2018 TOEFL Speaking Questions and Topics
1   Overview
1.1   Tips and Experiences
TOEFL iBT Speaking test records your speaking by computer, then your answers will be rated by human examiners. The takes 20 minutes in total and contains 6 questions. The topics are usually related to academic activities, inside or outside classroom, such as discussing or summarizing in classroom, talking with administrative staff, expressing opinion for campus issue.

TOEFL speaking test has 6 questions that are in 3 types: Independent Tasks (question 1 and 2), Integrated Tasks (question 3 and 4), and Listen Speak Tasks (question 5 and 6).

All questions in speaking test are limited to 45 to 60 seconds, so you must control time in the practice.The whole speaking section takes about 20 minutes. For questions combined with hearing subjects, the candidates will hear some listening material. As similar candidates will read a short article for questions based on reading contents. When listening, you may take notes, by which to organize your answers. You have a certain amount of time to prepare before speaking.

Your speaking score is judged based on the following aspects, it's a guideline to practice and test.
  • Delivery: smooth, clear and accurate pronunciation, rhythm natural and intonation normal.
  • Language use: grammar and vocabulary accurately express the idea of ​​the candidates.
  • Topic development: answer question clearly and completely, state own point of view, avoid ending speaking too early.
Note that the raters do not require candidate to answer perfect. Even in Good Score answers occasional errors can be seen here and there, in any three aspects.

Suggestion for Practice
In practice, pay attention to the following issues:
  • Your answer is matched or covered the question
  • Answer clearly
  • By correct syntax
  • With accurate vocabulary
  • Your point or view has a clear expression
  • Answer sentence is complete
  • Good timing, don’t waste time
Often analyze own strengths and weaknesses, and figure out what not good enough and why.For example, playback recording, pay attention to the following issues:
  • Speaking too fast
  • Speak too slowly
  • Too many pauses
Suggestion for Test
In examination you should express confidently:
  • Make full use of notes
  • Read each question carefully
  • Take full advantage of the time to prepare and organize answers
  • Don't start until being asking
  • Within the given time, as complete as possible to answer
  • Ensure to align microphone when speaking
  • Keep your voice loud enough to let the raters hear clearly
This is an easy start point to kick off your TOEFL speaking preparing. Draft the topics, analyze the sample answers, following speaker's style in audio, finally exercise under timing videos. If you finish these materials and are ready for all questions, you should deal with over 90% TOEFL speaking topics with full confidence.

1.2   2018 Speaking Topics with Sample Answers
These are 20 popular TOEFL speaking topics in 2018 exams. The sample answers are just to give you some inspirations to prepare speaking questions. Please never use these answers directly in real test scenario. If the examiners think you are copying answers from Internet, you are hardly rewarded a good score.

1: Describe a place you have never been to but like to go someday.
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2: If your friends from other country are going to visit your country, where do you suggest them to go?
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3: What are the significant features of cafe or restaurant you like
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4: Do you think we should keep or save the old building in the city?
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5: Describe a place, for example a seashore park in your city, you often go to.
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6: Describe an important gift you have, tell us why it is important.
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7: Did you have any work experiences before? Describe any of your work.
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8: Describe the most impressive moment in your life.
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9: How do you acquire knowledge? Give us some examples.
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10: Do you prefer to choose profession that requires you to work in a group?
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11: Is there any kind of invention that changed your life most recently?
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12: Which study method do you prefer, online courses or traditional classroom?
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13: Describe a painting you have seen before. Why do you like it or dislike it?
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14: What kind of friends do you like? Tell the main reason.
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15: What do you like to read in your free time? For example, magazine, newspaper, or book.
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16: Do you like to live with roommates or live alone?
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17: Someone focuses on one job throughout life; others like to change from one job to others. Which one do you think is better, why?
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18: Some people think life in modern time is easier than our grandparents, do you agree with?
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19: Do you agree that childhood is the happiest time in life?
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20: How do you think about university education? Some people think it's important, some don't.
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21: Describe one of your favorite song or one of your favorite movie.
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2   Independent Task
2.1   Independent Task's Questions
Independent Task includes question 1 and question 2
The first 2 questions are straight problems about personal preference: you view the question, usually one or two sentences, prepare, and then speak to the microphone directly.

One independent task is limited in one minute: preparation time: 15 seconds; response time: 45 seconds.

Question 1 and question 2 are separate topics and related to different scenarios, usually like person, place, event, or anything you are supposed to know in campus life.

Here over 100 TOEFL speaking topics are collected for Question 1 and 2. They cover common questions of recent years. Prepare and practice them in advance is an effective way to help test takers get higher scores. The topics and questions are organized in 3 sections:

The first section includes 80 common topics to prepare draft answers and polish them in advance, then try to memorize your works.

The second section provides audio materials for 20 TOEFL speaking questions as well as sample answers, follow the style to speak loudly to train mouth and tongue.

The third section gives 30 questions in 2 videos that mock the time frame as exact as real TOEFL speaking test circumstance, by which you may familiarise with the actual TOEFL speaking test pace.

2.2   Common Topics and Questions to Practice
TOEFL speaking topics don't need special knowledge or background to answer. If you collect these common topics and prepare answers before test day, you will show stronger confidence and fluency in test. Write a draft for each of possible questions is a shortcut to up your score, so don't miss anyone of the list.
1. What is the most useful book of you? Why?

2. TV is positive or negative to modern society? Give your choice.

3. Describe the most important decision that you made in your life.

4. Do you think the high school should teach music and art as other basic science?

5. After school, how do you spend your time usually?

6. Should mobile phone be forbidden in some places?

7. Describe a celebration or moment that impressed you very much.

8. Which one acts more influence on you newspaper, TV or teachers?

9. Describe a social or politics celebration events in your culture.

10. Should government pay bill for museums and theatres? Explain your argument.

11. Where is your favourite place of your city? Why?

12. Where do you like to visit with friends?

13. Do you prefer having meals at home?

14. What park is your favourite one?

15. Big city or small town, which do you prefer to go to college?

16. Magazine, novel, poem, which do you prefer to read?

17. Do you like living alone or with room mate?

18. Which is common choice: restaurant, café, or home for your party?

19. Computers have improved our lives while others think computers have caused problems.

20. Talk about teacher.

21. Do you prefer to work at office, or at home?

22. Talk about someone you respect.

23. Should university be open to all students?

24. Parents should lead their children to watch TV? Or the children should choose by themselves.

25. What is the most efficient transportation in your country?

26. What is the most important invention of the last 100 years?

27. Should a college student be successful in career easier than ones without college education? why?

28. Talk about characteristics of friends.

29. Someone suggests school to cut the recycling. Try to comment it.

30. Do you want to be a leader? Or just to be a follower?

31. Which one do you think is better to help do research: internet or academic books?

32. In general where do people get information? From TV, newspaper, and other media, or from family and friends?

33. What is your ideal job?

34. Do you prefer to take a long vacation or several short vacations in a year?

35. What are the characteristics of good parent?

36. Do you prefer to study alone on assignment from class or to study in group?

37. What is your goal in future?

38. Describe a challenging experience.

39. Do we should choose major for job hunting or just for our interesting?

40. What sort of movies do you like? Comedy, drama…

41. What will you do to relax yourself?

42. Is it important for students to attend class regularly or study by oneself?

43. Describe an enjoyable event in your childhood

44. Describe one of your schools?

45. Should school add Sport courses for generic students?

46. What do you miss most when you are away from home?

47. Some people believe that we should give a hand in dangerous case without hesitate; others argue that you should ensure not to cause new troubles.

48. Describe a special opportunity given to you.

49. Talk about good leader.

50. Should people always tell the truth?

51. Describe an object which is very important to you

52. Do you agree that we can judge a person by the appearance at the first glance?

53. What is your choice: job or career?

54. If you have much of money, how do you spend?

55. What should students do in their vacations?

56. Describe a happy event in childhood, explain why it is memorable.

57. Communicate with your family and friends by letter, e-mail, or by telephone. What is your option?

58. Your favorite time of a year.

59. Some people want to have a relaxed and unhurried life, do you agree with?

60. What is your favorite room?

61. In journey, some used to get destination directly, some enjoy the procedure to get the goal. How about your opinion?

62. When you get restaurant or café, what features do you care about?

63. In city development, do we keep old building? Or replace them with new building?

64. Do you prefer to get advice from family and friends, or learning through personal experience?

65. Do you agree or disagree: Students should wear uniform in school?

66. Compare online courses with traditional courses.

67. Talk about subject that will lead to better job or subject that you are interested.

68. Some think college experience is important, some think not important. What is your opinion?

69. Describe a letter, or poem, that is important to you.

70. Forest, desert, where do you like to live?

71. Experience of asking help from others. How do the others help you?

72. High salary job or high personal satisfied job, which is your choice?

73. Student should do part-time job or summer intern to learn what sort of jobs is proper to him/her, do you agree with?

74. What skill do you want to learn?

75. Is it a good idea to have a one-year break before college study?

76. Talk about some good news about yourself.

77. Freshmen should live alone or with seniors in same building?

78. Students will learn more when they have discussions. Do you agree with?

79. Do you agree or disagree: “The most important lesson can’t be learned in class.”

80. Should the university education be free?

2.3   Question and Answer Samples with Audio
TOEFL Speaking test is based on machine, speak loudly when exercising is very important to show your speaking skill at real test scenario. Follow the samples and mock the styles, try your best!

Sample Set 1

0. What is the best class you have taken in school? Why was it the best in your opinion? Include details and examples to support your explanation.

1. What makes you choose a restaurant, why is it important to you? Include details and examples to support your explanation.

2. What is your dream job? Include reasons and details in your explanation.

3. Which custom of your country do you think people in other countries should adopt? Include reasons and details to support your explanation.

4. What is the most memorable event in high school? Give reasons why and include details and examples to support your explanation.

5. Describe a moment of obstacle you have to overcome, include reasons and details to support your explanation.

6. Which public place do you enjoy going to, why do you enjoy going that? Include details and examples in your explanation.

7. What is the most innovative invention? Explain why that event is memorable. Include details and examples to support your explanation.

8. What is the most popular sport in your country? Why is it popular? Include details and examples in your explanation.





Sample Set 2

0. Some people like to do indoor activities at their free time, others prefer to enjoy outdoor activities, which do you prefer and why? Include details and examples to support your explanation.

1. If you got extra money, would you save the money or spend it immediately? Include reasons and details to support your explanation.

2. Some people prefer to take a long vacation while others prefer to take several short vacations, which do you prefer and why? Include details and examples to support your explanation.

3. Some people like to watch action movies, others prefer to watch comedics, which type of movie do you prefer and why? Include details and examples to support your explanation.

4. Some people prefer to travel alone, other people prefer to join tour group, which do you prefer and why? Include details and examples to support your explanation.

5. Do you like to attend a college or university full-time or part-time? Why do you think your choice is better than the other, explain by using details and examples.

6. Some people prefer to go to the movie theatre, others prefer to rent a movie, which do you think is better and why? Include reasons and details to support your explanation.

7. Would you prefer to select own roommate or let the university assign a roommate to you? Include reasons and details to support your explanation.

8. Which do you think is more helpful to the students: internet materials or textbook materials, why do you think so? Include details and examples to support your explanation.




2.4   Mock Exercise of Question 1 and 2
Mock the speaking test procedure is a great way to familiarize the real TOEFL speaking test scenario in advance. It helps you to have a perfect performance on test day.
Speaking test is an interactive activity. You not only need have the right answer, but also have to speak out the answer in right way on right timing. We recommend 2 Youtube videos, which offer test takers 15 questions of Question 1 in each. Following these mock exercises, you will experience how to prepare and speak out your answer under strict timeframes. Try them, practice speaking test with mouth!


TOEFL Speaking Test: Question 1, Mock Exercises (1-15)





TOEFL Speaking Test: Question 1, Mock Exercises (16-30)




3   Integrated Task
3.1   Integrated Task's Questions
Integrated Task includes question 3 and question 4
The second 2 questions test your reading and listening skill too. You will read a passage and then listen a passage, finally speak out your answer.

One integrated task has preparation time: 30 seconds and response time: 60 seconds in addition to reading and listening the question.

Integrated task has 2 sort of topics:

Campus Situation Topic
  • A reading passage (75–100 words) describes an issue
  • A listening passage (60–80 seconds, 150–180 words) comments what you read
  • You summarize opinion by your reading and listening.
Academic Course Topic
  • A reading passage (75–100 words) defines a term, process, or idea from an academic subject
  • An excerpt from a lecture (60–90 seconds; 150–220 words) provides details to illustrate the content in reading
  • You combines important information from reading and lecture
3.2   Question and Answer Samples with Audio
TOEFL speaking test's question 3 and 4 are integrated with reading, listening and oral summarizing. The question usually requires you to read a passage and to listen to a related conversation. The final problem is similar: what does he/she thinks and why? Based on what you read and listen, you should have sufficient information to give the answer.

Sample Set for Question 3
This sample includes below scenarios, the reading passages are in Youtube links too.
  • Closure for the Evening Class
  • Welcome, Freshman Students!
  • Plan to Enlarge the Library
  • Library Renovation plan



Sample Set for Question 4
Question 4 are about an academic topic (business, psychology, geology, biology etc.) You then have to listen to a lecture related to that topic.This sample includes below scenarios, the reading passages are in Youtube links too.
  • Remorse
  • Forgetting
  • Cyclic Population Change


4   Listen Speak Task
4.1   Listen Speak Task's Questions
Listen Speak Task includes question 5 and question 6
The last 2 questions don't matter with reading. You listen a passage and a question, then speak out your answer. You have to complete the question only by ear and mouth.

One listen speak task has preparation time: 20 seconds and response time: 60 seconds in addition to time in listening.

Listen speak task has 2 sort of topics:

Campus Situation Topic
  • A listening passage (60–90 seconds; 180–220 words), a conversation about an issue and two possible solutions
  • You demonstrate to know the problem and express your idea to solve the problem.
Academic Course Topic
  • An excerpt from a lecture (90–120 seconds; 230–280 words) explains a term and gives examples about that term
  • You summarize the lecture and demonstrate your understanding the lecture
4.2   Question and Answer Samples with Audio
TOEFL speaking test's question 5 and 6 are based on a conversation to discuss solutions for a given problem. The problem is various, but the your task is always like: They discuss two possible solutions to that problem. Describe the problem and state which of the two solutions you prefer and why.

Sample Set for Question 5
The question 5's topic is usually related to life on a university campus. This sample includes below scenarios.
  • Computer is broken, cannot meet with the homework's due day
  • A lecture needs more student to attend
  • Swimming competition and final exam is scheduled as same time
  • Clean dorm kitchen


This sample includes below scenarios.
  • Take course or take care of sister's new baby in summer
  • No exact change for the parking meter
  • Cannot sleep because roommate talking on phone to 4. am
  • Summer field trip may be expensive
  • How to get the clinic with broken leg



Sample Set for Question 6
Question 6 is related to academic topics, you are asked to summarize a lecture based on listening materials. Your noting ability is an important factor in the test. Make sure to take notes as many as you can. This sample includes below scenarios.
  • Two types of innovations: intentional and accidental innovations
  • The exotic species impact ecosystem
  • Organism is controlled by biological clock or external factor
  • Broad and narrow definition of tool


This sample includes below scenarios.
  • Decrease perceived waiting time
  • Two different types of camouflage to confuse predator
  • Predicative and descriptive data mining
  • Emotional recall and use in play