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Speaking part 1

In part 1 of the Speaking test the examiner will introduce him or herself and ask general questions on familiar topics.

The examiner will ask you to confirm your identity.

He or she will then ask general questions on familiar topics such as home, family, work, studies and interests. Part 1 of the test will last 4-5 minutes.

How to practise

You will need a study partner to practise the Speaking test.

Ask your study partner to interview you using the questions below. Record yourself if you can.

Speaking test part 1: questions

Let’s talk about your home town or village:

  • what kind of place is it?
  • what’s the most interesting part of your town/village?
  • what kind of jobs do the people in your town/village do?
  • would you say it’s a good place to live? (why?)

Let’s move on to talk about accommodation:

  • tell me about the kind of accommodation you live in?
  • how long have you lived there?
  • what do you like about living there?
  • what sort of accommodation would you most like to live in?

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  • Advice

    When you have completed all three parts of the practice Speaking test, listen to your recording of your own practice test to see how well you did.

    You can also listen to the recordings and read the audio transcripts for each part of the test. These are designed to give you an understanding of the format of the test. They do not represent model answers so do not memorise them.

    The audio and transcript for part 1 covers the first half of this part of the test.

    Now move on to Speaking part 2.

  • Transcript

    You can read the transcript of the audio to check any words that you did not understand.

    Do you think that this candidate performed well?

    Think about how you can improve your own Speaking test.


    Examiner: Now, in this first part, I’d like to ask you some more questions about yourself, OK?

    Let’s talk about your home town or village. What kind of place is it?

    Candidate: It’s quite a small village, about 20km from Zurich. And it’s very quiet. And we have only little ... two little shops because most of the people work in Zurich or are orientated to the city.

    Examiner: What’s the most interesting part of this place ... village?

    Candidate: On the top of a hill we have a little castle which is very old and quite well known in Switzerland.

    Examiner: What kind of jobs do people in the village do?

    Candidate: We have some farmers in the village as well as people who work in Zurich as bankers or journalists or there are also teachers and some doctors, some medicines.

    Examiner: Would you say it’s a good place to live?

    Candidate: Yes. Although it is very quiet, it is … people are friendly and I would say it is a good place to live there, yes.

    Examiner: Let’s move on to talk about accommodation. Tell me about the kind of accommodation you live in ...

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