Speaking test

In the Speaking test, candidates are tested on how well they speak the
English language. This test includes 11 questions that measure different
aspects of their speaking ability. The test takes approximately
20 minutes to complete.

Below you will find a sample question from each part of the Speaking test.

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SPEAKING TEST

Part 1

Directions: In this part of the test, you will read aloud the text on the screen. You will have 45 seconds to prepare. Then you will have 45 seconds to read the text aloud.

If you're shopping, sightseeing and running around every minute, your vacation can seem like hard work. To avoid vacation stress, come to the Blue Valley Inn on beautiful Lake Mead. While staying at our inn, you'll breathe clean country air as you view spectacular sights. With its spacious rooms, swimming pool and many outdoor activities, the inn is the perfect place for a vacation you won't forget. The Blue Valley Inn prides itself on the personal attention it provides to every guest. The Blue Valley motto has always been "A happy guest is our greatest treasure."

 

Part 2

Directions:  In this part of the test, you will describe the picture on your screen in as much detail as you can. You will have 30 seconds to prepare your response. Then you will have 45 seconds to speak about the picture.

 

 

Part 3

Directions: In this part of the test, you will answer three questions. For each question, begin responding immediately after you hear a beep. No preparation time is provided. You will have 15 seconds to respond to questions 1 and 2, and 30 seconds to respond to Question 3.

(Narrator): Imagine that a Canadian marketing firm is doing research in your country. You have agreed to participate in a telephone interview about television viewing.

Question 1: How often do you watch television?
Question 2: What kinds of programs do you usually watch?
Question 3: Describe your favourite television program.

 

Part 4

Directions: In this part of the test, you will answer three questions based on the information provided. You will have 30 seconds to read the information before the questions begin. For each question, begin responding immediately after you hear a beep. No additional preparation time is provided. You will have 15 seconds to respond to Questions 1 and 2, and 30 seconds to respond to Question 3.

(Narrator): Hello, I’m calling about a conference on May 27 I saw advertised in the newspaper.It’s about starting your own business. I was hoping you could give me some information.

Question 1: Could you tell me what time the conference starts and how long it will last?

Question 2: How much does conference attendance cost?

Question 3: I may not be available for the full day. Could you give me information about the activities in the morning, before lunchtime?

 

Part 5

Directions: In this part of the test, you will be presented with a problem and asked to propose a solution. You will have 30 seconds to prepare. Then you will have 60 seconds to speak.

Respond as if you work at the bank.

In your response, be sure to

• show that you recognize the problem, and
• propose a way of dealing with the problem

Now listen to the voice message. You will hear:

 

Hi, this is Marsha Syms. Um, I’m calling about my bank card. I went to the bank machine early this morning, you know — the ATM (upspeak) ... because the bank was closed so only the machine was open. Anyway, I put my card in the machine and got my money out....but then my card didn’t come out of the machine. I got my receipt and my money but then my bank card just didn’t come out. And I’m leaving for my vacation tonight so I’m really going to need it....I had to get to work early this morning, and couldn’t wait around for the bank to open....Could you call me here at work, and let me know how to get my bank card back? I’m really busy today, and really need you to call me soon. I can’t go on vacation without my bank card. This is Marsha Syms at 555-1234. Thanks.

 

Part 6

Directions: In this part of the test, you will give your opinion about a specific topic. Be sure to say as much as you can in the time allowed. You will have 15 seconds to prepare. Then you will have 60 seconds to speak.

(Narrator): Some people prefer to take a job that does not pay well but does provide a lot of time off from work. What is your opinion about taking a job with a low salary that has a lot of vacation time? Give reasons for your opinion.