If 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.
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.