When preparing for the TOEFL Speaking section, it really helps to have TOEFL Speaking sample answers you can use to learn from.

Below, I have shared with you six TOEFL Speaking Sample Answers – one from each question type.

In the future, I plan to continue to expand on this resource.


TOEFL Speaking Question 1 Response:

Q: Your friend wants to lose weight. What advice would you give your friend and why?

R: If my friend wanted to lose weight, I would recommend that he or she eat more frequently but smaller portions and do regular exercise. I have a family member that was successful in losing weight by drastically cutting back her calorie intake but I saw the dangers of this firsthand. I tried to tell her that research says that eating smaller portions more often and exercising regularly was the right way to lose weight. She did exercise, but I think it’s important to exercise properly and safely and work yourself up to more intense workouts rather than to start going hard right from the get-go. To sum up, I know it’s possible to lose weight in other ways, but this is the advice I would offer to my friend if she wanted to lose weight.


TOEFL Speaking Question 2 Response:

Q: Some people prefer to read physical books made from paper, while others prefer to read electronic books on a
digital device. Which do you prefer and why?

R: I’ve actually talked to many people about this before. I personally prefer to read real, physical books, not e-books because I just love books – the smell and the sound of the pages turning – and think they are priceless objects – or at least will be some day when technology totally takes over. Books have a distinct smell and the feel of them in your hand is not the same as holding an ereader of some kind. I also like to be able to write in a book if I want or take notes. I also believe that technology will almost entirely take over and books will no longer be printed. So, I think that having real books is important as they will have a totally unique value when this happens. So, that’s why I prefer to read physical books rather than electronic books on a digital device.


TOEFL Speaking Question 3 Response

Q: Click here for the reading passage and dialogue

R: The reading passage announces a change to the school’s textbook policy: students will now have to download e-books instead of buying the paper books. This change came about because the environmental and actual costs of the books are quite high. The man in the conversation instantly loves this new policy. Students will only pay a one-time fee of $300 and, meanwhile, everything they need is included. He especially likes the extra features that the e-readers offer – like highlighting, taking notes, using an online dictionary. You can even use the internet at the same time. Even if it does take a little extra time to get used to using these devices, the man thinks it’s still totally worth it. And, actually, students that are already using this technology find it easier to do their research and assignments. That’s why the man is all for the new textbook policy.


TOEFL Speaking Question 4 Response:

Q: Click here for the reading passage and lecture

R: The reading passage mentions culture shock, which is the discomfort experience by travelers who encounter different cultural practices from their own. What I found very interesting was how the professor examines culture shock from her own personal experience. One example was when she lived in Chile and no one showed up on time. This was very different from her own upbringing which taught her to always be punctual. For parties, even job interviews, everyone in Chile is expected to be late. Another time the professor experience culture shock was when she learned that very few people in Chile actually get married. Couples will live together for years and years, even raise a family together, without ever tying the knot. This was very surprising and different from her own culture. So, there you have it, culture shock is a very real thing experienced by travelers to new places with different cultures from their own.


TOEFL Speaking Question 5 Response:

Q: Click here to listen to the dialogue

R: The big problem is that the man needs to direct a short film for a school project outside but it’s raining. He really only has two alternatives. He could change the script and do the last scene inside. Or, he could wait for the weather to clear up and film as planned tomorrow. I feel the answer is obvious, he should definitely wait until tomorrow. As the man explains, this is the most critical scene of the film and it needs to be shot out-of-doors for it to make any sense. Surely there will be a break in the day where he can get the last scene done outside even if it means he has to spend the whole night editing. In the meantime, he could think of some ideas if, worst case scenario, the weather doesn’t clear up and he has to go indoors after all. For me it is a no brainer, he should wait to film until tomorrow for the sake of the project.


TOEFL Speaking Question 6 Response:

Q: Click here to listen to the lecture

R: The professor goes into a ton of detail about modernism. This is the trend from traditional forms of art that were based in realism, to a new and innovative form of art. One characteristic he discusses about the modern art movement is collage. This is a combination of painting with other materials like newspapers, photos or textiles. Really, anything can be added, as the professor gives the example of one modern artist who used a stuffed eagle, piece of fabric, picture of his son and an empty tube of paint in a piece of his work. A second characteristic of modernist art is the use of color. Instead of painting a scene the way it really looks, some modern artists exaggerate reality by using bold colors. For instance, Paul Cezanne was one of the first to use vivid colors in his paintings. This technique was later used by the famous Vincent Van Gogh. So, this is how the professor described the two characteristics of modernism

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