2.2 Common Topics and Questions to Practice
TOEFL speaking topics don't need special knowledge or background to answer. If you know these common topics and prepare answers before test day, you will show stronger confidence and fluency in test. Write a draft for each of questions is a shortcut to up your score, so don't miss anyone of the list.
1. What is the most useful book for you? Why?
2. Is TV 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 high school should teach music and art as other basic science?
5. After school, how do you spend your time usually?
6. Should mobile phones 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 social or political celebration events in your culture.
10. Should the government pay bills for museums and theatres? Explain your argument.
11. Where is your favorite place in 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 favorite 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 a roommate?
18. Which is a common choice for your party: restaurant, café, or home?
19. Computers have improved our lives while others think computers have caused problems.
20. Talk about a teacher.
21. Do you prefer to work at an office or at home?
22. Talk about someone you respect.
23. Should a university be open to all students?
24. Should parents 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 college students be successful in careers easier than ones without a college education? Why?
28. Talk about the characteristics of friends.
29. Someone suggests school to cut the recycling. Try to comment on it.
30. Do you want to be a leader? Or 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 family and friends?
33. What is your ideal job?
34. Do you prefer to take an extended vacation or several short vacations in a year?
35. What are the characteristics of a good parent?
36. Do you prefer to study alone on assignment from class or to study in a group?
37. What is your goal in the future?
38. Describe a challenging experience.
39. Do we should choose a major for job hunting or just for our interests?
40. What sort of movies do you like? Comedy, drama, or others?
41. What will you do to relax?
42. Is it essential 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 schools 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 severe cases without hesitation; others argue that you should ensure not to cause new troubles.
48. Describe a unique opportunity given to you.
49. Talk about a 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 first glance?
53. What is your choice: a job or career?
54. If you have a lot 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 it?
60. What is your favorite room?
61. In a journey, some used to get destination directly, and some enjoy the procedure to reach the goal. How about your opinion?
62. When you get a restaurant or café, about what features do you care?
63. In city development, do we keep old buildings? Or replace them with a 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 a subject that will lead to a better job.
68. Some think the college experience is essential, and 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 others help you?
72. High salary job or top personal satisfying career, which is your choice?
73. A student should do a part-time job or summer intern, do you agree?
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. Should first-year students live alone or with seniors in the same building?
78. Students will learn more when they have discussions. Do you agree with it?
79. Do you agree or disagree: The most important lesson can't be learned in class.
80. Should university education be free?