TOEFL Speaking Questions and Samples
1   Overview
1.1   Introduction
TOEFL iBT Speaking test records your speaking by the computer; then, human examiners will rate your answers. It takes 17 minutes around in total and contains four questions. The topics are usually related to academic activities, inside or outside school, such as discussing or summarizing in studying, talking with administrative staff, expressing an opinion on campus issues.

Here you can kick off your preparation for TOEFL speaking test. Draft the topics, analyze the sample answers, follow speakers' style by audios, and exercise under timing videos and tools. If you finish these materials and are ready for all listed questions, you should deal with over 90% TOEFL speaking topics with full confidence.

1.2   Basic Speaking Topics with Sample Answers
These are 20 popular TOEFL speaking topics in 2020-2021 exams. The sample answers are to give you the inspirations to prepare speaking questions. Please don't use these answers directly in any real test scenarios. If an examiner thinks you are copying answers from the Internet, he or she hardly reward you with a good score.

1: Describe a place you have never been to but would like to go someday.
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2: If your friends from another country are going to visit your country, where would you suggest them to go?
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3: What are the significant features of a cafe or restaurant you like
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4: Do you think we should preserve the old building in the city?
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5: Describe a place, for example, a seashore park in your city where you often visit.
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6: Describe an important gift you have, tell us why it is important.
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7: Have you had any work experiences before? Describe any of your jobs.
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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 a profession that requires you to work in a group?
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11: Is there any invention that has 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, magazines, newspapers, or books.
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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 position to another. Which one do you think is better? Why?
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18: Some people think life in modern times is easier than our grandparents, do you agree with it?
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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, and some don't.
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21: Describe one of your favorite songs or one of your favorite movies.
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2   Independent Task
2.1   Independent Task's Questions
Independent Task: Question 1
The first question is a straightforward problem with personal preference: usually one or two sentences. You view the issue, prepare, and then speak to the microphone directly.

The independent task is limited to one minute: preparation time: 15 seconds; response time: 45 seconds.

Question 1 isn't just related to campus scenarios. Candidates possibly see popular social topics in this question, e.g., the Internet is a positive factor for human communication or not.

On the page, we collected over 100 TOEFL independent speaking topics for Question 1. 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 into three sections:

Section 1.2: Provide answers and audio materials for 20 TOEFL independent speaking questions and follow the style to speak loudly to train mouth and tongue.

Section 2.2: includes 80 common topics to prepare draft answers and polish them in advance, then memorize your works.

Section 2.3 & 2.3: recommends more questions in YouTube videos, some with comments and answers. They mock the time frame as precisely as in real TOEFL speaking test circumstances, by which you may familiarise yourself with the actual TOEFL speaking test pace.

2.2   Common Topics and Questions to Practice
All TOEFL speaking topics don't need special knowledge or background to answer. If you know these common topics and prepare answers before the test day, you will show stronger confidence and better fluency. Write a draft for each of the questions is a shortcut to up your score, so don't miss anyone on the list.


1: Is there any invention that has changed your life most recently? Explain your response with details and examples.
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2: Do you like to go to an art museum alone or with friends? Explain your response with details and examples.
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3: Should graduate students teach low-level courses or be assistants to professors? Explain your response with details and examples.
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4: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? With the increasing popularity of technology, parents should control
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5: Do you think it is a good idea to select government leaders from the masses and ordinary residents? Explain your response with details and examples.
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6: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People should spend time watching the news from other countries.
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7: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Good luck is as important as work hard in achieving success.
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8: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Some people think it is better to read or watch negative news than positive news.
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9: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Schools should record large lectures and upload them to the school website for students to watch.
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10: Should the school spend the same time teaching our own country's history as world history? Explain your response with details and examples.
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11: Some people think that risk-taking activists such as rock-climbing and skydiving require a lot of bravery, while others think this is not brave but simply foolish. Which view do you agree with and explain why?
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12: Which company do you prefer to work with, a company in which you work independently, or a company with a tutor to help you?
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13: Some people want to change their appearance, even by surgery. Do you agree or disagree?
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14: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Friends should be able to have different opinions and maintain a good relationship.
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15: If you are going to travel to a new country for a week, do you prefer to travel to a major city in the country or to several different places?
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16: Do you prefer to work in a controlled and strict company or a high-paying company? Explain your response with details and examples.
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17: If the school decided to close the computer lab because all students have their own laptops. Do you agree or disagree with the decision?
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18: Some people think historical sites should be open to the general public, but others think historical sites should only be open to experts and researchers. Which do you think is better?
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19: Some people think that parents should allow their children to make mistakes, while others think they should not. With which view do you agree?
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20: Imagine that two different universities have accepted you. One university is well known for its excellent academic program, but it is expensive. In contrast, another is less well-known but has offered you a scholarship. Which university would you prefer and explain why?
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21: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is not acceptable to interrupt people when they are talking.
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22: When it comes to buying daily necessities, some people prefer to shop in grocery stores now and then to gather all the things they need, while others prefer to go to a supermarket and buy everything all at once. Which do you prefer and why?
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23: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is impolite to take pictures of strangers without their permission.
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24: Do you agree or disagree with this school's policy? Parents are not allowed to check their children's grades without permission from their children.
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25: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Employees shouldn't send personal texts or emails during work hours.
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26: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Children at early age should learn independent living skills. Use specific reasons to support your answer.
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27: What kind of background is better for government leaders? Law, military, or business. Explain your response with details and examples.
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28: More and more people tend to post their personal information online. Please discuss the advantages and disadvantages of it?
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29: Your friend has a bicycle, but now he wants to buy a car, so he will take a part-time job to earn money. What is your opinion?
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30: Some people prefer to do difficult tasks at first before finishing easy ones, while others prefer to do easy tasks before completing difficult ones. Which one do you prefer? Please use specific reasons and examples to support your response.
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31: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? You have to be completely honest with your close friends.
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32: Some believe that students should choose what courses to study by themself, others believe that students' professors should make the decision for students. Which opinion do you support and why?
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33: Besides getting jobs after graduation, what else benefits do you think students can get from a college education? Explain your response with details and examples.
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34: Some people sell the gifts their friends gave them or give the gifts to others. Do you think this is a good idea and Why?
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35: Is it better to praise a good behavior than criticize a bad one? Explain your response with details and examples.
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36: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Universities should require first-year and second-year students to live on campus.
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37: You and your friends have a misunderstanding. Do you prefer to talk about it in a public place or a private place? Explain your response with details and examples.
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38: If you will choose a new roommate, which of the following qualities do you think is the best: quietness, friendliness, cleanliness? Explain your response with details and examples.
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39: Some people think we should positively act when dealing with difficult situations in our lives. Do you agree with it?
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40: Your university decided to let students open their own Cafe. Please discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this decision.
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41: Some like to play board games or card games, while others like to play video games by using phones or computers. Explain your response with details and examples.
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42: Where do you like to study? At home, in a library, or at a coffee shop. Explain your response with details and examples.
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43: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Video games are completely worthless to children.
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44: Which way do you choose to fulfill the final exam? Research paper, oral exam, or paper examination.
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45: Your university is going to give out a scholarship of 5000 dollars. Who do you think should receive the scholarship, students with high academic performance, or students who need financial aids? Explain your response with details and examples.
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46: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? We can judge a person by the appearance at first glance.
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47: We should be humor or serious attitude when facing difficulties? Explain your response with details and examples.
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48: Do you choose to send your child to school or homeschooling? Explain your response with details and examples.
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49: Which of the following is the most important for the recruitment of new employees? Level of education degree, work experience, and interview performance.
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50: Would you prefer to decorate your room with objects like paintings and pictures or leave the wall blank and simple? Explain your response with details and examples.
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51: Do you think it is better to make friends at similar ages, or different ages? Explain your response with details and examples.
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52: A library is a place for quiet reading or a place to meet and communicate. Which would you choose?
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53: What is the most common mistakes that parents make in the process of raising kids?
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54: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents should not let children choose jobs that are difficult to become successful.
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55: If your good friend plans to keep a pet, what advice will you give him?
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56: Your friend wants to build up a restaurant. Please give some suggestions. Include specific reasons and details in your explanation.
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57: Do you prefer to finish things early or wait until the deadline is almost there? Explain your response with details and examples.
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58: Instead of printing books in paper version, the university decides to release only an online version of textbooks. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this change.
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59: Please discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being active on a social website?
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60: Which of the three qualities is the most important for starting a business? Creative, being friendly and outgoing, and well-organized.
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61: Parents should let their children deal with difficulties from an early age. Do you agree or disagree with it?
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62: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The important business meeting should be face to face rather than using e-technology.
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63: Should parents lead their children to watch TV, or children should choose shows by themselves? Explain your response with details and examples.
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64: Which one do you think is better to help do research: internet or academic books? Explain your response with details and examples.
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65: Do we should choose the major for job hunting or just for our interests? Explain your response with details and examples.
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66: Some people want to have a relaxed and unhurried life, do you agree with it?
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67: In city development, should we keep old buildings or replace them with a new building? Explain your response with details and examples.
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68: Do you prefer to get advice from family and friends or learning through personal experience? Explain your response with details and examples.
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69: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Students should wear uniforms in school.
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70: High salary job or top personal satisfying career, which is your choice?
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71: A student should do a part-time job or summer intern. Do you agree or disagree with it?  
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72: Some people believe that we should give a hand in severe cases without hesitation; others argue that you should ensure not to cause new troubles. Explain your response with details and examples.
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73: Do you want to be a leader or to be a follower? Explain your response with details and examples.
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74: What is the most important invention of the last 100 years? Explain your response with details and examples.
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75: Should mobile phones be forbidden in some places? Explain your response with details and examples.
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76: Which is a common choice for your party: restaurant, cafe, or home? Explain your response with details and examples.
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77: What is the most efficient transportation in your country? Explain your response with details and examples.
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78: Should the government pay bills for museums? Explain your response with details and examples.
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79: Big city or small town, in which do you prefer to live? Explain your response with details and examples.
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80: Magazine, novel, poem, which do you prefer to read? Explain your response with details and examples.
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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 study 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 to 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 in their free time, and 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 comedies; 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 a 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 your 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   Imitate Exercise of Question 1
Imitate 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 need to have the right answer and have to speak out the answer in the right way at the right timing. We recommend 2 Youtube videos, which give test takers 15 questions of Question 1 in each. Following the mock exercises, you will experience preparing and speaking out your answer under strict timeframes. Try them, practice speaking test with the 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 2, 3, and 4
The next two questions (Question 2 and Question 3) test your reading and listening skills together. You will read a passage and then listen to a passage, finally speak out your answer.

Question 2 or Question 3 has 30 seconds preparation time and 60 seconds response time in addition to reading and listening to the question.

The last question (Question 4) doesn't have the reading part; you will answer after listening to some academic stuff.

Question 4 has 20 seconds preparation time and 60 seconds response time in addition to listening to the question.

Question 2 is for Campus related - Passage, Conversation

  • A reading passage (75–100 words) describes an issue.
  • A listening passage (60–80 seconds, 150–180 words) comments on what you read
  • You summarize your opinion by reading and listening.

Question 3 is for Academic - Passage, Lecture

  • 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 reading content.
  • You combine essential information from reading the passage and lecture.

Question 4 is for Academic - Lecture

  • An excerpt from a lecture (90–120 seconds; 230–280 words) explains a term and gives examples about that term.
  • You summarize the talk and demonstrate your understanding of the lecture.
3.2   Question and Answer Samples with Audio
TOEFL speaking tests' Question 2 and 3 are integrated with reading, listening, and oral summarizing. The question usually requires to read a passage and to listen to a related conversation. The final problems are similar: what does he/she think and why? Based on what you read and listen to, you should have sufficient information to answer.
Since Aug 1, 2019, TOEFL has adjusted the iBT test. The speaking section has been changed to four questions from six questions. The original Question 2 has been merged to the new Question 1. The original Question 3 Question and 4 become new 2 and 3. The original Question 5 has been removed. The original Question 6 becomes new Question 4. Some old training audio/video materials may still use old identifiers, which shouldn't confuse you.
Sample Set for Question 2
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 3
Question 3 is about an academic topic (business, psychology, geology, biology, etc.) You then have to listen to a lecture related to that topic. This sample includes the below scenarios, and the reading passages are in Youtube links too.
  • Remorse
  • Forgetting
  • Cyclic Population Change


Sample Set for Question 4
Question 4 is related to academic topics. You are asked to summarize a lecture based on listening materials. Your noting ability helps very much in the test. Make sure to take notes as many as you can. This sample includes the below scenarios.
  • Two types of innovations: intentional and accidental innovations.
  • The exotic species impact ecosystem.
  • A biological clock or external factor controls an organism.
  • The broad and narrow definition of a tool.


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


4   Recent Test Questions
4.1   Question List
In real TOEFL writing tests, similar or near topics occur from time to time. Getting new speaking test questions and practicing them is a common way to prepare for the TOEFL test. These questions can help to imitate test scenarios.

This section presents two latest questions for independent and integrated parts each. They are from memories of recent test-takers or the Internet. We only keep the latest ones here. To get previous questions, please select related links.

Independent Speaking  More Independent Speaking Questions
Integrated Speaking  More Integrated Speaking Questions
2021-01-30: Question 2: Campus-related
Reading: Students suggest school create an academic magazine for students.
  • Point 1: Students can publish high-quality papers in magazines.
  • Point 2: Students can share academic achievements by publishing papers, thereby enhancing their self-confidence.
Then listen to students discussing the topic.

The students express their opinions about the topic. State their opinions and explain the reasons.

A female student agrees:
  • point 1: It is beneficial for students to apply master's degree.
  • point 2: It can help students improve writing skills, and students who are writing papers can obtain useful materials from it and learn how to structure their papers.
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-01-07
2021-01-30: Question 3: Academic
Read a passage: some ads use psychological techniques: herd mentality, which implies that consumers buy products. Then listen to part of a lecture.

Using wearing sunglasses to explain the concept of herd mentality.

Recent Tests:
  • 2021-01-30