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Writing Skill 2: Note The Main Points as You Listen

In the integrated task in the Writing section of the iBT TOEFL test, you will also be asked to listen to an academic passage as part of the task. In this part of the integrated task, it is impor­tant for you to be able to listen to an academic passage of 1-2 minutes and take notes on the main points of the listening passage as you listen.

The following chart outlines the key information you should remember about dealing with the listening passage in the integrated writing task.

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


Look at the following example of a listening passage that is part of the integrated writing task.
 

Listening Passage


(professor): Now let me talk about how hindcasting was used in one particular situation. This situation has to do with the weather in seventeenth-century Holland. It appears, from proxies in paintings from the time by numerous artists, that the weather in Holland in the seventeenth century was much colder than it is today. Seventeenth-century paintings show really cold winter landscapes with huge snow drifts and ice skaters skating on frozen canals. Since it's unusual today for snow to drift as high as it is in the paintings and for the canals to freeze over so that skaters can skate across them as they are in the paintings, these paintings appear to serve as proxies that demonstrate that the weather when the paintings were created in the seventeenth century was much colder than it is today.


As you listen to the passage, you should take notes on the topic and main points of the listening passage. Look at these notes on the topic and main points of the listening passage.
 

Topic of Listening Passage: paintings that are proxies showing weather in 17th-century Holland colder than today


Details: in 17th-century paintings showing colder weather :

- huge snow drifts higher than today's drifts
- on canals that are not frozen today

 

These notes show that the topic of the listening passage is paintings that are proxies showing that the weather in seventeenth-century Holland was colder than it is today, and the details in seventeenth-century paintings that show that the weather was colder are huge snow drifts that are higher than today's snow drifts and skaters skating on canals that do not freeze today.