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Oral Placement Test

Question Bank 1
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Question

Corresponding ‘can do’ statement

Level and lesson

1

What’s your name? How do you spell your surname?

I can spell my name.

S 1A, 1C

E Welcome

2

Where are you from?

I can say countries and nationalities.

S 1B

E 1A

3

Did you learn English at school? For how many years?

I can talk about things that happened in my life.

S 9A

E 5A

4

What do you do now? Do you work or are you a student?

I can talk about jobs.

S 2B

E 1B

5

What do you do in your free time?

I can talk about my free-time activities and say when I do them.

S 4B

E 3B

6

Do you like football? What sports do you like?

I can say what I like and don’t like.

S 4A 7A

E 4B

7

What do you do every day? What time do you get up/start
work?

I can describe my daily routine.

S 5A

E 3A

8

What subjects did you study at school? What exams did you
take?

I can talk about exams and studying.

9

Tell me something you could do well at school. And something
you can do well now.

I can talk about things I can do in the present and could do in
the past.

10

Tell me about the weather in the your country.

I can talk about the weather.

11

What are you going to do at the weekend?

I can talk about future plans.

12

Have you been to an English-speaking country (before)?

I can talk about my experiences.

E 11B
S 7B

E 6B
E 10D

S 10B

E 11B
E 12B

KEY: S = Starter; E = Elementary (Second edition)

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Question Bank 2

B1

Question

Corresponding ‘can do’ Statement

Level and
lesson

13

Let’s talk about your friends. How often do you normally see them?

I can talk about how often I do things.

P-I 1C

14

Tell me about something you did with your friends recently.

I can describe past events and say when they happened.

P-I 2A & 2B

15

What do you think your friends are doing now?

I can say what people are doing now and what they usually do.

P-I 3B

16

Tell me about your best friend. What is he or she like?

I can describe people’s character.

P-I 6A

17

Let’s talk about your house or home. How would you describe it?

I can describe my home and where I live.

P-I 8A

18

How about your country/town. How is it different now from
20 years ago?

I can talk about how things are different now compared to
the past.

P-I 10B

19

What kinds of things do people in your country/town do in their
free time?

I can talk about free time activities.

I 1A

20

How do you think your country/town will change in the next
20 years?

I can make predictions about the future.

I 5B

21

What advice would you give to someone visiting your country/town?

I can give, ask for and respond to advice.

I 8D

22

Tell me about the main news stories in your country at the moment.

I can talk about things that have happened in the news.

I 9B

23

What do you think the main news stories are in the UK or America
at the moment?

I can make deductions about the present.

I 10B

24

If you had been born in the UK or America, how would your life up
to now have been different?

I can talk about imaginary situations in the past.

I 12B

Key: P-I = Pre-intermediate (Second edition); I = Intermediate

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Question Bank 3
Question

Corresponding ‘can do’ statement

Level and lesson

25

Tell me about any other languages you speak, apart from
English.

I can talk about my language ability.

UI 1A

26

Tell me about a book you’ve read recently, either in English or in
your own language.

I can talk about books I’ve read.

UI 4B

27

Some people think everyone in the world will speak English
within 50 years. What do you think?

I can express how certain I am about future events.

UI 6B

28

How do you think the Internet has changed the way people
learn English?

I can express in detail how things in the past connect to the present.

UI 7A

29

Would you say you are a practical person? What jobs can you
do about the house?

I can talk about household jobs.

UI 10A

30

Tell me how you imagine your life this time next year.

I can talk about things I have done and will have done in the future.

UI 11A

31

What, in your opinion, are the characteristics of a good friend?

I can describe people’s characters, using a range of adjectives.

A 1B, A 3A

32

Do you think life for young people today is easier or harder
than it was for their parents and grandparents?

I can talk about the present and the past.

A 5B

33

How would you improve the education system in your country?

I can take part in a discussion on education and express my ideas clearly.

34

We hear a lot about globalisation nowadays. What are your
views on globalisation?

I can give my views and respond to opinions.

A 6B

35

What famous person, either present or past would you like to
meet and why?

I can understand and use a range of complex conditional forms.

A 8A

36

What are the problems associated with learning a language at
an advanced level? How can you continue to make progress?

I can talk about my action plan for the future.

A10 C

UI 1B

A 5B

KEY: UI = Upper Intermediate (Second Edition); A = Advanced (Second Edition)

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