Sample Speaking Test

For your speaking test, you will have an interview with a certified examiner.

This test normally lasts between 11 to 14 minutes, and it is divided into three parts.

Part 1: Please tell me something about your hometown. (4 to 5 minutes)

Part 2: You will be given a card with a question. For example:

“Holidays can help us relax and unwind. Please explain.” (3 to 4 minutes)

Part 3: Pollution continues to increase around the world. What can be done to solve this problem? (4 to 5 minutes)

Please see the sections below for further information on each part of your speaking test.

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Speaking Part 1 – Information

The first part of the test is the easiest and is designed to help the student begin speaking in a natural and relaxed way.

During the first part of the interview, the examiner will ask you about topics that are familiar to you, such as your family, your hometown or your hobbies.

So, the first part of the speaking test is a basic chat between you and the examiner.

You will need to ask and answer questions. It will be your responsibility to help keep the conversation going.

The first part of the interview is usually four or five minutes long.

Speaking Part 2 – Information

In the second part of the test, you will have an in-depth talk on a topic that is more complex, but still familiar to you.

Examples of topics for this part of the test include subjects such as holidays and travel.

You may be given a prompt, which is a small piece of paper with some information about the topic on it.

In this case, you will be allowed sixty seconds to get ready to speak about the topic.

Then you need to talk for about two minutes about the topic without stopping and without help from the examiner.

Speaking Part 3 – Information

In the last part of the interview, you will have to talk about complex and abstract topics.

This part of the test will challenge your conversational skills.

Topics on this part of the test often ask you to speculate about or predict something.

This is designed to make you use conditional sentence structures.

For instance, if the question asks you about the possible future effects of pollution on global warming, you would use sentences like this:

If pollution continues to increase, world governments will have to intervene in order to solve the problem. − We use the first conditional sentence structure here to talk about a real possibility.

We would not be in this position had we taken care of the environment. − We use the third conditional here to talk about a past hypothesis.

The third part of the speaking test is four or five minutes long.

Each one of our practice tests includes a full three-part speaking test, with speaking prompts and sample topics like those on the actual exam.

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