1. SAMPLE 1
|Describe an interesting conversation you had with someoneYou should say|
And explain why you found the conversation interesting.
Band 8 Sample
I have to admit that I’m not much of a social person – I mean, I am quite shy and inhibited, so most of the time I tend to avoid talking to strangers. But I do remember a time when I had to talk to a complete stranger, and as I remember it was around 5 years ago, on my very first trip to Ho Chi Minh City. It was just a short conversation but I can still remember it quite well.
I was a 20-year-old freshman back then, and I was unable to navigate my way to the HCMC University of Education where I was about to start studying. Back then Google Map’s wasn’t as popular as it is nowadays, so the only way I could figure out the way was by asking a local. So after hours of wandering around, I finally resorted to asking a lady who was selling noodles at a food cart near where I was standing. I asked the lady if she would be so kind to tell me the way to the HCMC University of Education and she kindly replied by pointing to the big building across the road and saying ’it’s over there’.
The university was being renovated back then, so I was unable to recognise it, but before I went off to study I decided to sit down and order some noodles from the old lady and have a chat with her. It turns out that she was also from Ninh Thuan, which is my hometown. So we ended up chatting for ages about our lives and about how and why we had come to HCMC.
You know, I think I found this conversation so interesting simply because I found Mrs Kim to be such a nice lady. As the conversation went on and I got to know her better I realized that she had had quite a tough life, yet she had managed to maintain such a sweet and gentle personality that many other women who have been through similar struggles to her would have lost by now.
- admit – to tell the truth
- not much of – not really
- social person – someone who likes to talk with and be around other people often
- inhibited – unable to relax and act natural
- navigate my way to – find my way
- wandering around – walking around without a fixed route or destination
- resorted to – to do something because there is no other option
- renovated – to repair and improve something eg. a building
- recognise – to know someone or something because you have seen it before
- a tough life – a difficult or challenging life
- gentle – calm, kind or soft
- struggles – to work hard to do something
2. SAMPLE 2
|Describe a time when you worked in a teamYou should say:|
And explain how you felt about being part of this team.
Band 8 Sample
I’d like to talk about a team project that I was involved in during my “British and American culture” class at the Foreign Trade University in Hanoi. There were six of us on the team, and our task was to identify the differences in the travelling habits of British and American tourists. Our objective was to produce a report and give a presentation.
So the first thing we did was split into two groups of three. We had to conduct a survey, so three of us spent some time designing a questionnaire while the other three prepared an outline for the report. One of the difficulties we encountered was finding enough people for the survey because we needed 50 British and 50 Americans. But thanks to Facebook, we were able to reach enough people from those countries who were willing to help us out and fill in the online survey. In the end, I think it was a successful project because we were able to figure out the main travelling patterns of people from the US and the UK. Our group presentation also went really well.
It was really a memorable experience for all of us and I felt a real sense of accomplishment when we handed in our report and delivered our presentation. But what I was most proud of was how well our team worked together. There were still some minor tiffs between some of the team members, but overall I think each member showed a good level of responsibility and teamwork.
- involved in – a part of
- travelling habits – the common places that people go or common things they do on holiday
- conduct a survey – to organise and get answers for a set of questions to find out information
- questionnaire – a list of questions
- figure out – to understand or to calculate
- a memorable experience – an experience that you will remember for a long time
- a real sense of accomplishment – the feeling when you achieve a goal or something important
- delivered our presentation – to give or show something
- tiff – a small argument
3. SAMPLE 3
|Describe a change in your life.You should say:|
And explain how you have benefited from this change
Band 8 Sample
I would like to talk about one of the greatest transformations in my life. I used to weigh around 65 kilos and after about 6 months of continuous dieting and working out, I successfully lost 15 kilos.
When I was a teenager, I mainly subsisted on fast foods such as fried chicken, hamburgers or crisps. And with a number of high school exams I was often forced to stay up late and eat even more. As a result, I put on weight rapidly and one day, when I stepped on a scale, it read 65 kilos, and I knew that I had to start my weight- loss journey or I would become overweight.
After consulting my aunt, who worked as a nutritionist, I understood that losing weight was all about diet and exercise. Firstly, I cleaned out my fridge of all my favourite unhealthy foods, and began cooking homemade meals. I also drank at least 2 litres of water a day instead of soft drink. Secondly, I registered at my local gym and started to workout at least three times a week. And as well as this, I started going to bed early at night and waking up at 5 am to go biking every morning.
After 6 months of working out regularly and resisting junk food, my weight dropped to 50 kilos. However, it was not only about the weight loss, but also about the changes in my health. I felt stronger and happier than ever before. I rarely got sick and my skin also looked brighter. More importantly though, I regained my self-confidence. I used to run and hide from cameras, but now I am much more comfortable being photographed. And the best thing is that I am now able to finally wear my old dresses and skinny jeans.
- transformation – a complete change
- dieting – eating or not eating certain foods to lose weight
- working out – to exercise to improve health and fitness
- subsisted on – to live or survive on
- put on weight – got heavier or fatter
- scale – something used to measure weight
- weight-loss journey – a period of time when someone tries to lose weight to improve their health
- nutritionist – an expert on what foods people should eat for good health
- homemade meals – food that is cooked at home
- registered – to join or signup
- biking – to ride a bicycle
- resisting – trying hard not to do something
- regained my self-confidence – to feel confident once again