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 2021 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. Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
2: If your friends from another country are going to visit your country, where would you suggest them to go? Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
3: What are the significant features of a cafe or restaurant you like Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
4: Do you think we should preserve the old building in the city? Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
5: Describe a place, for example, a seashore park in your city where you often visit. Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
6: Describe an important gift you have, tell us why it is important. Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
7: Have you had any work experiences before? Describe any of your jobs. Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
8: Describe the most impressive moment in your life. Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
9: How do you acquire knowledge? Give us some examples. Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
10: Do you prefer to choose a profession that requires you to work in a group? Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
11: Is there any invention that has changed your life most recently? Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
12: Which study method do you prefer, online courses or traditional classroom? Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
13: Describe a painting you have seen before. Why do you like it or dislike it? Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
14: What kind of friends do you like? Tell the main reason. Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
15: What do you like to read in your free time? For example, magazines, newspapers, or books. Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
16: Do you like to live with roommates or live alone? Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
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? Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
18: Some people think life in modern times is easier than our grandparents, do you agree with it? Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
19: Do you agree that childhood is the happiest time in life? Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
20: How do you think about university education? Some people think it's important, and some don't. Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
21: Describe one of your favorite songs or one of your favorite movies. Sample Answer: In TextIn Audio
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 is related to different campus scenarios, such as person, place, event, or anything you are supposed to know in campus life.
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.
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.