3 parts to the speaking test. Overall, this part of the test should take 11-14 minutes.
Introduction and interview
( 4-5 minutes )
In this part, the examiner introduces him/herself and checks your identity. The the examiner asks you general questions on some familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies, or interests.
This part tests your ability to give opinions and information on everyday topics and common experiences or situations by answering a range of questions.
1. Speak 2-3 sentences each answer.
2. Speak informally.
3. Use contractions. For example, I have = I’ve , I will = I’ll.
4. Use a phrasal verb or idiom in each answer.
5. Give specific details.
Long Turn / Topic Card
Part 2 is the individual long turn. The examiner gives you a task card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. The card tells you what points you should include in your talk and instructs you to explain one aspect of the topic. You have 1 minute to prepare your talk. The examiner will give you a pencil and paper to make notes.
By using the points on the task card and making notes during the preparation time, you should be able to think of appropriate things to say, and have time to structure your talk so that you keep talking for 2 minutes.
The examiner will then ask you to begin talking and will stop you when the time is up. They may then ask you one or two questions on the same topic.
This part tests your ability to speak at length on a given topic, using appropriate language and organising your ideas logically. You will need to think about your own experiences to complete the long turn.
1. Take notes for 1 minute.
2. Speak for a minimum of 1 minute and 30 seconds but 2 minutes is ideal.
3. Pay special attention to the tense, it’s usually past tense.
4. If you finish early you should say that’s all.
5. Remember that the key points on the cards are to help you get started however feel free to add other points as long as it is related to the topic.
6. The purpose of Part 2 is to see if you can speak uninterrupted for a period of time in a logical way.
In part 3, you and the examiner discuss issues related to the topic in Part 2 in a more general and abstract way and where appropriate in greater depth.
This part tests your ability to explain your opinions and to analyse, discuss, and speculate about issues.
1. Speak 6-7 sentences for each answer in the discussion part.
2. Come up with 3 points to discuss for each question. This is done in your head. You can’t write anything.
3. Use 4 or 5 transition phrases.
4. Speak formally.
5. Feel free to ask a very short question to the examiner after you have spoken. Remember, this is a discussion, not question and answer