Questions in the Speaking Part 1 are very general. The aim is more to help candidates relax by asking them personal questions about common topics. On this page we look at some of the kinds of questions you might expect.
At the start of the speaking test you can expect an examiner to say the following and ask these questions.
Good morning/afternoon. My name is …… and this is my colleague … .
And your names are?
(These following two questions have recently changed.)
Where do you live Candidate A?
And you Candidate B?
First of all we’d like to know something about you.
These are not necessarily actual exam questions but examples of the kinds of questions you might get in the Speaking Part 1.
The examiner will ask different questions to each candidate.
For the where do you live question you can talk about your own country or where you live now if you are not in your own country. For any other questions answer the questions as best you can. While a candidate can often feel a little nervous at the start of a speaking test, these questions and topics should be familiar.
Try to respond with more than just a Yes or No answer to each question you are asked. If you only answer Yes or No the examiner may ask you Why?/Why not?