Comparing and contrasting two photos, describing similarities and diffirences

Maximum score – 7, preparation -1,5 minutes, description – 2 minutes (about 12-15 sentences)

Sample task

Study the two photographs. In 1.5 minutes be ready to compare and contrast ([kənˈtrɑːst]) the photographs:

  • give a brief description of the photos (action, location)
  • say what the pictures have in common
  • say in what way the pictures are different
  • say which of the parties presented in the pictures you’d prefer
  • explain why

You will speak for not more than 2 minutes. You have to talk continuously.


  1. Introduction
  • An idea common for the two photos (generalization).

E.g. play(s) an important role in our life/ is (are) an essential part of our life

– Stating intention

I’d like to compare and contrast these two pictures.

  1. A brief (!) description of the photos (~ 2 sentences to describe each photo)

In the first picture we can see … In the second picture there is/are …

 If we look at …, we can see …

  1. 2 things the pictures have in common, similarities

As for the similarities between the pictures, they both show …

The pictures have some features in common.

In both pictures we can see..

One of the similarities is that…

Both pictures show/demonstrate…

  1. 2 differences

However, there are some differences.

Speaking about/as for the differences,…

In the first photo, while/whereas in the second one…

In contrast/in comparison/ unlike…

  1. Explaining which picture/thing in the picture you prefer

I personally prefer/ I’d personally prefer …

As for me/ As far as I’m concerned, the first/second picture is more appealing.  

  1. Giving reasons

I think so/I’ve made this choice because/as …

  1. Conclusion

In conclusion,

To sum up, I can say that…

That’s all I wanted to say.




Sample answer