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TOEFL Speaking Template

TOEFL Speaking TemplatesIf you’re not sure how to structure your Speaking response, these TOEFL Speaking templates will help. In the PDF at the bottom of this post, you will find a template for each Speaking task, as well as sample responses, created by our TOEFL expert Lucas. We hope you find them helpful!

How to Use TOEFL Speaking Templates

First, a note on the word “template.” You may be looking for a full response that you can memorize, simply adding in small details as you speak. Unfortunately, that’s not a good idea. If you memorize whole sentences that other students also memorized and used, you will get a 0 on the speaking section. You cannot simply give a whole answer from memory.

But you can use specific words and phrases to structure your answers. If you know a few phrases to start your response, a few to move on to the next idea, and a few to end the response, then you can better organize your answers. Well organized answers score more highly because they’re easier to understand.

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So learn the words and phrases we provide you, and start using them in your TOEFL speaking practice. The more you practice using them, the easier they will be to remember and use on test day.

But be careful not to use the same phrases for every task. If you always use the same structure, the graders will think you have a limited vocabulary. Pick different introductions and transitions for each task. Then put them together in full responses with the specific details.

After the template for each task, there is a sample answer that shows one way you could use the phrases. That will help show the overall structure of your answers.


View the Speaking Templates here!





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8 Responses to TOEFL Speaking Template

  1. Adão Sergio de Mello Chagas June 3, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

    Thanks for your attention.

  2. Aishwarya June 17, 2015 at 5:27 am #

    i found the speaking template pretty helpful! thank you magoosh!

    • Lucas Fink
      Lucas Fink June 22, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

      You’re more than welcome. Happy studying!

  3. duk March 24, 2017 at 2:01 am #

    thank you 😀

  4. EL ASRI MOHAMMED I July 13, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

    I should be thankful if you provide me with FREE TOEFL IBT MATERIAL.

    ThanK YOU.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 17, 2018 at 11:18 am #

      Our blog has a wealth of free TOEFL material! Check out our eBooks, Flashcards, and all of the posts with advice on how to study along with practice questions. Good luck 🙂

  5. Cece October 29, 2018 at 10:22 am #

    Is it okay if I write down the templates for q1-Q6 that I would be using once question 1 has started? I’ve heard that writing them down before the 1st question is asked (I’m assuming during the instructions?) can get you into trouble.
    Also, is it okay to write down my answers before the prompt says the “begin preparing after the beep” or should I only start jotting down after the sound?
    Thank you and sorry for asking a lot.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 3, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

      Hi Cece,

      You may start writing as soon as the time for the first question is running, but do not write anything before you start that section. During the instructions and break screens, you will be in trouble if you are writing away.

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