TOEIC lesson 4: Art Museum

Directions

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-4 question from TOEIC speaking test. Take a look at the information provided below. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 15 seconds to answer on your own.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will answer three questions based on the information provided. You will have 30 seconds to read the information before the questions begin. For each question, begin responding immediately. No additional preparation time is provided. You will have 15 seconds to respond to question 7 and 8 and 30 seconds to respond to question 9.

Information Provided

The art museum is open all year round except on Mondays and the last Friday of every month. The hours for the museum are:
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*Guide service in foreign language is available in Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish only. The minimum number of people required for the foreign guide service is 6, and, in case there are fewer than 6 people, an extra $10 will be charged. For more information, please call us at (415) 123-4567.

Question 7

(Tutor: read the text to the student. The question is not presented to the student in the actual test)

Hello. Sometime this weekend, I am planning to visit your art museum with my two kids and two nephews coming from China. I visited your website for some information, but your website is under construction. Could you answer some of my questions?

Please tell me the details on the hours for the museum.

Your Answer

How did you do? Here are some pointers if you want to try again.

  • It is closed on Mondays and the last Friday of every month.
  • On Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, it is open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, and on Wednesday and Sunday, it is open from 11 am to 7 pm.

Directions

Let’s try another one. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 15 seconds to answer on your own.

Question 8

(Tutor: read the text to the student. The question is not presented to the student in the actual test)

How much are the admission fees for children and adults?

Your Answer

How did you do? Here are some pointers if you want to try again.

  • Admission to the museum is $1 for adults and $0.50 for children.
  • If you want a museum guide, the fee will be $2 for adults and $0.50 for children.

Directions

Let’s try another one. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 30 seconds to answer on your own.

Question 9

(Tutor: read the text to the student. The question is not presented to the student in the actual test)

I am taking my two Chinese nephews along with my two children. Is there guide service in Chinese available?

Your Answer

How did you do? Here are some pointers if you want to try again.

  • The museum offers foreign guide service in Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish only and it is a fixed fee of $3 regardless of age.
  • The minimum number of people required for a foreign guide service is 6, and in case there are less than 6 people, additional $10 will be charge.

Sample Answer

Reading great sample answers is one way to improve. Go over the sample answer with your tutor. Ask questions if you have any.

Sample Answer

Q7: We are open all throughout the year except for Mondays and the last Friday of every month. The museum is open from 9:30am to 5:30pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 11am to 7pm on Wednesday and Sunday.

Q8: The art museum admission fee is $0.50 for children and $1 for adults. If you want the regular museum guide, it will be $2 for adults and $1 for children. For foreign language guide service, $3 per person will be charged regardless of age.

Q9: Yes, we provide guide services in Chinese, Japanese and Spanish. You need to have a minimum of 6 people to qualify of the foreign guide service is 6, and if there are fewer than 6 people, an extra $10 will be charged.

Further Study

Got more time? Here is a list of common vocab words related to the text you studied today. Go over each one with your tutor.

Additional Expressions

museum admission (n) the price of museum entrance
e.g. The museum admission is free on Tuesday.
foreign guide service (n) tour of the museum in foreign languages
e.g. Our museum provides foreign guide service.
per person (idiom) each
e.g. $10 per person
a minimum number of # (idiom) no less than #
e.g. A minimum number of 12 participants is needed to start the meeting.
additional $00 will be charged (idiom) required to pay $00 more
e.g. Additional $15 will be charged for the laundry.
surplus (n) more than what is needed
e.g. There is a surplus of workers and not enough jobs.
regardless of ~ (idiom) nevertheless
e.g. He runs every day regardless of the weather.
supplementary (adj) additional
e.g. a list of supplementary readings for the class
curate (v) to take charge of a museum
e.g. The exhibition has been curated by a famous artist.
museum archivist (n) a person in charge of collecting archives in museum
e.g. He is a museum archivist.
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