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TOEFL Speaking Skill 5: Note The Main Points As You Read

In the first reading, listening, and speaking integrated task in the Speaking section of the iBT TOEFL test, you will be asked to read a passage from a campus setting as part of the task. In this part of the integrated task, it is important for you to be able to read a campus passage of 100-120 words and take notes on the main points of the reading passage in a short period of time.

The following chart outlines the key information you should remember about dealing with the reading passage in the reading, listening, and speaking integrated speaking task.

NOTING  THE  MAIN  POINTS  IN  THE  READING  PASSAGE
TOPIC
Make sure that you understand (and take notes on) the topic of the reading passage.
 
MAIN POINTS
Then focus on (and take notes on) the main points that are used to support the topic of the reading passage.


Look at the following example of a reading passage that is part of the integrated speak­ing task.

Reading Passage


A notice from the office of the university president

The university president would like to make sure that it is perfectly clear to all university professors, administrators, students, and any other members of the university community that university policy requires

that no pets be allowed on campus. The only exception to this rule, absolutely the only exception, is animals such as seeing-eye dogs that are trained for use in assisting persons with disabilities. Any other pets, no matter how large or small, are unequivocally not allowed. Anyone who fails to follow this policy, be they faculty, administrators, students, or others, will face immediate action by the university.


As you read the passage, you should take notes on the topic and main points of the reading passage. Look at these notes on the topic and main points of the reading passage.

Topic of Reading Passage: notice from university president on policy against pets on campus

main points about notice:

  • reminds university community about policy against pets on campus (except animals for persons with disabilities)
  • tells campus community that action will be taken against anyone with pets on campus


These notes show that the topic of the reading passage is a notice from the university presi­dent on a policy against pets on campus; the main points about the notice are that it reminds the university community about the existing policy against pets on campus except for animals used by people with disabilities and that it tells the university community that action will be taken against anyone with pets on campus.