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TRƯỜNG ĐẠI HỌC NGOẠI NGỮ

Khoa Sư Phạm Tiếng Anh




ĐỀ THI ĐÁNH GIÁ NĂNG LỰC TIẾNG ANH

Trình độ C1

MÃ ĐỀ .....




MÔN THI:

  • Ngữ pháp và Từ vựng: 25 phút

  • Đọc hiểu: 50 phút

  • Nghe hiểu: (appro.) 25 phút

  • Viết: 60 phút

Ngày thi: ...

Đề thi gồm: ... trang


    • Thí sinh làm bài trên phiếu trả lời trắc nghiệm.

    • Thí sinh nộp lại đề thi trước khi ra khỏi phòng thi.


SAMPLE PAPER ON USE OF ENGLISH TEST - LEVEL C1

(Time 25 minutes)

I. Choose the best options to fill the blanks in the following text. One option for each blank only:

Our (0) ___C___ genetic characteristics is believed by the majority of scientists in this subject area to play the (1) _____ role in our being beautiful, attractive, and appealing to other individuals. Although there is no (2) _____theory on what beauty really is and how it works, the results of a recent scientific research seems to (3) _____ the hypothesis that our facial features are, as found in most research on human beings , evidently (4) _____ by our brains. Their possible role is to (5) _____ health and fertility as well as genetic superiority – the quality that people, (6) _____ their partners. To them, the vivid shades of the feather indicate the potential partner’s genetic fitness to produce healthy (7) _____.

In humans, similarly, beauty (8) _____ our well-being and our sexual attractiveness, but as far as our facial characteristics are taken into account, people (9) _____ to regard the face with the highest degree of symmetry as extremely (10) _____. And equally effectively, the facial properties may also indicate the appeal of the whole body.

0. A. indebted B. derivative C. innate D. acquisitive


1. A. vital B. functional C. tangible D. customary

2. A. eminent B. obscure C. indicative D. explicit

3. A. bear out B. stand out C. prop up D. make about

4. A. manifest B. pertain C. survey D. uncover

5. A. plainly B. normally C. allegedly D. mainly

6. A. favouring B. postulating C. referring D. asserting

7. A. stamina B. progeny C. entity D. forebears

8. A. affirms B. foresees C. display D. envisages

9. A. incline B. aspire C. anticipate D. declare

10. A. flourishing B. startling C. captivating D. engrossing



II. Choose the best form of the given capitalized word to fill the blanks in the text. One option for each blank only:

Life in extreme conditions

Until relatively recently, it was (00)___A___ (THINK) that extreme heat and

cold presented (11) _____ (MOUNT) problems to living organism and that all life existed in a narrow range of (12) _____ (FAVOUR) temperatures. However, the discovery of extremophiles has forced a (13) _____ (ASSESS) of that view. Extremophiles are bacteria that survive, and even thrive, in (14)_____ (SEEM) impossible conditions. (15) _____ (PROBABLE) as it may seem, some exist at temperatures exceeding 80 oC in geysers and hot springs, while others live in freezing conditions of the Antarctic (16) _____ (WILD). While most species of larger animals are (17)_____ (THREAT) by global warming, even to the point of (18) _____ (EXTINCT), that kind of (19) _____ (ECOLOGY) change may actually benefit the extremophiles. These (20) _____ (MYSTERY) organism may survive long after the human race.

00. A. thought B. thoughtful C. thinkable D. thinking


11. A. insurmountable B. unsurmounted C. insurmounting D. unsurmountable

12. A. favoured B. favourite C. favourable D. unfavoured

13. A. reassessment B. assessability C. reassessiveness D. reassessability

14. A. seeming B. seemed C. seemly D. seemingly

15. A. probable B. improbable C. probability D. improbability

16. A. wildness B. wildly C. wilderness D. bewilder

17. A. threated B. threatened C. threatening D. dethreated

18. A. extinguish B. extinctiveness C. extinction D. extinct

19. A. ecologic B. ecological C. ecology D. ecologist

20. A. mystery B. mysterious C. mysterical D. mystrous



III. Complete the sentences with the best options. One option for each blank only:

000.


They say the new minister is a lovely person and very ……………….. to talk to.

My neighbours have not had a very ……………….. life, but they always seem cheerful.

It’s ……………….. enough to see why the town is popular with tourists.

A. interesting B. easy C. sociable D. friendly
21.

I can’t see the ……………….. of all this paperwork, can you?

I was so frustrated that I was on the ……………….. of giving up, but my piano teacher persuaded me to keep on practising.

Now, let’s move on to the final ……………….. for discussion at this meeting.



A. purpose B. idea C. intention D. point

22.


I think it’s ……………….. to say that not everyone in the boardroom agreed with the decision about the site of the new factory.

Rita complained that it was not ……………….. that she had a smaller company car than her colleagues.

My husband looks nothing like his brothers and sisters because he is so ……………….. .

A. fine B. good C. fair D. right

23.


The workers at the car factory are at present ……………….. in negotiations to improve their position.

As the business expanded and more staff were required, the company ……………….. the services of a recruitment agency.

When my brother and his new girlfriend announced that they were ……………….. it took the whole family by surprise.


  1. engaged B. involved C. concerned D. troubled

24.

The instructions were written in such a complicated way that Joe had to spend a long time ……………….. out how to set up the printer.

First results indicated that the new drug was ……………….. and had no side effects.

John was annoyed to find the drinks machine was not ……………….. yet again.



A. finding B. working C. doing D. starting

25.


Lisa is in ………………..… while I’m away from the office, OK?

They’ve introduced a small ……………….. for parking outside the station.

The protestors moved back quickly in reaction to a sudden ……………….. by the police.


  1. plan B. attack C. charge D. holiday


IV. Choose the options that best rewrite the given sentences.

00. Honestly, is this Rolls Royce your uncle’s? belong

Honestly,_________D_________your uncle?

A. is this Rolls Royce belong to

B. this Rolls Royce does belong

C. do this Rolls Royce belong to



D. does this Roll Royce belong to
26. I wonder why Grant quit his job. prompted

I wonder _______________ his job.

A. why Grant promted quitting

B. why Grant prompted to quit

C. what prompted Grant to quit

D. what promted Grant quitting


27. Bob and Sheila came home in my car in the end. ended

I ____________________________________home.

A. ended up driving Bob and Sheila

B. and Bob and Sheila ended

C. ended my car with Bob and Sheila at

D. I was ended with Bob and Sheila in my car at


28. I passed the exam, but only just! scrape

I manage _________________the exam.

A. to scrape out of

B. to scrape in

C. to scrape through

D. to scrape off


29. We need business to improve soon or we won’t survive the year. pick

If________________________________, we won’t survive the year.

A. we don’t pick our business soon

B. there is no pick in business soon

C. business doesn’t pick us soon

D. business doesn’t pick up soon


30. At the start of the meeting, Ashley summarized what had been discussed last time. kicked

Ashley ________________________ a summary of what had been discussed last time.

A. kicked out the meeting by

B. kicked off the meeting with

C. kicked out the meeting with

D. kicked the meeting off by



SAMPLE READING PAPER - LEVEL C1

(Time: 50 minutes)
Part 1: Read the passage and then choose the best option

Breast screening advice updated amid controversy over tests

Controversy

Screening has been a fixture in diagnosing breast cancer for more than two decades. Women aged between 50 and 70 are invited to have a mammogram every three years. It helps doctors catch cancer early so treatment can be given when it is more likely to save lives.

However, the national cancer director Prof Sir Mike Richards said it had become "an area of high controversy". The debate centres around the concept of "overdiagnosis", that is screening which correctly identifies a tumour, but one which would never have caused harm. It leads to women who would have lived full and healthy lives having treatments - such as surgery, hormone therapy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy - which have considerable side-effects. There is no way of knowing which tumours will be deadly and which could have been left alone. The review, published in the Lancet medical journal, showed that screening saved 1,307 lives every year in the UK, but led to 3,971 women having unnecessary treatment. From the point of view of a single patient they have a 1% chance of being overdiagnosed if they go for screening.

To screen?

Cancer charities have unanimously argued that women should still choose to be screened. A joint statement by Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Campaign and Breast Cancer Care said: "We encourage all women to attend their screening appointments."It said the review provided "much-needed clarity" that screening saves lives, but women must be given "clear and balanced information" to highlight the harms. Cancer Research UK, which commissioned the review alongside the Department of Health, said that "on balance" it thought that women should go ahead with screening. Its chief executive Dr Harpal Kumar said: "Because we can't yet tell which cancers are harmful and which are not, we cannot predict what will happen in an individual woman's case. Research is advancing at pace and we hope that in the future there will be a number of new techniques that we can use alongside the screening programme to make it more sophisticated and reduce the numbers of women having unnecessary treatment’.Richard Winder, the deputy director of the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, said: "This was a robust review and we appreciate the rigour and efforts of the panel in conducting it.

"We are pleased that the panel concluded the NHS Breast Cancer Screening Programme confers significant benefit and should continue.

"Where they have made recommendations, we will work with all partners to take these forward."

( From bbc.co.uk )

1. Breast cancer screening is believed to:


  1. kill cancer patients

  2. identify a tumour

  3. lead to another cancer

  4. reduce cancer treatments

  1. to still go for screening

2. ..............

Part 2: Read the following passage and choose the best option.

What do we mean by energy and sustainability?

The term energy has a long history but the standard scientific definition today is that energy is the capacity to do work. The term power is related to energy and its definition is power is the rate of doing work. The two are linked together by the simple formula



energy = power x time

The term sustainability is not so simple to define but there is perhaps no better definition than that given in the United Nations report ‘Our Common Future’ produced by the Brundtland Commission in 1987. The Commission defined sustainable development, as ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs ’ (United Nations, 1987). This means that sustainable resources are those not significantly depleted over time, those which do not result in substantial pollution or other environmerntal hazards, and those that do not involve the perpetuation of health hazards or social injustice.



What are the principal energy sources at present, and how sustainable are they?

About 80 per cent of the world's energy is currently supplied by fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas. Present estimates suggest that, at current consumption rates, there are over 200-years' worth of coal left, 60-years' of gas, and 40-years' of oil. Fossil fuels are hydrocarbons, and their combustion releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, one of the main causes of the human-induced greenhouse effect.



Nuclear energy is a fairly new technology which currently provides nearly 7 per cent of our primary energy requirements. It is based on harnessing the very large quantities of energy that are released when the nuclei of certain atoms, such as uranium-235, are induced to split or fission. Estimates suggest that there is sufficient fuel for many decades or even centuries, depending on use rates, but there are major concerns regarding safety and the disposal of nuclear waste products.

The combustion of biofuels such as wood or other biomass material gives us bioenergy. To be sustainable, the forests that provide traditional wood fuel need to be re-planted at the same rate as they are cut down. The incomplete combustion of wood can also release a mixture of greenhouse gases with a greater overall global warming effect than can be offset by the CO2 absorbed by growing replacement trees. Modern bioenergy power plants burn straw and forestry wastes.



Hydroelectricity is the power from flowing water, a source which has been used by humanity for many centuries. In 2000, it contributed over 17 per cent of world electricity. Its original source is the sun; water evaporated from oceans falls as rain or snow into rivers, where its flow can be harnessed using water wheels or turbines. Larger installations can have adverse environmental effects, but smaller projects may have little, if any, impact.

1. Carbon dioxide from ................ is the main cause of the green house effect related to human activities.

A. gas

B. coals and oil



C. coals, gas and oil

D. fossil fuels

2. ........
Part 3: Note completion

Read the web article and complete the note below by choosing the best option.

Ringed with glaciers and massive peaks, Chamonix can feel brooding and slightly claustrophobic even in bright sunshine. It is attractive, historic, buzzing with activity, shops and nightlife, but it’s a place for adventure not relaxation and you can feel your pulse quicken as you arrive in town.

Along the valley, there are 44 lifts and 155km of pistes, spread across four distinct ski areas, but it is the abundance of off-piste routes through the impressive alpine scenery that keeps drawing skiers.

The Grand Montets ski area, towards the Swiss border and 8km northeast of the town, has one of the biggest vertical drops in the Alps: 2,035m. Many of the runs are fairly challenging – the Pas de Chèvre (Goat’s Step), for example, is a classic descent which drops off the back of the ski area to the Mer de Glace, the wide glacier at the end of the Vallée Blanche. A guide is recommended – the route involves couloirs and sometimes a small section needs to be abseiled. But there’s plenty of less challenging skiing too, with dramatic close-up views of the Argentière glacier.

The Vallée Blanche is itself one of the Alps’ most celebrated runs, a glacier descent of up to 24km. Just getting to the start of it is an adventure. First there’s the two-stage, cable-car journey from the town centre, at 1,035m, to the Aiguille du Midi summit, at 3,842m – the world’s longest such journey. The original lift was built in 1955 – an extraordinary feat of engineering in such steep and rugged terrain. It’s worth knowing that there’s some surprisingly little-known off-piste skiing from the halfway stage: most skiers are so intent on getting to the top to ski the Vallée Blanche that it would seem pointless to get off halfway.

At the top, you and your guide (it’s foolhardy not to hire one, because of crevasse danger) must walk down an exposed, narrow ridge, holding on to a fixed rope, before putting on skis. For some, this is the scariest part of the descent. On no account wander off to the left under the rope if there’s a sudden call of nature, as you could find yourself hurtling down to Chamonix, almost 3,000m below.

Most first-time visitors will take the classic route to find out what the Vallée Blanche experience is like. Technically easy, it allows you to take in some truly astonishing scenery: you’re surrounded by lofty crags, spires and needles. Snowboarders won’t like the long, flat section across the Mer de Glace at the end of the descent, unavoidable whichever route you take.

1. Chamonix is a famous town for (1) ………………, where tourists can have a lot of interesting experiences.



  1. adventure

  2. camping tours

  3. sunbathing time

  4. shopping activities

2. ..................
Part 4:

Read the text and fill each gap with the best sentence from A to D.

All people have some stress in their lives. A little stress makes life interesting, and it keeps you on your toes. However, too much stress can be unhealthy. You may find your life becoming stressful whenever there are changes in your environment, in your relationships, or in the demands you put on yourself.

________(1). Stress can also be caused by good things in your life, such as getting a new job, moving to a new place, or getting married.

How can you tell when your life is getting too “stressful”? You will probably find yourself always feeling rushed, as though you must hurry everywhere you go. ________(2). You may find yourself walking, talking, and eating more quickly than usual. If you find that you eat more or less than usual, or that you don’t sleep very well, it may be that you are under a lot of stress. Too much stress can also make you feel depressed or bored; it can rob you of your excitement for life.

Besides causing emotional problems, stress can also real physical problems. If you have too much stress in your life, you may suffer from stomach problems, headaches, or neck and shoulder pain. ________(3). Doctors estimate that 50 to 80% of all diseases is directly related to stress. The cost of treating both stress and illness caused by stress is said to be in the billions of dollars each year.

Prevention is the best way to deal with stress. ________(4). First of all, be organized – there is nothing so stressful as a disorganized life. Put your life surroundings (your home, apartment, or desk at work or school) in order. Don’t procrastinate. Stop putting things off. Do what needs to be done today. On the other hand, if there are things that you can put off for another day, do. Don’t always feel that you have to do everything right now. Learn to say “no” to activities and commitments that will only add more stress to your life.

Learn to relax. Slow down. ________(5). Find a quiet place where you can go and meditate, breathe deeply, and bring back the balance in your life. ________(6). Reading, listening to music, or creating something with your hands are all great ways to bring some peace to a hectic life. Learn to laugh at yourself and your life. ________(7). Even when things seem pretty dark and stressful, there is usually a place for some humor and a smile. Perhaps that is the most important time to find something to laugh about.

Finally, one of the best ways to deal with stress is to take care of yourself physically and mentally. You will be able to handle the stress in your life much better if you eat a healthy diet, get plenty of rest each day, and find time for some exercise. ________(8)

1. The best sentence for gap number 1 is:


  1. There is never enough time to do everything that you need to do.

  2. Changes in life can cause stress to people.

  3. Too much stress can make you more vulnerable to illness.

  4. Stress can be caused by having too many problems in your life, such as trouble with money, school, job, or family.

2. .................
SAMPLE LISTENING PAPER – LEVEL C1

Thời gian

Nội dung

Mẫu bài thi

-3 phần

- 30 tiểu mục

- Nghe 1 lần

- Khoảng 25 phút (bao gồm 20 phút nghe và 05 phút chuyển câu hỏi sang phiếu trả lời)



Hướng dẫn chung

Thời gian nghe: khoảng 30 giây

Sample:


On the recording, you hear:

C1 listening test

There are three sections in the test. Each section has its own directions. You will hear each section only once. You should write your answers on the question paper as you listen. At the end of the test, you are given 6 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet.

Phần 1

Nghe 10 hội thoại ngắn/độc thoại và trả lời câu hỏi tương ứng - trắc nghiệm 4 lựa chọn (tranh ảnh/ bản đồ/ chữ viết..)

1. Chủ đề lựa chọn: giao dịch hàng ngày, đời sống cá nhân, sở thích, v.v..

2. Tổng thời gian: khoảng 8 phút. Trong đó:

- Thời gian của phần hướng dẫn (instruction): khoảng 30 giây

Sample:


On the recording, you hear:

Section 1

In section 1, you will hear 10 short conversations/monolgues between two speakers. At the end of each conversation, there will be a question for you. Read the question and four possible answers and decide which one would be the best answer to the question. Now let’s start with the first conversation.

- Thời gian của mỗi hội thoại/độc thoại: khoảng 20 giây. Giữa 2 hội thoại thí sinh có 8 giây để hoàn lựa chọn đáp án cho hội thoại trước và đọc stems và các lựa chọn chọn hội thoại sau.

- Kết thúc phần 1, thí sinh sẽ nghe: This is the end of section 1.

3. Độ dài bài hội thoại/độc thoại: 20-30 từ

4. Miêu tả chi tiết về hội thoại/độc thoại và stem:

- Bài hội thoại có 2 giọng. 1 giọng nam và 1 giọng nữ.

- Stems: ở dạng câu hỏi trực tiếp bắt đầu bằng what/ where/ how/ who/why

- Các lựa chọn: tranh ảnh/bản đồ/ chữ viết...



Ví dụ 1

On the recording, you hear:

Man: Roy doesn’t stand a chance of winning a gold medal in the Olympics..

Woman: True, but he’s doing his best.

In the paper, you see:

Stem: What do the speakers mean?

A. Roy’s standing in line for a gold medal.

B. Roy was the best, so he got a gold medal.

C. Roy probably won’t win a gold medal.

D. Nobody’s better than Roy at getting gold medals.



Key: C Distractors: A, B & D

Ví dụ 2

On the recording, you hear:

I'm moving into a new home this weekend, so I decided to do some shopping to furnish the place. I went to an appliance store not too far from my house, and I first bought a refrigerator for the kitchen. You really can't live without one because you have to keep your food cold or frozen so it doesn't spoil.



In the paper, you see:

Stem: What did the man buy?



A.



B.



C.



D.



Key: D Distractors: A, B & C

Phần 2

Nghe 2 hội thoại dài và trả lời 4 câu hỏi tương ứng (tổng cộng 8 câu hỏi cho hai bài hội thoại) – trắc nghiệm 4 lựa chọn

1. Chủ đề lựa chọn: mua bán hàng hóa, trao đổi kinh nghiệm, hội thoại bằng điện thoại v.v...

2. Tổng thời gian: khoảng 07 phút. Trong đó:

- Thời gian của phần hướng dẫn (instruction): khoảng 30 giây

Sample:


On the recording, you hear:

Section 2

In section 2, you will hear longer conversations. After each conversation, you will have to answer several questions. Each question has four possible answers. Read and decide which one would be the best answer to the question. Now let’s start with the first conversation.

Conversation 1- question 21-24. Now you will have 16 seconds to look at questions21-24.

- Thời gian của mỗi hội thoại: khoảng 1.5 – 2 phút. Kết thúc hội thoại 1, thí sinh có 16 giây để đọc trả lời câu hỏi 21-24.

- Khi chuyển tiếp giữa 2 hội thoại, thí sinh sẽ nghe: Conversation 2- question 25-28. Now you will have 16 seconds to look at questions 25-28.

- Kết thúc phần 2, thí sinh sẽ nghe: This is the end of section 2.

3. Độ dài bài hội thoại: 120-150 từ

4. Miêu tả chi tiết về độc thoại và stem:

- Stems: Câu hỏi ở dạng trực tiếp bắt đầu bằng what/ how/ where/ when hoặc ở dạng hoàn thành câu.

Ví dụ:

On the recording, you hear:

Woman: I’ve been hearing some strange noises under the hood for the past two weeks. What do you think is wrong?

Man: Well, your radiator is leaking , your fuel pump is broken, and your carburetor is dirsty.

Woman: How long will the repairs take?

Man: I can probably have it as good as new in four days.

Woman: How much will all of this cost?

Man: About $195.

Woman: Do you accept these ten-percent discount coupons for work over $150?

Man: Yes, we do. If you leave it now, I’ll have it ready by Friday afternoon.

In the paper, you see:

Sample of Stem:

Question 26: What can we assume the man does for a living?

A. Mechanic

B. Policeman.

C. TV repairman.

D. Car salesman.

Key: A Distractors: A , B & C


Phần 3

Nghe 3 bài nói dài và trả lời 4 câu hỏi tương ứng (tổng cộng 12 câu hỏi cho 3 bài) – trắc nghiệm 4 lựa chọn

1. Chủ đề lựa chọn: 1 phần của bài thuyết trình, bài giảng, hướng dẫn, giải thích về môn học v.v...

2. Tổng thời gian: khoảng 9-10 phút. Trong đó:

- Thời gian của phần hướng dẫn (instruction): khoảng 30 giây

Sample:


On the recording, you hear:

Section 3

In section 3, you will hear longer several talks. After each talk, you will have to answer several questions. Each question has three possible answers. Read and decide which one would be the best answer to the question. Now let’s start with the first talk.

Talk 1- question 29- 32. Now you will have 16 seconds to look at questions 29-32.

- Thời gian của mỗi độc thoại: khoảng 2 phút . Kết thúc độc thoại 1, thí sinh có 16 giây để trả lời các câu hỏi của độc thoại 1.

- Khi chuyển tiếp giữa 2 độc thoại, thí sinh sẽ nghe: Conversation 2- question 33 - 36. Now you will have 16 seconds to look at questions 33 - 36.

- Kết thúc phần 4, thí sinh sẽ nghe: This is the end of section 4.

3. Độ dài bài hội thoại: 150-250 từ

4. Miêu tả chi tiết về độc thoại và stem:

- Stems: Câu hỏi ở dạng trực tiếp bắt đầu bằng what/ how/ where/ when hoặc ở dạng hoàn thành câu.

Ví dụ:

On the recording, you hear:

The McDonald brothers opened their first hamburger restaurant in California in 1940 but within eight years, they had closed it down and re-opened as a take-away restaurant. This was a place that offered food that was both cheap and good quality. They also offered practically no service. For example, you lined up for your food, paid at the counter and took it to your own table or car. For this reason the McDonald brothers were seen as restaurant pioneers because they were the first people to do this, to invent the idea of fast food. But that wasn’t the only novel idea they came up with. They also brought in the entirely new concept of specialization, where staff in the kitchen each had their own job. In other words, they had one person cooking the burgers, while another person was doing the milkshakes, and so on. They liked to advertise their sales success and so in 1950 they proudly put up a sign outside their restaurant telling the world that they had sold on million burgers. That doesn’t seem so many nowadays, but in those early days it was quite an achievement. Then in 1961 the brothers decided they’d enough of the hamburger business and so they sold the company for 2.7 million dollars along with the name. Today there is barely a country in the world where you cannot get a McDonald’s hamburger.



In the paper, you see:

Sample of stems

Question 31

When did burger sales reach one million?


  1. 1950

  2. 1955

  3. 1956

  4. 1960

Key: A Distractors: B, C, D

Question 32:

What did McDonald brother sell with their business in 1961?


  1. The shops

  2. The name

  3. The fame

  4. The staff

Key: B Distractors: A, C, D


SAMPLE WRITING PAPER – LEVEL C1
SECTION 1 [20 minutes]
This chart presents production of the nine most important food and agricultural commodities (ranked by value) in the world for the year indicated.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.


Write at least 150 words.



Source: FAO Statistical Yearbook


SECTION 2 [40 minutes]:

Write an essay of at least 250 words to an educated reader on the following topic:



Cohabitation before marriage is a way to make sure marriage would work

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

Use the relevant reasons and evidence to support your opinion.

SAMPLE SPEAKING PAPER - LEVEL C1

Good morning. Take your seat, please.

My name’s ….. What’s your full name? Can I see your student card? Can you sign your name here?

PART 1: INTERVIEW (3 minutes)

Now, let’s talk about …. e.g., music.

1. Do you often listen to music?

2. What is your favourite kind of music? Why?

3. What are the benefits of listening to music?



PART 2: PICTURE-CUED DESCRIPTION (3 minutes)

Now, let’s move on to part 2. Here are three pictures showing different ways in which computers affect our lives. I'd like you to talk about them for one to two minutes. Before that, you have one minute to prepare for you are going to say. You can make some notes if you wish.


group 2


  1. How do these pictures show the roles of computers?

  2. Which picture best reflects the difference computers have made to our lives?





PART 3: DISCUSSION (4 minutes)

Let’s move on to part 3. I’d like to ask you some more general questions related to what you have told me in part 2.

  • Some people say that computers are helping to create a generation of people without social skills. What’s your opinion?

  • Do you agree that the computer is the greatest invention of modern times?

  • A lot of personal information about all of us is now kept on computers. Do you find this worrying? …… (Why? / Why not?)

  • In the future, what roles do you think computer will play?

That’s the end of the speaking test. Thank you.





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