| #1 (permalink) Wed Dec 08, 2004 3:46 am Help regarding test taking, if you can get through the post!
Hope and everyone's doing well - Torsten's probably sound asleep now. zzzzzzzzzzz.
Ming, my wife, took her TOEFL, AGAIN, today!! She's getting progressively worse on the listening part. That used to be her strong point, but now, structure and reading, and not writing yet wither, is going up.
I think now there may be an issue with confidence or something other than English, though she says she had no anxiety. Yes, she signed up after not doing so great on Saturday and took the exam today.
We have to wait on the written results. She scored a 217 on all but the written today, but last Saturday, she scored a 227 on the same; Reading, structure, listening. Usually it takes about 2 weeks to receive the written results. If she scores a 4 or better on the written for Saturday's exam, then she still wouldn't pass with the 215, "overall," she needs. Her best score, without the written, was 230, 4 on the written which apparently equals a 210 overall. That was in June I just learned.
Are you still with me? I'm not, I'm confused as h...zzzzz. I know it sounds as though I'm subtracting. All I know for now is - the overall score has to be 215.
Anyway, "4" is the best score, out of 6, she's scored on the written. I still don't know how the scoring works, and I'm wondering why I don't know now, but I'll learn tonight. Maybe someone here can tell me how scoring is done on the computer-based exam? My wife just isn't sure either.
I know, it's must be a secret code scoring system where they'll make her keep taking it because it's $130 a pop. *grin* It is a conundrum though.
Maybe a 4.5 or 5 on the written will get her the 215? This is ridiculous now.
Until this past weekend, I waited much too long to ask for help from this forum, but I did think all of those TOEFL help tools I got would work. She's just so bright and I took it for granted that there wouldn't be a problem, AND I probably didn't care about it nor how important it was for her. I was surprised when I found out, at the point she told me, that she had failed 4 times or so. She hid it from me and that doesn't matter.
Enough of my diatribe here. Why in the world is she getting worse on the listening part? Anyone? I know Torsten will wake up at some point, but anyone else still up? You North Americans are, right? Anyone in Europe that's a night owl?
Any possible answers, andecdotes, potions that I can go make? I do, err, did chemistry. I could still whip up something....I'm talking about whippin' up something for her now, and non-narcotic ;), Anything else, would be absolutely appreciated. I would love it, really.
I'm so frustrated (oh really?..you're all saying) because she's feeling like a total loser and this is just an incredible "losing face" thing for her that's cultural. Maybe some of you know what I mean? No matter how much I console her, it won't help. Maybe the movie she's watching now will help.
And Torsten? I knew it was not such a good idea for her to take the exam again today. She's just starting to learn your teachings. She'll get it, but you know what?.....she signed up for the exam again for Dec. 15. This will be the last time to take it in order to get into DU for the winter quarter. I cannot stop the girl. I can, however, not let her stray one bit from what you said. Oh, you asked.....and the tapes are very boring accounting tapes that are just like the books on tape CD's/cassettes. They're boring to me, that is. At least one of the audio books is regarding tax law that pertains to general ledger?? Maybe? Very stimulating, for her I hope. And, I still need to respond to the dual languages she and I speak, also her writing first in Chinese, and such........more later. Thank you.
Must go now. Need to prepare if I may need to make a "potion" or something. Bye for now.
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Location: Denver, CO