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The Importance of Skills 2015-05-29 14:51:14
There is a famous theory in psychology named “Door-in-the face,” which means a persuader attempts to convince the respondent to comply by making a large request that the respondent will most likely turn down and the respondent is then more likely to agree to a second, more reasonable request, compared to the same reasonable request made in isolationis. It is a skill adopted by many salesmen as well and more likely they can successfully persuade the customers to buy the products. For instance, you may reject when a sale introduces you a product with its original price. If the sale then offers a discount, you make take it. Actually the sale can sell his or her product with a cheaper price, but if they do it at first, they probably caanot persuade you successfully. In this case, skills play an important role and help salesmen to get what they want. Actually, no matter in what aspects, skills are the key that help us achieve our goals in an efficient way. Learning a non-native language needs skills as well, especially when you are going to take part in a test.

All the language tests now in Taiwan have a common feature: they do have a lot of questions for the participants to answer. TOEIC is a good example to demonstrate that feature. There a two parts involved in a TOEIC test. One is listening comprehension, which includes 100 questions and the participant will be asked to answer them in 45 minutes. The other part is reading comprehesion, which includes 100 questions as well. The time you have to solve this part is 75 minutes. That means a TOEIC test participant has to anwer 200 questions in 2 hours. It is a mission impossible even for people who are acquainted with English, not mention people who are not familiar with it. Therefore, no matter you are good at English or not, you will need some skills to help you to solve the test questions more efficiently. Thanks to Tainan City Government Civil Service Development Institute because the classess they conducted offered a great help for people who are struggling for language tests. I do get a lot of useful skills from the classes and that helps me pass TOEIC test. Not long ago I went to a class which is talking about the skills that can help you to conquer TOEIC examination. The lecturer offered some instructions both for how to sloving listening test and reading comprehesion in a short time, even you don’t understand what the questions are talking about very well. Here I would like to share these skills and wish that may offer some help for people in need.

The listening comprehension part in TOEIC test is composed of four different kinds of questions, which are based on pictures, dialogue, conversation, and monologue. A participant has to answer the questions according to the pictueres, the conversation, and the monologue he or she hears. In this part, you won’t see the questions printed on the paper. All of the questions are played through the audio equipments, and, most of all, each question will be played only one time. That’s the pressure a participant will face in the listening comprehension aprt. Once you get distracted and miss a question, you will never get a chance to answer it again. Therefore, stay focus is very important when you doing the listening part. In spite of being focus, the lecturer offered other two skills to help the participants to fight with the listening test. One is for the pictures. When you answer the questions based on pictures, use the time gap between each question to take a look at the picture for the next question. Pay attention to the atmosphere, the composition of the photo, then while the question is reading out, cross the options that are not related to the picture. This may help you filter the wrong options and make you much closer to the correct answer. For instanec, if you see a picture that is about people gathering around a desk with papers in their hands, you can give a barve guess the question is more likely about affairs happened in an office. Then if you hear the options which include food, car, or something that won’t show up in an office, you can delete that option. The other tip for liestening test is making use of the 6w key words: who, where, when, what, why,and how. These words can help you define what the question is going to ask, though you cannot figure out the whole question, you still have clues to find out the answer. For example, when you hear a question “Did you know when the meeting will start?” you may not able to realize each word in the question; however, you may hear the key word “when” at least and figure out that question is more likely about time. Then you probably can find out the right answer.

There are also skills for solving reading comprehension part. The questions of this part are printed on the test, so the participants don’t have to worried about they cannot go back to check the questions again. Even you can review the questions once again, that doesn’t mean it would be easier for you. The difficulty of this part is time. Since there are a lot of long articles included in this part, it is not easy at all for anyone to read over all of the articles and answer 100 questions in 75 minutes. The lecturer referred that even native speaker rarely finish this part in time. So, what strategy we can use to solve this problem? The key is part of speech. That means you can use the statement of each word to figure out the word behind or in front of it. For example, if you see the blank behind a possessive case, you can realize the answer should be a noun. If the blank is in front of a noun, you can choose an adjective as your answer because in most cases, an adjective is used for describing a noun. That is to say, once you figure out the feature and the usage of each kind of words, you can find a pattern to answer most of the questions. That will make it a bit easier to answer a great amount of questions in a short time.

Although the skills mentioned above would offer helpful assistance for the participants to overcome the tests. However, just like the old saying goes “There is no shortcut for learning.” If you want to learn a language well, you still have to work hard on the basic elements, such as reciting vocabularities, and grammatical structure. With the basic linguistic elements and test skills, you surely will make a great progress on your study