Level of difficulty:

1-1 (i.e. one examiner and one test taker)

11—14 minutes


Increases from Part 1 to Part 3

Did you know?
The speaking interview can take place on the same day you take the listening, reading, and writing tests or on another day. This changes from one centre to another.

Part 1 : Introduction and Questions on familiar topics

Length: 4-5 minutes

Questions asked: 10-12

Question samples: What kind of food do you like?

Did you know?
If you do not give the reason for doing something or enjoying doing something, the examiner will continually ask you “Why?”,

Part 2 : Individual long turn
The examiner gives you a cue card with a topic and 4 questions. You have 1 minute to prepare (you can make some notes if you wish). You should speak for two minutes without further clues.

Sample Question: Describe an older person you enjoyed spending time with as a child.
     You should say:
           Who this person was
                How often and when you used to spend time with this person
               What you learned from this person
               and explain why you enjoyed spending time with this person
Did you know?
Although the examiner says “You will have to talk about this topic for one to two minutes”, test takers have to speak for TWO minutes during the individual long turn.

Part 3 : Two-way Discussion
The examiner asks a number of more abstract questions thematically related to Part 2. There is no time given to test taker to prepare for their answers.

Length: 4-5 minutes

Question samples: What kind of food do you like?
      How are the elderly treated in your country?
      Do you think this will change in the future?

Did you know?
The examiner does not assess your ideas. Only HOW you express your ideas. Therefore, as long as you justify it, you can say whatever you want when asked for an opinion on an issue.

Four Assessment Criteria

Fluency & Coherence:

Lexical Resource:

Grammatical Range & Accuracy:


How does it flow? Do you understand it?

Does the response demonstrate a range of vocabulary items which properly reflect the task?

Does the response demonstrate a range of grammar, used accurately?

Is pronunciation used to convey and enhance meaning?

Did you know?
Each of this criterion accounts for 25% of the total mark.
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