CELPIP Speaking Task 7 Sample Answer

Sentence Variety

CELPIP Speaking Task 7 is an opportunity for you to wow your examiner with all sorts of sentence combinations.

Sentence combinations are so important for your sentence variety that I suggest you take them for a walk. Pick one type of sentence and spend half an hour describing everything you see, smell, hear, see and taste using that structure. Make it your own… because if you go to the test with basic pronoun + verb sentence starts, your examiner cannot give you a 9+.

What is Sentence Variety?

Many people think that sentence variety means compound and complex sentences. That’s not what your examiner calls sentence variety!

For example, consider the many ways of communicating the meaning from these two sentences:

The man is cold. The man wears a sweater.

You can use a compound sentence…

The man is cold and wears a sweater.

…or a complex sentence…

Because the man is cold, he wears a sweater.

Your complex sentence could also look like this:

Freezing, the man wears a sweater.

or this…

In the morning, the freezing man wears a sweater.

maybe this…

To feel warmer, the man wore a sweater.

possibly this:

Wearing a sweater stops the man from freezing.

..like this…

The man, who is freezing, pulls on a sweater.

or this:

The freezing man wears a sweater which is warm.

maybe this:

The freezing man, Roy, wears a sweater which is warm.

...etc.

Complex sentences come in many shapes and sizes.

As you can see, there are many ways communicating the same meaning. Your response to the opinion task is a great opportunity to show the examiner just how well you use your language skills to express yourself in an interesting way.

“…I got my 9, and I’ve completed my PR application!… Thank you Angela …”

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CELPIP Speaking Opinion – Task 7

When you prepare your response to any of the CELPIP Speaking Tasks, your focus should be on speaking well, expressing yourself efficiently, and ticking the examiners boxes.

Your examiner will be looking at your organization, vocabulary, phrasing, sentence variety, grammar, and tenses.

Below, you’ll find some tips for your CELPIP Speaking Task 7, but if you need more help please talk to us about tutoring.

Read and Understand the Question

In task 7, the CELPIP speaking opinion question, you’re telling the examiner what you think about something. In many ways, this speaking task is very similar to the survey response in task 2 of the writing test.

This sample response provides an example for a task 7 a response about government funding.

The first thing you need to do is read and internalize the question.

Identify:

Who you are talking to? You’re talking to your examiner who is an unknown person with the power to give you a bad score… and stop you from moving on with your life. That makes your examiner someone in authority, so the tone of your response should be formal.

What you are talking about. Make sure you understand the question and think about a couple of reasons that you’ll be able to use to justify your preference and show off your amazing vocabulary.

A typical opinion question looks like this:

Do you think governments should spend more on homeless people and relieving their issues than on space exploration?

How to Organize your Response

Your response should have four parts.

1 – Introduction

2 – First main idea

3 – Second main idea

4 – Conclusion

How to Start your Response

When preparing for CELPIP Speaking Opinion question in Task 7, it is important that you understand how to formulate your introduction. Your introduction should paraphrase the question so that the examiner knows what you are talking about, and then identify the two main points that you intend to use to justify your preference.

As always, think about what you would say in your own language.

For example, your introduction might look like this:

In most of the western world today, a certain level of homelessness is inevitable regardless of how much of their budget governments allocate to it. I’m far from convinced that the problem is a financial one, and so I would not want to see any of the money that governments spend on space exploration diverted to deal with homelessness issues.

How Long Should my Response Be?

As part of familiarizing yourself with the opinion question in CELPIP Speaking Task 7,  you need to know how long your response should be and how much time you have to talk about it.

You have about 30 seconds to prepare your response, and 90 seconds to talk about it.

You must finish within those 90 seconds, so it’s a lot easier to get everything in and get a good score if you follow a basic format.

How to Approach your First Main Idea

With your introduction complete, the next thing you need to do is describe the problem. In this sample response, our first main idea is about the progress that space exploration has enabled. 

For example, it might sound like this:

A great deal of progress has come out of the efforts made to explore space. These include many of our technological advances, much of our knowledge, and a great deal of our current access to global communication channels. Being able to fly across the world in a matter of hours, call home to let your loved ones know you’ve arrived safely, and read up on your destination’s history online, is all part of that progress.

How to Approach your Second Main Idea

After we’ve described the benefits of spending money on space exploration, we can go on to our second main idea which is that  moving money from exploration to homelessness wouldn’t be an effective solution.

For example, it might sound like this:

The speed of society’s advances would be severely hampered if money was diverted from space exploration to homelessness. Not only would progress be slowed, but it’s unlikely that the diversion would solve the bulk of homelessness problems.

How to Approach your Conclusion

After our second main idea we’re ready to make a concluding remark. We don’t have much time left, but it’s important that we tell the examiner we’ve finished our response.  

It’s critical that you finish this before your time runs out! 

For example, the conclusion might sound like this:

So, I think governments should continue with their current funding priorities.

Your final response might sound like this:

In most of the western world today, a certain level of homelessness is inevitable, regardless of how much of their budget governments allocate to it. I’m far from convinced that the problem is a financial one, and so I would not want to see any of the money that governments spend on space exploration diverted to deal with homelessness issues.

A great deal of progress has come out of the efforts made to explore space. These include many of our technological advances, much of our knowledge, and a great deal of our current access to global communication channels. Being able to fly across the world in a matter of hours, call home to let your loved ones know you’ve arrived safely, and read up on your destination’s history online, is all part of that progress.

The speed of society’s advances would be severely hampered if money was diverted from space exploration to homelessness. Not only would progress be slowed, but it’s unlikely that the diversion would solve the bulk of homelessness problems.

So, I think governments should continue with their current funding priorities.

This CELPIP Speaking Task 7 video shows you how to prepare a response.

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