TOEFL iBT® Speaking Task Types

Independent Tasks

  1. Personal Preference - Preparation time: 15 seconds Response time: 45 seconds
    This question asks the test taker to express and defend a personal choice from a given category—for example, important people, places, events or activities that the test taker enjoys.
  2. Choice - Preparation time: 15 seconds Response time: 45 seconds
    This question asks the test taker to make and defend a personal choice between two contrasting behaviors or courses of action.

Integrated Tasks
Read/Listen/Speak
3. Campus Situation Topic: Fit and Explain

  • A reading passage (75–100 words) presents a campus-related issue.
  • A listening passage (60–80 seconds, 150–180 words) comments on the issue in the reading passage.
  • The question asks the test taker to summarize the speaker’s opinion within the context of the reading passage. Preparation time: 30 seconds Response time: 60 seconds

4. Academic Course Topic: General/ Specific

A reading passage (75–100 words) broadly defines a term, process, or idea from an academic subject.

An excerpt from a lecture (60–90 seconds; 150–220 words) provides examples and specific information to illustrate the term, process, or idea from the reading passage.

The question asks the test taker to combine and convey important information from the reading passage and the lecture excerpt. Preparation time: 30 seconds Response time: 60 seconds

Listen/Speak
5. Campus Situation Topic: Problem/ Solution

  • The listening passage (60–90 seconds; 180–220 words) is a conversation about a student-related problem and two possible solutions.
  • The question asks the test taker to demonstrate an understanding of the problem and to express an opinion about solving the problem. Preparation time: 20 seconds Response time: 60 seconds

6. Academic Course Topic: Summary

  • The listening passage is an excerpt from a lecture (90–120 seconds; 230–280 words) that explains a term or concept and gives concrete examples to illustrate that term or concept.
  • The question asks the test taker to summarize the lecture and demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the examples and the overall topic. Preparation time: 20 seconds Response time: 60 seconds

TOTAL 20 minutes

 

 

 



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