TOEFL INDEPENDENT SPEAKING

Directions: Randomly pick a topic. Give yourself 15 seconds to prepare your response (with really brief notes if necessary). Then record yourself speaking for 45 seconds.

TIS1# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Freshmen and sophomores should live on campus.

TIS2# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? High school students should take economic classes.

TIS3# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Business conferences should meet in person instead of using video calls.

TIS4# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Employees shouldn’t send personal text or emails during working hours.

TIS5# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Children should begin learning a foreign language as soon as they start school.

TIS6# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Students should take some additional courses so that they can get their credits more quickly.

TIS7# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Children at an early age should learn independent living skills.

TIS8# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents should force their kids to continue learning to play the musical instrument when the kids want to give up.

TIS9# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Young people nowadays are more informed than their parents when they were young.

TIS10# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Wealthy people should be required to help poor people.

TIS11# Do you agree or disagree with the statement that people should be fined for checking or looking at their cellphones when walking in streets and crossing roads?

TIS12# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Close friends should always be honest and open.

TIS13# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People with simple and ordinary background are more suitable for government leaders.

TIS14# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People should dress following fashion trends.

TIS15# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? All people should be required to stop working and retire by age 65.

TIS16# A well-known company in your city has just launched a new policy that on workdays, employees will have more free time to relax and do other activities. Do you agree or disagree with this policy?

TIS17# Should students who major in arts or music be required to learn math and science?

TIS18# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Freshmen students should take writing course as their required course.

TIS19# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Good friends can always be good roommates.

TIS20# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Those professors who have received good evaluations from students should be promoted.

TIS21# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: parents should control children’s access to social media.

TIS22# Your school is planning to ban library computers from accessing social media websites. Do you agree or disagree with such a plan?

TIS23# Do you agree or disagree that people are more willing to read positive news than negative news.

TIS24# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:good luck is as important as hard work for a person’s success in careers.

TIS25# Do you agree or disagree with the statement that we should spend time knowing news or things happening around the world.

TIS26# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents should not let children choose jobs (such as an athlete or an artist) which are difficult to become successful.

TIS27# Your school plans to set up a study hall for students to take a break and do projects. Do you think this is a good idea or not?

TIS28# Do you think it is reasonable to give a lower grade to the assignment that is handed in after deadline?

TIS29# Since students now all have laptops, the school decides to cancel the computer lab. Do you think this is a good idea or not?

TIS30# Do you think the government should spend money saving the endangered animals or the money has to come from private sources?

TIS31# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? To truly know about a county, it is necessary to learn a major language of this country.

TIS32# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is important for children to learn computer skills as early as possible.

TIS33# There is a two-professor team teaching one course together. One of them gives lectures and the other one gives the assignments. Do you think it is a good idea or not. Explain why.

TIS34# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: it is a good idea to use educational games in class.

TIS35# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is necessary for universities to require their students to have a 40-hour community service every semester.

TIS36# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: It is never acceptable to interrupt another person when he or she is talking.

TIS37# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is better to praise children’s good behaviors than to criticise their bad behaviors.

TIS38# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? When visiting a foreign country for the fisrt time, It is important for one to know their tradition and culture?

TIS39# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement that it is disrespectful for tourists to take photos of strangers without their permission?

TIS40# Nowadays, many students have their own computers, so the university is planning to close computer centres. Do you think it is a good idea?

TIS41# Do you think it is a good idea or not to record professors’ lectures and put them on the websites?

TIS42# Do you agree or disagree that one of the best ways to learn about a country is to watch its TV shows?

TIS43# Do you think it is a good thing or not to change one’s appearance through plastic surgery?

TIS44# Do you think people who come from simple and ordinary backgrounds can be goood government leaders?

TIS45# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It’s easier to teach children in primary schools than students in universities.

TIS46# Your university is planning to require all first-year students to take a class in which they would learn how to use the resources available at the university library and apply those skills in writing a long research paper. Do you think this is a good idea?

TIS47# Some students prefer to live alone or live with their friends when they study abroad. Other students prefer to live with local family when they study abroad. Which way do you prefer and why?

TIS48# Some people want their children to go to school, but some people want their children be educated at home. Which do you prefer?

TIS49# Some teachers let students choose topics that interest them on research papers. Others assign topics on research papers. Which one do you prefer?

TIS50# Some people like to purchase a product they like as soon as the product is available in the market. Some, however, prefer to wait until the price of the product becomes more accessible. Which way do you prefer?

TIS51# When watching movies and television shows with friends and family, some people prefer that everyone remains quiet until the end. Other people enjoy talking and sharing opinions during the movies and shows. Which do you prefer? (OR: When you are going to watch some movies, do you prefer the entertaining ones or the educational ones? )

TIS52# Some people like to use smart phone or other navigational devices to guide their road while traveling; some prefer to ask around. Which do you prefer and why?

TIS53# Some companies prefer to hire employees who have work experiences. Other companies prefer to hire people who have graduated from famous universities. Which do you think is better?

TIS54# Some people prefer to watch entertainment programs on TV. Others prefer to watch educational programs. Which do you prefer?

TIS55# Some people prefer to stay in touch with their friends and family members while traveling. Others prefer not to get in touch and stay alone. Which do you prefer and why?

TIS56# Some students prefer to do things which they are good at. Some students force themselves to do what they are not good at? Which do you prefer? Why?

TIS57# Some people prefer to prevent their kids from knowing the difficulties in life; other people prefer to let their kids have life experience at an early age. Which do you prefer? Why?

TIS58# Some people think universities should spend money on academic programs. Others think universities should spend money on student entertainments, like building a musical or cinema center. Which do you think is better?

TIS59# Some people decide which career they want to pursue before going to college. Others do it the other way around. Which approach do you think is better?

TIS60# Some people think that one needs to be talented to become an artist. Others believe that anyone could be an artist with years of practices. Which do you agree with? Explain why.

TIS61# Some people think historical sites should be open to the general public, but some people think historical cites should only be open to experts and researchers. Which do you think is better?

TIS62# Some people prefer to keep the gifts from their friends although they do not like or need the gifts, while others prefer to sell the gifts or give them to others. Which do you prefer if you were in the same situations? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

TIS63# Some students believe that students should choose what courses to study by themselves, other students believe that students’ professor should be the decision-maker for students. Which option do you support and why?

TIS64# Some people prefer to do difficult tasks at first before finishing easy ones, while others prefer to do easy tasks before completing difficult ones. Which do you prefer? Please use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

TIS65# When it comes to buying daily necessities, some people prefer to shop in grocery stores now and then to gather all the things they need, while others prefer to go to a supermarket and buy everything all at once. Which do you prefer and why?

TIS66# Some people think historical sites should be open to the general public, but some people think historical  sites should only be open to experts and researchers. Which do you think it better?

TIS67# Some people prefer to spend extra money on goods, like clothes or electronics. Others prefer to spend money on experiences, such as vacations or concerts. Which one do you prefer and why?

TIS68# Some people prefer to organize activities; while others prefer to attend them. Which do you prefer?

TIS69# Some college students take classes during the summer, others take the summmer off from school, so they can rest or work. Which do you think is better and  why?

TIS70# When reading books,  some students prefer to choose the books from the reading list their schools provides. Others prefer to choose books on their own. Which do you prefer?

TIS71# Some people think college students should learn specific courses like teaching or engineering. Others think they should learn general courses. Which do you prefer?

TIS72# Some universities require students to choose a major field of study when they enter the school, while other universities require students to learn several fields at first and then choose a major field of study. Which do you prefer and why?

TIS73# Some people think students should learn mathematics when they study in colleges, while others think only those students who need it in the future should learn mathematics in colleges. Which one do you prefer and why?

TIS74# Some people prefer to make a plan with their friends about social activities, while others prefer to decide about what to do when they meet their friends. Which do you prefer and why?

TIS75#  Some people think that risk-taking activists such as rock-climbing and skydiving requires alot of bravery, while others think this is not brave, but simply foolish. Which view do you agree with and explain why.

TIS76# Some people thinks we should act humorously when dealing with difficult situations in our lives while other people believe we should treat them seriously. Which option do you prefer and why?

TIS77# Some students prefer to be taught by experienced teachers who have more teaching experience and skills. Othes prefer to be taught by new teacherswho have just finished their training. Which of these two ways do you prefer and why? Include details and examples in your explanation.

TIS78# Some people prefer to prevent their kids from knowing the difficulties in life; other people prefer to let their kids have life experience at an early age. Which do you prefer? Why?

TIS79# Some schools teach their students world history, while others teach their students history of their own country. Which one do you prefer?

TIS80# Some people think college education should be available to all people. Other people believe college education should be only available to students who have done well in secondary school. Which do you prefer?

TIS81# Some people go shopping only when they have something specific to purchase. Other people go shopping just for pleasure. Which do you prefer?

TIS82# Some people prefer to resolve problems with friends directly face to face or on the phone. Some others prefer to resolve problems by writing, sending e-mails or text messages. Which one do you prefer and why?

TIS83# Some people prefer to stay in touch with their friends and family members while traveling. Others prefer not to get in touch and stay alone. Which do you prefer and why?

TIS84# Some people spend their vacation visiting just one place. Others prefer to spend their vacation visiting several different places and spending a shorter amount of time in each place. Which do you prefer and why?

TIS85# Do you prefer to take online courses or take courses in classrooms?

TIS86# When participating activities, do you prefer to make decisions on your own or let others make decisions?

TIS87# When your friend send a message to you, do you prefer to reply right away or reply later?

TIS88# Do you like to play card games with your friends or computer games?

TIS89# When you are talking something serious with your friends, will you choose to talk in a café, in a restaurant or at your home?

TIS90# Imagine that you have been accepted by two different universities. One university is well-known for its excellent academic programs, but it is expensive; while the other one is less well-known, but has offered you with scholarship to pay for your tuitions. which university would you prefer, explain why.

TIS91# There are two kinds of jobs: one offers you much higher salary, but you don’t have holidays; while the other one gives you a relatively low payment, but you could take a break and have some time to rest. Which of these two jobs do you like to choose? Explain with details and examples.

TIS92# Which teachers’ courses would you like to take? A. A teacher who is humorous in class; B. A teacher who is serious in class.

TIS93# To teach old people to use the computer in the community, which do you think is better? A. To find a professional to teach them outside; B. To find a student to teach them at home.

TIS94# Do you prefer going to museum by yourself or with your friends?

TIS95# Which one do you prefer? Watching movies silently or chatting with others?

TIS96# When a professor is considering assigning a research project to the students, the professor should assign a specific research topic rather than let students decide on the research topic.

TIS97# When traveling to a new place, some people prefer to plan ahead; others prefer to make decisions after they get there. Which do you prefer?

TIS98# Do you prefer to watch movies in the cinema or at home, why?

TIS99# Do you prefer to buy books and movies or rent?

TIS100# Some say children between eight and eleven years of age should be given smartphones, while others believe children at these ages should not be allowed to have smartphones. Which do you prefer? Include some examples and details to support your answer. (OR: Should children have their own mobile phones? Give specific reasons to support your opinion.)

TIS101# Because of alarming increases of carbon emissions, some believe that consumers should be forced to buy electric cars if they do not want to use public transportation. Do you think that it is a good idea to force consumers to buy electric cars?  Support your points with specific examples and details.

TIS102# People who throw trash from their cars onto the freeways should be fined at least $1,000. Do you think that this is a good idea? Give reasons and details to support your argument.

TIS103# Explain whether you agree or disagree with the statement. Then give specific details in your argument. “Honesty is the most important trait in a friend.”

TIS104# Explain whether you agree or disagree with the following statement: Children should not be allowed to play video games. Then give specific details in your argument.

TIS105# Some people prefer to take a vacation in cities. Others prefer to spend their vacation in the countryside. Which do you prefer? Explain why.

TIS106# Some people prefer to do several tasks or projects at the same time. Others prefer to work on one task or project at a time. Which way of working do you prefer and why? Give specific reasons to support your opinion.

TIS107# Nowadays, more and more parents have decided to send their young children abroad for better education. What are the main advantage and disadvantage of this decision?

TIS108# Do you think it is a good idea that before university students begin their career, they should try to accumulate experience by doing part-time jobs? Give specific reasons to support your opinion.

TIS109# Your university has a limited financial budget and plans to reduce expenses. Some students think that the school should cut expenses by canceling the sports club (such as the ski club). Others think it’s better to cancel the academic clubs (such as the math club). Which one do you agree with? Please include specific details and examples in your answer.

TIS110# Do you think students should take a one-year break before they attend university? Give specific reasons to support your opinion.

TIS111# A company plans to interview you. You can go to their company for the interview, but the company is far from where you live. Or you can have a telephone interview. Which do you prefer?

TIS112# Some companies are controversial and criticized for their business practices. Do you think it is acceptable for people to take jobs at such companies, even if the jobs pay well? Explain why or why not.

TIS113# Do you agree or disagree with the statement that children should do housework when they are old enough? Give specific reasons to support your opinion.

TIS114# To complete your course requirements, you must register for a science course next semester. Two courses that have different requirements fit into your schedule. Students are graded on their performance on a few exams given during the semester in the first course. In the second course, students are graded entirely on the quality of monthly projects. Would you choose to take the first science course or the second science course? Explain why? Give specific reasons to support your opinion.

TIS115# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: it is important to know the history of the city that you live in? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

TIS116# Some people enjoy traveling to new places, while others think it is stressful. What is your opinion and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

TIS117# Imagine that someone has donated land to your community. Some people in the community want to use the land to create a garden where they can grow food or flowers. Others want the land to be used for a children’s playground. Which do you think is better? Explain why. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

TIS118# Some people prefer a job dealing with different tasks, while others prefer a job that deals with tasks following the routine and predictable. Which do you prefer and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

TIS119# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Children should learn how to be independent at an early age. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

TIS120# You are the members of two clubs in your school, but you have to quit one because you have a lot of schoolwork to do this semester. Which one do you prefer to quit? And why? A. Hiking club; B. Speech and debate club. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

TIS121# Which do you prefer, working in a small company or organization with only a few people, or working in a large company with many employees? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

TIS122# Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Children should help with household chores at an early age. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

TIS123# (TPO51ST1) Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Eighteen-years-olds are not mature enough to vote. Use specific examples and details to support your opinion.