Updated August 5, 2019

These new TOEFL speaking templates have been updated to handle changes to the TOEFL in 2019.  They cover all four 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 Choice

Main Point (pick one)

  • "I agree/disagree with the idea that..."
  • "In my opinion, it is better to..."
  • "I believe that..."

Transition (optional)

  • “I feel this way for several reasons."

First Reason

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

Second Reason

  • “Second…” + “To be more specific…” (and a few more details)


Question Two:  Campus Announcement

Reading Main Point

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

Reasons from Reading

  • “This is because ___ and ___."


  • "There are two reasons why the man supports/opposes this change."
  • "The man has a mixed opinion of this change." (only for mixed-opinion conversations)

First Reason

  • “First of all, he argues that…”

Second Reason

  • “Moreover, he mentions that…”


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Question Three:  General to Specific

Stating the Topic of the Reading

  • "_____ is defined as _______" (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 mentions…”

Second Example/Second Part

  • “Secondly, he says…”​


Question Four: 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 says that (DETAILS).  For instance (EXAMPLE).