Speaking Task #5
Task #5 is an integrated speaking task that a test taker performs after listening to a conversation. There is no reading passage in Task #5. The conversation itself lasts from 60 to 90 seconds and involves some sort of problem related to campus life. The exchange may be between a student and a professor, a student and a university staff person, or between two students.
After the conversation finishes, the test taker is asked to 1) briefly summarize the problem; 2) list the two suggested solutions and say which of the two is better; and 3) provide a rationale for that choice. You have 20 seconds to prepare and 60 seconds in which to give a response.
For example, you might be asked a question such as this
The speakers discuss two possible solutions to the man's problem. Describe the problem and the two solutions. Then explain what you think the man should do and why.
Preparation time 20 seconds
Response time 60 seconds
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Practicing Task #5
Now practice Task #5. Remember to take good notes about what the problem is. To save time, you can even start jotting down ideas about which solution you prefer. In the 20 seconds you have to prepare, glance at your notes and think through your support.
Narrator In this question, you will listen to a conversation. You will be asked to talk about the information and to give your opinion about the ideas presented. Afterwards, you have 20 seconds to prepare and 60 seconds to respond.
Narrator Describe the problem and the two solutions. Then explain what you think the man should do and why.