TOEFL Independent Speaking Questions 2021

 By Alina Mygou

TOEFL Independent Speaking Questions 2021

The page shows recent TOEFL independent speaking questions from our visitors who have just taken the test or Internet resources. All questions here are in the type of Question 1. We organize all questions by test date.

We merged duplicated questions and revised obvious errors before showing them. Please don't assume them as real TOEFL speaking questions. They are only to help candidates imitate independent questions and speaking test scenarios.

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2021-08-21: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Some people like to throw away old things such as old books and old newspapers, while others like to keep these old things. Which do you prefer? Why?

Give specific reasons to support your opinion.

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  • 2021-08-21
Timing Practice
2021-08-15: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you prefer to be taught by experienced teachers or new teachers?

Give specific reasons to support your opinion.

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  • 2021-08-15
Timing Practice
2021-07-14: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Some companies are controversial and criticized for their business practices. Do you think it is acceptable for people to take jobs at such companies, even if the jobs pay well? Explain why or why not.

Give specific reasons to support your opinion.

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  • 2021-07-14
Timing Practice
2021-07-10: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you think students should take a one-year break before they attend university?

Give specific reasons to support your opinion.

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  • 2021-07-10
Timing Practice
2021-07-10: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Should children have their own mobile phones?

Give specific reasons to support your opinion.

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  • 2021-07-10
Timing Practice
2021-07-04: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Your university has a limited financial budget and plans to reduce expenses. Some students think that the school should cut expenses by canceling the sports club (such as the ski club). Others think it's better to cancel the academic clubs(such as the math club). Which one do you agree with?

Please include specific details and examples in your answer.

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  • 2021-07-04
Timing Practice
2021-07-03: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you think it is a good idea that before university students begin their careers, they should accumulate experiences by doing part-time jobs field research?

Give specific reasons to support your opinion.

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  • 2021-07-03
Timing Practice
2021-06-26: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the statement that children should do housework when they are old enough?

Give specific reasons to support your opinion.

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  • 2021-06-26
Timing Practice
2021-06-20: Question 1: Explain a Choice
To complete your course requirements, you must register for a science course next semester. Two courses that have different requirements fit into your schedule. Students are graded on their performance on a few exams given during the semester in the first course. In the second course, students are graded entirely on the quality of monthly projects. Would you choose to take the first science course or the second science course? Explain why?

Give specific reasons to support your opinion.

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  • 2021-06-20
Timing Practice
2021-06-19: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Some people prefer to do several tasks or together at the same time. Others prefer to work on one task or project at a time. Which way of working do you prefer and why?

Give specific reasons to support your opinion.

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  • 2021-06-19
Vocabulary: Work Timing Practice
2021-06-05: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Some people prefer to take a vacation in cities. Others prefer to spend their vacation in the countryside. Which do you prefer? Explain why.

Give specific reasons to support your opinion.

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  • 2021-06-05
Vocabulary: Holiday Timing Practice
2021-05-26: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: it is important to know the history of the city that you live in?

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

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  • 2021-05-26
Vocabulary: History Timing Practice
2021-05-22: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Some people enjoy traveling to new places, others think it is stressful. What is your opinion and why?

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

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  • 2021-05-22
Vocabulary: Travel Timing Practice
2021-05-15: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Imagine that someone has donated land to your community. Some people in the community want to use the land to create a garden where they can grow food or flowers. Others want the land to be used for a children's playground. Which do you think is better? Explain why.

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

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  • 2021-05-15
Timing Practice
2021-05-08: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Some people prefer a job dealing with different tasks, while others prefer a job that deals with tasks following the routine and predictable. Which do you prefer and why?

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Recent Tests:
  • 2021-05-08
  • 2015-01-25
Vocabulary: Work Timing Practice
2021-04-25: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Children should learn how to be independent at an early age.

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

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  • 2021-04-25
Timing Practice
2021-04-24: Question 1: Explain a Choice
You are the members of two clubs in your school, but you have to quit one because you have a lot of schoolwork to do this semester. Which one do you prefer to quit? And why? 1. hiking club 2. speech and debate club

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

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  • 2021-04-24
Timing Practice
2021-04-10: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Which do you prefer, work in a small company or organization with only a few people or work in a large company with many employees?

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Recent Tests:
  • 2021-04-10
Vocabulary: Work Timing Practice
2021-03-27: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Your university is planning to film all large lecture classes and put them on the university website.

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

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  • 2021-03-27
Timing Practice
2021-03-21: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Instead of requiring (elementary school) students to do experiments themselves, schools should only allow them to watch experiments demonstrated by their teachers.

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

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  • 2021-03-21
Timing Practice
2021-03-14: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Teachers have the responsibility to encourage students to join group discussions.

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Recent Tests:
  • 2021-03-14
Timing Practice
2021-03-13: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

It is wise to ban the use and play of electronic devices because it is negative for children's social development.

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

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  • 2021-03-13
Timing Practice
2021-02-28: Question 1: Explain a Choice
When giving feedback to students, some teachers would like to talk to their students in person, while other teachers would give written comments to students. Which do you prefer and why?

Recent Tests:
  • 2021-02-28
Timing Practice
2021-02-27: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Some people now believe that animals should enjoy similar rights to human beings and be respected as humans are.

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Recent Tests:
  • 2021-02-27
Vocabulary: Animals Timing Practice
2021-01-31: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Some think robots can replace people for many types of work in the future, while others believe that robots will never be smarter or more useful than humans. Which do you prefer?

Use specific examples and details to support your answer.

2021-01-30: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? In organized team sports, children will have more social development.

Use specific examples and details to support your answer.

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-01-30
Vocabulary: Sports Timing Practice
2021-01-20: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree with the following statement? To lead a happy life, someone must like his or her job.

Use details and examples to support your explanation.

Recent Tests:
  • 2021-01-20
Timing Practice
2021-01-16: Question 1: Explain a Choice
To become successful at sports, which one is more important, talent or hard work?

Use details and examples to support your explanation.

Recent Tests:
  • 2021-01-16
  • 2019-08-30
Vocabulary: Sports Timing Practice
2021-01-10: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Some people think only secondary school students should go to college. While others think all the students could go to college. What is your opinion and why? Please give specific details to support your opinion.

Recent Tests:
  • 2021-01-10
Timing Practice
2021-01-09: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the statement that a celebrity should set a good example for young people?

Use details and examples to support your explanation.

Recent Tests:
  • 2021-01-09
Timing Practice
2020-12-20: Question 1: Explain a Choice
When the professor is considering assign research to the students,they should assign a specific research topic or let students to decide the research topic?

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-12-20
Timing Practice
2020-12-19: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Your university is planning to require all first-year students to take a class in which they would leam how to use the resources available at the university library and apply those skills in writing a long research paper. Do you think this is a good idea?

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  • 2020-12-19
Timing Practice
2020-12-06: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Some people think college students should learn specific courses like teaching or engineering. Others think they should learn general courses. Which do you prefer?

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-12-06
Timing Practice
2020-12-05: Question 1: Explain a Choice
When you disagree with your friends, do you prefer to talk it out face to face, or send an email or a text message to solve it?

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-12-05
Vocabulary: Friends Timing Practice
2020-12-02: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Some people think that those children who do not want to keep learning a musical instrument course should be required to keep learning the course; while others think that those children should be allowed to make decisions by themselves (they can still do exercises by themselves without continuing with the class). What is your opinion and why? Please give specific details to support your opinion.

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  • 2020-12-02
Timing Practice
2020-11-29: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement that those professors who have received good evaluations from students should be promoted?

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  • 2020-11-29
Timing Practice
2020-11-22: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement that good teachers can admit they make mistakes or don’t know something? Please give specific details to support your opinion.

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  • 2020-11-22
Timing Practice
2020-11-21: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

It is a good idea to use educational games in class.

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  • 2020-11-21
  • 2016-04-09
Timing Practice
2020-11-15: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Students learn more when teachers assign a lot of homework.

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-11-15
Timing Practice
2020-11-14: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Good friends always make best roommates.

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-11-14
Vocabulary: Friends Timing Practice
2020-11-11: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you prefer teachers answering questions from students after class or during the class?Why?

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-11-11
Timing Practice
2020-11-09: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you prefer experienced teachers or teachers who have just finished training?

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-11-09
Timing Practice
2020-11-01: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

It is a good way to learn about a country’s culture by watching TV.

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-11-01
Timing Practice
2020-10-31: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Employees shouldn’t send personal text or emails during work hours, explain why.

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-10-31
Vocabulary: Work Timing Practice
2020-10-24: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Two professors take turns in class and are in charge of a class together.

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-10-24
Timing Practice
2020-10-17: Question 1: Explain a Choice
When students are reading, some choose the books from the reading list their schools give. Others choose books by themselves. Which do you prefer?

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-10-17
Vocabulary: Reading Timing Practice
2020-10-14: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement that children must learn to use a computer as early as possible?

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-10-14
Vocabulary: Reading Timing Practice
2020-09-27: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Those who study art or music do not need to study math and science courses.

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-09-27
Timing Practice
2020-09-26: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Some people think students should learn mathematics when they study in colleges, while others think only those students who need it in the future should learn mathematics in colleges. Which one do you prefer and why?

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  • 2020-09-26
Timing Practice
2020-09-23: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree that young people need to learn skills like cooking, sewing, and taking care of others?

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  • 2020-09-23
Timing Practice
2020-09-06: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is important for a child’s development to spend short periods of time living away from home visiting other relatives or friends.

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-09-06
Timing Practice
2020-08-30: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you prefer to make decisions on your own or let your friends make decisions when you hang out with your friends?

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  • 2020-08-30
Timing Practice
2020-08-29: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Some college students take classes during the summer, others take the summer off from school, so they can rest or work. Which do you think is better and why?

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-08-29
Timing Practice
2020-08-26: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement that online video game helps students learning?

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  • 2020-08-26
Timing Practice
2020-08-23: Question 1: Explain a Choice
When a new product comes out, some people like to wait a while to see if its price goes down before they buy it. Other people prefer to buy it right away, even if they pay a little more. Which do you prefer and why?

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-08-23
Timing Practice
2020-08-22: Question 1: Explain a Choice
some companies have recently started to give their employees more extra time to socialize or do nonwork activities during the workday. The theory is that this will increase productivity. Do you agree or disagree?

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-08-22
Timing Practice
2020-08-19: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the statement? Children who have participated in physical activities from an early age can be more aggressive when they grow up.

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-08-19
Timing Practice
2020-08-16: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you prefer organizing parties yourself or being invited to parties?

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-08-16
Timing Practice
2020-07-29: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the statement?

The most successful student is determined by the amount of intelligence.

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-29
Timing Practice
2020-07-25: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

To truly know about a county, it is necessary to learn a major language of this country? Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-25
Vocabulary: Language Timing Practice
2020-07-18: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Some students prefer to make friends with people who are about the same age. Other students prefer to make friends with people of different ages. Which way do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice.

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-18
Vocabulary: Friends Timing Practice
2020-07-11: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Some people prefer to travel to a new place, while others prefer to revisit a place they have been to before. Which way do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice.

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-11
Vocabulary: Travel Timing Practice
2020-07-11: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Some like to spend money on tangible things (like electronic devices or outfits) while others prefer to spend money buying experiences (like traveling). Which one do you think is better and why?

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-11
Timing Practice
2020-07-11: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Goof teachers admit they make mistakes or don't know something. Using examples and details in your response.

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-11
Timing Practice
2020-01-12: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the statement?

The school should include physical activities such as swimming and running in the assessment of students.

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-01-12
Timing Practice
2020-01-11: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the statement?

It is a good idea for the university to limit students' working time.

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-01-11
Timing Practice
2020-01-05: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you prefer to shop in small grocery stores or supermarkets?Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice.

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-01-05
Vocabulary: Shopping Timing Practice
2020-01-04: Question 1: Explain a Choice
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Students learning through videos is as effective as taking a class in the classroom.

Use specific examples and details to support your answer.

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-01-04
Timing Practice