TOEFL Independent Speaking

Q1.Which of the following courses would you prefer? (1) Art history (2) Twentieth-century world history (3) Science History

Sample Answer

If required to choose a history course for my degree, I would prefer to study science history rather than 20th-century world history or art history because I think science history is more interesting. After all, it relates to science. As a science student, 20th-century history and art history are boring and a bit complicated for me. Also, I think science history is necessary in today’s world. So, I will opt for a degree in science history.

Q2.You will need to accomplish an assignment for a presentation. Which one will you choose? (1) Act out a scene from a play (with a partner) (2) Explain your review of a novel you recently read (3) Read a selection of poem

Sample Answer

If I had to choose an assignment for a presentation, I would explain my review of a recent novel I had read because it was exciting. Because its main topic was women’s empowerment and the struggles women face in their lives.

The character was imposing because I saw my story in that novel. It gives us many reasons to read and assess all its information and knowledge. I want to explain my review of the book.

Q3.If you are going to choose a roommate, which of the following qualities is the most important to you: (1) Cleanness, (2) Friendliness, and (3) Quietness.

Sample Answer

Choosing a roommate is a complicated task, but I prefer a very friendly roommate because a friendly roommate will not make me bored. I do not want to be bored in a room where I have to share my room with that person because I have to share my problems or my all-day work with that person, and I will enjoy being with that person. So, he should be caring for nature so I can share my room easily with him.

Q4.Which of the following functions of smartphones is most beneficial to students? (1) taking photos (2) listening to the music (3) recording lectures

Sample Answer

Mobile phones have many beneficial functions. The feature recording lectures is more helpful than listening to music and taking photos because the music can be heard on the TV or the radio, and the cameras or professional photographers can take pictures. However, recording lectures because the recorder is not readily available in the market, and access to the phone is easy for me because while I speak, I can record my audio and listen to my speaking task to improve it. So, I would like the feature of recording lectures on my phone because it is very knowledgeable.

Q5.Three kinds of activities will be offered on a special day organized by the International Student Office. Which one do you prefer? (1) International food fair, (2) International music festival, and (3) International film festival.

Sample Answer

I want to choose the international food fair activity on a particular day organised by an international student office for a few reasons.Firstly, I am fond of food, so I would like to enjoy and eat different types of food. Secondly, I love the taste; I love to taste a variety of foods because, as I am Indian, I have tried only that food, so I like to taste different foods. Thirdly, I will gain knowledge of different foods from other cultures, which will be very interesting and helpful.

Q6.The university decides to remodel the dormitory and add a new space. Which space do you recommend to add to your dormitory? (1) Café (2) Study room (3) Game room.

Sample Answer

If the university redesigns the dormitory, I recommend adding a cafe for a few reasons. Firstly, it is the need of students because when they want to eat something, they can quickly assess it. Secondly, easy access to food anytime will make it easy for them to escape their hunger. Lastly, at night, when students are studying and feeling sleepy, they need some water or want to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea so they can quickly get it from there and focus on their studies. So, I recommend that they add a cafe in the dormitory space.

Q7.Which of the following technological developments has made the greatest impact on students’ lives? (1) Electronic books (2) Online classes (3) Smartphones

Sample Answer

Technological developments in online classes have dramatically impacted students’ lives because they provide easy and comfortable access to study in their homes or offices. For example, when the COVID pandemic was widely spread worldwide, online classes or work-from-home gained popularity. At that time, it allowed students to continue their studies from home, and all the work was done from their houses, so they did not get any gaps in their studies. They quickly assess all the research material and many degrees and classes gained from online courses.

Q8.If you choose a position in the school community during summer vacation, which one will you choose? (1) Library desk front/ receptionist (2) Technician (3) Paint a wall in the community.

Sample Answer

If I had to choose a position in the school community during summer vacation, I would paint a wall rather than a receptionist or a technical person because I like to paint. It is my passion, so I like the way I paint. Secondly, I enjoy doing that work because firstly, I should do something on a vacation that I enjoy while painting on the walls or any canvases. Thirdly, I am an artist, so I like to do art, and it is more enjoyable for me than being a receptionist or dealing with technical problems because they are not to my taste.

Q9.Which of the following choices has the greatest impact on environmental protection? (1) Governmental regulations, (2) Environmental awareness groups, (3) Individual effort.

Sample Answer

The environment dramatically needs to be protected. Still, an individual effort will result in more than government regulations or environment awareness groups because an initiation done by a person will help more than others. After all, small steps taken will result in a good environment. For example, if we use less electricity, switch off the fans most of the time, and use water wisely, we should not waste it; all these small steps will save our environment.

Q9.Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Schools should spend as much time teaching students about world history as they do teaching students about the history of their own countries.

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

Schools should spend as much time teaching students about world history as possible because students can learn about the world’s different countries and the history of other continents or regions. But the country’s history is also essential. So students should know it as an additional subject. World history should be an important subject so that students can assess all the knowledge, so whenever they want to give an example of another country, they can learn how history impacts our future.

Q10.There is a final homework lecture. We need to form a team to discuss it. Is it better to discuss it offline or online?

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

So final homework lecture, we should inform the needs of the team; it should be discussed in the offline class rather than online because all the students and teammates will have many queries about the work, and they can easily ask questions while we are discussing offline because online technical errors can occur or they are not concentrated towards the online class so it can be relatively more stressful for everyone because they are not clear with the issues so offline will be better for the team to discuss the final homework lecture.

Q11.Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Should children be encouraged to listen to or read news early on?

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

I agree that students or children should be encouraged to listen to or read news early because they can be aware of their surroundings at an early age, and it will be helpful for them to read the news or listen to that news at an early age so it will be routine for them. For example, as a child, I read the newspaper to my grandfather, so I have a habit of reading the newspaper because of him. So if a child is reading the newspaper from an early age, it will be helpful, or he can be more interested in reading the news and be aware of his surroundings or the problems in the country.

Q12.Should students be restricted from participating in clubs, sports, and organizations for better learning?

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

I believe that students should not be restricted from participating in clubs, sports and organizations for better learning because if they want to learn something extra from their academic learning, it can be sports, it can be clubs or some organization where they are helping the needy or getting aware about the environment so different kinds of organizations are there. If a student is interested in sports, he can play sports along with his studies and many other things. Students should be encouraged to participate in sports, different activities, and organizations for better learning because it improves their mental health and personality.

Q12.Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People from ordinary, simple backgrounds will become better government leaders.

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

I agree with the statement that people from ordinary, simple backgrounds will become better government leaders. People who are from middle-class families know the hardship and the struggles of their lives. It can be financial or mental suffering, so they know the people’s basic needs and will try to solve them. Still, it is difficult for a middle-class person to become a government leader because of many struggles. For example, in India, many leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He is also from a middle-class family and became a prime minister, but when he became prime minister at the age of ancient age, it was not for the youngsters because they had to struggle a lot in their lives to become government leaders.

Q13.Do you like to receive advice from peers or friends older than you?

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

I want to receive advice from my friends or older ones because I like that they will give me some good advice for a better life. After all, they always think it would be good for me if they were my true friends. Your parents always support you in everything, so they will advise you to do something good, making your future bright and prosperous.

Q14.Which do you prefer: friends with the same beliefs and opinions or friends with different ideas and opinions?

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

I prefer friends with the same beliefs and opinions rather than friends with different ideas and opinions because if the person has different ideas and their opinion does not match, it will be a conflict for both of us. We can quickly work in a classroom or on a project if we believe in the same culture and religion and have identical views. It can make our friendship stronger if our opinions are the same. It depends on whether students want to spend time doing volunteer or community service or start their work as soon as possible after graduation.

Q15.Some university graduates spend a period volunteering or doing community service before starting their careers. Others think it is better to start working as soon as possible after graduation. Which view do you agree with?

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

I support spending some time doing community service or volunteering before graduation before our careers start. It is more important to do something for our society before focusing on our careers because we can easily grasp all the people’s attention and goodwill, and it will help us in our successful lives.

Q15.Do you think it is better for parents to praise their children for good behaviours or to punish their children for bad behaviours?

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

Parents should praise their children for their excellent behaviour rather than punish them for their destructive behaviours because positivity is always the best way to teach them about good habits. For example, if a parent praises his children, it will make them more fond of doing good things because he is being honoured, and if the parents give some gifts when he does some good work, it will motivate them to do more good work. If they punish their children for bad habits, they will be more stubborn and do it repeatedly because he is more stubborn and do not like to do any good things because they know that their parents will punish them, but they will still do that. So, parents should encourage their children rather than punish them.

Q16.Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Children should learn how to be independent at an early age.

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

Children should learn to be independent early on for a few reasons. Firstly, children are more concerned about their studies at a very early age but should also be aware that they should be independent because they have to face many issues in their coming life. So, they should be mindful of that. Secondly, the students who are not concerned about their independence after their studies are complete depend on their parents, and it’s a terrible idea for them to survive in their whole life. So, they should learn to be independent early to take this in their upcoming life.

Q17.Do you think scholarships should be given to people with good grades or those who need them?

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

Scholarships should be given to those who need them rather than those who score good grades. It is a thing that the person who is scoring good marks in his academic work is doing hard work for doing that thing. They can also take coaching, focusing on their studies properly because of all the facilities available in their home or schools. They go to good schools so they can get good marks. However, students who cannot access all these facilities cannot score such good marks because they cannot access coaching. So, they lag behind them and need urgent scholarships but do not gain them because they need to get good marks. So, schools or academies should give scholarships to students in need.

Q18.Should schools start later in the morning to accommodate teenagers’ sleep schedules? Why or why not?

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

Schools should not start later in the morning to accommodate teenagers’ sleep schedules for many reasons. Firstly, coming early to school will make students more disciplined because when a student comes early in the morning, he is managing his work for the whole day and preparing it wisely. Secondly, when students arrive early, they get charming work, and their entire day is gone very nicely. They will have more time to do their homework because they have more time to do their homework at home, so they are free.

Thirdly, I think students should plan their day according to the time and sleep early in the night so that they wake up early in the morning and go to school early.

Q19.Is it better to shop online or in physical stores? Provide reasons for your choice.?

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

Shopping in physical stores is better than shopping online because, firstly, when we shop online, we do not have a quality check. Still, when we go to the shop, we can quickly review the quality, quantity, and every detail about the product. Secondly, if we want to introduce a product or need more knowledge of the object, we can ask the staff, who can help us assess the object.

Shopping online is easy but not very useful, so I prefer to go to physical stores.

Q20.Should individuals prioritize their careers over their personal life in their 20s and 30s? Why or why not?

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

I don’t think that individuals should prioritize their careers over their personal lives in their 20s or 30s because they should know how to balance their personal and professional lives. So when they are doing their work, they must be more concerned about their family and problems. They should spend time with them and do their work on weekdays. They should enjoy their lives because a person focussing entirely on career-oriented things cannot enjoy their lives.

So, individuals should balance their personal and professional lives.

Q21.Do you believe owning a pet benefits people’s mental health? Why or why not?

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

I believe owning a pet benefits people’s mental health for several reasons. Firstly, most people nowadays are alone.

They have many people around them, but they feel alone from inside. So when they have a pet, it makes them more enjoyable, and because their eyes are so charming, anybody can feel happiness with them. Secondly, the pet is an animal which makes you feel pleasant and if a busy person has to arrange the time to play with them or make them eat food and they have to be with them so they have to do something to play with their pet because they need it.

So, it takes them away from their busy schedules to enjoy time with them and relaxes their minds. So, owning a pet is beneficial for people’s mental health.

Q22.Should governments invest more in renewable energy sources rather than fossil fuels? Explain your view.

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

I think the government should invest more in renewable energy sources than fossil fuels because renewable energy sources are nowadays more popular than fossil fuels. I believe renewable energy is needed today because fossil fuels have been used for many years, so they have not been available for more than 20 years, and they are not enough to be used.

And secondly, renewable energy is not expensive. It’s only the cost of buying it, but once you have installed the renewable energy source, you can quickly profit from it. Fossil fuels damage the environment because when they are burnt or cause chemical reactions, they pollute the environment.

So renewable energy is a good investment for the people by the government.

Q23.Is it more advantageous to learn a practical skill, like coding, or a creative skill, like painting? Give reasons for your choice.

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

Learning creative skills like painting is more advantageous than practical skills like coding because coding is more tedious and complex. Creative skills are a person’s practice, and sometimes God gives them because some students from a very young age are used to painting and have expertise.

So, firstly, painting can be enjoyed by people because it’s their hobby, and everybody likes the work, which makes them feel not bored and allows them to enjoy themselves. Second, creative skills can help you earn money from your home business. You can earn money by learning painting or other creative skills from your passion.

Q24.Do you think it’s important for everyone to have a basic understanding of financial literacy? Why or why not?

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

Everyone needs a basic understanding of financial literacy because, in this modern world, everyone has to arrange their expenses according to their earnings and money. So, if a person wants to start a business or do a job in the business sector, he has to manage and gain knowledge of all finances and the economic sector.

Q25.Should people spend more time conversing face-to-face rather than communicating through digital devices? Explain your opinion.

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

People should spend more time conversing face-to-face rather than communicating through digital devices for two reasons. Firstly, when you meet someone physically, their presence makes you feel more comfortable than chatting or talking to them on video calls. Secondly, sitting at a table or watching or communicating with a person through your laptop or mobile can affect your health by making your eyesight weak, your back pain and your neck strains.

It will help if you prefer a face-to-face conversation because a person’s physical presence makes you feel better than communicating through digital devices.

Q26.Is it better to read books in physical form or digital form? Provide reasons for your preference.

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

For a few reasons, it is better to read books in physical form rather than digital pages. Firstly, the presence of a book makes us feel more comfortable reading stories or novels.

Secondly, even the smell of the books makes you feel happier and more enjoyable to read, and you will get interested in reading the book. You can feel the turning of the pages and the feel of the book, and you can read the novel more effectively. Secondly, the digital form of reading will make your health worse because firstly, it will lax your eyesight and weaken it, and cause your neck to straWe should prefer to read books properly while sitting on a table and chair. It will make you feel the reading of a book because digital form is more concerned with people who cannot purchase the books.

When you purchase books, they will also look good when you put them on a proper shelf. Keeping books on a properly decorated shelf will make your home more decorated. So, reading books in physical form is better than reading them digitally.

Q27.Do you believe that travelling frequently can make someone more open-minded and tolerant? Why or why not?

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

Frequent travelling can make someone more open-minded and tolerant because they often do not have a partner when they travel alone. So they can do all the work by themselves and they know if anything happens, it’s only them to prepare, so they have to prepare their mind to manage everything wisely. And secondly, when they frequently travel alone, on public transport, or in their car, they do not have anyone with whom they can talk or enjoy the person, and they will not get bored.

But when travelling alone, they do not have anyone with them. So, they must manage, be open-minded, and be more tolerant.

Q28.Should people focus on eating locally-produced food rather than imported food? Explain your opinion.

Use specific details and examples in your response.

Sample Answer

People should focus on eating locally produced rather than imported food for several reasons. Firstly, imported food containing pesticides gets transported from other countries through preservation. Moreover, imported food is more harmful to us because it contains many chemicals for conservation, and the expenses could be too high to preserve them. Secondly, eating local food will help the farmers financially, and they can sell their products quickly. Lastly, eating local food is better for us because we have adapted to eating that food since our childhood, so we should prefer to eat local food rather than imported food.


Q29.Is it better to be a leader or a follower in a group setting? Provide reasons for your preference.

Sample Answer

It is better to be a leader than a follower in a group setting because a leader has leadership qualities and can make decisions quickly and wisely. Secondly, the leader has a convincing power, which makes everyone convinced of his choices, so it must be an essential skill to be a leader. A follower may feel sad, and sometimes the persons feel sorry as a follower because they think that the leader suppresses them; so if a person has more attitude or more confidence, he should become a leader so that he can be mentally strong and able to make informed decisions.


Q30.Do you think it’s important for children to learn a second language at an early age? Why or why not?

Sample Answer

Children need to learn a second language early for several reasons. If children learn a second language different from their mother tongue, it would be a better decision for the parents because they will be more confident and wiser and have more decision-making skills at an early age. Children will have bright futures because they will have learning capabilities from an early age. They can learn many new things, learn other languages, and form a habit of learning that will help them in the future.


Q31.Should governments prioritize healthcare or education when allocating budgets? Explain your view.

Sample Answer

The government should prioritize health care and education when allocating budgets for a few reasons. The government should think about health care because many countries are in terrible conditions, so it should spend more on the health care system so that the doctors and the staff can perform better, do better work, and serve the population. Furthermore, education is quite expensive in many countries due to privatization, and the government schools need to be in better condition. The government should create good conditions for government schools so middle-class people can get an education. So, health care and education are needed to be preferred by the government.

Q32.Should high schools require students to wear uniforms? Why or why not?

Sample Answer

High schools should require students to wear uniforms because these students are students. It does not matter whether they are studying in kindergarten or high school, so they should wear uniforms because there is a code for everyone to wear so that everybody can think that they are the students of the particular school.

If the students do not wear the uniform in high school, they will focus on wearing fancy clothes, which will cause their parents to give them money to spend on their clothing. They will focus on fashion and will need to focus on their studies. So, high school requires students to wear uniforms because if they do not wear them in college or university, their concern will be more towards their looks and less towards their studies.

Q33.Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Learning a second language is essential for everyone. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

Sample Answer

I agree that learning a second language is essential for everyone for several reasons. Firstly, suppose a child learns a second language other than his mother tongue from childhood. In that case, it will make him more confident because he is learning different languages from his childhood. Secondly, learning a second language will make them more skilled because they will learn more from others.

    So, they will have extra skills that will also help them in the future. For example, I used to learn French in my childhood, which helped me a lot in the future. Everyone should learn a second language from their childhood, which will become a habit for them to learn new things in the future.

    Q34.Some people believe that technology has improved education, while others think it has created new challenges. Which view do you agree with and why? Provide specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

    Sample Answer

    Technology has a significant role in education. I believe it has improved the education system, while others think it has created many challenges. However, I acknowledge that it has improved education for several reasons.

      Firstly, it has changed the way of teaching. Before that, the traditional way of teaching was that teachers taught in classrooms. All the students sat and listened to lectures.

      But nowadays, children prefer to listen to teachers online, which makes it easy for them to learn new things.

      Q35.What is the best way to spend a weekend? Some people prefer staying at home, while others like to go out and explore new places. Which do you prefer and why? Use specific reasons and examples to explain your choice.

      Sample Answer

      I believe the best way to spend your weekend is by staying at home rather than exploring new spaces for several reasons. I think people are so busy and have such a hectic schedule that they are not able to enjoy quality time with their family.

        On the weekends, they are relaxed and free. They can have free time to be with their family and spend quality time with them. We prefer to enjoy and eat food, and we can chill out with our family on the weekends.

        Q35.Do you believe participating in team sports has more benefits than individual sports? Why or why not? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

        Sample Answer

        I believe participating in team sports has more benefits than individual sports for several reasons. First, team sports encourage many skills outside of particular sports., such as confidence, sportsmanship, and unity, which can only be experienced and learned in team sports.

          Because if someone plays cricket or volleyball or basketball, the team games, they will have more confidence in them. And they will have to show unity because it’s teamwork to win a game.

          Q36.Some people think that social media has brought people closer together, while others believe it has made relationships more superficial. What is your opinion on this issue? Provide specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

          Sample Answer

          I think that social media has made relationships more superficial rather than making them closer because of a few reasons.

            First of all, relationships can be faked on social media because a person is not in the presence of another person. So, it can be cheated because they only contact each other on video calls. After that, people still determine what the person is doing.

            We prefer meeting them offline as I like to view relationships as trustworthy.

            Need help?