CAE Speaking

Speaking (15 minutes)
Part 1 2 minutes (3 minutes for groups of three)
The interlocutor will ask you some questions about yourself, your home, work or studies and familiar topics.
Good morning/afternoon/evening. My name is and this is my colleague .
And your names are?
Can I have your mark sheets, please?
Thank you.

First of all, we’d like to know something about you.
• Where are you from?
• Where do you work/study?
• What do you enjoy most about your work/study?
• When did you start learning English?

The interlocutor will then ask you some questions about one or two other topics, for example:

• How important is sport in your life?
• Tell us about a story that is currently in the news.
• What was your journey here like today?
• Which time of year do you enjoy most?

Part 2 4 minutes (6 minutes for groups of three)
The interlocutor will give you three pictures and ask you to talk about two of them on your own for about a minute. You will then be asked a question about your partner’s pictures which you will need to answer in no more than 30 seconds.

Interlocutor
In this part of the test, I’m going to give each of you three pictures. I’d like you to talk about two of them on your own for about a minute, and also to answer a question briefly about your partner’s pictures.

(Candidate A), it’s your turn first. Here are your pictures. They show people putting on a performance tor an audience. I’d like you to compare two of the pictures and say what you think the performance is about, and how memorable the performances might be to the audience. All right?

After 1 minute: Thank you.
(Candidate B), which performance do you think requires the most talent? Why?
After approximately 30 seconds: Thank you.

Now, (Candidate B), here are your pictures. They show people dancing in different situations. I’d like you to compare two of the pictures and say why the people are dancing in these situations and what they might be feeling. All right?

After 1 minute: Thank you.
(Candidate A), which people do you think are enjoying dancing the most? (Why?)
After approximately 30 seconds: Thank you.

Part 3 4 minutes (6 minutes for groups of three)
Interlocutor: Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.
Here are some subjects that children usually do at school and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task. (About 15 seconds)
Now, talk to each other about how important studying these subjects is for a person’s future life.


After 2 minutes: Thank you. Now you have a minute to decide which of these subjects requires the most study time at school.
After 1 minute: Thank you.

Part 4 5 minutes (8 minutes for groups of three)

The interlocutor will ask some general questions which follow on from the topic in Part 3.
Interlocutor
:
• To what extent should students be able to choose what they study at school? (Why?)
• Should it be the responsibility of schools to teach moral values to young people? (Why? / Why not?)
• What – if any – are the advantages of single-sex education? (Why?)
• How can young people benefit from school trips and other school activities outside the classroom? (Why?)
• What would you say are the qualities of a good teacher? (Why?)
Thank you. That is the end of the test.