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   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.
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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 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.


1: What is the most useful book for you? Why?
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2: Is the Internet positive or negative to modern society? Give your choice.
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3: Describe the most important decision that you made in your life.
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4: Do you think high school should teach more music and art than science subjects?
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5: After school, how do you spend your time usually?
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6: Should mobile phones be forbidden in some places?
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7: Describe a celebration or moment that impressed you very much.
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8: Which one acts more influence on you? The Internet, parents, or teachers?
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9: Describe social or political celebration events in your culture.
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10: Should the government pay bills for museums? Explain your argument.
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11: Where is your favorite place in your city? Why?
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12: Where do you like to visit with friends?
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13: Do you prefer having meals at home?
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14: What park is your favorite one?
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15: Big city or small town, which do you prefer to go to college?
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16: Magazine, novel, poem, which do you prefer to read?
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17: Do you like living alone or with a roommate?
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18: Which is a common choice for your party: restaurant, café, or home?
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19: Computers have improved our lives while others think computers have caused problems.
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20: Talk about a teacher.
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21: Do you prefer to work at an office or home?
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22: Talk about someone you respect.
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23: Should a university be open to all students?
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24: Should parents lead their children to watch TV? Or the children should choose by themselves.
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25: What is the most efficient transportation in your country?
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26: What is the most important invention of the last 100 years?
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27: Should college students be successful in careers easier than ones without a college education? Why?
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28: Talk about the characteristics of friends.
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29: Someone suggests school cut the recycling. Try to comment on it.
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30: Do you want to be a leader? Or to be a follower?
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31: Which one do you think is better to help do research: internet or academic books?
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32: In general, where do people get information? From TV, newspaper, and other media, or family and friends?
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33: What is your ideal job?
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34: Do you prefer to take an extended vacation or several short vacations in a year?
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35: What are the characteristics of a good parent?
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36: Do you prefer to study alone on assignment from class or to study in a group?
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37: What is your goal in the future?
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38: Describe a challenging experience.
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39: Do we should choose a major for job hunting or just for our interests?
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40: What sort of movies do you like? Comedy, drama, or others?
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41: What will you do to relax?
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42: Is it essential for students to attend class regularly or study by themselves?
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43: Describe an enjoyable event in your childhood
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44: Describe one of your schools?
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45: Should school add sports courses for generic students?
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46: What do you miss most when you are away from home?
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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.
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48: Describe a unique opportunity given to you.
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49: Talk about a good leader.
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50: Should people always tell the truth?
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51: Describe an object which is very important to you
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52: Do you agree that we can judge a person by appearance at first glance?
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53: What is your choice: a job or career?
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54: If you have a lot of money, how do you spend it?
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55: What should students do on their vacations?
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56: Describe a happy event in childhood, explain why it is memorable.
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57: Communicate with your family and friends by letter, e-mail, or telephone. What is your option?
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58: When is your favorite time of the year? Why
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59: Some people want to have a relaxed and unhurried life, do you agree with it?
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60: What is your favorite room? Why
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61: In a journey, some used to get destination directly, and some enjoy the procedure to reach the goal. How about your opinion?
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62: When you get a restaurant or café, what features do you care about?
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63: In city development, do we keep old buildings? Or replace them with a new building?
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64: Do you prefer to get advice from family and friends or learning through personal experience?
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65: Do you agree or disagree: Students should wear uniforms in school?
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66: Compare online courses with traditional courses.
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67: Talk about a subject that will lead to a better job.
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68: Some think the college experience is essential, and some think not important. What is your opinion?
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69: Describe a letter or poem that is important to you.
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70: Forest, desert, where do you like to live?
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71: Experience in asking for help from others. How do others help you?
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72: High salary job or top personal satisfying career, which is your choice?
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73: A student should do a part-time job or summer intern, do you agree?
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74: What skill do you want to learn?
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75: Is it a good idea to have a one-year break before college study?
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76: Talk about some good news about yourself.
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77: Should first-year students live alone or with seniors in the same building?
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78: Students will learn more when they have discussions. Do you agree with it?
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79: Do you agree or disagree: The most important lesson can't be learned in class.
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80: Should university education be free?
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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
2021-01-10: Question 2: Campus-related
Reading: The school hires journalism students to write articles and update the content of the school's website.

Then listen to students discussing the topic.

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

Student: a girl agree
  • point 1: The website information is outdated, and the girl had problems when she wanted to learn about a new professor.
  • point 2: Students can improve themselves by doing website work.
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-01-10
2021-01-10: Question 3: Academic
Read a passage about logical consequences from a textbook. Then listen to part of a lecture.

Using the bad consequences of bad behaviors, explain the concept of logical consequences.

Recent Tests:
  • 2021-01-10