CELPIP Speaking Personal Experience

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CELPIP Speaking Personal Experience

When you prepare your response to the CELPIP Speaking Personal Experience Task, 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 2, you’re describing a personal experience. After you’ve read and internalized the question, pick an experience to talk about – preferably one that you have lots of vocabulary for.

A typical personal experience question looks like this:

Describe something that has been handed down through your family from generation to generation. Why is it important to you?

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How to Organize your Response

Your response should have three parts.

Part 1 – Introduction

Part 2 – Explanation

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How Long Should my Response Be?

As part of familiarizing yourself with the personal experience question in CELPIP Speaking Task 2,  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 60 seconds to talk about it.

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How to Start your Response

When preparing to talk about your personal experience, 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. If you can find a way to express your feelings about the experience, that will help your score. Think about how you would start your response in your own language.

Your introduction might look like this:

My family has a couple of heirlooms, one is a silver coffee pot, the other is my great grandfather’s piano. As the oldest child, I will inherit both of them since traditionally, in my family, heirlooms are passed down to the oldest child.

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After the Introduction

After your introduction, expand on your experience.

Your main idea might sound like this:

The piano brings back many memories of my grandfather, who, like his father, loved to play. Whenever the family gathered, grandad could be counted on to sit down at the piano and play family favorites. He always accompanied  us when we sang ‘Happy Birthday’, and at Christmas he would play all the Christmas carols.

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How to Approach your Conclusion

Once you’ve given some details about your personal experience, make a concluding remark so that the examiner knows you’re finished. It’s critical that you finish this before your time runs out!

Your conclusion might sound like this:

So, I guess the main reason that the piano matters to me is that it brings back so many happy memories of my childhood.

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More CELPIP Speaking Practice

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. 

This CELPIP Speaking Practice workbook is also available as a pdf E-book

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Your final response might sound like this:

My family has a couple of heirlooms, one is a silver coffee pot, the other is my great grandfather’s piano. As the oldest child, I will inherit both of them since traditionally, in my family, heirlooms are passed down to the oldest child.

The piano brings back many memories of my grandfather, who, like his father, loved to play. Whenever the family gathered, grandad could be counted on to sit down at the piano and play family favorites. He always accompanied  us when we sang ‘Happy Birthday’, and at Christmas he would play all the Christmas carols.

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