The Best TOEFL
Speaking Topics for Realistic Practice
Similar to the writing and reading
section, the TOEFL speaking section and understanding it is a crucial part of
your TOEFL iBT test
The speaking section is a total
of 20 minutes long and constitutes six tasks. Over the course of this blog,
we’re going to highlight what to keep in mind when preparing for your speaking
section. We will go over possible questions and topics that will aid you in
practical TOEFL iBT test preparation. Let us begin!
Integrated and Independent
Akin to the writing section of your
TOEFL, the speaking section can be split into two forms of questions. These are
integrated and independent questions. The two can be most simply distinguished
Integrative topics: They are usually questions on academia or are
academic in form. They also rely on two skills; listening and speaking, hence
the label ‘integrative’.
Individual topics: These are, unlike integrative ones based mainly in
speaking. Common subjects of questioning include personal details. These can be
facts, ideas or opinions as well as preferences. Clarity of communication is
Topic 1: One from Many
The starting topic will likely be
rather simple. You will be asked broad base questions on topics of personal
interest or relevance. This could relate to your taste in sports, books or
music to name a few. Alternatively, you could be asked for details about your
family, an interest or pastime or something you have achieved and are proud of.
You can find a number of potential questions from TOEFL online practice tests and sample papers.
The trick here is not to waste time
choosing which topic to speak on. If asked during your TOEFL about your
favorite band, pick the first good band or musician that comes to mind and
start talking about why they are your favorite at once!
Topic 2: Preference between Two
The second prompt might be akin to
a number of those received in the TOEFL essay section. You will be required to
choose between two options and then justify the choice you make with your
words. A simple example could include:
Some cycle for exercise. Others prefer to swim. Which
do you think is better and why?
If you break this question down,
you have your either/or choice, in this case; cycling or swimming. You then
further have to justify your choice or explain why you chose it. Choices can
include any of the following and more so be careful:
Air travel or Sea travel
Horses or Donkeys
Rice or Bread
White or Red Meat
Fossil fuel or solar power
And the list goes on. Just
remember, regardless of what you choose, you will have to explain your reasons
for choice! Education seems to be a hot topic with these tests so ensure you
know your educational preferences. Favorite teachers, subjects and work
methodology are all things you want to be clear on.
Sample Questions and Topics
Below is a variety of commonly
appearing questions. Though the words might vary, the gist of these questions will
likely to echo in what you see. These include:
Questions for Task 1
1. Discuss a
purchase you recently spent on that pleases you. What did you purchase and why
does it please you?
2. Discuss a
situation when a task was more difficult than you were expecting. What was your
aim and what caused the difficulty?
personality trait is most important in a friend? Why?
4. Discuss a
deed done by someone close to you that made you proud. What was done? Why did
it make you feel proud?
anything significant happened in your country? What is it? Why is it important?
change over time. Describe one way you feel your country might change and
describe this change in detail.
someone famous you feel would be fun to speak with. What would you speak with
them about? Share details as well as your reasons.
8. Pick a
subject taught in school you feel is irrelevant. Explain your answer with details
as to why.
9. What is
your preferred mode of transport for long journeys? Why is this so? Detailed
specifics to be provided.
10. Is there a
movie you want to see but have not? What is it? What do you expect and why?
The questions above are just some
examples of the kind of content you can expect in your upcoming TOEFL iBT
speaking section. Please note that sentence structure and English used will
vary. Refer to available free online student resources for more
accurate question samples.
Questions for Task 2
1. There are
those who prefer working outdoors. Others prefer closed indoor spaces. What is
your preference? Why is it so?
2. Is the
following statement correct according to you? Provide examples and details as
to why or why not: Lizards do not make
3. Some feel
pressurized by time. Others prefer time boundaries. What about you? Explain in
4. Does this
statement make sense to you? Justify your answer with details as well as
examples: Parents need to allow children
to eat whatever they like.
5. Is the
statement below agreeable? Furnish your answer with details as well as
examples: Learning when done out of the
classroom is more effective than that done within.
countries have regular rainfall. Others are dry and only experience rain once
or twice a year. Which do you like better and why?
7. Does the
following make sense to you? Why or why not? Answer with details as well as
examples: Military training should be
mandatory for all high school students.
8. Is the
statement below agreeable? Why or why not? Explain with details as well as
examples: Couples should sit an exam
before being allowed to have children.
9. There are
people who communicate via text message. Others prefer direct calls. Which works
for you and why?
10. Does the
statement below make sense? Explain your answer with examples and details: Monetary compensation is better than
privileges and perks at work.
Again, please note that the questions
in your TOEFL iBT will be worded differently.
The most effective strategy to fine-tune
your speaking skills is to practice as much as you can. Waste no time
answering, be clear and precise. This is especially true for the more personal
questions. If you feel you require further assistance with your TOEFL iBT, look
into an online preparation course and up that score!
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