a bus to reach the restaurant;) + small conclusions ( 1-2 sentences: with the money I saved, I can buy a good book to read; I can use the money for a trip...).

You don't have big issues in this section but still you can improve the content.

Third, for more content. 'more content' is related to vocabulary words, phrases, sentences and how to use them efficiently.

There are some rules for this section:

* Don't rephrase the topic.

* Don't repeat words, phrases and sentences.

* Speak a little bit faster if possible.

* Don't use discourse marks like: i think; in my opinion; the first reason is that....the second reason is that...

* Don't need a conclusion.

The big issue for you in this section is that you like to use discourse marks and some duplicated words.

There are some users whom you can follow with.

Listen to this user:

she got 26 in speaking:

she failed a lot of times to reach 26 before she came to testbig, so her experience may help you.

follow this user who got 29 in speaking:

he used testbig patterns very well.

To lean what is fluency, listen to this user:


Let us know if you have more questions.