The Cambridge B2 Speaking exam lasts for 12-14 minutes and consists of 4 parts:
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Interview (part 1) 2 minutes: The examiner will ask you questions individually and you need to answer with extended answers or about 30 seconds. The questions are simple but you need to elaborate your answers and make them more interesting to show you can develop, when we develop answers we show confidence with language use. Link everything to your opinion and personal experiences. The important thing is to show that you want to participate and are willing to speak.
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Long turn (part 2) 3 minutes: In this part of the exam, each student speaks individually for 1 minute (do not stop until the examiner says “thank you”) about 2 photos. The candidate needs to compare the images using a variety of connectors and complex grammar (passive, relative clauses, conditionals, wish, modal verbs) to show that they can organise and extend their speech. Do not just describe, you need to go from one image to the next (see diagram). Complex grammar is easy to use; you should use fixed phrases, like:
- (passive) This photo was taken/These photos were taken…
It is said that…
- (relative clauses) There is a person who is…/There are some people who are…
- (modals) This is a beautiful image, it may/might/could be…..
- (conditionals) If I were the person in the picture, I would/could…
- (wish/if only) The activity in the picture looks fun, If only/I wish I could
After describing the images, your partner will answer a simple question for about 30 seconds.
Collaborative task (part 3) 3 minutes: In this part of the exam the candidates speak together about a situation for 2-3 minutes. In this part you need to look at the 5 options or topics and use the following skills to have a conversation.
- Initiate and respond (questions)
- Develop (maintain the conversation and make it interesting)
- Link (relate your points to those of your partner)
- Negotiate an outcome (conclusion)
An important part of this part of the exam is the use of ´question tags´, the conversation needs to be natural and easy to follow with little repetition or hesitation. Do not stop speaking until the examiner stops you.
Discussion (part 4) 4 minutes: This part of the exam can be very similar to part 1 or part 3. The examiner has a choice of either asking direct questions to candidates (they will name the candidate) or open questions (no name) in which the candidates need to speak for up to 4 minutes. The topics are similar to part 3 of the exam but there is no information to look at while you speak. The questions are quite long and they say them quickly, and they only say them once. You need to converse in a similar way to part 3 of the exam.
You will not be told your grade until you receive your results.
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