You’ve spent countless hours studying, worrying, stressing and studying some more. But the day has finally arrived, and you have around 11–14 minutes to put everything into practice. First, we’ll take a look at speaking task part 1. In the following tips you’ll learn what to expect and all the small things you can do to make sure you have a great start to the speaking test.
This part of the task lasts approximately four to five minutes. There are three sets of four questions (12 questions in total). In the first set, you will be asked familiar topics concerning your home, work or studies. The second and third set of questions will be random and may include topics like the weather, clothes, hobbies, green spaces, food and drink, sports, flowers, daily routines, colours, etc.
For the most part, speaking task part 1 doesn’t require a very wide range of tenses. However, you should be prepared to use the present simple, past simple, present perfect and future will / going to in order to answer the questions.
You will be using every day vocabulary here. You won’t be using a lot of academic words. The key is to use vocabulary appropriate to the questions. In this case, the questions are somewhat informal, so your vocabulary should match.
I sometimes see candidates try and use words that are too big or academic just so they can show off their vocabulary ability. You don’t need to do this. It isn’t a vocabulary test. It’s a test of your natural speaking ability. Would you use those big, academic words with a friend? Probably not.
A note on idioms: If you have been using them in your regular speaking practice, then by all means, try and use idioms in your speaking. However, don’t force them. The examiner will be able to tell if you’re using the idioms naturally, or if they are being forced.