4.1.1 Part 1: Introduction and questions on familiar topics
Length: 4 -5 minutes
The examiner will start by introducing him or herself and asking you to state your name and show your identification.
Next, you will be asked general questions about yourself such as where you live or what you are currently doing (working or studying).
The remaining questions in this section are of a personal nature and topics will be familiar, for example, about the music you like, cooking, the weather, or movies you prefer. Usually you cover one or two more topics and you may get two or three questions about each of them.
The examiner will ask the question and then just listen, though you may be prompted to extend your response with a “why” or “why not” if your answer is too short. This is not a conversation though; it happens in a question-answer format.
4.1.2 Tips for doing well in Part 1
Be prepared to answer questions using different verb tenses and forms.
If you listen carefully to what the examiner asks, it will help you formulate your answer using the appropriate tense.
If you are asked:
Did you like the same movies when you were a child?
You could say: “When I was a child, I liked cartoons more because. . .”
- Don’t give one or two word answers. Give at least one or two sentences. This is your chance to show off your English and holding back is not going to help your score.
Prepare for this section by reviewing vocabulary about work, school, your home, hobbies, the weather, etc.