TOEFL Integrated Speaking Practice

In this post, you’ll have a chance to practice your response to an integrated speaking task—specifically, this is an example of task number two. This question is taken from the six practice tests in Magoosh TOEFL, only it is in a slightly different format because this is only a blog post. 🙂

In the second and third speaking tasks, you both read and listen before you speak. The reading is always first; you’ll get 45 seconds to read the text.

Read

So first, let’s do just that! Give yourself no more than 45 seconds to read the text below. Google is always helpful for that.

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Listen

When you’re finished reading, it’s time to listen to a conversation between two students. They’re going to talk about the text you just read.

You can take notes while you listen, so definitely get a piece of paper. They’ll be a huge help when you try to answer the question, later.

Listen to the conversation here

Speak

And finally, since this is a speaking question, you need to answer a question! Keep in mind that you will need to answer in a time limit.

Also, you will want to record your answer, so go to online-voice-recorder.com and get ready to answer.

Here’s the question:

The female student expresses her opinion about why she disagrees with the university’s new policy. State her opinion and explain the reasons she gives for holding that opinion.

And your time limits:

Prepare: 30 seconds
Speak: 60 seconds

After you answer, save your response. Every response you give when preparing for the TOEFL should be saved. That way, you can return to it later and learn from your mistakes. Think about what could be better, and try the same task a second, third, or even fourth time to get it just right. The better you understand the structure of integrated TOEFL speaking tasks, the better you will answer.

PS. In you’re not sure how to structure your response, here’s a template.

NOTE: The TOEFL was updated in August of 2019, and Tasks 1 and 5 are no longer included on the exam. The remaining tasks have been renumbered this way:

Task 1
Task 2 >>>> Task 1
Task 3 >>>> Task 2
Task 4 >>>> Task 3
Task 5
Task 6 >>>> Task 4

You can read more about these changes here.

 

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  • Lucas Fink

    Lucas is the teacher behind Magoosh TOEFL. He’s been teaching TOEFL preparation and more general English since 2009, and the SAT since 2008. Between his time at Bard College and teaching abroad, he has studied Japanese, Czech, and Korean. None of them come in handy, nowadays.