These speaking templates cover all six TOEFL speaking questions.  They should work most of the time.  Be sure to watch the video guides for more help!

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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 Situation

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

  • The article/announcement/letter is about...
  • It states that...
  • The man disagrees/agrees with the plan/proposal.
  • He feels this way for two main reasons.
  • First of all, he states that...
  • Secondly, he notes that...

 

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 elaborates on this by providing several examples/an example.
  • First of all, he mentions...
  • Secondly, he says…
  • In this way, the professor expands upon 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...
  • Two possible solutions are suggested.
  • First of all, the man could...
  • Secondly, it is mentioned that he could...
  • In my opinion, the man really ought to…
  • I feel this way for two 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 concept using two main examples.
  • First she talks about…
  • She says that...
  • Secondly, she speaks about…
  • In her opinion…

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