Speaking Practice Test 1

Part 1:  

How are you? Can I see your ID please? Where are you from? What’s the most interesting thing about your hometown or the place you live? Is tourism important for a city? What are the drawbacks of tourism? What kind of attractions are tourists interested in nowadays? 

Part 2: 

Tell me about someone who inspires you.  

You should also say:  

– Who they are – Why they inspire you – What makes someone inspirational in your opinion – What kind of people inspire others nowadays? 

Part 3:  

Does your country support education for young people? Why is education important for both men and women? What does education mean to you? 

Model Answers: 

Part 1:  

How are you?  

I am good thank you  

I am fine thank you  

I am very well thank you  

Can I see your ID please?  

Yes, of course  

Yes, of course – here you are  

Where are you from?  

I’m from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai was originally a small fishing village, but it has developed at an exponential rate. It is now a world class city leading in tourism and business. I think my city is cosmopolitan, with lots of high rise buildings and there’s lots of things to do, as we have many luxury shopping malls. There’s even a place where you can go skiing! We have a diverse range of people living here from all over the world. 

What’s the most interesting thing about your hometown or the place you live?  

The most interesting part of my hometown is the Burj Khalifa – it is the tallest tower in the world. You can see it from almost every part of the city!  

Is tourism important for a city?  

Tourism is particularly important for my city, as it relies heavily on tourism. Dubai’s founder has invested heavily in tourism, as we are trying to avoid relying heavily on the oil industry and oil reserves to focus on developing our economy further, by diversifying it.  

What are the drawbacks of tourism?  

Some drawbacks are drugs, crime and pollution.  

What kind of attractions are tourists interested in nowadays?  

Tourists may be interested in culture, art, history, architecture and some may be interested in just laying on the beach. It all depends on the type of person and type of tourists visiting.  

Part 2:  

Tell me about someone who inspires you.  

You should also say:  

– Who they are – Why they inspire you – What makes someone inspirational in your opinion – What kind of people inspire others nowadays?  

The person I would like to talk about is my brother. My brother inspires me, because he is a doctor. He now specialises in plastic surgery in Beverly Hills and he has his own practice. He worked hard to be a doctor and he studies overseas in the USA for almost 10 years working there. He now lives in Los Angeles. He is very hard working, determined and has a lot of perseverance, which makes him inspirational. That’s what makes him inspirational to me and I think nowadays, people have very different role models such as Instagram models, people who are famous for not doing anything and without any education, so it’s changed a lot these days.  

Part 3:  

Does your country support education for young people?  

My country supports education a lot and also pays for students to study overseas. They offer grants to students who wish to study further for anyone interested, but you need to have very good grades.  

Why is education important for both men and women?  

Education is very important for both men and women, as it can help people to develop their minds further. Furthermore, it can offer an opportunity to escape poverty, emigrate abroad and work in your chosen career.  

What does education mean to you?  

In my family – education is extremely important, as my mother is a professor, my father is a doctor, my brother is a doctor. My sister is also a doctor and my youngest brother is studying to become a pharmacist. We believe strongly in education, as it can really change your life for the better and help you to improve yourself, but one most important thing we must remember is that learning is a lifelong process. We need to have an open mind and be open to learning something new every single day.  

Band 7 - 

Examiner's Notes: 

These answers are all at a band 7 level due to a high level of grammar, excellent vocabulary, lexis, range and fluency. 

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