Understanding the New TOEFL Speaking – the four question types

ETS has changed the TOEFL format to bring a better test experience to test takers. In this article, we will be introducing the 4 types of New TOEFL Speaking questions. 

TOEFL Speaking question changed after August 1, 2019

Before August 1, 2019 (OLD VERSION)

TOEFL Speaking used to have 6 question task, 2 independent questions, and 4 integrated questions. 

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4 NEW TOEFL Speaking Questions from August 10, 2019 test

Since August 2019, ETS has changed the TOEFL iBT test format. TOEFL Speaking Questions are reduced from 6 Tasks to 4 Tasks only. In this article, we are giving away real Speaking question topics we re-created from one of the new TOFEL iBT tests on August 10, 2019.

If you want to learn more about the NEW Speaking section of the TOEFL test, make sure you read "Understanding the New TOEFL Speaking format – The Four Question Types" to find out what is different after August 1, 2019. 

Speaking Question 1

Do you agree or disagree that parents should teach their kids to be independent at an early age?

What to Expect on the TOEFL® iBT test day

Before the Test

Plan your trip to the test center to be on time

The test starts at 9:00 am. All test-takers must arrive at the test center at least 30 minutes before the test begins, to check in. Late arrivals include students without enough time for check-in, who will not be allowed to take the test. Plan your trip to the test center, learn the way there, and note the traffic, parking situation, etc.


Check-in involves electronic scanning of all test-takers for test security, producing your ID document, signing a confidentiality agreement, and the assigning of test stations.

Lock up your personal items

When checking in, you will be told to place all your personal items in a secure locker. Other than the key for your locker and your glasses, the only item allowed in the test room is your ID document. Therefore, put everything else in the locker. If you bring water or a snack, you will be able to access them during the 10-minute break. In s

2018 Trending TOEFL iBT Speaking Questions

TOP 1: Campus life, around 60%

Under this category, academic-related, 33%; daily life, 20%; volunteer work, 7%.
Q: What is the biggest challenge for university students and why?
In my opinion, homesickness poses major challenges to university students. The reasons why it is experienced so commonly are as follows. First, starting a brand-new life at college naturally...

TOP 2: Personal opinion, around 15%

these type of speaking question topics are the most frequent ones.
Q: Some university students choose to take difficult classes even if they know they might not get a good

TOEFL iBT Speaking Guide

The Speaking section of TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to speak English in the campus environment, it takes 20 minutes to complete, of which the test time is 15 minutes and the other 5 minutes is for preparation and standby time. There are a total of six question tasks you have to answer during the Speaking test: two independent speaking questions and four integrated speaking questions.  
  • Task 1: Personal Experience - choose from one option
  • Task 2: Personal Preference - choose from two option
  • Task 3: Campus Announcement - explain your opinion on a campus issue
  • Task 4: General to Specific - explain a lecture topic
  • Task 5: Problem and Solution - explain a campus life problem
  • Task 6: Academic Lecture - explain a lecture