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TOEFL iBT Speaking Section

The TOEFL iBT Speaking section measures your ability to speak English effectively in academic settings. The four questions/tasks resemble real-life situations you might encounter both in and outside of a classroom.


TOEFL iBT Paper Edition

All of the information on this page also applies to the TOEFL iBT Paper Edition. If you’re taking the Paper Edition test, you’ll take the Speaking section on a computer at home, after you take the Reading, Listening and Writing sections at a test center. Learn more about the Paper Edition test content for those sections.


Question 1: Independent Speaking Task — requires you to draw entirely on your own ideas, opinions and experiences when you respond.

Questions 2–4: Integrated Speaking Tasks — require you to combine your English-language skills — listening and speaking, 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 before each response, and your response will be 45 or 60 seconds long.

Speaking response: To respond, you'll speak into the microphone and your responses will be recorded.

Test time: It should take about 16 minutes to complete the Speaking section.

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


Practice Your Speaking Skills

The TOEFL® Practice Online Speaking Series, helps you practice your English-speaking skills. It includes past test questions and simulates the actual testing experience You’ll also receive feedback within 24 hours.


Speaking videos

Watch these videos to learn about the types of questions in the Speaking section, plus helpful tips.


Play video button Video About Independent Speaking

Question 1: Independent Speaking

Play video button Video About Integrated Speaking

Question 2: Integrated Speaking

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Questions 3 and 4: Integrated Speaking


The Speaking section includes native-speaker English accents from North America, the U.K., New Zealand or Australia to better reflect the variety of accents you might encounter while studying abroad. Only the first of the four items may have accented speech.

Below are two examples, both of which use accents from the U.K. In each instance, the example is 15 seconds long, and you would have 45 seconds to respond.


Audio File       Transcript
Item 1 (MP3)

If friends from another country were going to spend time in your country, what city or place would you suggest they visit? Using details and examples, explain why.

Item 2 (MP3)

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.