TOEFL Outlines ( 1 – 50 )
TOEFL question #6:
Some people prefer to eat at food stands or restaurants. Other people prefer
to prepare and eat food at home. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons
and examples to support your answer.
I. There are people who prefer to eat out at restaurants and others who
would rather eat at home. I prefer to eat at home because it is cheaper, faster
and more nutritious.
II. Eating at home is cheaper
a. The cost of groceries is much cheaper than the cost of a restaurant
entree (for example: dinner usually costs $10 – 15 in a restaurant
versus $1 – 3 at home.
b. You don’t have to pay the cost of gas to get to the restaurant
III. Eating at home is faster
a. Preparing dinner can take about 20 – 60 minutes (cutting the
ingredients & cooking them)
b. Going to dinner takes time to drive, park, go in, get seated and
order...this can take a lot more than 60 minutes.
IV. Eating at home is more nutritious
a. You choose the best ingredients to cook with, but you don’t know
the kind of ingredients the restaurant uses.
b. You will not use rotten food, but you don’t know if the restaurant
c. You will not use preservatives, but restaurants often do...these are
V. In short, I prefer to eat at home because I can save money, eat quickly
and eat well.
TOEFL question #7:
Neighbors are the people who live near us. In your opinion, what are the
qualities of a good neighbor? Use specific reasons and examples in your
I. Our neighbors are important people in our lives. The qualities of a good
neighbor should include: someone whom you can trust, someone whom you
can talk to, and someone with whom you have something in common.
II. Someone whom you can trust
a. When you are on vacation, your neighbors can watch over your
b. You can feel comfortable leaving an extra door key with the
neighbors in case you ever forget your key.
c. You want to know that your neighbors will not steal from you.
III. Someone whom you can talk to – builds friendships
a. Talk about your jobs together
b. Talk about your families
c. Small talk about the weather
IV. Someone with whom you have something in common
a. Someone who is similar in age
b. Someone with similar interests / jobs
c. Someone who enjoys doing the same things (gardening, sports,
V. People who live next to each other as neighbors should get along well;
they should trust each other, talk to one another and have something in
TOEFL question #8:
It has recently been announced that a new restaurant may be built in your
neighborhood. Do you support or oppose this plan? Why? Use specific
reasons and details to support your answer.
I. If they build a new restaurant in my neighborhood, I will support the plan.
I will support the plan because the restaurant will provide jobs and give us
more options for places to eat.
II. The restaurant will provide more jobs
a. We have high unemployment, a restaurant will provide more jobs
b. For example, waiters, waitresses, dishwashers, cooks
c. People will not have to depend on government assistance for
III. The restaurant will give us more options for places to eat
a. We have only five good restaurants in town, another one will give
b. Restaurants are not only for eating...but also for meeting and
c. Two of the restaurants serve food which is not great...a new one
will probably be better.
V. In short, if they want to build a restaurant in my town, I will support the
plan because it will enhance the town and provide more jobs.
TOEFL question #9:
You have received a gift of money. The money is enough to buy either a
piece of jewelry you like or tickets to a concert you want to attend. Which
would you buy? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.
I. If I received a gift of money and could spend it on either a piece of
jewelry or tickets to a concert, I would buy a piece of jewelry. I would buy
the jewelry because it lasts longer than a concert; it can be given away and it
becomes more valuable over time.
II. A piece of jewelry lasts longer
a. I can wear and enjoy the jewelry year after year, but a concert lasts
only a few hours
b. I can wear it to many different places (for example: at work, going
out to the theater, etc).
c. I can show it to many different people and others can enjoy it too.
III. A piece of jewelry can be given away
a. For example, if I have children or grandchildren, I can give the
piece of jewelry to one of them so that they can enjoy it for years.
b. If you give it away, it is enjoyed by many more people than just the
IV. A piece of jewelry usually becomes more valuable over time
a. If you purchase a quality piece of jewelry, its value usually
increases over time
b. For example: it becomes like an antique
V. In short, I would buy a piece of jewelry rather than go to a concert if I
had the choice. Jewelry is longer lasting and more valuable.
TOEFL question #10:
Some people believe that university students should be required to attend
classes. Others believe that going to classes should be optional for students.
Which point of view do you agree with? Use specific reasons and details to
support your answer.
I. There are those people who believe that university students should be
required to go to classes and those who feel that classes should be optional.
I feel students should be required to go to classes and there are a number of
reasons I feel this way.