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The Speaking section contains a total of four question tasks: one independent questions and three integrated questions. (updated on August 1st 2019)
  • Test time: 17 minutes
Independent Q1 - Defend an opinion

You will be asked a question about two situations or opinions. You will need to say which one you prefer and explain why. You will have 15 seconds to prepare your response and 45 seconds to respond by giving your opinion along with strong arguments.

Preparation time: 45 sec. | Answer time: 45 sec.
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Task 1 #Plus02

Is it better to praise good behavior or criticize a bad one?

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Task 1 #Plus05

Some individuals prefer to do shopping in large grocery stores or department stores. Others prefer small local stores or convenience stores. Which one do you prefer and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your response.

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Task 1 #Plus03

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

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Task 1 #Plus04

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: It is disrespectful for tourists to take photos of strangers without their permission.

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Task 1 #Plus01

If you are going to choose a new roommate, which of the following qualities do you think is the best: (1) quietness, (2) friendliness, (3) cleanliness?

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Task 1 #01

Many people think that students study course materials more effectively by taking exams, while others think that students learn more effective through doing other activities like completing projects, which one do you think is more effective?

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Task 1 #02

Should schools engage in character education to instill morals and values in children?

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Task 1 #03

Do you prefer long-term trips or short-term trips? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #04

Do you prefer indoor activities or outdoor activities? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #05

Do you prefer to go someplace you have never been before or someplace you have been before? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #06

If you had a small amount of money, would you spend it right away or save it? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #07

When going to a restaurant, do you prefer to meet your friends at home or at the restaurant? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #08

Do you prefer to eat at food stands or restaurants? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #09

Do you prefer traveling alone or traveling with a companion? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #10

Do you prefer to live in places that have the same weather or live in areas where the weather changes several times a year? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #11

Do you like to spend time alone or spend time with your friends? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #12

When going on a trip, do you prefer to drive or take a train? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #13

Do you prefer to have a long vacation each year or have several short vacations throughout the year? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #14

Do you prefer to live in a traditional house or in a more modern apartment? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #15

Which one do you prefer? To buy the newly-released e-product as soon as possible or to wait for a while and then decide whether you want to buy it or not.

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Task 1 #16

Is it better to use your extra money to buy some objects like clothes or electronic products, or is it better to use the extra money to increase your experience like going for a vacation or a concert?

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Task 1 #17

Do you agree or disagree with the statement that experienced doctors are better than young doctors?

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Task 1 #18

Do you agree or disagree that a higher education means a better career? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #19

Do you prefer to learn on your own or learn with a teacher? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #20

Do you agree or disagree that students should have a job while they are studying in school? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #21

Do you agree or disagree that daily homework is necessary for students? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #22

Do you agree or disagree that grades encourage students to learn? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #23

Should schools have teams for sports that might carry a risk of serious physical injury? Explain your answer.

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Task 1 #24

Do you think that parents should be allowed to educate their children at home, or should they be required to send children to school outside the home? Support your answer.

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Task 1 #25

Do you agree or disagree with this statement: Teachers should be evaluated by their students.

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Task 1 #26

Should schoolchildren be required to study a musical instrument for at least a year? Explain your answer.

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Task 1 #27

Should schools engage in character education to instill morals and values in children? Explain your answer.

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Task 1 #28

Do you agree or disagree that it is important for young people to learn some domestic skills like cooking, sewing and taking care of children?

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Task 1 #29

Do you think that parents should be allowed to educate their children at home, or should they be required to send children to school outside the home? Support your answer.

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Task 1 #30

Do you think it is important for parents to teach their kids to learn how to manage money? Use reasons and specific examples to support your opinion.

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Task 1 #31

Do you agree or disagree that it is important for children to learn to draw or paint.

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Task 1 #32

Do you prefer to learn about the news in a newspaper or on television? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #33

Do you prefer going to a live performance or watching it on TV? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #34

Which type of movie do you prefer watching, a serious movie or a comedy movie? Which do you prefer? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #35

Do you prefer to watch a movie or read a book? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #36

Do you agree or disagree the idea that watching sports programs on television is a waste of time?

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Task 1 #37

Some people prefer to buy new books while some people would like to buy used books, what is your opinion?

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Task 1 #38

Some people prefer to watch entertainment programs on television. Others prefer to watch educational programs. Which do you prefer?

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Task 1 #39

Some people prefer to finish the assignment a long time before the due date while others prefer finishing assignment right before the due date. Which one do you prefer?

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Task 1 #40

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is important to spend time learning about the history of the place where you live.

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Task 1 #41

You live in a crowded city with only one green space-the city park. The government recently proposes to build a housing complex on this only green space. Do you agree or disagree this idea?

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Task 1 #42

Do you prefer to work in the office or work at home? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #43

Would you prefer to take a part-time course or have a part-time job during your summer vacation? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #44

Do you agree or disagree that businesses should hire employees for their entire life? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #45

Would you rather be self-employed or working for someone else? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #46

Would you prefer to have a higher-paying job with longer hours or lower-paying job with shorter hours? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #47

Do you prefer to work in a team or work alone? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #48

Do you prefer to work in the office or work at home? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #49

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? All people should be required to stop working and retire by age 65.

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Task 1 #50

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? A boss or a manager should not form close friendship with their employees.

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Task 1 #51

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? If you want to succeed in business, being outgoing and friendly is very important.

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Task 1 #52

Some people think those children who don't want to keep learning a musical instrument course should be required to keep learning the course; While others think that those children should be allowed to make decisions by themselves. What is your opinion?

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Task 1 #53

Do you agree or disagree that life is about relaxing instead of hurrying? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #54

Do you agree or disagree that people should always tell the truth? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #55

Do you agree or disagree that luck has nothing to do with success? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #56

Do you agree or disagree that young people have nothing to teach older people? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #57

Do you prefer to be a team leader or a team member? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #58

Some people prefer to resolve problems with friends directly face to face or on the phone, some others prefer to resolve problems by writing, sending E-mail or text message. Which do you prefer and why?

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Task 1 #59

In order to be successful, one has to make enemies? Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

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Task 1 #60

Some people prefer to give their opinions immediately. Others prefer to wait and listen to others’ opinions before giving their own. Which one do you think is better?

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Task 1 #61

Some people prefer sending messages while others prefer making phone calls directly. Which one do you prefer?

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Task 1 #62

Do you agree or disagree that a celebrity should set a good example for young people? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #64

Should using cell phones be permitted while driving? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #65

Should a country that has enough food for all of its residents allow recreational hunting? Explain your answer.

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Task 1 #66

Should communities create incentives to encourage people raised there to continue living there as adults? Explain your answer.

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Task 1 #67

If the police stop a driver who is driving drunk (after drinking alcohol), do you think that the person’s driver’s license should be taken away? Support your answer.

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Task 1 #68

Should cities adopt laws that prohibit certain breeds of dogs because they are more frequently involved in attacks than other dogs? Explain your answer.

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Task 1 #69

Should countries ban the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food production? Explain your answer.

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Task 1 #70

Should countries with teacher shortages develop programs that recruit people from industries such as business, law and technology and retrain them as schoolteachers? Explain your answer.

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Task 1 #71

Should countries intervene in a civil war in another country where a lot of civilians might be killed? Explain your answer.

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Task 1 #72

Should countries give financial incentives to car companies that make vehicles that use alternative fuels (other than oil and gas)? Explain your answer.

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Task 1 #73

Should cities and states ban certain sorts of fats used for cooking in restaurants in an effort to improve people’s health? Explain your answer.

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Task 1 #74

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Government should forbid violence and bad language in TV programs. Use specific reasons and examples in your answer.

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Task 1 #75

Some people believe that we should not discuss the private activities of popular people, like movie stars and singers. Do you agree or disagree with this view?

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Task 1 #76

Do you agree or disagree that a celebrity should set a good example for young people? Use details and examples to support your explanation

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Task 1 #77

Nowadays people use extreme methods, like surgery to change their appearance. They do this because they are trying to become more attractive. Do you think this is a good idea?

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Task 1 #78

Do you prefer finding information by reading books or searching the internet? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #79

Does technology make our lives simpler or more complex? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #80

When communicating with your friends and families, you can use different methods: letters, e-mails, and/or telephone calls. Which method do you think is better and why? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #81

Do you agree that television has destroyed communication among friends and family? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #82

Do you agree or disagree that students learn better with the help of technology? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #83

Some people think the internet provides people with a lot of information, while others think access to so much information creates problems. Which view do you agree with? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #84

Do you think bicycles will still be widely used in the future or replaced by other means of transportation?

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Task 1 #85

Some people think that with the development of technology and Internet, libraries will disappear, while others think libraries are always necessary. Which opinion do you agree?

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Task 1 #86

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? With the popularity of the technology that focuses on entertainment, people read fewer books than before.

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Task 1 #87

Some people think the Internet provides people with a lot of information, while others think access to so much information creates problems. Which view do you agree with?

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Task 1 #88

Do you agree or disagree that students should bring a cellphone to school? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #89

Would you rather have the university assign a student to their room or would you rather choose your own roommate?

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Task 1 #90

Do you agree that cars should be allowed to enter into the campus?

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Task 1 #91

Do you agree or disagree that universities should give the same amount of money to their students' sports activities as they give to their university libraries? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #92

Your university is planning to allow students to watch TV in their dormitories. What is your opinion and why? What are the advantages and disadvantages of watching TV in dormitories? Include reasons and examples to support your response.

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Task 1 #93

Which of the following do you think is the best way to get to know a new school, joining a one-day campus tour, spending a weekend on the campus play field or auditing lectures?

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Task 1 #94

Do you think junk food should be banned in schools? Use details and examples to support your explanation.

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Task 1 #95

Should college students be required to take at least one class in philosophy? Explain your answer.

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