在考官眼里，大多数考生雅思口语语法部分的扣分点就是不会使用过去时，在11～14分钟的考试过程中大多数考生从头到尾都没有用过Past Tense。这样一来，语法部分的分数就会直线下降。下面是一个考生谈论有关a holiday I took to Beijing：
Some friends and I went to Beijing two weeks ago and visited some famous sight-seeing places. We went there by night train. We stayed in a nice hotel. We went to the Great Wall and took photos. I like the Great Wall very much. We also went to the Temple of Heaven ，the place of old Chinese emperors. We took many photos. The next day we ate famous Beijing Duck. The Beijing duck in Beijing is better than the Beijing duck in Shanghai. We went shopping and bought many presents for our families. I bought pictures of Tiananmen and other famous places. I also bought special famous Beijing food for my family. Next year，I want to go to Xi'an with my friends. Xi'an has a long history. Xi'an is a famous place from the Qin Dynasty.