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TOEFL Speaking Questions and Samples
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, and 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 confidently deal with over 90% of TOEFL speaking topics.
1.2 Small Vocabulary by Basic Speaking Topic
To help students prepare TOEFL speaking test, we provide nearly 100 small word lists that focus on frequent topics in the TOEFL test scenario. Each vocabulary has meanings and sentences. Some are also recorded as videos on YouTube.
The first question is a straightforward problem with personal preference: usually one or two sentences. You view the issue, prepare, and speak to the microphone directly.
The independent task is limited to one minute: The preparation time is 15 seconds; the response time is 45 seconds.
Question 1 isn't just related to campus scenarios. Candidates may see popular social topics in this question, e.g., whether the Internet is a positive factor for human communication.
Preparing and practicing them in advance is an effective way to help test takers get higher scores. On the page, we collected over 100 TOEFL independent speaking topics for Question 1. They cover common questions of recent years. The topics and questions are organized into two sections:
Section 2.2: Provide sample answers and audio/mock practice for 100 recent TOEFL independent speaking questions. You may follow the style to speak loudly to train your mouth and tongue. You may also prepare your own draft answers and polish them in advance, then memorize your work.
Section 2.3 & 2.4: Recommends more questions in YouTube videos, some with comments and answers. They mock the time frame as precisely as in actual TOEFL speaking test circumstances, by which you may familiarise yourself with the real TOEFL speaking test pace.
2.2 2023 Common Questions and Answers
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 more substantial confidence and better fluency. Besides, writing a draft for each question is a shortcut to up your score, so don't miss the list.
The sample answers are only available for VIP users. This is an example.
Well, for me, I would like to live with roommates. First of all, we can help each other both in our studies and daily life so that we will have fewer difficulties, and through this, we gain our relationship to have more good friends. Also, my roommates can always communicate with me, so I can become more outgoing and increase my ability to communicate with others. And my roommates could have different characteristics, but because of our various characters, we can learn from each other and gain our abilities.
Every day we select one sample answer shown as an example by random. It may be updated the next day. Below are other questions. Their answers are only shown after signing on with a VIP account. If you didn't have yet, HERE are the details.
40: Some people prefer to shop in grocery stores now and then to gather everything they need, while others prefer to go to a supermarket. Which do you prefer and why? Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
41: It is impolite to take pictures of strangers without their permission. Do you agree or disagree with the statement? Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
42: Parents are not allowed to check their children's grades without permission from their children. Do you agree or disagree with this school's policy? Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
43: Employees shouldn't send personal texts or emails during work hours. Do you agree or disagree with the statement? Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
44: Children at early age should learn independent living skills. Do you agree or disagree with the statement? Use specific reasons to support your answer. Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
45: What kind of background is better for government leaders? Law, military, or business. Explain your response with details and examples. Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
46: More and more people tend to post their personal information online. Please discuss the advantages and disadvantages of it. Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
47: 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? Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
49: Some believe that students should choose what courses to study by themself, while others believe that students' professors should make the decision. Which opinion do you support? Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
50: Besides getting jobs after graduation, what other benefits do you think students can get from a college education? Explain your response with details and examples. Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
51: 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? Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
52: Is it better to praise a good behavior than criticize a bad one? Explain your response with details and examples. Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
53: Universities should require first-year and second-year students to live on campus. Do you agree or disagree with the statement? Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
54: If 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. Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
55: If you will choose a new roommate, which of the following qualities do you think is the best: quietness, friendliness, or cleanliness? Explain your response with examples. Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
56: Some people think we should act positively when dealing with difficult situations in our lives. Do you agree with it? Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
57: Why do 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. Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
58: Where do you like to study? At home, in a library, or at a coffee shop. Explain your response with details and examples. Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
85: Some people believe that we should give a hand in severe cases without hesitation; others argue that we should ensure not to cause new troubles. Explain your response. Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
93: Some people believe that students should memorize critical historical data, while others think students don't need to remember. Which point do you agree with? Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
94: Universities Should require all students to take humanities courses, such as literature or philosophy. Do you agree with the statement? Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
95: Should professors involve students in regular class discussions? Use specific details and examples in your response. Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
96: Do you think governments should pay to save endangered species, or should individuals pay to protect endangered species? Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
97: Some people think that being a well-liked person is important, while other people will think that being popular is less important. Which one do you prefer? Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
98: Some people prefer to watch the news every day, while others prefer to watch the news once in a while. Which one do you like? Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
99: Parents are much easier to raise children today than 50 years ago. Do you agree or disagree with the statement? Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
100: Is it important to reply to other people's messages in seconds? Use specific details and examples in your response. Sample AnswerSpeak itPractice
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!
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.
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.
Reading: The school has added a new website, and students can feed back their favorite food to the school so that the school can try to meet the students' wishes. Students bring recipes from home to school.
Then listen to students discussing the topic.
The students express their opinions about the topic. State their views and explain the reasons.
Point 1: There are very few types of food provided in the school cafeteria, which can increase the types of food to meet the needs of students;
Point 2: Most of the time, the food that students want to eat is only available at home. The school's students come from all over the world, and the new website allows students to try food from different places.
2022-12-07: Question 3: Academic
The biological clock of the human body. People are awake and tired at different times every day.
Listening: The professor mentioned that he had a different peak time in college and now. When he was young, he was always sleepy when he got up in the morning. So, he preferred to study in the evening. But as he grows older, the professor feels that he is more energetic when he gets up early but sleepy at night and needs to go to bed early.