About the TOEFL Speaking Section

 

The TOEFL Speaking section has four questions.  You are given either 45 or 60 seconds to answer each one.  They are (in order): Personal Choice, Campus Announcement, General To Specific, and Academic Lecture.

Note that In August 2019 the “personal preference” and “campus situation” questions were removed from the test.

Question One

TOEFL Speaking question 1 is the independent TOEFL speaking question.  It is also called the “personal choice” question.  Currently, this question will be written in one of three main styles:

  • Agree/Disagree
  • Paired Choice
  • Good Idea

In the “agree/disagree” style you’ll be asked if you agree or disagree with a short statement.  In the “paired choice” style you’ll be pick between two contrasting options.  In the “good idea” style a choice or action is described and you must state whether you think it is a good idea.  You will have 15 seconds to prepare, and 45 seconds to speak

Note that the “multiple choice” and “advantages/disadvantages” questions styles are not used nowadays.

For sample questions, answers and templates check out our master guide to the question.

Question Two

TOEFL Speaking question two is the first integrated TOEFL speaking question.  First you will read a short campus announcement or an article or letter in a campus newspaper. It will describe some change that is happening, or it will propose some change that should happen.  There will be two reasons given for the change. You will have 45 seconds to read it.

Next, you will hear two students talk about the reading. One of the students will agree or disagree with the change. He/she will give two reasons for their opinion.

After hearing the conversation, you will be asked to summarize what you have read and listened to.  You will have 30 seconds to prepare your answer, and 60 seconds to speak.

For more details and a template you can use to answer the question check out our master guide.

Question Three

TOEFL Speaking question three is another integrated speaking question.  First, you will read a short (about 100 words) article about an academic topic. You will have 45 seconds to read it. Next, you will hear a short lecture about the same topic.  The lecture will illustrate this topic using either one or two examples. 

Finally, you will be asked to summarize the reading and lecture. You will be given 30 seconds to prepare, and 60 seconds to speak.

For more details and a template check out our master guide to this topic.

Question Four

TOEFL Speaking question four is the last integrated speaking question. First, you will listen to a lecture that is 1.5 to 2 minutes long. It will be about some academic term, concept or process.  The lecture will give one or two examples of the concept.

After the lecture finishes, you will be asked a specific question that requires you to  summarize the lecture. You will be given 20 seconds to prepare, and 60 seconds to speak.

For more details and a template you can use, check out our master guide to this question.

TOEFL Speaking Guides

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