TOEFL Speaking Question 1: Template and Guide

I’ve just finished my new video guide and complete template for the first TOEFL speaking question.

First of all, here’s a video that describes the various question types and provides a template that works every time:

Next, if you want to read a long article that describes the question, check this page out.  Most people coming here are looking for speaking templates, though, so if you just want those you can read on:

-Main point
“A time when I…”
“In my opinion…”
“I would advise my friend to…”
“I think that…”
-Transition
“I feel this way for two reasons.”
“This was ——- for two main reasons.”
“I would make this suggestion for two main reasons.”
-First reason
“First…”  + “To be more specific…”
-Second reason
“Second…” + “For example…”

That template works just about every time.  The article I linked to above (as well as the video) contains a sample answer that makes use of this template.  They also describe the various question “types” in part one (pure experience, three reasons, giving advice and opinion) but note that the template is basically the same for each one.

If you have any questions just leave a comment below.

Updated TOEFL Speaking Templates

As part of a major overhaul of the TOEFL Resources page, I’ve rewritten and improved our TOEFL Speaking Templates. Enjoy! And let me know if you think they should be altered in any way.

I find that templates are the best way to answer questions in the speaking section. Both preparation and answer time is terribly limited and recalling a template allows students to say everything they need to before the clock runs out and helps them to avoid using needlessly complex sentences that lead to grammatical errors.

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