How to do well on the day of your speaking test?
While you are speaking, look at the examiner, not at the other candidate.
- Be friendly. If you do not understand, ask to repeat: “Could you repeat that, please?/ Pardon?”
- Don’t just say YES/NO to the questions.
- Speak loudly and clearly. Be confident.
- Don’t give a speech!
- Use a wide range of vocabulary and grammar.
Part 1 tests your ability to talk about everyday topics such as your family, work, free time, future plans and basic information about yourself.
Which Questions to Expect
- Your hobbies
- Your work or education
- Things you like and things you don’t like
- Friends and family
- Future plans
Questions you might be asked:
- How much time do you spend at home?
- Have you ever used English while traveling?
- What did you do on your last birthday?
- Where would you most like to go on holiday in future
- Do you like cooking?
- How important is TV to you?
- Is there a good public transport system in your country?
- How much TV do you watch in a week?
Use the Grammar of the Question in Your Answer
Here’s a silly mistake:
Do you enjoy cooking?
Yes, I enjoy to cook.
Use the same grammar as the question in your answer?
Do you enjoy cooking?
Yes, I enjoy cooking.
How Much Should You Say?
It’s okay to give short answers here, but don’t just say YES/NO to the questions. Your answer shouldn’t be shorter than the question!
Here are some GOOD examples:
Interlocutor: Where are you from?
Candidate: I come from Germany and my town is called Olching. It is in the northwest of Munich.
Interlocutor: Thank you. And what sort of things do you do in your free time?
Candidate: I like spending time with my friends. We sometimes ride the bicycle, go for a run or walk, play board games.
In this part of the test, you have to talk about the photographs on your own for about a minute. When you finish, the examiner asks the other student (student B) a question about your photos – student B should talk for about 30 seconds.
1.Nobody should interrupt you, and you shouldn’t talk when the other student is talking.
2. If you forget a word or make a mistake, don’t worry. Just keep talking. You have to talk for one minute. Mistakes are normal. Keep going!
In part 3 you given a spider web with five keywords linking to a question.
You get about 15 seconds to read everything, then you have to discuss it with your partner for 2 minutes. When the 2 minutes is over, the examiner will stop you and he will ask another question. You discuss that question for another minute.
We don’t agree about anything!
It doesn’t matter – it’s all about opinions. There are no right or wrong answers, only good or bad discussions. If you disagree, explain why.
Cambridge are only interested in the quality of the discussion and the quality of your language (your grammar and vocabulary).
Useful Phrases for Speaking Part 3
- Which one shall we start with?
- I think you know a lot about [topic]. What’s your opinion on it?
Moving to the next item
- Shall we move onto [topic] now?
- So what about [topic]?
- What about this one? [pointing to topic]
- What do you think about this idea?
Ending Your Turn
- What do you think?
- Don’t you agree?
- Did I forget anything?
- Good point.
- I totally agree.
- I was just going to say that!
- I couldn’t agree more.
- You’re totally right.
Disagreeing (with reasons)
- Maybe, but what about…?
- I think it would be better to…
- I’m not so keen on that.
- I don’t really agree with you there.
Reaching a Decision
- Well, I think it’s definitely not [topic]
- Are we both in favour of [topic]?
- Okay, so we agree.
- I don’t think we’re going to agree on this!
- Let’s agree to disagree!
In this part of the test you are tested on your ability to give opinions, give reasons for your opinions, and your ability to politely discuss things with your partner.
The examiner asks you a question. You answer it. But it’s not the same as part 1. It’s more like part 3 – you should respond to your partner’s answers.
Giving your opinion
- What I think is that…
- In my opinion, …
- It’s clear to me that…
- One thing I’m sure of is…
- I might be wrong but …
- I’ve never really thought about that, but…
- What a good question!
- That’s a good question.
- That’s an interesting question.