The TOEFL iBT Speaking section measures your ability to speak English effectively in academic settings. The four questions/tasks resemble real-life situations you might encounter both in and outside of a classroom.
Question 1: Independent Speaking Task — requires you to draw entirely on your own ideas, opinions and experiences when you respond.
Questions 2–4: Integrated Speaking Tasks — require you to combine your English-language skills — listening and speaking, or listening, reading and speaking — just as you would in or out of a classroom.
Prep time: You'll get 15–30 seconds of preparation time before each response, and your response will be 45 or 60 seconds long.
Speaking response: To respond, you'll speak into the microphone and your responses will be recorded.
Test time: It should take about 16 minutes to complete the Speaking section.
Scoring: Speaking tasks are scored based on the Speaking Scoring Guides (Rubrics) (PDF) by a combination of AI scoring and certified human raters. Raw scores are converted to a scaled section score of 0–30.