TOEFL® Speaking 1 Practice 74

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In this question, you'll speak about a familiar topic. Your response will be scored on your ability to speak clearly and coherently about the topics. You'll have 15 seconds to prepare your answer and 45 seconds to speak.

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(This exercise trains your speech, listening skills, and speaking comprehension)

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Prepare for all 5 question styles
TOEFL Independent Speaking Task 1 has 5 question styles:
  1. Agree or Disagree
  2. Preference
  3. If/Imaginary
  4. Description or Explanation
  5. Advantage and Disadvantage

If / Imaginary Questions
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.

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

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

Description or Explanation Questions
Should new university students all be required to read the same book in the summer before they start their first course of study? Explain your answer.

Advantage and Disadvantage Questions
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.

You’ll have 45 seconds to make your speech. The structure of the response can be the following:
1. Your main idea or your main opinion
2. The first main idea and supporting details and examples
3. The second supporting idea and supporting details and examples
4. Conclusion.

"Agree or Disagree" questions
The first question style is Agree or Disagree. These questions will give you a certain statement and ask whether you agree or disagree with it. You will also have to provide specific reasons and examples to support your position.

Here are a few examples:
  • Do you agree or disagree that students should bring their cellphones to school? Use details and examples to support your explanation.
  • Do you agree or disagree that a celebrity should set a good example for young people? Use details and examples to support your explanation.
  • Do you agree or disagree that a higher education means a better career? Use details and examples to support your explanation.
To answer these questions, you can use the following expressions to begin your response.

I agree/disagree that ...
I agree/disagree to the idea that ….
I agree/disagree with S + Verb-ing
Some people believe that …, but I disagree.

Here are a few examples of beginning responses:

I agree that students should bring their cellphones to school.
I agree to the idea that students should bring their cellphones to school.
I agree with students bringing their cellphones to school.
Some people believe that students should bring their cellphones to school, but I disagree.
"Preference" questions
The second question style is Preference. A preference question will give you a choice between two options and ask which option you prefer. You will need to provide specific reasons and examples to explain why you prefer that option.

Here are some examples of preference questions:
  • Do you prefer finding information by reading books or searching the Internet? Use details and examples to support your explanation.
  • Do you prefer to eat at home or restaurants? Use details and examples to support your explanation.
  • Would you prefer to have a higher-paying job with longer hours or a lower-paying job with shorter hours? Use details and examples to support your explanation.
  • Do you prefer to work in a team or work alone? Use details and examples to support your explanation.
To answer this question, you can use the following expressions to begin your response

I prefer to ___ (V + O).
To me, ____(X) is far preferable to ____(Y)
I prefer ____(X) to/over ____(Y)
I would rather ____(V + O) than ___ (V + O)


I prefer to find information by reading books.
To me, eating at restaurants is far preferable to eating at home.
I prefer having a higher-paying job with longer hours to having a lower-paying job with shorter hours.
I would rather work in a team than work alone.


Here in the third sentence, many students use "than" instead of "to" as in the following sentence Incorrect! I prefer having a higher-paying job with longer hours than having a lower-paying job with shorter hours.

That is wrong! Remember the pattern: "prefer X to Y" or "prefer X over Y".

correct! I prefer having a higher-paying job with longer hours to having a lower-paying job with shorter hours.
"If / Imaginary" questions
An "If / Imaginary" question will give you a hypothetical – an imagined situation and ask what you would do or what you would choose. Rather than choosing between two things or two opinions, you are typically not limited in your choice. That is, you can choose anything that fits the situation.

Here is an example:
  • 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.
When you write your response to an "If / Imaginary Question", remember that you should use the Conditional Sentence Type 2 so you can start your response like the following:

If I had a small amount of money, I would choose to save it for a number of reasons.
"If / Imaginary" questions
A "Description or Explanation" question will ask you to describe a certain type of person – especially the good qualities of a person – or explain something in the world. You might have to choose something to explain or you might be given something specific to explain. Questions may also ask you to explain why something is beneficial, important, or significant or you might have to explain the reasons for or effects of something.

Here are some examples:
  • Should using cell phones be permitted while driving? Use details and examples to support your explanation.
  • Should new university students all be required to read the same book in summer before they start their first course of study? Explain your answer.
  • Do you think bicycles will still be widely used in the future or replaced by other means of transportation?
  • What is an important benefit that an employer can offer to make sure employees are happy and healthy? Explain your answer.
  • Should college students be required to take at least one class in Philosophy?
To answer this question, you need to first form your opinion on the topic. You can use the following expressions to form your opinion.

In my opinion, _____
I strongly/firmly believe that _____
In my view, _____
As far as I am concerned, _____
It is my belief that _____


In my opinion, not all university students should be required to read the same book before entering their first year of study.
I firmly believe that the use of cellphones should be prohibited while driving.
In my view, bicycles will become obsolete due to the emergence of other means of transportation.
As far as I am concerned, the most important benefit that an employer can offer to make sure employees are happy and healthy is a great health care package.
It is my belief that it should not be a requirement that all college students take at least one philosophy class.
"Advantage and Disadvantage" questions
The last style of question is "Advantage and Disadvantage". These questions ask you to give your opinion on a topic and specifically tell you to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of the topic. Look at the following example questions:
  • Should universities 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.
  • Should young children spend a great amount of their time practicing sports? What is your opinion and why? Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
So this style of question requires you to know various ways of talking about advantages and disadvantages. It is helpful to be familiar with all the different synonyms you can use for advantage and disadvantage.
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Upsides and downsides
  • Benefits and drawbacks
  • pros and cons
  • Positive aspects and negative aspects

For a sentence like this "Living in a small city has advantages and disadvantages" can be expressed as the following:
- Living in a small city has pros and cons.
- Living in a small city has upsides and downsides.
- Living in a small city has benefits and drawbacks.
- Living in a small city has positive and negative aspects.
Let's have a look at a template you can use for this style of question.

____ has an advantage and a disadvantage.
The advantage of ___ is ____. …..(add more details about the advantage)
On the other hand, there is a disadvantage to ____ (Verb-ing + o). …… (add more details about the disadvantage)
In conclusion,____ has pros and cons, but the advantage outweighs the disadvantage (or the disadvantage outweighs the advantage).
Therefore, I think ___ .
Should university 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.
Allowing students to watch TV in their dormitories has an advantage and a disadvantage. The advantage of students watching TV in their dormitories is that the TV can help them escape from stress and relax. This will more or less help their grades and their lifestyles. On the other hand, there is a disadvantage to watching TV in dormitories for students. TV can be extremely distracting. Some students will have a hard time concentrating on their studies while watching TV. Other students might be affected by the noise of TV while studying. In conclusion, watching TV in dormitories has pros and cons, but the disadvantage outweighs the advantage. Therefore, I believe that schools should not allow students to watch TV in their dormitories.
Tips to get a high score
1. Read your response out loud clearly and be enthusiastic with your response.

2. You can paraphrase the prompt to give your first sentence.

3. Be specific about your supporting details and examples. The trick is to use sentence structure like "If I...., I..." or "When I ..., I ..." when providing supporting details and examples.

High Scoring Answer Analysis

The prompt will present you an issue and two opposite opinions towards the issue. You have to choose between the two options the prompt states out. You will have 15 seconds to prepare for an answer and 45 seconds to make your speech. The key to this question is to stay firmly on the side of the option you choose. An example for this question is as following:

Example:

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

Answer:

I prefer to find information by searching the internet because it is more convenient, it is faster, and there are more resources available. If you need to find some information by books, but you do not have the book, you will have to go to the library, but the internet is conveniently at your house. In addition, searching the internet gives you a vast array of tools that can quicken your search, which you do not have searching through a book. Finally, no matter what you need to find, there will usually be a few different resources for you to choose from, where you might have only one book to look through.

Analysis and comments

  • One of the most important thing about this speech is that the speaker stays on one side of the argument the whole time. The speaker starts with an argument in favor of the internet and stays with that side till the end of the speech. By choosing one side and staying with it, the this speech seems clearer and more well-organized than the first one.
  • The speech includes three reasons why the speaker prefers the internet to books. Before introducing each reason, the speaker starts with ‘first,’ ‘second,’ and ‘finally.’ These transitions help the ideas flow better together as a speech. Besides, each reason is not only listed but also further supported with an explanation. For example, when saying that the internet is more convenient than books, the speech explains that if you want a book, you’ll have to go to a library but you can always have the internet right in your house. The supportive information makes the speech much more convincing.

Low Scoring Answer Analysis

The prompt will present you an issue and two opposite opinions towards the issue. You have to choose between the two options the prompt states out. You will have 15 seconds to prepare for an answer and 45 seconds to make your speech. The key to this question is to stay firmly on the side of the option you choose. An example for this question is as following:

Example:

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

Answer:

Between finding information by reading books and searching the internet, I prefer searching the internet. I prefer the internet because of three reasons. First, the internet is more convenient. Second, it is much faster to search on the internet than through books. Finally, there are more resources available to use on the internet. However, even though the internet is very useful, sometimes I enjoy reading books to find information as well. By reading books, instead of just one information, you’ll end up learning more information along the way. I think I like both reading books and searching the internet.

Analysis and comments

Wrong things

  • When listing the reasons to support the argument, the speech fails to provide further explanation of the reasons. Instead of fully explaining what each reason means, the speaker only provides a laundry list of reasons. Without the proper explanation of the reasons, the speech isn’t convincing. Providing a list of reasons is not enough. You also need to make sure the examiner understand how your reason leads to your side of the argument.
  • By the end of the speech, the speaker changes his mind about what side he prefers. From the beginning till almost the end, he says he prefers the internet to books. However, near the end, he says he also likes books. Not choosing a clear stand on the matter will make the speech confusing, unorganized and difficult to follow. Instead of trying to argue for both sides (which will require double amount of efforts and time), focus only on one side of the argument and stay firmly on that side. By staying on only one side of the argument, you will have more time to explain your reasons and arguments thoroughly, and makes the speech more convincing and well organized.

Right things

  • The speech starts off with a paraphrased statement of the prompt. It is good to provide a little background information before presenting your choice of argument.
  • The speech uses transition words like ‘first,’ ‘second,’ and ‘finally’ effectively, which makes the speech seems organized and easy to follow.
 
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