The CELPIP Speaking Comparison & Persuasion Question

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CELPIP Speaking Comparison & Persuasion

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.

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Read and Understand the Question

In task 5, the CELPIP speaking comparison question, you’re offering making a choice between two items or events and persuading someone that your choice is better than the one they’ve made.

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

Identify:

Who you are talking to. If you’re talking to a friend or family member, your response will be informal, otherwise it should be formal.

What you are talking about. Look at the pictures and read the text to get an idea about the whole situation.

A typical comparison & persuasion question looks like this:

Your partner wants your opinion regarding a guitar he/she’s considering as a gift for his/her eight-year-old nephew.

Persuade your partner that your choice is best.

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How to Organize your Response

Your response should have four parts.

Part 1 – Introduction

Part 2 – First main idea

part 3 – Second main idea

part 4 – Conclusion

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How to Start your Response

When preparing for CELPIP Speaking Comparison question in Task 5, 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. This is also where you should check with the person that they’ve got time to talk to you about this situation. In the exam world, they’ll be ready to chat, but in the real world, they might be in the middle of something. Asking them if they can focus on this situation for a moment, makes you sound like you’re in control. 

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

Your introduction might look like this:

Hi Mike, is now a good time to talk about your nephew’s birthday present? Do you really think that the guitar you have chosen is the best alternative for Sam, after all, he is only eight.

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How Long Should my Response Be?

As part of familiarizing yourself with the compare and persuade question in CELPIP Speaking Task 5,  you need to know how long your response should be and how much time you have to talk about it. You have about 60 seconds to prepare your response, and 60 seconds to talk about it.

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Remember!

This question is very different to the other questions on the speaking test because it has two parts.

Part 1

In the first part, you see two pictures on the screen, and you’re given one minute to look at them. You don’t have to speak during this minute – just look at the pictures and choose one.

During this ‘free’ minute, it’s a good idea to write down your comparative forms and any vocabulary or phrases that might be appropriate for you to use later.

 

Part 2

In part 2, the picture you selected in part 1 appears along with another picture. This is where you need to start talking and answer the question.

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For more CELPIP Speaking Practice and topics for tasks 1-8, please take a look at our 30 speaking practice tests workbook with sample answers for test 1. 

Also available as a pdf E-book

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How to Approach your First Main Idea

With your introduction complete, the next thing you need to do is talk about your first main idea. In this sample response, we’ll focus on the appropriateness of Mike’s choice.  

Your main idea might sound like this:

I think a lighter acoustic guitar with nylon strings would be much more suitable than the heavier electric guitar with steel strings that you have chosen. Steel strings can really hurt your fingertips, and it can take a long time to get used to them.

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How to Approach your Second Main Idea

After your first main idea, you’ll talk about your second main idea. For this sample response, we’ll talk about price.

Your second main idea might sound like this:

Acoustic guitars are also generally not as expensive as electric guitars, and this one that I have found is less than half of what your choice would cost.

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How to Approach your Conclusion

After our main ideas, we’ll conclude our response emphasizing the appropriateness of our choice and the inappropriateness of Mike’s choice.

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

Your conclusion might sound like this:

I really think you should take a serious look at my choice because your nephew wouldn’t have to buy any additional equipment, and my choice is fundamentally more suitable for a little kid.

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Your final response might sound like this:

I’ve used blue text to highlight the comparative forms

Hi Mike, is now a good time to talk about your nephew’s birthday present? Do you really think that the guitar you have chosen is the best alternative for Sam, after all, he is only eight.

I think a lighter acoustic guitar with nylon strings would be much more suitable than the heavier electric guitar with steel strings that you have chosen. Steel strings can really hurt your fingertips, and it can take a long time to get used to them.

Acoustic guitars are also generally not as expensive as electric guitars, and this one that I have found is less than half of what your choice would cost.

I really think you should take a serious look at my choice because your nephew wouldn’t have to buy any additional equipment, and my choice is fundamentally more suitable for a little kid.

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This video provides you with more tips for the CELPIP Speaking Comparison Question

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