TOEFL® Podcast #9
Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
Slow dialog: 0:47
Fast dialog: 13:34
Woman: Hi, what are you doing?
Man: I’m preparing for the exam this week.
M: What did you get on the last test?
W: I really blew it. I got a 78. The professor graded on a curve and I got a “C-“. I just don’t do well on multiple choice tests. Last semester when I took the prerequisite, the professor had open-book tests. They were still hard but I did a lot better on those.
W: Well, a 78 isn’t so bad.
M: Yes, it is. And, it’s worth a large part of our grade.
W: Really? How much?
M: According to syllabus, it’s worth 40% of our final grade. How did you do?
W: I got lucky. I got a 91. I’m okay taking multiple choice, true-false, and short answer exams. It’s the essay tests that trip me up. It’s so hard for me to organize my ideas when the test is timed and there’s a proctor standing over me. I just stare at the blank blue book pages and panic.
M: You got a 91! You must be pulling a solid “B” in the class.
W: I would be if I had done better on the last two quizzes. I think I have a “C” average right now.
M: It sounds like we’re both trying to raise our final grades in this class. Do you want to study together for the next exam? It’s supposed to be a mix of short answer, multiple choice, and essay questions.
W: Sure, I guess so, but you’d better bring the pizza.
M: Sure, you’ve got it.