Part One – Introduction & Interview
[The examiner asks the candidate about him/herself, his/her home, work or studies and other familiar topics.]
Q. Is it important to you to eat healthy food? [Why?/Why not?]
Answer: Yes, it is absolutely important that we eat healthy because “health is wealth”. Eating nutritious and healthy food, together with enough physical activities, can help us reach and maintain an optimum weight while also reducing the risks of developing life-threatening diseases like cancer and heart disease. I eat healthy food to lead a healthy life.
Q. If you catch a cold, what do you do to help you feel better? [Why?]
Answer: If I catch a cold, I try to take hot chicken soups, and warm tea with lemon juice in it, as often as possible because hot soup helps clear nasal congestion by breaking the mucus thin while lemon juice with its vitamin C improves my immune system and energy level. I also try to take as much rest as possible because it keeps my mood positive.
Q. Do you pay attention to public information about health? [Why?/Why not?]
Answer: No, I don’t really pay much attention to public health information because most of the times, they provide very basic information, which I already know about either by visiting a medical doctor or by reading some health journals. Besides, public health information usually shows up or broadcast irregularly, so it is not always easy to follow them, especially when I am busy.
Q. What could you do to have a healthier lifestyle?
Answer: One needs to do several things in order to maintain a healthier lifestyle. First of all, of course, I would eat healthy food on a regular basis as well as in proper quantity. Besides, I could also have more sleep and rest and drink plenty of pure drinking water each day. I would also like to reduce the stress level a little in order to have sound mental health. Finally, I would also like to have extra physical activities to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Q. Do you do any exercise? How long?
Answer: Yes, I do get physical exercises whenever I get a chance, but it is usually during the weekend that I get enough time to have some exercise which may include spending a few hours at the gym. During the weekdays also, I sometimes try to do some fast walking and cycling for about 30 minutes or so when I leave my work early.
Q. Why a healthy diet is important for us?
Answer: Having a healthy diet is important for us primarily because it provides our bodies with all the food and nutritional values in a perfect measure which are necessary to maintain not only a healthy life physically but also mentally. Besides, a healthy diet is also very important in order to fight off deadly diseases such as heart attacks, strokes and cancers.
Part 2 – Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card
[The topic for your talk will be written on a card which the examiner will hand you. Read it carefully and then make some brief notes.]
Describe an occasion when you had to wait a long time for someone or something to arrive.
You should say:
- who or what you were waiting for
- how long you had to wait
- why you had to wait a long time
and explain how you felt about waiting for such a long time.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]
Nobody really likes to wait, whether it is in their own interests or in the interest of others except, of course, the problem is we just can’t avoid it in our lives. So, the other day, about a few months ago, when I had to wait for “an important piece of document” at a local government office, I wasn’t really very “excited” about it, to put it “mildly”.
I arrived at the office exactly at around 9:00 am to pick up my “land-related” document, as I was told. But, the problem was that the government offices in my country are not exactly very “famous” for keeping their “promises”. So, when I was asked to wait because the “person in charge”, who was supposed to deliver me the document, didn’t arrive at the office, I wasn’t really surprised. So, I just kept waiting until I became a bit “impatient”. I think, I waited at least one hour initially and then decided to ask about when the ‘person in charge’ would arrive. And, when I did ask that question, I was ‘answered’ very casually, as well as very angrily, that they had no idea about it and that I could simply leave if I didn’t want to wait. So, I started to keep waiting again. Finally, I think, it was after waiting for almost three hours that I got my document.
Anyway, I did get my document in the end, but it was not without making me feel very frustrated and angry at the behaviour of those government officials because they never understood the “urgency” of our “need”. Besides, I felt a bit “helpless” too because I just didn’t know for how long I needed to wait in order to obtain my document. Finally, it was after this “waiting incident” that I lost my respects to some extent for government offices in general and the officials working in those offices because I just could never “rely” on them for any kind of “urgent” works.
Part 3 – Two-way Discussion:
Q. In what kinds of situations should people always arrive early?
Answer: People should always arrive early in any kind of situations in order to get things done on time and properly. However, situations like appearing for any kind of examinations, job interviews, important official meetings, going to the airport to catch a flight, and arriving at train stations in order to board the trains come to mind. Besides, people should also arrive always early in any other situations where they made a promise to arrive “on time” if not any earlier.
Q. How important is it to arrive early in your country?
Answer: It is very important to arrive early in my country, it is so at least on “paper documents”, but in reality, it is not the case most of the times unless, of course, they are severely “penalized” for being late (which doesn’t happen most of the times either, unfortunately). As a result, we frequently see incidents of being late for works, important business meetings, and sometimes, even in job interviews, especially if people live in busy cities with bad traffic situations.
Q. How can modern technology help people to arrive early?
Answer: I don’t really think that any technology, modern or not, by itself has the ability to help people arrive early unless, of course, we are travelling by “bullet train” or aeroplane. Of course, modern technologies like smartphones and internet technologies, with their “mapping” software, can help us identify which roads have a better traffic situation in order to reroute and arrive early. Even FM radio stations can also provide regular updates on the traffic situation in order to help travellers arrive at their destinations on time or even earlier, but the truth is, unless people are really, really serious about arriving early, no technology would help that much.
Q. What kinds of jobs require the most patience?
Answer: Having a great deal of patience is always good for any kind of jobs, but in my opinion, medical doctors/surgeons who are working to heal terminally ill person, elementary teachers who are teaching kids and children, electric technicians, call centre jobs which involves dealing with difficult and frustrated customers are some of the jobs in my country which require extreme patience. Besides, any other jobs, which are strictly “deadline-oriented” would also require the most patience in order to finish the jobs on time, no matter what the situation is. I also believe that ‘mental health counselors’, ‘zoologists and wildlife biologists’, ‘animal trainers’ and professional actors require great patience to do their jobs.
Q. Is it always better to be patient in work (or studies)?
Answer: It is always better to be patient in work as long as it helps people to get a certain task or job done properly once in a while. But, if the job is too stressful, and it is affecting the physical and mental health of a person in a negative manner, then it is not ok to be always patient in work. Besides, if always being patient means staying long hours in work to get the job done properly which negatively affect the relationship with families, it is certainly not ok. Finally, if being always patient at work means giving up better work opportunities at other places, no matter how terrible and unsatisfying it really is, it is certainly not ok either. However, when it comes to studies, it is always better to be patient because the more patient a person is in his/her studies, the more he or she learns.
Q. Do you agree or disagree that the older people are, the more patient they are?
Answer: I don’t necessarily agree with the suggestion that the older people are, the more patient they become primarily because there is no scientific data or evidence to suggest so. In fact, how patient a person really is depends on what kind of person he/she is and in what type of situation he or she really is in. Having said that, however, it can certainly be argued that older people, because of their age and experiences in handling different kinds of situations in different times, they would certainly know better about when to be patient and when not to be.