The interview: Part 1

Task description
Part 1 of the interview starts with an introduction in which the interviewer
asks you basic questions about yourself and asks to see your
identification. The interviewer will then go on to ask you further questions
about yourself, your family/hometown, your job or studies and a range of
similar topics areas that are familiar to you.
This section of the test lasts 4-5 minutes and in it you may need to give
longer answers to questions to ensure you display your best ability.

What is being tested is your ability to:
♦ provide full answers to all questions
♦ give longer responses to some questions
♦ give information by describing and explaining

Sample questions
The interviewer will ask for general information about topics such as the
♦ Your country of origin
♦ Your hometown
♦ How long you have lived there
♦ What you do: work or study
♦ Your interests and future plans

It is not possible to predict what topics may be discussed at this point in
the interview; however, some familiar topics related to you or your country
could include:
♦ Family and family relationships
♦ Modern and traditional lifestyles
♦ Traditional or modern buildings
♦ Tourism and tourist sites
♦ Celebrations and cultural activities
♦ Schooling and the education system
♦ City and country living

The introductory section of the test will go something like this:
♦ The interviewer greets the candidate and introduces himself or herself.
♦ The interviewer asks the candidate to state his or her name clearly for
the cassette and confirms the candidate’s country of origin.
♦ The interviewer then asks to see the candidate’s identification.

The remainder of Part 1 of the test will follow this format:
• The interviewer will ask the candidate set questions about your
hometown or your occupation.
• The interviewer will then ask set questions about a familiar topic of
general interest.
• They could ask three to five questions which will extend or develop
this topic.
• The interviewer may ask the candidate about more than one topic.

Strategies for approaching the task

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  1. Who gave it to you
  2. When did they give it you
  3. Why they gave money
  4. How did you feel about it

The gift I gave to my younger sister recently is the one I would like to talk about. I gave her a cell phone recently. The model of the cell phone is Sony Experia Z and it has Android Operating System. This is a water resistant cell phone manufactured by Sony Mobile and is a hot one in the market. The cells phone cost me around 40 K and I had to save the money for the last 6-7 moths to present her the gift.

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Talk about the happiest situation in your life.

  1. What was the event
  2. Where and when it happened
  3. With whom you enjoyed
  4. Explain why it was important

The happiest moment in my life was when I passed my Grade 12. It was a crazy day. I was behaving like a maniac as I was so stressed out. I had to go to my school to get my result and I was panicking. My admission in the college was solely dependent on whether I pass or fail the exam, so it was very important for me to pass the exam.

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  1. What is the law
  2. How you came to know about this law
  3. Whom does it affect
  4. Why is it good

Smoking is undoubtedly a bad habit with numerous detrimental impacts. Not a single benefit of smoking found until today and so the government of Australia has become rigid on the issue of smoking here and there. Smoking is banned in public places and cigarettes are sold in plain packets.

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Describe a skill you would like to learn

Describe an interesting public place in your hometown, or where you are living now, that you like to go You should say:


Describe a wedding that you have attended.

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Introduction: part 1

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do?
– What is your favourite pastime?
– Do you listen to music while working?
– Do people listen to music much in your country? Why?

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Describe a famous person that you admire
– Who is this person
– What is their specialty
– Why do you admire him

Describe a piece of work you did quickly.
You should say:
-what work it was
-why you did it quickly
-how easy or difficult it was
and explain what the result was.

Describe a character or personality of yours

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Describe a time you needed to use imagination
You should say:
what the situation was;
why you needed to use imagination;
what the difficulties were;
and explain how you felt about it.


Describe a game or sport that you enjoy playing.
You should say:
– what kind of sport that is;
– who you play it with;
– where you play it;
and explain why you think doing this is healthy.

Describe an old friend you enjoy talking with.

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