TOEFL Listening Conversation Practice Test 2

TOEFL Listening Conversation Practice Test 2


Directions: Now answer the questions.

1. Why does the student go to see the professor?
A.  To discuss the latest trends in photography shows
B.  To find out why some of her work was not selected for a show
C.  To discuss how to get her photographs exhibited
D.  To find out about a student photography show on campus

2. According to the professor, what is the best way to create work that is likely to be chosen for a show?
A.  By taking photographs that fit with current trends
B.  By following one’s own artistic views
C.  By consulting experienced photographers
D.  By learning what gallery owners are interested in

3. What does the professor imply about photography created outside of the classroom?
A.  It is usually technically stronger than work created for a class.
B.  It tends to be more interesting than class work.
C.  It faces increased pressure to be trendy.
D.  It is more likely to be exhibited than is work created for a class.

4. According to the professor, what are two ways young photographers can market their work? Choose 2 answers.
A.  Share examples of their work with others
B.  Hire a professional agent to sell their work
C.  Display their work in places other than galleries
D.  Ask a professor to recommend their work to gallery owners

5. Listen to Track

A.  To ask the professor to reevaluate her work
B.  To indicate that she understands the importance of sharing her work
C.  To show that she disagrees with the professor’s opinion
D.  To suggest that her work has met the professor’s criteria



1   C

2.  B

3.  C

4.  A,C

5.  D



Listen to a conversation between a student and her photography professor.
Professor Johnson, there’s something that’s been on my mind …
Remember last week you told us that it’s really important to get our photography into a show, basically as soon as we can

Yup, it’s a big step, no question.
Thing is, I’m sitting here and I’m just not sure how I’d get there. I mean, I’ve got some work I like, but is it really what a gallery is looking for? How would I know? How do I make the right contacts to get into a show? I just really don’t.
OK, hold on, slow down. Ah, these are questions that … well, that just about every young artist has to struggle with. OK, the first thing you should do is: you absolutely have to stay true to your artistic vision .. uh, take the pictures you want to take. Don’t start trying to catch the flavor of the month and be trendy because you think you’ll get into a show.
That never works, because you wind up creating something you don’t really believe in, that’s uninspired, and won’t make any shows. I’ve seen it happen so many times. Uh, this doesn’t mean that you should go into a cave. Uh, keep up with trends, even think about how your work might fit in with them, but don’t mindlessly follow them.
Well, yeah, I can see that. I think, though, that I’ve always been able to stay pretty true to what I want to create, not what others want me to create. I think that comes through in my work.
OK, just remember that it’s one thing to create work that you really want to create when it’s in the classroom—uh, the only thing at stake is your grade. But work created outside the classroom, that can be a different story. I’m not talking about technique, or things like that. It’s just that there’s so much more at stake when you’re out there making art for a living—uh, there’s a lot of pressure to become something you’re not, and people often surrender to that pressure…
But to get stuff exhibited …
Well, you need to be a bit of an opportunist—y’know, common sense things . . like always having a sample of your work on hand to give to people. You won’t believe the kind of contacts and opportunities you can get this way. And try to get your work seen in places like restaurants, bookstores. You’d be surprised how word gets around about
photography in places like that.
OK. It’s just so hard to think about all of those practical things and make good work, you know?

Listen again to part of the conversation. Then answer the question.
I think, though, that I’ve always been able to stay pretty true to what I want to create, not what others want me to create. I think that comes through in my work.
Why does the student say this:
I think that comes through in my work.

One thought on “TOEFL Listening Conversation Practice Test 2

  1. Conversation test 2, the third question is tricky, because they talk about the various issues why work for the outside of the classroom is harder to do, so you need to choose an option.

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