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Some General Advice - Part 3

 

Part 3 of the test lasts 3 to 4 minutes, and the examiner will ask you questions related to the question in Part 2. The questions should get progressively harder as the conversation goes on to test the upper limits of your language. Don’t worry if you find it very hard by the end, that’s the examiner’s job, to see what your upper limit is.

 

The examiner will try to develop a discussion based on the topic you have just spoken about. For example, a conversation may go something like this:

  • How does the weather affect the kind og daily activities people do in your country?

 

  • What activities are popular in your country when the weather is good?

 

  • How can bad weather affect people or communities around the world?

 

  • Do you think the weather around the world is changing?
    • What do you think is causing this change?
    • What can eople like you and I do to make the situation better?

 

  • What will happen to the weather in the future?

 

  • Can govenrments control global warming

 

 

Tips

 

 

  • If you need time to think about your answer you can use phrases like: 'That's a good question.', 'Well, let me think ...,' but don’t use it too often. Don’t use these phrases if you don’t understand the question or you might look a little silly

 

“What’s your name?”

 

“Well that’s a good question, let me think…!

 

  • If you didn’t understand the question, simply say something like:

 

“I’m sorry, can you repeat the question please?”
 

  • If you simply didn't hear something that was asked, respond with:

 

"Excuse me, I didn't quite catch that. Could you say that again?"
"I'm sorry, but would you mind repeating that?"

 

  • If you want to make sure you've understood what the examiner has asked you could say:

 

"Do you mean ........" or
"When you say ........, do you mean/are you asking ........?

 

  • If there is a specific word that you don’t understand, then you are allowed to ask for clarification. For example, you can ask:

 

“I’m sorry, what does ‘global warming’ mean?”

The examiner should then explain the word briefly so you can answer the question.

 

  • Again, try to avoid yes/no answers. Also, try to offer examples to support what you say.

 

  • Practice, practice, practice listening and answering question. Far too many students hear two or three words I the question and recite something they’ve prepared on that topic.

 

For example: “Tell me about the different types of famous people in your country?”

                “Well, Kobe Bryant is very famous in my country because….”

 

  • Using prepared answers in Part 3 doesn’t make sense and will probably limit your score to to a Band 5. It is better to make a few mistakes but provide sensible, well thought through answers that reflect your opinion and personality.

 

  • Don’t bring up political or controversial issues. You have no way of knowing the opinions of your examiner, and although they are trained to be fair and impartial, if you manage to offend them with your opinions an experienced examiner knows how to make the interview harder for you.

 

  • Lastly, be friendly, but not over-confident, keep the conversation polite and appropriate. Try to the way you might talk to a friend or work colleague.

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