For your Independent Speaking task, you’ll discuss a personal preference between two options. In your response, you must explain why you’ve chosen this option using two or three reasons. You’ll have 15 seconds to prepare your response and 45 seconds to speak.

1. Begin by introducing the topic and your opinion on it. Don’t spend too much time trying to summarize the prompt — just quickly state what the topic is and which option you believe is better.

Examples
• Personally, I believe _____ is better than _____ for two/three reasons.
• In my opinion, _____ seems to be better than _____ because …
• I (would) prefer _____ over _____ because …

2. Next, explain your first reason for choosing this option. Make sure to explain each of your points using relevant details and examples. For each point, two or three sentences should suffice.

Examples
• First off, … For example, …
• For one, … For instance, …
• One reason is that … What I mean by this is that …

3. Next, introduce your second reason by following the same general structure used above for your first reason. Use appropriate transitions like the ones below to further strengthen your response.

Examples
• Secondly, …
• My second reason is that …
• Another reason is that …

4. (Optional) Introduce and explain your third reason here using a format similar to what you used for your first and second reasons.

Examples
• Third, …
• And finally, …
• My last point is that …

5. (Optional) End your response with a brief closing statement.

Examples
• This is why I believe/think that …
• And this is why I prefer …
• Because of these reasons, I feel that _____ is a better choice/option than …

 

How to Customize Your Task 2 Template
1. Make comparative statements. For this task, it’s important you use vocabulary that emphasizes why the option you’ve selected is the better choice. Some examples include “easier,” “better,” “stronger,” “more convenient,” “cheaper,” etc.
2. Point out a problem with the other option. To strengthen your argument, consider using one of your points to discuss a potential flaw with the other option. Doing this indicates you’ve considered the other option but don’t believe it is nearly as strong as the one you’ve selected.
3. Use “I” statements. Because you must describe your own opinion for this task, starting some of your sentences with “I” statements, such as “I feel,” “I believe,” or “I think,” will help you sound more natural in your response.