Overview of TOEFL ibT Speaking Section

Raghuram Sukumar TOEFL 5 Comments

The TOEFL ibT Exam includes following sections:

  1. Listening
  2. Reading
  3. Speaking
  4. Writing

A non-native English speaker will find it hard to score good marks in the Speaking section. Generally, it’s easy to answer or tackle questions in the other sections in a TOEFL exam, but that’s not the case with the TOEFL Speaking section.

Students will be provided with a microphone which they must use to speak. Answers will be recorded and reviewed by multiple evaluators and then scored.

TOEFL Speaking Section

  • Six tasks
    • 2 independent tasks — express an opinion on a familiar topic
    • 4 integrated tasks — speak based on what is read and heard
  • Up to 30 seconds to prepare an answer
  • Up to 1 minute to respond to a question
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Score scale: 0-4 points, the total of ratings converted to a 0-30 score scale

Make sure that you spend considerable amount of time to practice the TOEFL iBT Speaking test. Don’t think you can just speak fluently in the exam without much practice.

There are a few techniques you can use to improve your score in the speaking section.

Related: TOEFL Test Prep


  1. Yes! Plan, Practice is the mantra to succeed in the TOEFL iBT.
    Toefl speaking section is not a daunting task but it has to be approached with some ideas (self developed ideas or referring books & materials)that will suit the individual's calibre. For independent tasks be sure to practice some topics calculating the time. (prepare for at least 45 secs up to 55 secs). For integrated task, it the notes that is taken when hearing, reading matters.

    1. Please can you post links to practice samples of speaking and writing sections in TOEFL.

  2. I am interested in taking the TOEFL. How do I since where I live it is not offered? I reside out of the USA. Can I do it online or other means?

    1. TOEFL is offered in several countries. Browse their website for list of test centers.

  3. how raters score speaking section of toefl test . i mean criteria used & aspects want to be measured? in another words according to what they give scores?

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