The Speaking Test Format Part 3

Duration: 4 to 5 minutes

In this part, the examiner will ask you questions that are less familiar and the candidate is expected to give logical answers with support and detail. The topic is related to the topic in Part 2 but in a more general way and in greater depth.


What skill is being assessed?

In this part the examiner will assess the candidate’s ability to express and justify opinions, analyse, discuss and speculate about issues related to the topic.

It is more usual in this part to use modal verbs and future tenses to speculate about what will happen at some future time and it is important to give extended answers to support what you are saying.

This is the only part of the test where the examiner can create their own questions related to what you are saying to investigate your opinions in greater depth.

How to Practice
In this part of the test you should try to talk for 1 to 2 minutes, although 30 seconds would be enough. Nevertheless, the examiner is assessing your ability to talk on subjects that are less familiar and the ability to talk at length, fluently, demonstrtaes skill with English.

Back up your answer by giving reasons and examples to illustrate what you want to say. The quetions are more difficult and may be things you have never thought about before but there are no right answers, you can confidently say what you think and not worry if your answer is correct or not.

Practice by talking about this type of question for 1 to 2 minutes. When you speak, record your voice so you can listen back to how you sound. We will talk more later about the things to listen for but at the moment you listen for just one thing: can you keep going without stopping to much?

This is critical to getting a good score and the more you practice the better you will get.

How much practice? Fifteen to twenty minutes EVERYDAY! So its boring, but if you do it, you WILL get better. This is as close to a guarrantee as you will get about anything in life.

Here are some sample Part 3 Speaking prompts you can use for practice:
Let’s consider first of all how people’s values have changed:

  • What kind of things give status to people in your country?
  • Have things changed since your parents time?

Finally let's talk about the role of advertising:

  • Do you think advertising influences what people buy?
  • Do you think people will continue to be influenced by advertising in the future?