Welcome back, TOEFL® test takers! While studying abroad at an English-speaking program, you will be practicing your English skills both in and outside the classroom. That’s why, today, we’re going to take a closer look at the Speaking section of the test, which measures your ability to speak English effectively in real-life academic settings. It’s performed on a computer using a headset and microphone, and recorded and assessed by three to six different raters from all over the world to ensure objective and reliable scoring.
Speaking Section Overview
Time limit: 20 minutes
Questions: 6 Tasks
Tasks: Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening.
Independent Speaking Tasks
- Question 1: Personal Preference
Express and defend a personal choice from a given category; for example, places, events or activities that you enjoy.
- Question 2: Choice
Make and defend a personal choice between two given contrasting behaviors or actions.
- Question 3: Fit and Explain
A brief reading passage presents a campus-related issue, then a listening passage comments on the issue. You will be asked to summarize the speaker’s opinion within the context of what you read.
- Question 4:General/Specific
A short reading passage broadly defines a term, process or idea from an academic subject. You will then hear an excerpt from a lecture on the topic and be asked to convey the important information from both.
- Question 5: Problem/Solution
You will listen to a short conversation about a student-related situation and be asked to express an opinion about solving the problem.
- Question 6: Summary
You will listen to an excerpt from a class lecture and be asked to summarize the lecture in a way that demonstrates your understanding of the topic.
Want to see what the Speaking section is really like? Go to the TOEFL® Test Prep Planner for sample Speaking questions and responses.