TOEFL Speaking Topics

To prepare for the TOEFL exam, you should practice TOEFL speaking topics. Practicing these topics will familiarize yourself with the TOEFL speaking question types. Hence, you will better prepared for the exam.

TOEFL Speaking Topics
Your speaking preparation will determine whether or not you score 26+.

TOEFL Speaking Topics Example Questions

In August 2019, TOEFL independent speaking task 1, as you can read here, will be eliminated from the test.  Nevertheless,  currently there are two tasks.

TOEFL Speaking Topics

Independent speaking task 1 consists of four question types: personal experience, stating opinions, three choices, and giving advice

Personal experience:  People work a lot and sometimes have stress consequently. As a result, they go on vacations. What is a vacation that you went on? Why did you enjoy your trip so much?

Stating opinion: Do you think it is better to live on campus when you are attending a university? Why or why not? Give some examples and reasons to support your opinion.

Three choices:  Some believe that studying alone is the best way to  prepare for an examination. Others think that studying in a group will help them master the course material for their tests. Finally, some students prefer to hire a tutor so they can get expert advice on mastering the important concepts of a course. In your opinion, which method of study is the best way to get ready for an upcoming exam?

Giving advice: Someone you know has to move to a new country with a new language.  What advice will you tell you friend so that s/he can learn the language quickly and can adapt to the new culture easily?

Independent speaking task 2 consists of five question types: agree/disagree, preference, if/imaginary, description/explanation, advantage and disadvantage.

Agree/disagree: “Saving money for a rainy day is an effective way to budget one’s money.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Preference:  Exercise is important nowadays. Some people prefer to run when they work out a few days a week. On the other hand, others prefer non-cardiovascular forms of exercise such as weight lifting. In your opinion, which type of exercise do you prefer and why?

If/imaginary: Imagine that you have two types of friends: a funny one and an intelligent one. If you have to choose between these two friends, which friend would you rather have? Use reasons and details to explain why you would choose either the funny or the intelligent friend.

Description/explanation:  Describe an ideal co-coworker with whom you would like to work. Then explain why would you like working with this type of person.

Advantage/disadvantage: Some professors like to lecture and then take questions near the end of class.  Using more of a student-centered approach, other professors encourage students’ questions throughout the class while they teach. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of having a student-centered classroom.

TOEFL Speaking Topics:  Independent speaking strategies

Now you know some example TOEFL speaking topics for both independent speaking tasks. Like I said before, in August 2019, ETS will be eliminating independent speaking task 1 from the test.

Your next step is to learn how to answer each question type. Further, you should see model responses so that you know what a high-scoring answer looks like. Learn all about these important TOEFL independent speaking strategies in this lesson.

100 TOEFL Speaking Topics

TOEFL speaking topics

The main reason you have come to this web page is to get TOEFL speaking topics, right? Well, I created 100 speaking topics that you can begin practicing right now.  Get your speaking topics right now. When you get to the web page, look for “100 speaking topics” in the table of content. Then click.

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As you practice your TOEFL speaking topics, I will be happy to grade your practice tests.  I will score your practice tests and provide audio comments. That way you can understand exactly what delivery, topic development, and language-use changes you should make in order to score higher.  After each speaking evaluation, I will recommend specific lessons and skill-building exercises to help you improve your speaking. Learn more about this inexpensive service.

May your next TOEFL exam be your last!

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