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TOEFL® EssentialsTM Test

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TOEFL Essentials Speaking Section

The TOEFL Essentials Speaking section measures your ability to speak and communicate effectively in a variety of situations.

There are three tasks with a total of 19 responses, and the section takes about 13 minutes to complete.


Speaking tasks

  • Read Aloud
    Read aloud one part in a dialogue that takes place in a daily life or campus situation. Each of the six “turns” in the conversation is around one to three sentences.
  • Listen and Repeat
    Repeat a series of eight sentences about a scenario in an academic or social setting.
  • Virtual Interview
    Participate in a simulated conversation with a prerecorded interviewer. Answer five questions related to the interview topic, where you describe your experiences and opinions.


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Speaking question examples

Learn about the types of questions you'll find in the Speaking section of the TOEFL Essentials test.

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