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CAE Speaking Test


Duration:=25=minutes=>2)=minutes=for=groups=of=three=at=centres= where=there?s=an=odd=num,er=of=candidates@. Participants: 3andidates=inter*iewed=in=pairs=or=threes.=;wo= examiners:=one=examiner=asks=the=9uestionsA=the=other=acts=as= assessor=and=doesn?t=speak=during=the=inter*iew.= Format:=;he=test=consists=of=four=parts.

Part 1 (Interview)
Tests abi it! to: use=language=for=social=purposesA=e.g.=making= introductionsA=answering=9uestionsA=stating=an=opinion. ;his=first=section=of=the=3$:=6peaking=exam=lasts=a,out=three= minutes=>fi*e=minutes=for=groups=of=three@=and=gi*es=the=examiner= the=chance=to=find=out=a=little=a,out=Bou=and=Bour=partner=through= some=?getting-to-know-Bou?=9uestions.=;hese=will=,e=simple= 9uestions=to=help=?,reak=the=ice?A=for=example=9uestions=a,out=Bour= familBA=Bour=studiesA=where=Bou=come=from=or=what=Bour=interests= are.= E"amp e #uestions ;he=inter*iew=will=,egin=with=the=examiner=saBing=something=like: &: Hello. 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 a!out you. ;he=examiner=will=then=ask=each=of=Bou=some=9uestions.=%or=example: &:=Tell me a!out where you come from. &:="o you en#oy studying $nglish? &:="o you have any ho!!ies or interests? &:=%hy are you preparing for the CA$ e&am? Tips$ #ou?ll=gain=extra=marks=if=Bou?re=a,le=to=gi*e=fullA=rele*ant=answers=to=these=9uestions.=

2@=+ffer=more=than=the=,are=minimum=in=Bour=answers.= &:=Tell me a!out where you come from. $:=I come from 'ielefeld.=>(on?t=stop=thereC@=It s in the northern part of (ermany. It s a lovely place with a !usy town and it s also close to some nice countryside. 2@=$*oid=shortA=?Bes?A=?no?=answers. &:="o you en#oy studying $nglish? $:=)es I do* I +uite like studying languages and $nglish in particular. I have a lot of $nglish friends and love to !e a!le to communicate with them in their own language. And I love !eing a!le to read $nglish novels. &:="o you have any ho!!ies or interests? $:=,o- not ho!!ies really. I used to like collecting things as a child !ut that doesn t interest me now. I suppose you could say music is a !ig interest- I especially like listening to $nglish !ands. )@=+ffer=examples=to=help=Bou=explain=a=statement. &:=%hy are you preparing for the CA$ e&am? $:='ecause it s important for my #o!. As part of my appraisal- my !oss advised me to take an $nglish e&am to help me develop my professional skills. I passed FC$ last year and if I m successful at CA$ I d like to try C.$.

Part % (&ong Turn)


Tests abi it! to: speak=at=length=coherentlBA=use=language=to=descri,eA=compare=and=contrastA= hBpothesise=and=comment=upon=a=topic. Dart=2=of=the=3$:=6peaking=test=lasts=a,out=0=minutes=>six=minutes=for=groups=of=three@.= 3andidate=$=is=passed=a=set=of=pictures=and=has=to=speak=a,out=the=pictures=without= interruptionA=either=from=the=examiner=or=their=partner.=Ehen=3andidate=$=has=finished=the= examiner=asks=3andidate=5=to=answer=a=,rief=9uestion=a,out=the=pictures.=;he=roles=are=then= re*ersed:=3andidate=5=is=gi*en=a=different=set=of=pictures=and=speaks=for=2=minute=followed=,B= 3andidate=$A=who=answers=a=,rief=9uestion=a,out=the=pictures. E"amp e Task $t=this=stage=of=the=inter*iew=the=examiner=will=saB=something=on=the=lines=of: &:=In this part of the e&am I m going to give each of you three photographs and I d like you to talk a!out them on your own for a!out a minute and also to answer a +uestion !riefly a!out your partner s photographs. &: Here are your pictures /Candidate A0. They show people in different educational settings. I d like you to talk a!out two of these photos and compare the settings and say how the students may be feeling in each one. &: All right?

Fotice=there=are=;E+=instructions=here:=first=to=?compare=and=contrast?=the=photographs=and= also=to=speculate=on=how=the=students=?maB=,e=feeling?.=Gn=Dart=2=candidates=are=re9uired=to= show=theB=can=do=more=than=simplB=descri,e=and=will=need=to=show=the=a,ilitB=to=speculate=or= hBpothesi!e=on=a=particular=topic=or=scene.= Tips$ 2.=;he=picture=set=will=ha*e=a=general=theme=,ut=trB=to=find=two=that=are=either=*erB=similar=or= *erB=different=in=some=waB.=;his=will=gi*e=Bou=a=,asis=on=which=to=compare=and/or=contrast= the=two=pictures.=Gn=the=example=a,o*eA=pictures=two=and=three=show=two=contrasting= educational=settings:=the=formal=lecture=theatre=in=picture=two=compared=to=the=relaxed=outdoor= scene=in=picture=three.= 2.=Gn=terms=of=hBpothesi!ingA=pictures=two=and=three=offer=a=good=opportunitB=to=speculate=on= how=students=in=each=contrasting=situation=might=,e=feeling.=;hink=a,out=opportunities=for= hBpothesi!ing=when=choosing=Bour=pictures. ).=6ignpost=the=end=of=Bour=talk=,B=adding=a=personal=reaction=to=the=pictures.=%or=example:= The two people in picture three look like they re en#oying themselves !ut personally- I think I d prefer to spend my study time in a lecture theatre where I d !e more a!le to concentrate on learning . 0.=-anB=people=preparing=for=the=3$:=oral=exam=worrB=a,out=not=ha*ing=enough=to=saB=in=the= time=a*aila,le=or=not=ha*ing=enough=time=to=express=their=ideas.=;he=,est=waB=to=get=the=timing= right=is=to=practise=making=short=talks=on=*arious=topics=on=Bour=own.=>+r=in=front=of=a=friend=if= Bou?re=feeling=,ra*eC@

Part ': (Two()a! Discussion)


Tests abi it! to: use=language=to=discuss=and=interpretA=to=agreeA=disagree=or=agree=to=disagreeA= negotiate=and=colla,orateA=to=rank=or=classifB.

Gn=Dart=)=of=the=3$:=6peaking=testA=which=lasts=a,out=four=minutes=>six=minutes=for=groups=of= three@A=the=examiner=will=ask=Bou=and=Bour=partner=to=talk=a,out=another=set=of=*isual=prompts= together.= E"amp e Task ;he=examiner=will=saB=something=on=the=lines=of: &:=I d like you to talk a!out something together for three minutes. >%i*e=minutes=for=groups=of= three@ &: Here are your pictures showing different occupations. "iscuss the role these people have in our lives. Then decide which #o! tends to !e the most stressful. &: All right?

Fotice=there=are=;E+=instructions.=;he=first=asks=Bou=to=?discuss?=the=role=of=the=peopleA=and= the=second=asks=Bou=to=?decide?=which=jo,=is=the=most=stressful.=;his=means=Bou?re=re9uired=not=

onlB=to=talk=a,out=each=*isual=,ut=also=to=show=Bour=a,ilitB=to=negotiate=and=colla,orate=with= Bour=partner.=#ou=don?t=ha*e=to=reach=agreement=,ut=Bou=must=at=least=work=towards=this.= Tips$ Gt=will=help=,oth=Bourself=and=Bour=partner=if=Bou=work=together=colla,orati*elB=on=this=task. 2.=5e=prepared=to=ask=Bour=partner=for=his=or=her=opinion=rather=than=simplB=stating=Bour=own. 2.=<isten=?acti*elB?=to=what=Bour=partner=saBsA=responding=to=comments=he=or=she=makes.=Hse= expressions=such=as=the=following=to=comment=on=something: 1That s an interesting point.1 1I was interested in what you said a!out ...1 12o- when you say ........- do you mean ........?1 1Could you e&plain what you mean !y .......?1 ).=Hse=expressions=to=allow=Bourself=time=to=think.=%or=example:=?That s a good +uestion.?A= ?%ell- let me think ...? 0.=Gn=order=to=,ring=the=discussion=to=a=constructi*e=conclusion=trB=using=expressions=such=as= the=following: 12o- weighing up the pros and cons- do you think 3?1 1Are we generally in agreement that 3?1 12o- all in all do we feel 3?1 1$ssentially- do we all agree that 3?1 12o- to sum up 31 12o- in general 31 1It seems we4ve reached the conclusion that 31

Part *: (T+ree()a! Discussion)


Tests abi it! to: use=language=to=summariseA=report=and=explain=decisionsI=de*elop=a=topic= further. Gn=Dart=0=of=the=3$:=6peaking=testA=which=lasts=a,out=four=minutes=>six=for=groups=of=three@A= the=examiner=will=join=the=discussion=and=ask=candidates=9uestions=related=to=the=*isuals=used= in=Dart=).= E"amp e #uestions &:="o any of these #o!s have a special status in your country? &:=%hich #o!s do you think offer the greatest personal satisfaction? &:="o any of these #o!s appeal to you? Tips$ 2.=$gainA=a*oid=shortA=?Bes?A=?no?=answers=to=the=examiner?s=9uestions.= 2.=Hse=techni9ues=to=make=Bour=contri,utions=powerfulA=for=example=,B=using=shortA=personal= anecdotes=to=help=make=a=point.

).=3ontinue=to=work=with=Bour=partner.=Jespond=constructi*elB=and=show=interest=in=things=he= or=she=saBs.