CELPIP Speaking: How to answer task 5,6,7 and 8


How to answer task 5: Comparing and persuading

While choosing one of the two pictures at the beginning, you have 60 seconds to look at the specifications of each product. Compare the two of them and pick the one you feel you can comfortably talk about. There is no right or wrong choice. Just pick one already. When the new picture pops up next to your choice, you have 60 second to prepare. You have to persuade someone that your first choice is definitely better.

While preparing, choose three factors you are going to use supporting your product. Use the most obvious things like the price, size, and functions to defend your choice. However, be careful not to simply read the information given to you. Use it in a more elaborative way.

In order to do that, you can say things like “The first hotel room is cheaper than the second one” instead of just reading the prices given. Try to make use of these selected comparative adjectives:

– easier/harder

– better/worse

– lighter/darker

– older/newer

– cleaner/dirtier

– faster/slower

– longer/shorter/taller

– More/less advanced

– lighter/heavier

– wider/narrower

When you express or paraphrase the prompts given with your own words, you show that you have developed a certain fluency expressing meaning. Remember also to keep a convincing tone, yet polite at the same time.

How to answer task 6: Dealing with a difficult situation

As everyday life is full of problems and difficult choices, sometimes we are given two options to deal with a situation and we are bound to choose one of them. However, we should be able to justify ourselves. This is what task 6 is about.

When explaining yourself to someone, probably a friend, a colleague, or a family member, try not to make them angry. In other words, you have to keep a friendly rational tone when speaking.

At the preparation stage, choose whatever choice you feel you can justify easily. Write bullet points of at least three strong reasons to support your choice. Remember to keep it simple.

Try to organize your justifications logically. You can even imagine additional scenarios to justify your reasons, and present them in a well-mannered and yet certain about your decision.


How to answer task 7: Expressing opinions

Here, you are required to give your opinion about a social issue related to Canadian contexts. You are advised to provide logical reasons so that the listener can follow your line of arguments.

Once again, don’t spend too much time thinking whether to agree or disagree with the statement as there is no correct or incorrect answer. When preparing, use your time to think of ideas to support your stand instead. Try to provide strong reasons and present them in a logical orderly manner.

When speaking, start your response by clearly stating that you agree or disagree with the statement. You can use phrases like “I strongly believe that…” “In my opinion, I think…” “Personally speaking, I think…” After that, present your reasonable arguments by using some linking words, such as “first, second, moreover, besides, furthermore, finally” Try to leave 10 seconds at the end to restate your opinion again. “That’s why I think that….” “For these reasons, I think that …” “That’s mainly why I think…”


How to answer task 8: Describing an unusual situation

At this stage, you are asked to describe a strange picture to a friend or a family member, usually over the phone. Therefore, make sure to fully grasp the situation from the prompt. Write down some notes about some details to talk about when analyzing the picture. It is probably the most challenging task in the speaking section as you are required to give specific and precise details of a strange picture, which some non-native speaker might not be comfortable with. However, if you can’t do that, you can still convey your meaning by using simple words.

While speaking, don’t spend too much time talking about the situation behind the picture. “It’s my parents wedding anniversary and I’m thinking of buying them something. So I was walking down X Avenue when I saw this lovely but rather strange bed. I think they would love it. They have always been talking about buying a bed of this sort…” This kind of answer would definitely affect your score. Get to the descriptive process as quickly as possible. You should spend most of the time describing, the size, shape, color, qualities, and strange features instead of talking about occasion.

How to answer Task 1, 2, 3, and 4

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  3. Hi,

    Thank you for the wonderful tips. I went all through the materials you have and compared my answers to yours including the write ups of your followers. Please send me more of the speaking test and writing materials for more practice. And if you can add the listening as well as the reading too, it’ll be great to have them.


  4. Great. These tips are very helpful in the sense it gives more confident to the test-takers. I have registered my test for next month. Appreciate if you share some more info, tips or any kind of study manuals in order to do more & more practice.

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    • Good luck in your test! Try to work on the speaking and writing tests on my website. They will be very useful for you.

  5. Thank you so much for the guideline, it is so thorough. Would it be possible to send me some more material or sample on speaking and writing? Many thanks. 🙂

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  7. I always score good in writing and speaking, but not sure why I cannot score in listening and reading. Any tips. I have no issues in understanding the listening and reading. Its just that I get confused in choosing the correct answer. Any tips/suggestions guyz, I have already appeared 4 times and still couldn’t get result.
    I always get 8 in writing and 11 in speaking.
    I need 8 in Listening as well as in Reading.
    Please help guyz.

  8. Hi! Thanks for your recomendations and for the free tests on ur web-site. I’m having the test in 2 weeks in Dubai and would really appreciate if you could share more test samples with me (those that were not published here).
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  9. Hello, My name is Pooja, Thanks for all the information provided here. Can you please email me the materials you have. I will be appearing in May 2018.
    Thanks in advvance

    • I will try to, but go ahead and work on the tests we have on the website. You can provide your own responses in the comment area and we will review and evaluate them.

  10. I am writing the celpip exam on April 2018, if you could send available study material will be more appreciated and helpful for me. Thanks.

  11. Your information are so helpful, can I ask for more sample materials especially on speaking and reading.looking forward for your reply.. thanks and God bless.

  12. Thank you for posting all of these useful information. Its very useful.I would like to receive some more speaking materials if you could send it to my Email.
    Thanks in advance

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  14. Hi, thank you for posting all of these useful information to us. And your advice is very useful. I will have my test on Dec.2 and I would like to receive some more speaking materials if you could send me to my Email.


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  17. me too please i need more sample celpip test. i need to improve my english specially speaking for my test next month. Thank you so much in advance.

  18. Hello, I have the CELPIP test this weekend and I would be grateful if you could email some materials to me. Thank you in advance.

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  21. Thanks for useful tips! Excellent article! By the way, could you email me any helpful materials? Thanks for your help!

  22. Thank you so much for this valuable tips
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  25. Hi, I found your article very interested, I have my test next week and would really appreciate if I could get a sample of speaking and writing test. Thanks in advance

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  27. Hi. These tips are useful. I wanted a specific answer. How to improve the speaking band from 8 to 9. I managed above 9 for all other components, however need to improve on my speaking band. Please suggest.

    • Hello,
      Since you have managed above 9 in all other modules, it means that you have a very good command of the language. So I guess it has to do with your speaking pace or accent. Therefore, if you tend to speak fast, try to slow down the day of the test. If you don’t open your mouth enough to clearly articulate your words or phrases, try to work on that. I bet that’s what preventing you from scoring a 9. Good luck.

  28. Thanks for the details, could you please send me some materials or links to prepare reading and writing.

  29. Wow!! I just came across this and this was so helpful; you are awesome!!!!!!!!!!! I’m going to take my test as soon as i’m fully prepared(I want an 8 at least), PLEASE can I have a recent sample test. What I’m so nervous about is speaking; that seems like the hardest one. Sigh.

    • Enjoy the free speaking tests we have on our site. We will provide more soon as well as suggested answers.

  30. Hello, I found your tips are very useful and I have purchased one of your speaking test sample.
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    • Hi, glad you found them interesting and thank you for purchasing our product. I hope you are satisfied with the content. I’ll try to post more sample tests in the following days. Good luck in your test.

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  33. hey
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  34. Thank you, for sharing the useful information. Could you please email me some speaking topics to my e-mail.
    Tips on other modules would be highly appreciated.

  35. I have been searching for such info and thanks I found it here. It is very helpful. Please forward any useful tips/ questions in speaking and writing module.

    • The pleasure is mine. I will forward more tips on other modules such as listening, reading, and writing as soon as possible.

      • Hi there, I have the CELPIP test this Friday and I would be grateful if you could provide me some of the topics in Listening and Speaking tasks. Thank you in advance.

        • Hello,
          I’ll try to send you some material. In the meantime, try to answer some of the free speaking topics provided on this site.
          Good luck in your test.

        • I’ll do my best. Meanwhile, try to work on the material on the website and provide your answers so that I can review and evaluate them.

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