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TOEFL iBT Speaking Section

The TOEFL iBT Speaking section procedures your ability to interact in English effectively in academic classroom settings. These four tasks are based on real-life situations that you may encounter within and outside of the classroom.

SectionTime LimitQuestionsTasks
Reading54–72 minutes30–40 questionsRead passages and respond to questions
Listening41–57 minutes28–39 questionsAnswer questions about brief lectures or classroom discussions
Break10 minutes
Speaking17 minutes4 tasksTalk about a familiar topic and discuss material you read and listened to
Writing50 minutes2 tasksRead a passage, listen to a recording, type your response

The TOEFL Speaking sections used to have 6 question tasks, and now the new iBT version reduces the questions to 4 tasks only.

Question 1: Independent Speaking Task – requires you to draw completely by yourself concepts, experiences and opinions when you respond.

Questions 2-4: Integrated Speaking Tasks – require you to integrate your English-language skills– speaking and listening, or listening, reading and speaking – just as you would in or out of a classroom.

Prep time: You’ll get 15– 30 seconds of preparation time prior to each response, and your response will be 45 or 60 seconds long.

Speaking response: To react, you’ll speak into the microphone and your actions will be recorded.

Test time: You have 17 minutes to complete the Speaking section.

Scoring: Speaking tasks are scored based on the  Speaking Scoring Guides (Rubrics) (PDF) by a mix of AI scoring and accredited human raters. Raw scores are converted to a scaled section rating of 0– 30.

Practice Your Speaking Skills from Alphabet Pronunciation

Accents and Pronunciation is important, watch our Alphabet Pronunciation video by Phoebe (Canadian Accent).

Practice Questions

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