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TOEFL iBT® Speaking Practice Sets

Note: These sample questions allow you to experience the types of tasks presented in the TOEFL iBT® test. They are not intended to mimic the testing experience.

Speaking Practice Set 1

Independent Speaking Practice (Explain a Choice): Question

Directions: You will now be asked to give your opinion about a familiar topic. Give yourself 15 seconds to prepare your response. Then record yourself speaking for 45 seconds.

Some people enjoy taking risks and trying new things. Others are not adventurous; they are cautious and prefer to avoid danger. Which behavior do you think is better?

Explain why.

Preparation Time: 15 seconds

Response Time: 45 seconds

Independent Speaking Practice (Explain a Choice): Response Tips

To respond to this particular question, you should clearly state what your opinion is: Do you think it is better to take risks or to be cautious? Then you should give reasons to support your opinion. If you take the position that you think it is better to take risks and try new things, you might give an example of a time when you or someone you know took a risk and was rewarded.

The example should have good details, and the relationship between the example and your opinion should be clear. If you take the position that it is better to be cautious, you might give an example of a situation where being cautious is beneficial. You might continue to develop the response by contrasting what would happen in this situation if a risk were taken.

Keep in mind that there is no "correct" answer to this question. Either behavior can be supported with examples. The important part of this task is to make sure that you state your opinion and develop your response with good examples and relevant details.

As with all speaking tasks, your response should be intelligible, should demonstrate effective use of grammar and vocabulary, and should be well developed and coherent. This task is scored using the Independent Speaking Rubrics.

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