CAE / C1

Speaking test - part 1

In part 1 of the speaking test you will be asked to talk about your interests, general experiences, studies / career, plans for the future.  The examiner will first ask you some general questions like;
  • Where are you from?
  • What do you do?
  • How long have you been studying English?
You will then be asked  more detailed questions about yourself, which may include;

  • Looking back on your life, what has been a memorable event for you?
  • Which part of the day do you most enjoy and why?
  • Is it easy for you to find time to relax every day?  Why /why not?
  • Do you prefer to follow a routine or do something different every day?
  • How important do you think family is?
  • How much time do you spend with your family and what do you enjoy doing with them?
  • What qualities do you look for in a close friend?
  • What do you most enjoy doing with your friends?
  • Have you ever had the opportunity to really help a friend?  How?
  • Would you prefer to spend your holidays with your family or friends and why?
  • What is the best way for people visiting your country to make friends?
  • With whom would you discuss a difficult personal situation -a family member or close friend?  Why?
  • Who do you think has had the most influence of you life so far?  Why?
  • Tell me about a friend of yours and how you got to know him or her.
  • How easy is it for you to meet new people and make friends?
  • What do you do to keep fit?
  • If you had the opportunity to learn a new sport, what would it be?  Why?
  • How important are sport and exercise in your life?
  • Do you prefer team or individual sports?  Why?
  • What qualities do you need to possess to do well in a team sport?
  • What do you think about extreme sports?
  • What are the most popular sports in your country?
  • What do you enjoy most about being on holiday?
  • Which parts of the country would you recommend to tourists?  Why?
  • With who do you prefer to travel?  Why?
  • Do you prefer long or short distance travel?
  • What has been your most exciting travel exeprience to date?
  • Name some of the things you would never leave behind when you travel.  
  • Do you think you would like to work in the travel industry?  Why / why not?
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you choose to go?  Why?
  • What things do you most enjoy doing when travelling on holiday?
  • Would you enjoy an adventurous or possibly dangerous journey?  Why / why not?
  • Would you ever consider going on holiday on your own?  Why / why not?
  • How do you feel about the arts?
  • Which kind of art ar you most interested in? Why?
  • When was the last time you visited a museum, gallery or exhibition?  What were your impressions on this visit?
  • Who is your favourite artist?  Why?
  • What do you like doing at the weekends?
  • What do you do to relax after a busy day?
  • How important is the computer in your daily life?
  • What are your interests and leisure activities?
  • What kinds of TV programmes do you enjoy watching?
  • How important is music in your life?
  • Do you prefer watching films at the cinema or at home?  Why?

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