This is the second writing question on the TOEFL iBT Test. Get more samples here. You can also check out my detailed guide to this task.

This sample question was written by my friend Pamela Sharpe, author of Barron’s TOEFL iBT.  That’s one of my favorite TOEFL books!  You can order the 18th edition right now!

The professor is teaching a class on business. Respond to the post with the professor’s question in it and the posts by two other students. You should express and support your opinion and add new information to the discussion. You will have 10 minutes to read the question and the
student responses and to write your own response. Your response should be at least 100 words in length.

Professor: As I briefly mentioned in class last week, starting a small business involves both risks and rewards. So, let’s explore this topic a little more. Before we meet again next week, I would like to have your responses to this question: If you were offered a position with a large company and also an opportunity to start your own business, which would you choose to do? Why?

Jack: I would definitely prefer employment in a large company because it would provide a regular salary and benefits like health insurance and retirement options. And I would have more regular hours. Starting a business would be more than I would want to take on, especially at this stage of my career.


Emily: I’ve always been more of a risk-taker, so the idea of starting a business appeals to me. Once the business was off the ground, it would offer more potential for a higher income as well. I’m not afraid to work hard and I really like to be able to make my own decisions, which I would be able to do as an owner.

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