TOEFL Listening Practice: Listening for Pragmatic Understanding


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One effective tool for note-taking is to use emoticons as shorthand for recording tone and attitude. Consider the following excerpt:

STUDENT: But that's so silly! I've already taken the course. All right, where can I take the placement test?

Which of the following would be the best example of good notes recording this sentence?


  • 'Stu.' is an abbreviation for 'Student.'
  • >:( is a frowning face.
  • :) is a smiling face.


Consider the following conversation:

JENNY: Thanks for watching my dog while I was away! I really appreciate it.

SAM: No problem. Oh, and before I forget, you got an electric bill in the mail, too. It's on the table.

Why does Sam say 'Oh, and before I forget?'

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This interactive quiz and printable worksheet will you test your ability to infer information about a speaker within a passage. You'll be tested on your ability to recognize the tone of the speaker, as well as the function of sentences.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Inferring information about the speaker
  • Emoticons and shorthand
  • Sentence function
  • The types of passages Listening for Pragmatic Understanding questions use

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related listening for pragmatic understanding lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the speakers attitude and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the way the speaker speaks in the passage

Additional Learning

To learn more about listening for pragmatic understanding, review the accompanying lesson on TOEFL Listening for Pragmatic Understanding. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Listening for speaker's attitude
  • Identifying sentence function within a conversation
  • Using shorthand method to record emotions
  • Read through an example for practice