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-Pay attention to instructions. If you do not understand, say it and ask to repeat. "I'm sorry. I didn't understand that. Could you repeat, please?"

-Do not give short answers. The objective of the test is to assess your ability to make yourself understood, to express and communicate your ideas. Ellaborate your answers.

-Speak loud and clear, the examiner has to be able to hear and distinguish what you are saying.

How long is the test?

The test takes 14 minutes for both applicants. So, it is about 7 minutes each altogether. It is structured in 4 different activities.

First part- Interview (4 minutes)

A conversation with the examiner about yourself. Individually, you will be asked personal questions and then about your opinion on certain topics. These are some examples:

-What is your name?

-Where are you from?

-What would make a job interesting for you?

-How easy or difficult is it for young people to get a job?

-Can you describe your neighbourhood? Your city?

-Do you prefer to spend your holidays with friends or with family?

-What things do you have in common with your closest friends?

-What sports do young people like doing in your country?

-Are there any trends which have a negative impact on people's lives?

-Why do young people organise in groups called "urban tribes"?


Part Two-Comparing pictures (3 minutes)

In this section of your speaking test, you and another student take turns to give long speeches. You will get two colour photos and you are supposed to talk about a topic presented about them for one minute. When you have finished, the examiner asks the other student a question about your photos, and student B should add information for about 30 seconds more.


Then student B will get other two photos and also has to talk about them for another minute. When he is over, you will be asked a question and now you have to speak for other 30 seconds.


It is important to remember that in this part of the exam you should not interrupt the other speaker. And stick to the topic given.

An example.

How do young people spend their free time?

You shouldn't memorize anything at all, but you can use the answer below as a model for how you can present a topic.

"Both pictures show different people spending their free time. In the first picture I can see a lot of people queueing up outside a shop, whereas in the second photo there are people spending their time in a park. It  looks as if they're lining up for an icecream in the first picture , and it doesn't seem to be as attractive as the situation in the second photo. The people in the park seem very relaxed, they're talking together or lying down,  and one person is reading something. It might be a book or a mobile, although it's difficult to tell. As well, we can see a group of friends hanging out together, perhaps it's a Saturday and they are having a weekend away or just a good evening out. Although the icecream might be worth the wait, I'd rather be in the second picture with my friends in the open air." 

As you can see, the model above follows this structure:

a) Introduce the topic by saying what both pictures show-the general topic.

b) Add some detail about each photo, but concentrating on the topic they share-free time activities-to keep giving relevant information.

c) Add your personal perspective or preference by saying what would be more appealing to you or more enjoyable.

For your practice

What's more effective, studying alone or with some other people?

Are big department stores the future of shopping?

Is sharing a flat becoming more and more common?

The world is getting smaller and smaller. What are the different ways of travelling?

Is a job for a lifetime possible today?

Are team sports more motivating?