Here are some questions that people have asked me about the speaking test recently, with my answer below each one.
1) Should we use synonyms instead of words that the examiner used in the question? For example, if the question is "Do you think your weekends are long enough?", should I use synonyms for 'weekend' and 'long'?
You probably won't have time to think of synonyms or paraphrasing in the speaking test. Also, if you try to paraphrase words like 'weekend' and 'long enough', you are in danger of giving a very strange answer (don't say "My Saturdays and Sundays are sufficiently lengthy"!!). Just answer the question in a natural way e.g. No, my weekends are too short. I wish they were longer.
2) Do we need to cover every point on the cue card in speaking part 2?
No, you won't lose marks for missing one or two of the points. However, the points are there to help you structure your answer, so I recommend that you try to use them.
3) Is it possible that the examiner will only ask six questions in part 1?
No. In part 1 the examiner must ask all of the questions on his/her question sheet, and there will be around 10 to 12 questions in total.