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Speaking Test Overview

  • The Speaking Test is an interview with an examiner that last about 15 minutes and is recorded on a digital recorder. This recording is for security purposes and to make sure that the examiner is marking every candidate fairly giving everyone an equal chance. Don’t worry when the examiner talks to the recorder at the beginning – they are just letting making sure the recorder knows who is being interviewed.


  • The test consists of three parts. In the first part, you will have a brief discussion with the examiner around three topics.


  • For the first topic, the examiner will ask you some questions about yourself. Questions about what you do or where you live.


  • Next the examiner will ask you questions on two more everyday topics, like what you do to relax or what food you like. For more examples of possible questions, click here.


  • In Part 2 of the test you will be given a card with a topic which will have a number of points – like below:



  • You will have to speak for one to two minutes and will have one minute to prepare. You will be given a pencil and paper and can make some notes if you want.


  • In Part 3, the examiner will ask you a few more questions related to the topic you have just spoken about.


  • The examiner will try to develop a discussion with you and will try to guide the discussion



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