These new TOEFL speaking templates have been updated to handle changes to the TOEFL in 2019.  They cover all six TOEFL speaking questions, including both the independent and integrated speaking questions. These templates will make a lot more sense and be easier to use if you watch the video about each one, or read the detailed guides I link to.

(we've also got TOEFL writing templates)

Question One: Personal Experience Style Questions

Statement of Main Argument (pick one)

  • “A time when I…”
  • “In my opinion…”
  • “I would advise my friend to…”
  • “I think that…”

Transition (optional, pick one)

  • “I feel this way for two reasons”
  • “This was ____ for two reasons”
  • “I would suggest this for two reasons.”

First Reason

  • “First…” + “For example…” (and a personal example)

Second Reason

  • “Second…” + “To be more specific…” (and more details without a personal example)


Question Two:  Personal Preference Questions

Main Point (pick one)

  • “I agree/disagree with the idea that…”
  • “I prefer…”
  • “I think it is preferable to…”

Transition (optional)

  • “I feel this way for two reasons”

First Reason

  • “First…” + “For example…” (and a personal example)

Second Reason

  • “Second…” + “To be more specific…” (and more details without a personal example)


Question One and Two: Advantages and Disadvantages Style (New in 2018/2019)


  • “There are certainly both benefits and drawbacks of _____.”


  • “First of all, one advantage is _____.” (+1-3 sentences of elaboration)


  • “However, a disadvantage is _____.” (+1-3 sentences of elaboration)


  • “Overall, though, I guess it’s better to _____.”


Question Three: Campus Announcement

Reading Main Point

  • “According to the announcement/article/letter…”

Reason from Reading

  • “This is because…”


  • “There are two reasons why the man/woman feels this is a good/bad idea.”

First Reason

  • “First of all, he argues that…”

Second Reason

  • “Moreover, he mentions that…”


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Question Four:  General to Specific

Stating the Topic of the Reading

  • "TOPIC is _______" (state the topic and quickly define it)

Giving some Detail

  • “The reading states that…” (state a quick detail from the reading)


  • “The lecturer elaborates on this by providing an example/two examples.”

First Example/First Part

  • “First of all, he/she mentions…”

Second Example/Second Part

  • “Secondly, he/she says…”​


Question Five: Problem and Solution

Stating the Problem

  • “The woman’s problem is…. ” (two sentences… problem + details)


  • “Two possible solutions are suggested.”

The Suggestions and Objections

  • “First of all, she/he could…, however...”
  • “Secondly, she/he might be able to…, but...”

State your Preference

  • “In my opinion, the woman ought to…”

First Reason

  • “Firstly…”

Second Reason

  • “Moreover…”


Question Six:  Academic Lecture

Stating the lecture Subject and detail

  • The lecture is about (LECTURE SUBJECT), which is (QUICK DETAIL).

First example/first part (3-5 sentences)

  • First, the professor notes that (DETAILS).  For example, (EXAMPLE).

Second example/second part (3-5 sentences)

  • Secondly, he/she says that (DETAILS).  For instance (EXAMPLE).