I was just going through the latest changes that ETS has made in their TOEFL iBT Test. From March 2013, the Listening and Speaking sections of the TOEFL iBT Test will include other native-speaker English accents in addition to the current accents from North America. Test takers may hear accents from the United Kingdom, New Zealand or Australia during the Listening and Speaking Sections.
What is the Reason For This Change?
ETS is adding these accents to better reflect the variety of native English accents test takers may encounter while studying abroad.
Is this New Change Included In TOEFL Tests?
Yes. This new Change has been included in the TOEFL iBT Listening and Speaking Sections. Here is an example similar to what test takers might hear in the Speaking and Listening sections. Listen to a talk about the development of the printing press. The lecturer is from Great Britain. Click on this link to here the lecture development of the printing press (MP3).
How to Prepare for the Latest Change in the Listening & Speaking Sections?
I consider that students should prepare in the same way as they are preparing right now. The accents of US, UK, Australia and New Zealand are a little different from one another. But in all there is no major difference when you hear the accents of these 4 countries. So just relax and prepare for the TOEFL Exam.
All The Best.
The News regarding the latest change that has been shared in this post has been published in the ETS Official Site. Please visit the site to gain more information regarding this. Official ETS TOEFL Site.