In some speaking exams you have to talk about photos or pictures. The video and tips below will help you to do really well in this type of speaking exam.

Here are our top tips for describing a photo or a picture in an exam.

Do:

  • Look at your picture carefully and take a few moments to think before you start talking.
  • Talk for all the time you are given. If you have one minute to do the task, use every second.
  • Practise the useful language below so you can explain which part of the picture you are talking about.

Don’t:

  • Panic if you don’t know the words for all the things in the picture. You don’t need to know all the words for everything in the picture if you know what to say when you don't know an exact word.  
  • Get distracted and start talking about something else. Focus on the photo or picture.
  • Panic if your mind goes blank. Take a deep breath, look at the picture and start again.

If you are asked to describe a photo or a picture in the exam, here is some language you can use:

What is in the picture?

In the picture I can see ...
There
s / There are ...
There isn’t a ... / There aren’t any ...

Say what is happening with the present continuous

The man is ...ing
The people are ...ing
It’s raining.

Where in the picture?

At the top/bottom of the picture ...
In the middle of the picture ...
On the left/right of the picture ...
next to
in front of
behind
near
on top of
under

If something isn’t clear

It looks like a ...
It might be a ...
He could be ...ing
Maybe it’s a ...

Discussion

You can practise this at home with any picture or family photo. Tell us if this advice was helpful to you.

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megisiana 8 February, 2013 - 18:58

This will help me very much in my final exams in course .............thank you.i have it Wednesday i am studying very much in this website....................YOU ARE THE BEST.............!

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Jonathan - Coor... 10 February, 2013 - 02:40

Hi megisiana! Fingers crossed for Wednesday ... good luck! \o/

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Katrina 28 July, 2012 - 09:04

Yeah,I guess I have learned that skill and it is a really good way to practice my spoken English. I'll get a try.

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James007 26 March, 2016 - 01:43

Hi Karina,
My name is James and I am new here.
I love to practice me English.
How are you?
Where are you living?

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