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Speak to Success: A Comprehensive Guide to Acing the TOEFL Speaking Test


The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is an international standardized test that measures the English language proficiency of non-native speakers. It was developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which is also responsible for other well-known exams like the SAT and GRE. The TOEFL Speaking Test is one of four parts of this exam, along with Writing, Reading and Listening tests.
The Speaking section consists of four tasks: two independent presentations and two integrated conversations (ICs). In each IC, you will be paired with another student who will be speaking on a similar topic as you are; your job is to listen carefully and respond appropriately when it’s your turn to talk.

Types of TOEFL Speaking Questions

The TOEFL Speaking section has two types of questions:

  • Independent Speaking Questions
  • Integrated Speaking Questions

Tips for Answering TOEFL Speaking Questions

  • Understand the Question
  • Take Notes
  • Organize Your Thoughts
  • Use Connecting Words
  • ClearlyEFL Speaking Questions

The most common questions on the TOEFL Speaking section are about yourself, a topic and a reading or listening passage.

  • Questions About Yourself: These questions ask you to describe your personality, interests and hobbies. For example, “What do you like to do in your free time?” or “How would your friends describe you?”
  • Questions About a Topic: These questions ask about something that’s been discussed in class or read in an article or book. For example, “What do you think of this author’s argument?” or “Why do people believe that global warming is caused by humans?”
  • Questions About a Reading/Listening Passage: These questions require students to speak about what they’ve read/listened to in order for them to understand the topic better than others who haven’t read/listened yet

TOEFL Speaking Practice Questions

  1. Questions About Yourself
    The first type of question you will see on the Speaking section is a personal response question. In this type of question, you will be asked to give your opinion on a topic or answer a question about yourself. For example: “What are some things that make you happy?” or “What is your favorite food best way to prepare for these types of questions is by thinking about what types of things interest you and do so! If there’s something in particular that makes me happy, then I should be able to talk about why it does so without having too much trouble answering this kind of question correctly.
  2. Questions About A Topic (or Reading Passage)

Sample TOEFL Speaking Questions

The TOEFL Speaking section is the only part of the test that requires you to speak in English. It’s also the most difficult part for many students, because you can’t rely on your native language to help you out.
The TOEFL speaking test includes four sections:

  • Questions About Yourself (3-5 minutes)
  • Questions About a Topic (3-5 minutes)
  • Questions About a Reading or Listening Passage (3-5 minutes)
    You will have 30 seconds per question, and there are four questions total in each category.

TOEFL Speaking Strategies

  • Understand the Question
    To do this, you’ll need to read each question carefully and make sure that you understand what it is asking. If there are multiple parts to the question, break them down into smaller pieces. For example: “What did you learn from your experience?” could be broken down into two questions: “What did I learn?” and “How did my experience affect me?” This will help answering all question correctly as well as give yourself time to organize your thoughts before speaking them aloud.
  • Take Notes
    Taking notes while listening can help keep track of important information so that when it comes time for speaking questions on test day, there won’t be any surprises! You don’t have many opportunities during an exam like this one; take advantage of every single one by being prepared beforehand!

TOEFL Speaking Tips

  • Be Prepared
  • Speak Clearly and Confidently
  • Use Connecting Words
  • Speak with Natural Intonation


The TOEFL Speaking section is one of the most important parts of your TOEFL test. It’s also one of the most challenging, so it’s good to get familiar some sample questions before you take the exam.
In this guide, we’ve covered everything from how to use these questions in your studying to how they’re scored and what they look like on test day. We hope this helps you feel more confident when taking on TOEFL speaking practice tests!