Speaking tips for Euroexam Level A1

The Spoken Exam has four tasks. There are usually two candidates in the Spoken Exam, you and your partner. So, when we write "you" in these tips, it means that the same thing happens to the other candidate, too, or if we say "you give your presentation", it means that both of you do it, one after the other.

Task 1 – Interview

You get four questions about everyday life which you can answer with one sentence each.

Tips and Ideas for Task 1

  • Listen carefully to the question. Answer the question in your own words. Don't just say something that you have learnt earlier.

  • When you prepare for the exam, practise saying aloud short sentences about your family, hobbies, school or work, eating habits, regular activities. 

Task 2 – Presentation (in 1 minute)

This task begins before you enter the exam room. In another room you get a paper with two topics on it; and you choose one. Examples of the topics are: family, home, daily routine, best friends, dream home, etc. You have ten minutes to prepare. You can make notes, and take these notes with you into the exam room. You can also use a non-electronic dictionary. In the exam room, you give your presentation and speak for one minute. You can use your notes to help you, but don't read from them.

Tips and Ideas for Task 2

  • In about 1 minute, you can say about 10 things. In the 10-minute preparation period, write down notes like this, "play the guitar", "vegetarian", "no sports" etc. These key words will help you speak freely, using your notes.

  • In the preparation room, you can use a dictionary, but looking up words takes a long time. Don't look up words unless it is really necessary. You use words best which you already know.

  • To practise by yourself, imagine you are talking to a foreigner in English. Talk to yourself. Explain things.

  • Collect words and phrases which you think will help you in the exam: "I enjoy...", "I prefer...", "I believe I never...", "We often feel that we can't..." etc.

Task 3 – Transactional Dialogues

This task has two parts; and in both you have two short conversations with the examiner.

  1. In Part a) the examiner reads out a situation; e.g. you want to find your bag, you ask a friend about your next class etc. She speaks to you and you reply. For example the examiner says: We’re friends. We have a free afternoon. I start. Would you like to go to the cinema?" - then you say something.

  2. In Part b) you only hear the situation and you must start the conversation (e.g. the examiner says: "This time you must start the conversation. You want to find the nearst post office. I am a person on the street." - you start the conversation].

Tips and Ideas for Task 3

  • Listen carefully to what the examiner says. It is important to understand the situation. If you don't understand, ask the examiner to say it again.

  • You can practise for this task with friends, parents, relatives or other people who speak English. Imagine a lot of everyday situations and what people say in the street, at the hotel, at the doctor, in shops, at a railway station or airport, at cinemas-theatres-bars-restaurants etc. One of you speaks as an official, the other person as the customer, guest, patient, visitor etc. 

  • In these dialogues you can use polite language. Practise these; e.g. Could you pass the salt?

Practice materials for Task 3 - Click on the links!

  • You can find a lot of short, elementary-level conversations on the 'Speaking' page of the website ESLgold.com. Listen to them and practise the useful expressions.

  • Basic English Listening Lessons is a great page, mainly to practise your listening skills. The conversations are elementary level ones, so you can learn plenty of useful phrases which you can use in everyday conversations.

Task 4 – Picture Description and Discussion

You do this task together with your partner. You get one picture; your partner gets another. There are ten differences between the two pictures. You also get five pieces of information about the differences between the two pictures. (Your partner gets different pieces of information). The two of you have to find the ten differences: you can make statements about your own picture or ask your partner questions about his or her picture.

Tips and Ideas for Task 4

  • In this task you talk about places, people, objects (e.g. "there is...", "there are...", "I can see..." etc.), using the names of places, sizes and lots of prepositions (e.g. behind, next to, in front of etc.).  You will also need the question form; e.g. "Are there...?" or "Can you see... behind...?".

  • You will need the present continuous tense, to describe who is doing what in the pictures, or for asking your partner (e.g. "The dog is eating..." or "Are the children playing...?"). 

  • The best way to practise is to say in Engish what you see when you enter a shop, a room, street, building. etc. Also describe what people are doing. You also practise the vocabulary and the sentence structures too!

Practice materials for Task 4 - Click on the link!

Good luck in your exam