The Speaking section of the TOEFL exam measures how well you are able to speak English in an academic environment. For each of the four speaking tasks, you will be required to record yourself speaking in response to a prompt. The Speaking section evaluates your delivery, use of language, and topic development.
There are a total of four questions in this section. One will be an independent task, while the remaining three will be integrated tasks.
- Independent task – There is NO reading or listening involved in this task. Instead, you will record your own opinions on a certain subject-matter; therefore, there is NO wrong answer – you will be scored on how well you can argue your opinion using correct English. You will have 15 seconds to prepare and 45 seconds to speak.
- Integrated task – You will be required to record a response after reading and listening to certain passages. You will have 30 seconds to prepare and 60 seconds to speak after each question.
TIP: Choose a side of the argument during your first 15 seconds of brainstorming and identify one or two supporting statements to back up your position. PACE is key! Practice speaking in a slow, deliberate, and enunciated manner before the exam.