How to prepare for the C1 Advanced Speaking exam?


Here are some tips to help you prepare for your Speaking exam. At C1 Advanced level you are expected to have a good command of your language both lexically and grammatically. What’s more, you will need to provide opinions on diverse topics and give reasons for them.

1. Remember to keep it short but give full answers

Length: about 30-40 seconds

Full answer: State your opinion and support it with reasons.

2. Express your opinion clearly

Use phrases to introduce your opinion like the following.

Opinion: I personally believe / prefer / think 

Emphasis: I do think/consider; the most enjoyable/ the best… 

3. Structure your answer logically

It might seem difficult to stay organised when you are under stress during the exam. However, remember that linking words help the listener to follow your story easily.

Sequence: first, next, finally 

Reason: because, due to, as a result of

Addition: moreover, also, and, or 

Contrast: but, on the other hand, whereas

Summary: so, in a nutshell, basically

4. Use on topic vocabulary

Identify the topic and use as many words and expressions as you can. Appropriate collocations show your proficiency and mastery of the language. Throw in a phrasal verb for extra points.

5. Show a range of grammatical structures

Preference: I would do something, I love doing, I prefer to do


Question: When travelling do you visit all the famous sights and take the typical picture or do you go off the beaten track?


I personally prefer to do a free walking tour first to get my bearings and make sure I have covered the most important sights. The next days are to get lost and feel the atmosphere. For example, I would have breakfast at a cafe with the locals or follow a recommendation. When it comes to souvenirs, I love buying some food to take home instead of yet another magnet! So we can say that I try to shy away from the beaten path.

Linking words and grammatical structures in bold

Vocabulary about Travel and holidays in italics

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