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TOEFL Independent Speaking Task 2

TOEFL Independent Speaking Task 2 Questions

A TOEFL Independent Speaking 2 question will generally ask you to choose between two options and explain your preference or state your opinion. Sometimes, however, questions may ask you to describe the advantages and/or disadvantages of an opinion.

You will have 15 seconds to prepare your answer and 45 seconds to speak.

TOEFL Speaking Topics — Agree or Disagree Question Type

Before you start practicing this type of question, study phrases expressing agreement and disagreement

  1. Do you agree or disagree with the statement that female and male university students should have separate residence halls?
  2. 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?
  3. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? If you want to succeed in business, being outgoing and friendly is very important.
  4. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The government should forbid violence and bad language in TV programs. Use specific reasons and examples in your answer.
  5. Do you agree or disagree with the statement that experienced doctors are better than young doctors?
  6. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: it is never too late to get a degree in university.
  7. Do you agree or disagree that it is important for children to learn to draw or paint?
  8. Do you agree or disagree that a celebrity should set a good example for young people? Use details and examples to support your explanation.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. Some people think that with the development of technology and the Internet, libraries will disappear, while others think libraries are always necessary. Which opinion do you agree?
  12. Some people believe old people should not take risks and participate in adventurous events as the young people. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

TOEFL Speaking Topics — Preference Question Type

  1. Some universities expect the students to choose a major field of study when they enter the school; while other universities wait until the second or the third year before students deciding to choose a major field of study. Which do you prefer? Why or why not?
  2. 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.
  3. Some people prefer to buy new books while some people would like to buy used books, what is your opinion?
  4. If you are to choose between 2 apartments to live in next semester, one apartment is near the campus but slightly expensive, the other is a little far from the campus but cheaper, which one do you prefer and why?
  5. You have been very busy and unable to prepare for the exam tomorrow. You can either stay up late to study and sleepless or just study less and get full night’s sleep. Which will you choose?
  6. Some people prefer sending messages while others prefer making phone calls directly. Which one do you prefer?
  7. 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?
  8. Some people prefer to finish the assignment for a long time before the due date while others prefer finishing assignments right before the due date. Which one do you prefer?
  9. Some people prefer to watch entertainment programs on television. Others prefer to watch educational programs. Which do you prefer?
  10. Some people prefer to buy new books while some people would like to buy used books, what is your opinion?
  11. Some students think it is good to choose a future career before entering university. Others think it is good to take a few university classes before choosing the future career. Which one do you prefer?

TOEFL Speaking Topics — Description Explanation Question Type

  1. Should schools engage in character education to instill morals and values in children?
  2. Some people think that those children who do not 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 and why? Use examples and details in your explanation.
  3. 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 experiences like going for a vacation or a concert? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
  4. 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.
  5. Many people think that students study course materials more effectively by taking exams, while others think that students learn more effectively through doing other activities like completing projects, which one do you think is more effective?
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. Do you think that parents should be allowed to educate their children at home, or should they be required to send children to a school outside the home? Support your answer.

TOEFL Speaking Topics — Advantages or Disadvantages Question Type

Before you start practicing this type of question, study ways to describe Advantages and Disadvantages

32. Some people like to take university classes online instead of attending classes in person on campus.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of this trend?

33. Should universities allow students to watch TV in their dormitories? What are the advantages and disadvantages of watching TV in dormitories?

34. Should young children spend a great amount of their time practicing sports? Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this.

TOEFL Speaking Topics — Imaginary Question Type

Before you start practicing this type of question, study Conditional phrases 

35. 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.

36. If friends from another country were going to spend time in your country, what city or place would you suggest they visit? Using details and examples, explain why.

37. If your teacher makes a mistake, is it better to correct the teacher or ignore the mistake?
38. If you were the leader of your country, what would you do?
39. If you were asked to choose one place in your country to take a tour, which one would you choose?
40. If you were going on vacation to a foreign country, would you prefer to go with a tour group or on your own?
41. If you could purchase one expensive item right now, what would it be and why?

Practice TOEFL Independent Speaking Task 1 Questions


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