An Introduction to TOEFL Speaking Topics
The TOEFL Speaking section lasts 20 minutes and includes six tasks. You’ll be able to take notes during this entire section. In TOEFL Speaking, there are two independent speaking tasks and four integrated tasks. For integrated tasks, test-takers will need to use more than one skill when responding. Also, it’s important to know that you won’t be speaking to a real person during this section. Instead, you’ll hear recorded conversations and respond by speaking into a microphone. After your exam, TOEFL graders will then listen to your responses. This section tests your ability to speak effectively in academic settings. You’ll be graded on how completely you answer each question, your ability to speak clearly and coherently, and your vocabulary and grammar.
How to Approach the Tasks
The two independent speaking questions will ask a question on a familiar topic you can speak about without the help of outside materials. You’ll be giving your opinion or describing the information you know. Many students find these two to be the least challenging of the Speaking tasks, but that doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed to be easy or that you can just talk about whatever you want.
The most important part of these questions is the “why”. You’ll always be asked to support your answer, whether by explaining why you feel a certain way or by giving examples that justify your answer. The key to answering these questions well is to give specific examples and details to support your main idea. Don’t be vague or wishy-washy with your answers; make a strong argument for your opinion and let the grader know exactly why you feel the way you do.
Question and Answer Samples
1: Describe a place you have never been to but like to go someday.
2: If your friends from another country are going to visit your country, where do you suggest them to go?
3: What are the significant features of the cafe or restaurant you like
4: Do you think we should keep or save the old building in the city?
5: Describe a place, for example, a seashore park in your city where you often visit.
6: Describe an important gift you have, tell us why it is important.
7: Did you have any work experiences before? Describe any of your work.
8: Describe the most impressive moment in your life.
9: How do you acquire knowledge? Give us some examples.
10: Do you prefer to choose a profession that requires you to work in a group?
11: Is there any invention that changed your life most recently?
12: Which study method do you prefer, online courses or traditional classroom?
13: Describe a painting you have seen before. Why do you like it or dislike it?
14: What kind of friends do you like? Tell the main reason.
15: What do you like to read in your free time? For example, magazines, newspapers, or books.
16: Do you like to live with roommates or live alone?
17: Someone focuses on one job throughout life; others like to change from one job to another. Which one do you think is better? Why?
18: Some people think life in modern times is easier than our grandparents, do you agree with it?
19: Do you agree that childhood is the happiest time in life?
20: How do you think about university education? Some people think it’s important, and some don’t.
21: Describe one of your favorite songs or one of your favorite movies.
. What is the most useful book for you? Why?
22. Is TV positive or negative to modern society? Give your choice.
23. Describe the most important decision that you made in your life.
24. Do you think high school should teach music and art as other basic science?
25. After school, how do you spend your time usually?
26. Should mobile phones be forbidden in some places?
27. Describe a celebration or moment that impressed you very much.
28. Which one acts more influence on you, newspaper, TV, or teachers?
29. Describe social or political celebration events in your culture.
30. Should the government pay the bill for museums and theatres? Explain your argument.
31. Where is your favorite place in your city? Why?
32. Where do you like to visit with friends?
33. Do you prefer having meals at home?
34. What park is your favorite one?
35. Big city or small town, which do you prefer to go to college?
36. Magazine, novel, poem, which do you prefer to read?
37. Do you like living alone or with a roommate?
38. Which is a common choice for your party: restaurant, café, or home?
39. Computers have improved our lives while others think computers have caused problems.
40. Talk about a teacher.
41 Do you prefer to work at an office or at home?
42. Talk about someone you respect.
43. Should a university be open to all students?
44. Should parents lead their children to watch TV? Or the children should choose by themselves.
45. What is the most efficient transportation in your country?
Sample Set 2
46. Some people like to do indoor activities in their free time, and others prefer to enjoy outdoor activities, which do you prefer and why? Include details and examples to support your explanation.
47. If you got extra money, would you save the money or spend it immediately? Include reasons and details to support your explanation.
48. Some people prefer to take a long vacation while others prefer to take several short vacations, which do you prefer and why? Include details and examples to support your explanation.
49. Some people like to watch action movies; others prefer to watch comedies, which type of movie do you prefer, and why? Include details and examples to support your explanation.
50. Some people prefer to travel alone; other people prefer to join a tour group, which do you prefer and why? Include details and examples to support your explanation.
60. Do you like to attend a college or university full-time or part-time? Why do you think your choice is better than the other, explain by using details and examples.
61. Some people prefer to go to the movie theatre; others prefer to rent a movie, which do you think is better and why? Include reasons and details to support your explanation.
62. . Would you prefer to select your own roommate or let the university assign a roommate to you? Include reasons and details to support your explanation.
63. Which do you think is more helpful to the students: internet materials or textbook materials, why do you think so? Include details and examples to support your explanation.
64. What is the most important invention of the last 100 years?
65 Should college students be successful in a career easier than ones without a college education? Why?
66. Talk about the characteristics of friends.
67. Someone suggests school to cut the recycling. Try to comment on it.
68. Do you want to be a leader? Or to be a follower?
69. Which one do you think is better to help do research: internet or academic books?
70. In general, where do people get information? From TV, newspaper, and other media, or family and friends?
71. What is your ideal job?
72. Do you prefer to take an extended vacation or several short vacations in a year?
73. What are the characteristics of a good parent?
74. Do you prefer to study alone on assignment from class or to study in a group?
75. What is your goal in the future?
76. Describe a challenging experience.
77. Do we should choose a major for job hunting or just for our interests?
78. What sort of movies do you like? Comedy, drama, or others?
79. What will you do to relax?
80. Is it essential for students to attend class regularly or study by oneself?
81. Describe an enjoyable event in your childhood
82. Describe one of your schools?
83. Should schools add Sport courses for generic students?
84. What do you miss most when you are away from home?
85. Some people believe that we should give a hand in severe cases without hesitating; others argue that you should ensure not to cause new troubles.
86. Describe a special opportunity given to you.
87. Talk about a good leader.
88. Should people always tell the truth?
89. Describe an object which is very important to you
90. Do you agree that we can judge a person by an appearance at first glance?
91. What is your choice: a job or career?
92. If you have a lot of money, how do you spend?
93. What should students do in their vacations?
94. Describe a happy event in childhood, explain why it is memorable.
95. Communicate with your family and friends by letter, e-mail, or by telephone. What is your option?
96. Your favorite time of a year.
97. Some people want to have a relaxed and unhurried life, do you agree with it?
98. What is your favorite room?
99. In a journey, some used to get destination directly, and some enjoy the procedure to reach the goal. How about your opinion?
100. When you get a restaurant or café, about what features do you care about?
101. In city development, do we keep old buildings? Or replace them with a new building?
102. Do you prefer to get advice from family and friends, or learning through personal experience?
103. Do you agree or disagree: Students should wear uniform in school?
104. Compare online courses with traditional courses.
105. Talk about a subject that will lead to a better job or that you are interested in.
68. Some think the college experience is important, and some think not important. What is your opinion?