TOEFL iBT - Native-Speaker Accents

Native-Speaker Accents in the TOEFL iBT

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Do you know that you may hear different kinds of native-speaker English accents in your TOEFL iBT exam? In addition to accents from North America, there’s a good chance you’ll hear accents from Great Britain, New Zealand or Australia.

You don’t want there to be any surprises in the exam, so watch this video to learn about the experience of our TOEFL teacher Jane Birkenhead who recently took the test herself. She also shares her recommendation on where to search for neutral examples of various native-speaker accents.

I’m Jane Birkenhead and I’m one of the teachers with English Success Academy.

I took the TOEFL exam a few weeks ago and I did really well, I got 120. In the exam, I did exactly what I tell my students to do. I used all the same structures, all the things we talk about and practice in lessons – I did exactly those things in the exam.

One of the things you should know about If you’re preparing for the TOEFL iBT exam is how ETS – the company who makes the exam – uses speakers with different native-speaker accents in the listening and speaking sections of the exam. So, this means that you may hear a speaker with a British, an Australian or a New Zealand accents as well as speakers with American accents.

In the listening section, it might be that one of the lecturers or one of the participants in a conversation has one of these different native-speaker accents.

And in the speaking section, it may be that the announcer for the task 1 and 2 may have one of these accents.

And this actually happened to me. In my TOEFL exam, I had an announcer for speaking tasks 1 and 2 who had a British accent. You don’t want there to be any surprises in the exam, so it’s definitely worth preparing for this!

You should make sure that you listen to native-speaker British, Australian and New Zealand accents – so that you know what they sound like. You can search on YouTube or any other website for examples and just make sure that you understand them.

When you are searching, a good place to start is TV broadcasters in each of these countries because their announcers normally speak very clearly. You don’t need to worry about regional accents, just concentrate on clear, neutral accents for each of these countries.

I’ve got a British accent, so if you can understand me, then you’re doing really well!