Updated November 16, 2014
How To Use This Website
a) An archive of the previous real topics and questions that have been used in the Speaking test. I have collected these questions from 2006 to August 2014. Point 6, below, tells you how to find these archives.
b) A lot of other information, advice etc. to help you prepare for the Speaking test. Go to the drop-down menu on the front page to search for that information.
Of course, you can send me $10 and get a copy of "Updates #13" at any time but that is all I will be sending you because there will be no further updates.
Of the topics shown on the page, Part_1_Questions_MAY_to_AUG_2014.htm, the following 19 topics are continuing to be used in the Sep-Dec testing period: Topics 1, 2, 10 (Television), the fifteen topics 14 (Shopping) to 28 (Birthdays) and 31 (Housework).
In addition, 11 new topics are being used, including Your Home (Accommodation). The other topics shown on that page have been retired. You can get information about those 11 new topics by using the $10 service.
Of the topics shown on the page, PARTS_2_and_3_INDEX_P7.htm, all of the topics that were introduced into the test in January 2014 are no longer being used except for Topic 549, A Magazine and Topic 550, Something You Did to Help. Those two topics are still in use. Topic 551, A Photograph of You and Topic 572, A Sport You Like are also no longer being used.
All the topics introduced in May 2014 are still being used.
In addition to that, 26 new Part 2/3 topics were introduced in September 2014. You can get information about those 26 new topics by using the $10 service.
This information might seem complex and hard to understand, that is, hard to understand how the system works. Basically, the idea is that (most of) the Part 1 and Part 2/3 topics (and the questions within those topics) are used for 8 months and then retired. Eight months is two 4-month testing periods. The testing periods are January-April, May-August and September-December. However, to complicate the situation, there are usually 2 or 3 Part 2/3 topics that are used for 12 months before being retired. There are usually about 50 Part 2/3 topics in use in each testing period.
About 10-13 new Part 1 topics are introduced in each testing period (with 10 to 13 being retired) to give an average of about 28 or 29 Part 1 topics in use in each testing period.
All of this information about what topics are in use and what topics have been retired applies to China and to most of the world. However, I think that in a few countries, for example Iran, a few topics that have recently been retired in China continue to be used for a few months, although I think the majority of the topics in use are the same as for China and the rest of the world. (I wrote, "I think" because I don't have enough information about these countries to be sure.)
However, the new Part 1and Part 2/3 topics that were introduced in September 2014 will probably continue to be used in the January-April 2015 period. You will need to pay the $10 for that information. You should also understand that there will be something like 20 to 25 new Part 2/3 topics and maybe about 10 new Part 1 topics in January 2015 that I will not have information on.
Previous Part 1 Questions (by date)
Index of Past Part 1 Topics (the same as above but written to show the topics)
All Part 1 Questions (Questions collected according to topics)
Go to Page 1 of this index to see the Part 2/3 topics that were introduced into the test in late 2005, in 2006 and in early 2007.
Go to Page 2 to see the topics that were introduced into the test in late 2007 and in 2008.
Go to Page 3 to see the topics that were introduced in 2009.
Go to Page 4 to see the topics that were introduced in late 2009, 2010 and in early 2011.
Go to Page 5 to see the topics that were introduced from 2011 to May 2012
Go to Page 6 to see the topics that were introduced from May 2012 to Sep. 2013
Go to Page 7 to see the topics that were introduced from Sep. 2013 to May 2014
Notes for Some Part 1 Questions
Notes for Some Part 2/3 Topics & Questions
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