TOEFL Speaking Templates - Question Type #3

Structure of Answer

Part #1 : Summarize the announcement
Part #2 : Mention the man/woman's opinion

Part #1 : Summarize the announcement

•  according to the announcement
•  apparently due to ... {reasons why a decision was made}... {mention the main point of the announcement}

Part #2 : Mention the man/woman's opinion

•  The woman completely endorses this announcement because ... In addition to that she thinks that ...
•  The woman disagrees completely with this decision... because she believes that... the second reason against the proposal is that she believes that ...
•  The woman definitely agrees with this new announcement, she primarily states that... secondly she points out that ...
•  The man is completely in favor/not in favor of this announcement, he says that ... finally he emphasizes the fact that ...
•  The man does not feel in agreement with this new policy because .. secondly he claims that...
•  Both man and woman regret this announcement... first she says... additionally she states that... finally she points out that ...

Sample Answers for Question type #3

TOEFL Speaking Templates - Question type #5

Structure of Answer

Part #1 : Mention the problem the man or woman is having
Part #2 : Mention the friend's solution to the problem
Part #3 : Say what would you do and why
You can :
• chose one of the friend's suggestions
• come up with your own
You should always support your choices with arguments

Part #1 : Mention the problem the man or woman is having

•  The man/woman is having problems with
•  The man/woman would like to ... but he/she can't because...
•  The man/woman cannot ... because...
•  The man/woman is worried because ...
•  The situation is that the man/woman ...

Part #2 : Mention the friend's solution to the problem

•  ...the man/woman advices him/her either to..., or to ...
•  ...therefore his/her friend advices hime/her to ..., or to ...
•  ...the man/woman advices he/she might ..., or to ...
•  ...the man/woman advices him/her to ..., the second option would be ...

Part #3 : Say what would you do and why

•  ...if I were in the man's/woman's shoes I would definitely go for the first/second option ... primarily because ... moreover ...
•  ...personally i would ... because in that way... in addition to that she/he can also ...
•  ...personally speaking i would advice the man/woman to try ... because in that way he/she can ... and also he/she can... for instance when I was ... I always ...

Sample Answers for Question type #5

Speaking Station now directly on our Facebook page

In order to make it easy for you to access our speaking tool for practicing the speaking section online, we have included our Speaking Station tool directly on our Facebook start page. All you have to do is to go to our Facebook page. Like it! then start practicing, simple isn't it!!

Here is the link:

Here are some screenshots :

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4 Reasons why succeeding TOEFL is all about practice

   No matter how good you are in English, succeeding in the TOEFL exam requires more than basic English skills. It requires specific skills and reflections in order to handle the different question types of TOEFL. In this post I'm wrapping up 4 main skills you should build while preparing for your TOEFL exam. These skills are essential :

1) Calibrating your time awareness

     Also can be referred to as time management.While passing the TOEFL exam you should be the Master of time. You should be playing with time as drummers play with their drums. In other words you should build a mechanism in your brain that automatically manages time according to the exam real-time circumstances.

How can you do that ? Practice !

   In the reading section you should know how much time you should spend reading, understanding then answering the question. What if you passed a question and will return to it later, what if you spend much time than you should on a certain question. You should practice to handle such situations, they will surely occur!
In the listening and the speaking sections taking notes is King. The next point talks about why you should practice taking notes.

2 ) Taking notes

   Taking notes is an art. But you only have a month or less to master it. At first you will write notes that you're not going to be able to decode right after. Don't get frustrated. Practice and you'll nail it!

   Here is the trick: you should think keyword-wise, and don't look outside for keywords, use intuition, since you are writing notes for yourself and no one is going to read them but you. When you hear a key idea in a conversation or a lecture in the speaking or the listening section see what word or short sentence pops-up in you mind and write it down, that is your own keyword. Believe me it works! That way you will have the whole conversation or lecture summed up in lines of keywords.

   One last note : don't try to write keywords in your native language. You'll get lost in translation and you'll waste time doing it. Stick to English and if you feel like you are falling into a shortage of vocabulary and keywords than you should rethink of building up your basic English in the first place.

3 ) Building up speaking confidence

   Speaking English fluently can be difficult. Speaking in public can also be difficult. Speaking English fluently in public in a noisy environment is definitely difficult. However to get high score in the speaking section you should be able to speak up confidently in a crowded environment.

   Confidence only comes with practice, confidence is sweet, it makes you want to practice more.
To be confident you should train your mouth, your body posture and your brain. Many people lose their confidence when they make a mistake out loud, it is totally normal, everybody make mistakes the most important thing is that you don't let it affect your confidence, ignore it and keep talking. And believe it or not it is only with intensive practice sessions that you are going to be able to simply ignore your mistakes.
So remember the more you practice speaking the more confident you get about speaking in public.

4 ) Creating a mental database of link-words and expressions :

   Repeating words and sentences is essential for learning a language. Practice makes you brain repeat words with engagement for memorization. The idea is that the process of speaking uses both a conscious and an unconscious mechanism in your brain.
   What we want to create is a database of words, link-words and sentences to feed the unconscious mechanism during the speaking process. That is because the conscious part of your brain is going to be busy doing other things like time management and ignoring distractions. This can be achieved by, again, practice speaking!
This point is well elaborated in my previous post about practicing speaking by listening to others speak.


Succeeding the TOEFL exam is a an important thing, it requires training and engagement and no matter how skilled you are in English, practice is your only gate to success.

Top 34 must watch videos before beginning your TOEFL preparation

Today I thought i collect a couple of useful links that helped me getting an excellent score in TOEFL. Here is a a play-list of EXCELLENT 34 videos that will definitely help you achieve high score in the TOEFL iBT test.

Practice makes perfect.
Enjoy :)

The Speaking Station - v.1 - Free Online Practice Tool

I'm very pleased to announce the release the first version of this great new tool I called THE SPEAKING STATION. The SPEAKING STATION is an online tool that allows everyone to practice the 6 question types of the the speaking section of the TOEFL exam, for FREE !

The SPEAKING STATION has an intuitive simple user interface that will allow you to practice speaking without any complications of download or installation. It is a new era. It is the era of web 2.0. Now, grab a cup of coffee and set yourself to excel in the most difficult section of the TOEFL exam. And yes I would like to hear your feedback.

Here are some screenshot :