These speaking templates cover all six TOEFL speaking questions.  They won't work every time, but should work most of the time.  Don't be afraid to improvise, however!

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Question One: Personal Experience

A good answer to the independent speaking question might follow this template...

  • I feel that.....  // I believe that....  // In my opinion...
  • I feel this way for two reasons...
  • First of all... // First...
  • Secondly... // Moreover...
  • To sum it up...  // And that's why I feel that.... // And that's why I believe that...

 

 

Question Two:  Personal Preference

A good answer to the second independent speaking question (preference) might follow this template...

  • I prefer to... // I prefer that... // I prefer X over Y
  • I feel this way for two reasons...
  • First of all... // First
  • Secondly... // Moreover...
  • To sum it up... //  That's why I prefer X over Y

 

Question Three: Campus Announcement

A good answer to the first integrated speaking question might follow this template...

  • The announcement is about... // The letter is about...
  • It states that...
  • The woman disagrees with the plan (or announcement, or memo, etc) // The man agrees with the plan...
  • She disagrees for two main reasons. // She agrees for two main reasons.
  • First of all...
  • Secondly...

 

Question Four:  General to Specific

A good answer to the second integrated speaking question might follow this template...

  • The reading is about...
  • It states that...
  • The lecturer provides more information by discussing two examples.
  • First of all, she mentions...
  • Next, she cites the example of...
  • In this way, she expands on the topic of... (optional)

Question Five: Problem and Solution

A good answer to the first integrated listening/speaking question might follow this template...

  • The man's problem is...
  • He says that...
  • His friend suggests two possible solutions
  • First of all she suggests...
  • Secondly, she says that she could ...
  • In my opinion, the woman really should...
  • I feel this way for two main reasons.
  • First...
  • Moreover...

 

Question Six:  Academic Lecture

The final speaking question doesn't really lend itself to the use of a template, but you might want to try something like this:

  • The lecture is about...
  • The professor illustrates this point using two main examples.
  • First, she gives the example of...
  • She says that...
  • Secondly, she discusses the example of...
  • She claims that...