En esta nueva entrada os damos información sobre el Speaking Test del First: partes e información útil, por supuesto, en inglés (para seguir practicando).

What to expect:

  • It lasts approximately 14 minutes
  • You do it in pairs
  • There are two examiners in the room: one gives you instructions and asks questions and the other just listens.
  • You may do the Speaking paper on a different day from the written exam.
  • The Speaking Test has four parts.

Part 1

Part 1 is a conversation between the examiner and each candidate. You will be asked questions about yourself, your family, your hobbies and interests, your studies or work, your likes and dislikes, etc. Questions may be asked about your past experiences and your future plans.

Our advice:

  1. Do not prepare detailed answers before  you go to the exam, but do make sure you know the vocabulary you will need to talk about your job, your family, your town, your free-time activities, etc.
  2. Listen to the examiner’s questions carefully.
  3. Look confidently at the examiner and perhaps simile a little when you answer the questions.
  4. Answer the questions openly and, when suitable, answer with a few extra details, or a reason: try to speak fluently and confidently.


  • Where are you from?
  • Do you like doing sports?
  • Tell us about…(your family, your interests, your town, etc.)
  • Tell us about something you really enjoyed doing recently.
  • What do you hope to do next summer?
  • Do you enjoy travelling?
  • Tell me about a place you’d like to visit.
  • What job would you like to do in the future?

Part 2

In part 2 you work alone:

  • The examiner gives you two photos on the same topic to speak about.
  • They ask you to speak for about one minute, compare the photos and answer a question about a the topic of the two photos. (The question is printed above the photos).
  • When your partner speaks about his/her photos, you should listen. After your partner has finished, the examiner asks you a brief question about your partner’s topic.

Our advice:

  1. Talk about the general ideas the photos show. Don’t try to describe them in detail.
  2. Compare the ideas the two photos show. When you are not sure what the photos show, speculate (…she seems to be…, he might be…).
  3. Make sure that you answer the question.
  4. Always try to give reasons for your answer.
  5. Speak for the complete minute. The examiner will say “Thank you” when it’s time to stop.
  6. When it’s your partner’s turn to talk about the photos, listen but don’t say anything yourself. You will be asked a questions at the end which you should answer quite briefly.


speaking part 2 example

Part 3

In part 3 you work together:

  • The examiner gives you a question to discuss.
  • To deal with the question, you have to use the written prompts as fully as possible.
  • The examiner will then ask a question to encourage you to reach a decision agreeing or disagreeing with each other.
  • You have four minutes to do this.

Our advice:

  1. it’s very important to interact with each other when you carry out the part 3 task.
  2. You should made positive contributions to move the discussion forward.
  3. You should respond to each other’s contributions by agreeing, disagreeing and questioning each other rather than just giving information about the task.
  4. Don’t be afraid to disagree with each other politely, you will not lose marks if you fail to reach a decision.
  5. Manage your time and keep the discussion moving.


Part 4

In part 4 you continue to work together:

  • The examiner asks both of you questions connected with the topic you discussed in Part 3.
  • The questions may be about your personal experience, your tastes, and your opinions.
  • You may be asked if you agree with your partner’s answers.
  • You have 4 minutes for this part.

Our advice:

  1. Listen carefully to the questions. If you don’t understand ask the examiner to repeat.
  2. Answer the questions giving a reason or explanation or example.
  3. Listen to what your partner is saying because you may be asked to give your opinion on what he/she has said.
  4. If you don’t know the answer to a question, don’t just say “I don’t know”, say “I don’t know a lot about this subject, but I think…”.


  • Did you enjoy going to school?
  • Which were your favourite subjects?

En nuestra próxima entrada os mostaremos frases útiles que podréis utilizar en las diferentes partes del Speaking Test del First.

Esperamos que toda esta información os haya resultado útil y recordad, si vivís en Alicante y estáis pensando prepararos para algún examen oficial y necesitáis profesores que se adapten a vuestras necesidades, no dudéis en poneros en contacto con nosotras: