CELPIP Speaking Task 1 (Giving Advice)

Task -1 in CELPIP speaking is about giving advice to someone, and there are different ways you can advise other people.

Task 1 of the speaking module, assesses candidates ability to advice someone, may be a friend, a sibling, a colleague or a neighbor, about what to do in a fairly common situation, where someone needs to make a decision.

This is one of the only two 90 second answers in the speaking test. Since a candidate has more speaking time for this prompt, aim to provide clear, convincing reasons to strengthen your advice.

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There is no right or wrong answer to the problem. During the preparation time, organize what you want to say. A candidate can make some notes, which he /she can refer to while speaking. Speak directly to whom you are giving advice. Instead of saying, “I would tell Sam” speak,” Sam one good thing about….. .”

Next be polite and do not order a person. For this make use of modal verb. Like should, could, might. More often, should is used for giving advice, such as, “you should finish your work first” or “you should try that new restaurant”.

Further link your ideas together to show how they are related. Use phrases like, “One thing you can do “on the other hand, if you …. “
Lastly you can conclude your advice by giving some words of encouragement, depending on the demand of the question like “All the best”‘, “Good Luck” , etc.

Here is an example of one of the prompts:->

“Sam is in his secondary school. He is deciding between going study abroad for his higher education or staying in his home country and finish his graduation. Advise him on the advantages and disadvantages of each decision.”

Examples of different ways of giving advice

  • If you want to learn English, you should start learning it right now.
  • If I were you, I would stop smoking
  • You‘d better start learning now, if you have an exam tomorrow.
  • How about going to the cinema
  • In my experience …. Works really well

At Masterprep, the trained staff uses different methodologies to elicit a high level response from the candidates, to get the required points for the CELPIP exam.