Go anywhere from here.
• Topic Development: How fully you answer the question and how
coherently you present your ideas. Good responses generally use
all or most of the time allotted, and the relationship between ideas
and the progression from one idea to the next is clear and easy to
For more detailed criteria, see the Speaking Scoring Guides in
Appendix 3. These will help you better understand how responses are
It’s important to note that raters don’t expect your response to be
perfect, and high-scoring responses may contain occasional errors
and minor lapses in any of the three areas described above.
Speaking Skills practice
The best way to practice speaking is with native speakers of English.
In some countries, you can ﬁnd English-speaking tutors or assistants
to help you with conversation skills and overall communication skills.
If you can’t do that, ﬁnd a friend to practice speaking with every day.
Try the following activities to build the skills you’ll need for the
Independent Speaking tasks:
• Make a list of topics that are familiar to you and practice
speaking about them. The topics can be academic or non-
academic (sports, hobbies, travel, etc.).
• Think for 20 seconds about what you did yesterday, then recount
your experiences in one minute. Remember to use the past tense
of verbs and use connecting words and phrases, such as “ﬁrst,”
“then” and “while I was.”
• Think for 20 seconds about what you plan to do tomorrow, then
talk about it for one minute.
• Think of a story with which you are familiar. Tell the story to
several different people. Try to tell the story faster each time.
• Collect a number of pictures from magazines and newspapers.
Look at each picture, then describe it in one minute. Describe
the same thing more than once, using different adjectives and
chapter 3: Speaking
General Speaking practice
• Practice using language for giving opinions,
language for describing problems and solutions,
and language to compare and contrast.
• Learn to use idiomatic and informal speech
naturally and appropriately by listening to native
English speakers and trying to mimic their
• Practice using contractions, such as it’s, there’s,
I’m and so on, in order to sound more natural
• Work on pronunciation, including word stress,
intonation patterns and pauses. There are a
number of products and websites that can
help you develop pronunciation skills, including
Pronunciation in English from AmEnglish.com
complete these Week 2 tasks
and update the checklist on
• See sample Speaking questions in Planner
Appendix 1 and experience them on the Planner
website at www.ets.org/toeﬂ/planner.
• Review Speaking Scoring Guides in Planner
Appendix 3 to understand what score
eplan Listen to sample responses and view
raters’ comments on the Planner website to
help you identify your current level and your