TOEFL Speaking Questions (April 13, 2019)

In this article, you will read a FREE set of TOEFL Speaking questions very similar to one of the official TOEFL iBT test took place on April 13, 2019.

TOEFL Speaking Question 1

If human beings were not able to live on Earth because of pollution, where would you like to live?
A. The surface of the ocean;
B. Polar areas;
C. Other planets, like Moon or Mars.

[ Sample Answer ]
If I were to choose a place for human beings to settle in the future, I think living on other planets would be a good option. This is because astronomers nowadays have already discovered many Earth-like planets outside our solar system. The advancements in space technology would allow people to travel through wormholes in space, putting those Earth-like planets within reach. Also, human beings would be able to survive on other planets since these planets are Earth-like, and this means that there would be breathable air, drinkable water, and arable land available to human beings.

TOEFL Speaking Question 2

Someone likes to play board games or card games, while others like to play video games by using phones or computers. Which one do you think is better? Please use specific reasons and examples to support your response. (2013.02.23)

[ Sample Answer ]
In my opinion, traditional games such as board games and card games are clearly better than modern games like computer games. The reason is that board games do not require players to stare at computer screens for a long period, which is harmful to the eyesight and can lead to poor visions, especially for young children. In addition, an important aspect of some card games is diplomacy, that is, players making deals with one another, and this means that people can develop their social skills and learn how to negotiate with others and how to employ tactics.

TOEFL Speaking Question 3

[ Reading ]
Proposal— Those who serve as advisors should get paid.
(1) They have much work to do.
(2) In this way, more candidates could be willing to do it.

[ Listening ]
Man-disagree
(1) Advisors have only paid half price to live in the dormitory, and there is not much workload compared with other jobs.
(2) The appliers who are aiming at getting a high salary from this job may not be sincere to work for students.

[ Sample Answer ]
The university proposes to pay for the advisors for freshmen. The male student believes that the proposal is a bad idea. He holds the view for two reasons. His first reason is that the university has already offered those advisors a 50 percent discount on their accommodation, which reduces their cost of living. Moreover, they do not have a heavy workload when compared to other staff. Also, the male students state that if the advisors who choose this job due to good salary offered may not be the best candidates to provide consulate for first-year students. According to him, the advisors must be warm-hearted, and he fears that offering salary would appeal to those who do not care for students but for money itself. Based on the two reasons, the male student does not support the proposal made by the university.

TOEFL Speaking Question 4

[ Reading ]
Definition—irreversible thinking
Irreversible thinking exists when children are around two and last until approximately age seven. The child’s thinking during this stage is pre (before) operations. This means the child cannot use logic or transform, combine, or separate ideas. Children in this stage cannot adapt to the changing environment; they also cannot appreciate that a reverse transformation would return the material to its original state.

[ Listening ]
“To make you understand it clearly, I would like to share a story about my daughter. Last Saturday, I was going to make a sandwich for my daughter. But she started to cry when I put cheese, turkey, and lettuce in it. She told me that she hates lettuce. However, the situation didn’t turn better when I took lettuce out of the sandwich; she was still crying and refused to have her lunch. I had nothing else on my plate, so I just made her another sandwich – with only cheese and turkey. To my surprise, I felt that she couldn’t tell the difference between the new sandwich and the one with lettuce. She insisted not to have it and didn’t have lunch that day.”

[ Sample Answer ]
The reading passage talks about “irreversible thinking,” which is a phenomenon that describes the situation where children cannot reverse their thinking about something when they have formed an idea about it in the first place. Then in the lecture, the professor illustrates with a specific example. According to the professor, he once made a lunch sandwich for his daughter, and the ingredients included cheese and turkey, which his daughter finds delicious.

He mentions that he also put some lettuce into the sandwich, only to find that his daughter disliked the lettuce added and it didn’t help even when the professor removed the lettuce from the sandwich, and his daughter still refused to have lunch. Eventually, the professor’s daughter did not eat the sandwich with only cheese and turkey. The example above illustrated the irreversible tern thinking.

TOEFL Speaking Question 5

(Male Student) Hi, Nancy, how are you doing?
(Female Student) Just as usual, thanks Joe.
(Male Student) Hey, what’s wrong, you look a bit upset.
(Female Student) Well, it’s annoying that I can’t use the Internet in our new dormitory. I need to finish several essays this month, and I have tons of papers that need to be downloaded. Besides, it’s suffering and really inconvenient if I can’t contact my classmates in the dorm.
(Male Student): Why don’t you get the broadband connection?
(Female Student) It’s an easy way, but then I need to pay for that every month, even in the vacations.
(Male Student) Well, I heard the computer center in the campus is free, maybe you can check that out.
(Male Student): Yeah, I think I will do that, but my classmates told me it could be challenging to find a seat, especially during the final exam weeks. I’m still thinking about it…

[ Sample Answer ]
The woman was facing a problem that she can’t write essays in the dorm or communicate with her classmates because she does not have access to the Internet. The man gives her two suggestions: First suggestion is to get her Internet and pay for it herself. The second suggestion is that she could use computers in the computer center for free.

I think the woman should follow the man’s second suggestion. My reason is that being a student, the woman might not have a source of income. It is more realistic not to add the Internet fee to her bills. In addition, I think the second solution is better because although there may not be that many students who would also use the computer center, it is likely for the woman to reschedule her timetable and avoid the rush.

TOEFL Speaking Question 6

[Topic]Biology
Today I would like to introduce a behavior called Kleptoparasitism, literally, parasitism by theft. It is a form of feeding in which one animal takes prey or other food that was caught, collected, or otherwise prepared by another animal, including stored food. The term is also used to describe the stealing of nest material or other inanimate objects from one animal by another.

There are two reasons why some animals choose to steal for the resource they need. One is because of their physical inability, which enables them to get food in a “usual” way. Diving birds that bring their prey to the surface suffer interspecific Kleptoparasitism from seagulls, which are unable to fetch fish from the seafloor themselves.

Another reason is that even the animals have physical ability, they may expose themselves to their predators when they are searching for food. There is a kind of bird called red star, being known to steal rocks and other nest materials from members of their colony for use in their own nest. And they will steal food from other birds’ nest to reduce the risks of exposure to danger.

[ Sample Answer ]

In the lecture, the professor explains the meaning of Kleptoparasitism and talks about the reasons why certain animals steal food from other animals. The professor illustrates the point by giving two specific examples. Some animals steal food because of their physical inabilities, which means that they are not capable of locating and acquire food themselves. For example, seagulls cannot dive deep into the water to catch fish themselves, so they choose to steal fish caught by other seabirds. Another reason why certain animals tend to nick food is that when they search for food, they are exposed to their predators. For instance, one type of bird called red stars usually takes food and nest materials from other birds’ nest when other birds do not guard the nest. This way, the red stars can avoid the risk of being caught by their predators.

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