The Speaking section is very important because you’ll have relatively short time (15 minutes) to convince the examiner that your English level is advanced enough. To get a good score you’ll definitely need to practice a lot in advance with an instructor who’s a native speaker. You could do it either in person or via Skype. I’ve listed Part 2 and Part 3 together because Part 3 is usually just like Part 2 but in more depth.
Your local area
- Where are you living at the moment?
- How long have you lived there?
- Do you live alone or with other people?
- Is it a nice area where you live?
- What’s the best thing about your country?
- Is your country different from how it was 20 years ago?
- Where do tourists normally go in your country?
- Do you eat out often? Explain your answer.
- What type of cuisine do you prefer?
- Can you tell me about the best restaurant you’ve ever had?
- Do you prefer eating at home or eating out?
- Do lots of people go to the cinema in your country?
- Do you like watching films on TV or at the cinema?
- Describe and talk about your local cinema.
- What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Talk about it.
- Do you normally read a newspaper? Give details to explain why or why not.
- What’s the most important aspect of a newspaper?
- What type of news do you enjoy reading?
- When you’ve finished reading a newspaper or a magazine what do you do with it?
- What types of music do you like?
- Do you listen to live music? Where do you go to listen to it?
- Do you play a musical instrument? Would you like to? Why or why not?
Part 2 & Part 3
Parties – Parts 2 & 3
Parties (Part 2)
- Talk about a party that you enjoyed a lot
- Talk about whose party it was
- Talk about what happened at the party
- Talk about what was particularly good about the party
- How often do you go to parties? (follow-up question)
- Do you like organizing parties at home? (follow-up question)
Children’s Parties (Part 3)
- What games do children play at parties in your country?
- Do children always enjoy parties?
- Is it necessary to spend a lot of money on children’s parties?
Wedding parties (Part 3)
- Have wedding parties changed over the years?
- Is it difficult to organize a wedding party?
- Too much money is spent on weddings. Do you agree? Explain why or why not.
National and international celebrations (Part 3)
- How do you celebrate national holidays in your country?
- Do national festivities help to create national unity?
- What problems might there be with organizing international celebrations?
Friendships – Parts 2 & 3
Friendships (Part 2)
- Talk about a good friend.
- Talk about where you met this friend.
- Describe the friend.
- What do you do together?
- Why is he or she a good friend?
- How often do you see your friend? (follow-up question)
- Do you prefer spending time with friends or alone? (follow-up question)
Friendships at school (Part 3)
- Is friendship important for school children?
- Do you think friendship formed at school survive? Why or why not?
- What are the differences between girls and boys with regards to friendships?
Work relationships (Part 3)
- Is it easy for bosses to delegate to their employees?
- When might colleagues start to compete with each other?
- Is it better for teams to include similar people or a variety of people? Why?
Social skills (Part 3)
- When and how do children learn social skills?
- Are people less polite than they used to be?
- Is being cooperative a fundamental part of being human?