CAE Speaking

Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face–to–face situations. You will take the Speaking test with another candidate.

Time allowed: 15 minutes per pair of candidates

Number of parts: 4

Marks: 20% total

You have to talk: with the examiner, with the other candidate, on your own

What do I have to practise? Giving information about yourself and expressing your opinion about various topics; talking on your own about something: comparing, describing, expressing opinions, speculating; exchanging ideas, expressing and justifying opinions, agreeing and/or disagreeing, suggesting, speculating, evaluating, reaching a decision through negotiation, etc; expressing and justifying opinions, agreeing and/or disagreeing.

Part 1: with the examiner - Giving information about yourself and expressing your opinion about various topics; Part 2: on your own - The interlocutor gives you three pictures and asks you to talk about two of them. You have to speak for 1 minute without interruption and the interlocutor then asks the other candidate to comment on what you have said for about 30 seconds. The other candidate receives a different set of photographs and you have to listen and comment when they have finished speaking. The questions you have to answer about your photographs are written at the top of the page to remind you what you should talk about; Part 3: with the other candidate - Conversation with the other candidate. The examiner gives you spoken instructions with written prompts which are used in a discussion. You have to talk with the other candidate for about 2 minutes (3 minutes for groups of three) about the written prompts. After the discussion time, the examiner will ask you another question which requires you to make a decision. You have 1 minute to talk together and make the decision (2 minutes for groups of three).; Part 4: with the other candidate - Further discussion with the other candidate based on the topics or issues raised in the task in Part 3. The interlocutor asks each of you some questions and you discuss them with the other candidate.