SPEAKING TIPS

Did you know that 25% of your mark in the speaking test is for FLUENCY? You can make your language sound more fluent by using fillers. Fillers are little words, sounds or phrases that give you a moment to think. If you use them correctly, your English sounds more natural and more fluent.

Examiner: Tell me about your home town.
You: Wellll, um, let me see. I grew up in Melbourne in Australia. My home was in the inner suburbs and it was, and still is, a hub for transport and shopping. I remember …

In that example, three fillers have been strung together. It gives the speaker a moment to think, and it is quite a natural thing to do. Other options could be:
1. Um, my hometown. Let me see.
2. Wellllll, my hometown was quite large, but in the area where I lived everyone knew eachother when I was child. Today, it is quite different, …

In the first example above, the speaker has used a filler, then has repeated part of the question and then added another filler. It’s a good strategy.
Why are there so many llllllls on ‘well’ in the second example? Welllll, that’s because we often stretch out that final sound as an indication that we are thinking.

You should practice using fillers like these in your speaking. They give you time to think and they make your English sound more natural. (But, don’t overuse them … don’t say ummm, ahhh and then leave a long silence.)

speaking fillers

Recent Speaking Test

Here is a recent speaking test.

PART ONE (4-5 MINS)

This first group of questions is always the same.
* What is your full name?
* Can I see your ID?
*Where are you from?
* Do you work or study?

This is where the speaking test really begins. You will have several questions about a particular topic. You should give a few extended answers (several sentences).
* Are there many public holidays in your country?
* What do you think about public holidays?
* What did you do on the last public holiday?
* How long was it for?
* Is it important to have public holidays?

Then you will have a few questions on another topic.
* Do you watch TV?
* What programs do you like to watch?
* Did you ever buy something advertised on TV or online?
* What do you think about street advertisements?

PART TWO – CUE CARD – (3 – 4 MINS)

In this part you have to speak for two minutes. The examiner will not speak.

Describe a place other than your home where you like to read and write. Please say:
* What and where is this place?
* What do you like about the place?
* How often do you visit it?

PART THREE – (4 – 5 MINS)

This section is a discussion where the examiner will ask questions. You will need to give a few extended answers.
*  How is this place helpful to you?
*  Is it important to have a special place to read and write?
*  Are there any other places that people can go to?

 

Recent Speaking Test

Here is a recent speaking test.

PART ONE (4-5 MINS)

This first group of questions is always the same.
* What is your full name?
* Can I see your ID?
*Where are you from?
* Do you work or study?

This is where the speaking test really begins. You will have several questions about a particular topic. You should give a few extended answers (several sentences).
* Do you watch TV?
* What programs do you like to watch?
* Did you ever buy something advertised on TV or online?
* What do you think about street advertisements?

Then you will have a few questions on another topic.
* Do you believe bicycles are popular where you live?
* Do you believe bicycles are important to children?

PART TWO – CUE CARD – (3 – 4 MINS)

In this part you have to speak for two minutes. The examiner will not speak.

Describe a sportsperson with a good performance in sport events. Please say
* Who is it?
* Which sport is it?
* How do you feel about his/her performance?

PART THREE – (4 – 5 MINS)

This section is a discussion where the examiner will ask questions. You will need to give a few extended answers.
* Why does he/she have good results?
* What are the most popular sports in your country?
* What skills do people need to be successful in sports?
* Do you think children should play sports in school?
* Should they be forced to do it even if they don’t like it?
* Are there any sports that women can take part in?

Recent Speaking Test

Here is a recent speaking test.

PART ONE (4-5 MINS)

This first group of questions is always the same.
* What is your full name?
* Can I see your ID?
*Where are you from?
* Do you work or study?

This is where the speaking test really begins. You will have several questions about a particular topic. You should give a few extended answers (several sentences).
* What kind of work do you do?
* What is more important, the job itself or the people you work with?
* Why is that?

Then you will have a few questions on another topic.
Let’s talk about sports.
* What is the most popular sport in your country?
* Why is it so popular?
* Do you play it?
* Would you like to try a different sport in the future?

PART TWO – CUE CARD – (3 – 4 MINS)

In this part you have to speak for two minutes. The examiner will not speak.

Talk about a disagreement that you had recently with one of your friends. Please say:

* What was it about?
* Why did you disagree?
* What happened after that?

PART THREE – (4 – 5 MINS)

This section is a discussion where the examiner will ask questions. You will need to give a few extended answers.
* How do you feel about it now?
* What do children usually disagree about? Why?
* Why do adults sometimes have disagreements with their parents?

 

FULL SPEAKING TEST

Students reported these same questions in tests in Saudi Arabia and in India in August 2015. 

PART ONE (4 – 5 MINS)

This group of questions is always the same.
* What is your full name?
* Can I see your ID?
*Where are you from?
* Do you work or study?

This is where the speaking test really begins. You will have several questions about a particular topic. You should give a few extended answers (several sentences). 

* What do you do at work?
* What is more important for you, the work itself or people you work with?
* Why ?

Then you will have a few questions on another topic.

* Did you have a hobby in your childhood?
* Why did you choose that particular hobby?
* Do you have a hobby now?
* Can you describe it?

PART TWO – CUE CARD – (3 – 4 MINS)

In this part you have to speak for two minutes. The examiner will not speak.

Talk about exercises that you do to keep yourself fit. Please say

* What are they?
* When and where do you usually do them?
* What is the importance of fitness?

PART THREE – (4 – 5 MINS)

This section is a discussion where the examiner will ask questions. You will need to give a few extended answers.

* Do you like walking?
* What do people do to keep themselves fit in your country?
* What other options do they have?
*What are some popular sports activities in your country? Why?
*Nowadays there are many gyms opening everywhere. Why do you think it is?
*Do people in your country know the importance of sports activities?

 

FULL SPEAKING TEST

PART ONE (4 – 5 MINS)

This group of questions is always the same.
* What is your full name?
* Can I see your ID?
*Where are you from?
* Do you work or study?

This is where the speaking test really begins. You will have several questions about a particular topic. You should give a few extended answers (several sentences). 

* Do you live in a house or an apartment?
* Describe your home.
* Do you like your home?
* Would you like to live there in the future?

Then you will have a few questions on another topic.

* What type of clothes do you usually wear? Why?
* Do you wear different clothes during the week and at weekends?
* Will you continue to wear the same type of clothes in the future? Why?
* Is there any particular color of clothes that you prefer? Why?

PART TWO – CUE CARD – (3 – 4 MINS)

In this part you have to speak for two minutes. The examiner will not speak.

Talk about a person you know who is a good cook. Please say

* Who is this person?
* Why do you think he/she is a good cook?
* How did he/she learn to cook so well?

PART THREE – (4 – 5 MINS)

This section is a discussion where the examiner will ask questions. You will need to give a few extended answers.

* Do you think you are a good cook?
* Do you enjoy cooking?
* What do you know about the eating habits of children?
* Should children know the products used to make the food they are eating?
* Should they also know the source of these products? Why?
* Should schools take responsibility for providing healthy and nutritious food to their students?
* Should children be taught how to cook at school? Why?

RECENT SPEAKING TEST

PART ONE (4-5 MINS)

The first four questions are always the same.

* What is your full name?
* Can I see your ID?
*Where are you from?
* Do you work or study?

This is where the speaking test really begins. You will have several questions about a particular topic. You should give a few extended answers (several sentences). 

* Tell me about your town.
* What do you like about your town?

Then you will have a few questions on another topic.

* Do you like going shopping? Why?
* How frequently do you go shopping?
* What time of the day do you like to shop? Why?

PART TWO – CUE CARD – (3 – 4 MINS)

In this part you have to speak for two minutes. The examiner will not speak.

Discuss a sports activity you watched or joined, you should say:
* Where it happened
* What exactly happened
* Why it was memorable

PART THREE – (4 – 5 MINS)

This section is a discussion where the examiner will ask questions. You will need to give a few extended answers.

* What do you think is the most popular sports nowadays?
* What do you think about the benefits of swimming?
* Do you think swimming is a good sport?
* What sports activities were you engaged in at school?
* If you were given a chance to go back to school, what sports would you engage in?
* Should children be encouraged to do more sports?
* What kind of sports are better for children, team or  individual sports?