Speaking Part One: Real Test Questions: Time

Wasting time concept: alarm clocks in the trash bin


(1) In Part One, you need to speak about some common topics from your everyday life e.g. work and free time or food and friends. There are many possible topics you might be asked about and your answer should be around three sentences. Imagine you’re catching up with an old friend or you’re on a date and giving a little information about yourself (but not too much!)

(2) Focus on giving a clear main answer e.g. “I do a lot of things in my free time”, “At the moment, I’m working as a…”, “My favourite food is definitely…”, “I’d rather have a few close friends than a big group of friends”.

(3) Try to add a few relevant details e.g. “On the weekend, I play football with my friends. I also like to read and watch TV and I’ve just started to learn how to play the guitar”, “I’ve been doing this job for two years and so far it’s quite interesting and also challenging”, “I don’t eat it that often because it’s not that healthy, but if I could choose one food to eat, it would be that”, “I think if you have only a few really good friends, you can know each other better and relax around them more.”

(4) You have no time to think about your answer, so practise with a wide range of questions and always focus on giving information that will help to make your main idea clearer to the examiner.

NOTE – Each of the following questions contains two sample answers: a simple one and an advanced one.

Time 1

QUESTION ONE – Do you wear a watch?

SAMPLE ANSWER ONE (Simple) – “No, I don’t wear one. I own one – I got it for my birthday – but I don’t wear it very often. I just use my phone to tell the time because it’s more convenient.”

COMMENT – Remember that even if you’ve answered the question (“No, I don’t wear one”), you must say a little more to show your speaking ability.

SAMPLE ANSWER TWO (Advanced) – “Normally, I don’t wear a watch. I think they can be can be a good fashion accessory but watches are a little outdated. Almost everyone can check the time on their phone and a watch it just another thing to worry about.”

Time 2

QUESTION TWO – How would you feel if someone kept you waiting?

SAMPLE ANSWER ONE (Simple) – “It’s a little bit rude. I think if you know you’re going to be late you should let the person know so they don’t waste their time. I think it’s important to be on time.”

COMMENT – This is a simple but well-organised answer. The first sentence contains the main idea. The second gives some explanation. The third is like a brief conclusion.

SAMPLE ANSWER TWO (Advanced) – “I think it’s important to be punctual, so I would be a bit annoyed if someone kept me waiting. With text-messaging or email, it’s easy nowadays to let someone know if you’re going to be a little late, so there’s really no excuse to not at least inform someone that you’re going to be delayed.”

COMMENTS – This answer is a little longer (but not too long). It used more advanced language, such as “punctual” and uses a range of synonyms e.g. “be a little late” “be delayed”

Time 3

QUESTION THREE – Why is being on time important to you?

SAMPLE ANSWER ONE (Simple) – It’s important because it shows that you care about the other person. If you arrive late without telling them it shows that maybe you think your time is more important than theirs.”

SAMPLE ANSWER TWO (Advanced) – “Um, I think your word – what you say you’re going to do – is one of the most important things in life, so – I guess – turning up somewhere when you say you will shows that you’re a reliable person and you take other people’s time into consideration rather than just thinking about your plans and problems.”

Feel free to leave any questions or comments you might have


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