Written May 2, 2014
Prediction for the May-August, 2014 Speaking Test
Important: In two of the tests in May,
the topics (both Part 1 and Parts 2/3) from January-April,
including the topics that will
will be used. This is especially likely in the first test of
May. Then, after those two tests, some topics will be retired. Some new topics will probably be introduced
or used in every test
- Almost certainly, all the Part 2/3
topics that were introduced in January 2014 will continue to be used in the
May-August period. (See
- I think the five topics, 475, 476,
487, 495 & 500 will almost certainly be retired.
- Of the 21 topics numbered 505 to
528 and 551, I think about 15 of them will probably be retired but it is
virtually impossible to guess which 15 these will be.
- So a total of about 20 topics will
probably be retired, to be replaced by about 20 "new" topics. Of these new
topics, probably 5 to 10 of them will be "returning topics", i.e., topic
that have been used before.
- Since there is no music-related
topic at the moment, there is a big chance that such a topic will be
introduced in May. Previously used topic related to music were:
- A topic related to "health" might
return. Previous topics related to health were: Topics
- In recent years, the test makers
have been including some Part 2 topics that reflect current Part 1 topics. I
suspect that have been doing that in order to confuse us. Therefore, there's
a chance there will be a new topic related to:
- Transport (Previous topic =
- Animals (Previous topics =
Topic 134 and
- Punctuality (Previous topics =
Topic 63 and
Topic 131 )
- The topic, "Work/Studies",
will definitely be used and the topics "Hometown" and "Home" will almost certainly
both be used.
- Of the remaining 13 topics on that page, most likely all
of them will be retired but 2 to 4 of them might continue until the end of
- Topics related to "Leisure", "Sport" and "Shopping" will
probably be among the new or continuing topics.
- Probably between 10 and 14 "new" Part 1 topic will be
introduced. About half of them will be very similar to or exactly the same
as previously used topics but it is virtually impossible to guess what
topics these will be.