How to Score 30/30 with TOEFL iBT Speaking Practice?

After posting the article, 5 Reasons for Low Scores in TOEFL iBT Speaking, many students / blog readers shared their thoughts on why they got low scores in that TOEFL iBT section.

A few sent their comments on how they prepared by sharing their TOEFL speaking practice methods.

But among these readers, one comment stood out of them all. His comment is really worth sharing with a much wider audience on how to better practice for the TOEFL speaking section.

Qaiser says:

I scored 30/30 on the TOEFL speaking section.

I believe that the best method of practice is to record your responses to Barron’s / Kaplan’s / ETS’s TOEFL speaking practice questions and then listen to them intently.

Afterwards, listen to their sample response and try to figure out the differences.

This way, you will be able to try to elevate your responses’ quality to those of the sample. You shall see significant differences within a week in TOEFL speaking section.

P.S. My practice time for the whole TOEFL was not more than 5 days, and my total score is 114.

What Qaiser had said is absolutely right.

If you are going to take the TOEFL without any speaking practice (record, listen and improve) in the speaking section, it’s very hard to speak in front of a computer microphone for the first time.

First of all, you will have deal with the TOEFL exam tension, and on top of that, you have to take notes on the TOEFL passage and then clearly say your response over the mic.

So if you haven’t practiced for TOEFL speaking section prior to that, you are going to sound terrible or be very conscious when you speak. So practice really is the key to get good score in TOEFL speaking section.

These days, all cell phones (now called smartphones) come with a voice recorder, so use it to record your response and review it.

Pick up sample TOEFL Speaking practice questions and passages. Record your answers, review and make improvements to your mistakes.

It’s natural for anyone to feel awkward to speak to a recorder, but if you need high score in speaking section in TOEFL, you got to overcome that feeling.

Keep practicing till you feel comfortable talking to a recorder.


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  2. Confused on July 2, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    I have heard that it is easier to score on the TOEFL when taken in India rather than in United Arab Emirates. Is this true?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on July 5, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      TOEFL Score depends on your English skills not the test location.

  3. Unique on May 13, 2014 at 5:44 AM

    I’m gonna ace the TOEFL!

  4. MiSs_LaDy on September 11, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    am takin toefl in 3 days bt am too tired its just too borin i did it d first tym nd got 89 bt i reali wnt to get 110 and above…HELP!!! wat 2 do??? anyone..?!..:-)

  5. Waqas on July 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Hello there everyone . I have a question to ask you guys . I am giving GRE Exam on 25th of July . After that I am giving TOEFL exam on 28th . Will i be able to prepare in 2 days ?? Will the preparation for GRE help me in TOEFL ?

    P.S: My English level at the moment is above average .

  6. kerrie on June 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    I’m planning to take TOEFL July, 22nd. i really afraid of taking that test. When i sit in front of my computer, i start to distract by the Facebook and some other social network. I really do know i should try my best now but i can’t study for 3 or 4 hours without doing something else. What should i do?

    • mohan panth on July 12, 2012 at 1:02 AM

      I’am also taking my date on 14 july but can’t focus on my preparation solely. facebook, cricinfo, and youtube distracted me alot. let’s see what happens….

    • adriana on January 17, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      i am in the same position. sometimes i do well in my practices, sometimes not and jump 20 points or event more! i am desperate, i don’t know what to do!!!

  7. jj on June 4, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    I have a friend who is trying for 3 times and he got 23 in speaking every time , any suggestion for him how to get 26 instead of 23.I give him advice but that didn’t work.

  8. aaki on November 5, 2011 at 2:55 AM

    Hey guys new entry nd dont know ny thing about geting admission in us institutes so ny1 out there cn give me step by step proc of wht shuld i do frm passport to admission

  9. Ila on April 30, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    I got 27 in speaking section……….And frankly telling you I could score even more (may be 29 or 30)……….I just got distracted at a point in a section when a girl started staring at me since this was her break time and paused for 4-5 seconds………

    Ok the msg i wanna convey is dont take tension abt this section at all……..It is section whre i scored best……….Simply write down the points what the person is conversating and I think somewhere the question is usually known well in advance like the main points of the speech or the suggestions made by the person about the problem and what is your opinion about it………..SO, CHILL………..

    however the prepration i did just one day before is writing some positive and negative words highligting your expressions and mood…….BECOZZZZZZ in independent speaking section there are topics where u need to express but certainly certain common words does not strike your mind and there u cannot think becozzzzzzz even a second counts…….so words like FINDS fascinatig, intersting………..or dont like it, distracts me etc were being kept in advance…….

    SO this was just my whole prepration for speaking section……………

  10. marzie on July 28, 2010 at 3:12 AM

    I've got 20 in my first toefl exam speaking section and I don't know where I was wrong.Sinse I had encountered the question in delta book I expected a better grade.I would be happy if any one tells me what i should do to get a better score next time!

  11. Adarsh on July 15, 2010 at 5:19 AM

    How to evaluate scores on speaking and writing section in the mock tests?

  12. Green on July 13, 2010 at 2:11 AM

    Thanks a lot for all the sincere advices. I really wonder if any could give some guidelines on how to score well in the reading and writing sections. Thanks in advance.

  13. Prasanna on March 8, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    oh and almost forgot… i got 27 in speaking.. its fairly simple just have a look at 2-3 sample papers and their answers and you are good to go.

  14. Prasanna on March 8, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    I have given the toefl once and believe it or not just 4 hours of study got me a total score of 108. I had my reasons for being unprepared for the exam. Inspite of that, I have scored 108. So anyone wanting to take the toefl i sincerely advice you: Get it over with not more than a sincere 8 hour study!! of course thats for people who communicate in english..
    The universities normally look for a score of about 100 at max.. so it really doesn't matter as much. A formality to say the least.

    • Namapon on March 15, 2010 at 1:35 PM

      SO for Qaiser,I would like to know what TOEFL iBT book that you study before you take the test?

  15. Aila on February 20, 2010 at 8:50 AM

    Can somebody give me a link to sample records of responses to the questions of speaking section? I wasn't able to find one. Thanks in advance!

    • Ana on May 27, 2010 at 3:54 PM

      try to browse in youtube.. i got all the samples i needed there for toefl ibt speaking section…

  16. sudhanjaya on February 15, 2010 at 5:05 AM

    I would like to add one more reason which I feel has degraded my score to 24: The slang of English. I strongly feel that an American slang will improve things.

    • HSB on February 15, 2010 at 7:23 AM

      It's simply not possible to develop American Slang while living in India. Best you can do is to watch English Movies (US) and get used to the way they talk.

    • Gayatri on December 3, 2011 at 12:47 PM

      With all due respect, I highly doubt that an American accent (or perhaps their usage) would really help. All they want to know is whether you can converse clearly in English, or not.

  17. prathamesh on February 8, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    i just want to share my experience since i gave toefl two times, first time i got 23 in speaking and second 26. 26 is considered a good score in speaking section.

    what students in speaking section do is shout when the computer is asking question, this is wrong, that is what i did first, but as the computer says speaking in your normal tone and that is more than enough, and

    another technique is arrive at the test center early, so you will be the first to do the speaking so no worry of distraction, this really worked, since i was the first to start the test so i was the first to finish the speaking after that when i am doing writing section others are doing speaking.

    if you see top univ they usually ask for 26 in speaking (univ of alberta) so start preparing

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