TOEFL iBT Speaking Practice Test Get helpful, specific, and free tips to pass the TOEFL iBT. And tell all your friends! See you at my TOEFL iBT Blog, Michael Buckhoff Idiomaticity of Language and the TOEFL iBT Speaking and Writing by Michael Buckhoff In terms of language use, the human raters on TOEFL iBT speaking and writing will judge the Idiomaticity of your language use. But what does this mean? They will determine how natural sounding your speaking and writing is. In other words, would a native speaker express your idea the same way. One of the more difficult hurdles for advanced learners of a new language, idiomaticity of language requires that you avoid unnatural or odd-sounding words and phrases. For example, a native speaker of American English would never say, Merry New Year? Or, it would be quite odd to ask a native speaker of American English, How many years are you since birth? Of course, being as natural sounding in your writing and speaking will help you to get a higher score on the TOEFL iBT. It will demonstrate to the human raters that you have had extensive experience using the English language and therefore understand the appropriate words and phrases that should be used in academic contexts. Despite the importance of this, many of my advanced TOEFL students continue to use expressions like on the other foot instead of on the other hand. Consider the following two sentences, one of which was written by an Advanced TOEFL student in my class Then usually

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