How to crush your integrated task in TOEFL speaking

Coming to approach your exam after August, 2019 you will encounter 3 integrated tasks or question types. Which ones, and how should you prepare we will discuss in the following paragraphs.

Task 2 (former type 3 question type): A campus situation

As you might assume, this is a question that offers a campus context. It consists of two parts.

Firstly, you will receive some kind of an announcement(general introduction) and following, there is a listening part. In the listening part, you can expect a conversation between two students discussing the idea presented in the reading part.

Here's how your answer template should look like:

 (It's useful to write everything important you hear)

  1. Make a statement about the change. According to the article, announcement, letter...
  2. State two reasons from the reading.
  3. Transition to the reasons for. There are two reasons why the man opposes/support it.
  4. First reason.
  5. Second reason.

Remember that the most important part of your answer should be based on the listening part. Don’t waste a lot of time speaking about reading. (1-2 sentenced).

If you are not a confident speaker you can even skip the reasons from the reading, however, it is always better to provide the general idea.

Always try to use linking words to make your narration logical and complete.

Use varied vocabulary, don't repeat your words.


Task 3 (former type 4 question) General to specific

This is how the task looks like:

You read a short passage of about 100 words for 45 to 60 secs.

Then you listen to the lecture which lasts approximately a minute and a half.

You will be asked a question about the lecture you heard. You will have 30 secs to prepare your response and then 60 secs to record your response.

First, read the task and then make quick notes about the topic and how you might describe it.

Do the same while listening to the short lecture.

Review your notes and plan how to answer the question which always asks you to explain using an example or to illustrate the meaning of something. It is important to understand the template first before applying it to your answer. Use your critical thinking.

Here's your answer template:

  1. State the topic (... is defined as ... / The article addresses/discusses something; The article tells us about.../We learn from the article about...)

In your answer, you need to explain the title (what the article discusses).

  1. Give the reading detail — explain the definition - What the passage defines

(which the passage defines as.../the reading states that...)

Be careful, the reading can be not only a definition but also an explanation or a description. Spend only about 10-13 secs on for points 1 and 2.

  1. Transition to the examples (The professor provides an example / The professor talks about something to illustrate/illustrate it with; The lecturer provides an example/two examples / The lecturer elaborates on this by providing an example/two examples).
  2. Explain what example or examples (two) are provided in the audio(Somebody provides an example of ... to illustrate this; First of all, he mentions...; In addition, he says ...)

This is the majority of your speech. Most of your score in this task comes from the lecture summary. Include all the details or as many as you can. They are all relevant.

You should spend about 37 secs explaining and describing how the lecture illustrates an example.

  1. Last 3 secs — conclusion (And so, this/these example/examples clearly illustrate(s)...)

Some think that the conclusion is unnecessary, however, others believe that it is a little bit of insurance for you because not only do you draw a line under what you have stated but you also get the opportunity to quickly re-cap it.

Task 4 (former type 6 questions) Academic lecture

A lecture is about 1 .5 - 2 mins about an academic term or a concept. It is illustrated with two examples or one with two clear parts (before/after; cause/effect). There will be a short introduction and a definition of the subject (3 -5 sentences) and then examples.

The task is usually just to summarize the examples.

Here's how your answer template should look like:

  1. State the lecture subject and details. The lecture is about (subject) which is (detail)...
  2. State the first example (3-5 sentences). First, the professor notes that ... For example, ...
  3. State the second example (3-5 sentences). Secondly, he says that ... For instance, ...

There are a lot of details in the lecture but you should try and remember them all for your answer. To do that, you should take notes. As usual, understand first and only then take notes. Use the points from the lecture to answer the question.


That's it! This is your integrated speaking task in a nutshell.

I hope these templates will be of use, and may the odds be in your favor.

Good luck!