01. Introduction
02. Grammar/Activities:
03. Reading Section
04 Listening Section:
05. Speaking Section:
06. Writing Section:
07 Final TOEFL tests

Speaking practice test 3.01

(Question type: Task 1)

You will now be asked to give your opinion about a familiar topic. After you hear the question, you will have 15 seconds to prepare your response and 45 seconds to speak.

Some believe that a high salary is the most important factor when choosing a job. Others believe that loving what you do is a more significant factor. Which do you think is preferable and why?

Text Explanation

This question is fairly straightforward, and it’s likely something you’ve thought about or talked about before. Remember that there’s no right answer. Any opinion is acceptable. Use this opportunity to really show your language skills. Focus on comparison language, hypotheticals, and phrases to show opinion or preference.

Don’t be afraid of using a common, cliche opinion or statement like “money can’t buy happiness,” but don’t rely only on those thoughts. You need to form your own statements using your own experiences.

Sample notes #2

  • + job
    • $ happy
    • me: animals

Sample response #2

Clearly it’s better to do what you love than make a lot of money. Money is definitely important, but…but life is only so long. If you spend your time slaving away in an office you hate...but you have a healthy bank account, then what’s the point? That money can’t make you happy by itself. But if you choose a job that you love, then the money is just sort of…unnecessary. If I could spend every day training animals—that’s my dream job—then I wouldn’t even worry about the things money could buy...I’d be a more relaxed, more content.