4 NEW TOEFL Speaking Questions from August 10, 2019 test

Since August 2019, ETS has changed the TOEFL iBT test format. TOEFL Speaking Questions are reduced from 6 Tasks to 4 Tasks only. In this article, we are giving away real Speaking question topics we re-created from one of the new TOFEL iBT tests on August 10, 2019.

If you want to learn more about the NEW Speaking section of the TOEFL test, make sure you read “Understanding the New TOEFL Speaking format – The Four Question Types” to find out what is different after August 1, 2019. 

Speaking Question 1

Do you agree or disagree that parents should teach their kids to be independent at an early age?

Speaking Question 2

Reading Material:
The school is going to set up solar panels at the roof of the student center. First, there will be plenty of sunshine, making it an ideal location for solar panels to work well. Also, since the roof is hot in the summer and daytime, students will not go there often. Therefore, the school believes this will only bring benefits, and not cause any inconvenience to students.  If the project goes successfully, the school will also set up solar panels at the rooftop of each dormitory in the following year.

Student Conversation Script:
Female student: Did you hear that the school is going to install solar panels on the roof of the student center? They have really picked a good spot; the solar panels should work well there.

Male student: Well, indeed the roof has plenty of sunlight to be absorbed during the daytime.

Female student: I can see how it can help the school to reduce the bill for electricity consumption. Especially during the summer where the need for the air conditioners is high. This is great!

Male student: Well, I don’t know. I kind of disagree with the school about how it does not affect the students.

Female student: What do you mean? Is something bothering you?

Male student: Yeah, in the evening when the roof is cool… It is actually a great spot for students to chill and relax. And the view is amazing on the roof, you can see the entire campus up there. If the space used by solar panels, students will not have another location to see the view.


Oh well, I guess we will just have to find another place to chill in the evening.

The male student expresses his opinion about the announcement. State his opinion and explain his reasoning.

Speaking Question 3

Reading Material:
Evergreen content refers to informational or reference material that never goes out of date, and which is, therefore, good for websites looking to build a lasting readership. Good evergreen material can be used over and over by the general public, creating a built-in guarantee of continuing hits. The quality of the content in terms of its presentation, clarity, and usefulness will go a long way towards dictating the popularity of the site

Professor giving lecture:
Evergreen content can generate financial benefits for companies and website owners over time. Take an office supply company, for example; the company can post an article introducing the most popular office supplies with links in it. Thus, advertisements can be placed on a website without using pop-up ads or other distracting marketing schemes. When someone clicks on it, it will generate what we called a “click-through” income.

We live in a “NOW” generation. When people want information, they want it now. So, they may click on any information desired to read the content.

Better website traffic means higher earning potential. And having evergreen contents is the key to drive more people to your website.

Website domains and hosting are relatively affordable, so just about anyone with drive and initiation can reap the benefits through a website that contains solid evergreen content. They are great in generating passive income online.

Based on the lecture, describe the benefits of evergreen content.

Speaking Question4

Listening (Lecture)

All animals need food to live, while some predators hunt with their speed and strength advantage, others prey with tactics. Today I will introduce two effective ways that animal use to capture preys. 

First, let’s talk about capture prey with a trap. The ant-lion is a type of insect named for the predatory nature of the larva, which traps ants and other small insects in pits dug into the ground. They create a burrow with a slippery slope, sit and wait for small insects comes in their pathway so that they can catch their meals, almost effortlessly with the minimum energy. 

Another method that predators use is to use baits to lure prey, like the heaven birds, a type of tool-using bird that hunts fish. Fish often stay in deep water. Since heaven bird cannot swim, they would throw plant seeds or drop insects as bait to entice fish to where they can grab them. Once the fish come close to the surface of the water, heaven bird will catch them – a delicious meal they got. As you can see, animals are also intelligent when it comes to capturing prey.

Based on the reading and the lecture, describe two effective ways that animals use to capture prey.

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