In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-6 question from TOEIC speaking test. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 60 seconds to answer on your own.
Directions: In this part of the test, you will give your opinion about a specific topic. Be sure to say as much as you can in the time allowed. You will have 15 seconds to prepare. Then you will have 60 seconds to speak.
How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.
- Brainstorm your opinion on the topic
- Location of the house (e.g. neighborhood, access to public transportation)
- Condition of the property (e.g. when it was built)
- Come up with three reasons to back up your argument
There are some key factors to consider when I buy a house.
- Reason #1: Location is very important. For example, I think a moderate property in a good neighborhood is better than really good property in a bad neighborhood. Also, access to public transportation is very important because I don’t want to drive all the time.
- Reason #2: I also look at the condition of the property, such as when it was built. If the house is more than 50 years old, I will probably have maintenance problems and may have to spend extra money to renovate the old structure.
- Reason #3: Last but not least, I have to consider the price. If the property is too expensive, then I can’t afford to buy it.
- Conclude with your argument
- In conclusion, location, condition of the property, and price are the most important things to consider when I buy a house.
Reading great sample answers is one way to improve. Go over the sample answer with your tutor. Ask questions if you have any.
Got more time? Here is a list of common vocab words related to the text you studied today. Go over each one with your tutor.
|property||(n) house; things belonging to someone
e.g. He was caught trespassing on private property.
|access to~||(n) a way of being able to use or get something
e.g. We have access to the Internet at the library.
|neighborhood||(n) a community within a town or city
e.g. The whole neighborhood heard about it.
|moderate||(adj) neither too much nor too little
e.g. There were moderate levels of chemicals in the lake.
|maintenance||(n) the work needed to keep a building in good condition
e.g. The building has suffered from years of poor maintenance.
|renovate||(v) to make changes and repairs to an old house, building, room, etc.
e.g. She wanted to renovate an old farmhouse
|structure||(n) something that is built by putting parts together and that usually stands on its own
e.g. The structure was damaged by fire.
|afford to~||(v) be able to pay for
e.g. They couldn’t afford to buy new coats for the children.
|proximity||(n) nearness in space or time
e.g. I like the proximity of the bus stop to my home.
|gentrification||(n) the process of wealthier residents moving to an area, and the changes that occur due to the influx of wealth
e.g. Their neighborhood was undergoing gentrification.