Look at these examples of topics you might get asked for the speaking part of the test.

The second one (Describe a movie....) is followed by an example of a Band 9 answer, you can read here the level of detail and information that the examiner is looking for.

Firstly introduce yourself with name, where you are from, if you are working or in college etc. Keep it short and factual.

Topic: Describe an open-air or street market which you have enjoyed visiting. (You will have 1 minute to make some notes first)

You should say: where the market is / what the market sells / how big the market is / why you enjoyed going there. Take 1 minute to prepare some notes and then talk for 1 – 2 minutes.

You will be marked on: Fluency and cohesion, Lexical resource, Grammar and Pronunciation.

Look at this topic and practice by recording yourself and self-analysing.

Describe A Movie You Recently Watched

What was the movie? When and where did you watch it? Did you like it? Why? Who was in it?

Band 9.0 Sample Answer

Lately, I haven’t had much time to go out for a movie since I’ve been up to my eyeballs in reports and presentations. Hence, to relax and boost my mood, I rented some good old movies and made myself some healthy snacks for a late night treat. “Silver Linings Playbook” is one of my all-time favourites and I’ve lost count how many times I’ve replayed it.

The last time I watched it was a week ago on Saturday night. Oscar nominated movies were usually not my taste due to their complexity and lack of entertainment but Silver Linings Playbook was an exception. I’ve always preferred something a little sentimental, light-hearted, yet meaningful and this movie had it all. Silver Linings Playbook was an adaptation from the novel written by Matthew Quick, starring two incredibly talented actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. This romantic comedy movie was about two wounded souls who once again found beauty in the most unexpected place. Pat (Bradley), a former teacher, was just released from a mental institution and trying to reconcile with his cheating wife despite his family’s protests. He met Tiffany (Jennifer), a woman with problems of her own, and things got complicated. Two people bearing hidden scars with no hope in the future finally had lights in their lives again. The movie was not heavy at all but extremely entertaining with some laugh-out-loud moments. No matter how many times I’ve watched it, I still get emotional every time I play it. The underlying message was also a shout-out to anyone who believes they have hit rock bottom: “When one door closes, another door opens”. Therefore, keep moving forward and don’t lose hope. If anyone runs out of movies to watch, I highly recommend “Silver Linings Playbook” as a change of appetite.