shouravv wrote:There is usually a different criteria when determining TA-ing ability etc., and it also matters how the score breaks down. I had a 112, but only 26/30 in speaking. While my university requited a mere 90 or something for "applicant eligibility", they require at least 28/30 in speaking for TA's. I did not have it, and so I had a take a special test conducted by the university (modeled after old ETS TSE format) to prove that I know enough English. And guess what, even though I am an international student, I attended college in the US.
mahar wrote:Thanks for your response.
I will address the situation only if my speaking score is low compared to the other sections.
Tomorrow is the big day (toefl scores come out).
At least, I have one secured admission (in top50 but with one of the top research groups in the field I'm working), so I don't worry about a case of complete failure.
Although, I'm aiming higher
Actually it is important to speak clearly, and to fill up the 30sec / 60sec slots fully, rather than speaking too fast and finishing ahead of time. The embarrassing truth about any speaking test is that they are less interested in what you say (contents) than how you say it (clarity, accent, coherence). You can do more harm than good by speaking too fast. Try recording your own voice, just for fun, and you'll see what I mean.mahar wrote: ...and if you speak quickly you can ace it even without speaking better than others.
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