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B2 First Speaking Test
Time allowed: 14 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
Part 1 (Interview)
What’s in Part 1? Conversation with the examiner. The examiner asks questions and you may have to give information about your interests, studies, career, etc.
What do I have to practise? Giving information about yourself and expressing your opinion about various topics.
How long do I have to speak? 2 minutes
Part 2 (Long turn)
What’s in Part 2? The examiner gives you two photographs and asks you to talk about them. You have to speak for 1 minute without interruption and the interlocutor then asks the other candidate to comment on your photographs 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 question you have to answer about your photographs is written at the top of the page to remind you what you should talk about.
What do I have to practise? Talking on your own about something: comparing, describing, expressing opinions, speculating.
How long do I have to speak? 1 minute per candidate
Part 3 (Collaborative task)
What’s in Part 3? Conversation with the other candidate. The examiner gives you some material and a task to do. You have to talk with the other candidate and make a decision.
What do I have to practise? Exchanging ideas, expressing and justifying opinions, agreeing and/or disagreeing, suggesting, speculating, evaluating, reaching a decision through negotiation, etc.
How long do we have to speak? 3 minutes (a 2-minute discussion followed by a 1-minute decision-making task)
Part 4 (Discussion)
What’s in Part 4? Further discussion with the other candidate, guided by questions from the examiner, about the topics or issues raised in the task in Part 3.
What do I have to practise? Expressing and justifying opinions, agreeing and/or disagreeing.
How long do we have to speak? 4 minutes
Cambridge English speaking tests take place with one or two other candidates, and two examiners. This makes your test more realistic and more reliable.
ECCE SPEAKING TEST SAMPLE
Time: 10-15 minutes
Number of stages : 4
Stage 1 Warm up: Candidate answers general questions. (2-3 minutes)
Stage 2 The candidate is presented with a short text and pictures about a problem or situation. The candidate asks the examiner questions in order to get information. (3-4 minutes)
Stage 3 The candidate chooses an option or offers advice to help solve the problem. The candidate explains why the chosen option or solution is better and must be ready to explain why the other solution or option was not chosen. (1-3 minutes)
Stage 4 The candidate answers further questions related to the topic introduced in Stage 2. (2-4 minutes)
The examiner conducts the interview with one student.
Choose an Option or Help solve a problem
- Stage 1: Warm-up (2-3 minutes)
- Stage 2: Ask questions to get information (3-4 minutes)
- Stage 3: Justify your choice (1-3 minutes)
- Stage 4: Elaborate on the Topic (2-4 minutes)
Functional Language for all sections of the ECCE (B2) Oral exam :
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Stage 2 Asking Questions – Commenting :
- I see
- That’s a common problem
- I can imagine how he/she feels
- It’s a difficult decision to make
- It’s not easy to decide…
- Both options sound interesting/great
- It’s the kind of think I like / I’m interested in
Stage 3 Justify your choice
Summarizing and justifying :
As you said your…. has a problem with…. and there are two solutions/options
On the one hand he could……. as you said he will…….
On the other hand……… as you mentioned this will……
- It’s a tricky situation but…
- Both options could work but I would choose…..
- If I were in that position I…..
- …….ing sounds interesting / a bit boring
- ….. seems like a better choice than…. because
- I think you should….
- If I were ….. I’d…..
- In this way he/she could….
- Even though you said….. (the disadvantage) I think it will not be a problem because he could……(make it positive)
- This will allow him / her to…..
- I didn’t choose…. because…
- I don’t think ….. is a good idea because as you said….. (disadvantage) so this would……
Referring to something the examiner said
- As you said …
- You mentioned that…
CHOOSING AN OPTION
Expressing preference / Explaining your choice
- I would/wouldn’t like to …….
- I would rather + bare infinitive +than + bare infinitive
- I suppose I would prefer to…………..rather than + bare infinitive
- If I had to choose, I would + bare infinitive
- I’d probably choose…
- My first choice would be…..
- I’d choose……….because it is important to ……
- I think … would be best because…
- I think most……would find ……..more interesting.
- I think……has more to offer…….since….
- I don’t think…………….and that’s why I wouldn’t choose it.
HELP SOLVE A PROBLEM
- I think you should/could….
- My advice is to…
- Why don’t you….?
- If I were you, I’d…
- I think the best thing to do is to….
- I strongly recommend that
- I would advise you to
- You should
- It would !e a good idea to
- I think you should
- Why don’t you
- The best advice I can give you is
Referring to a personal experience
- I was once in a similar situation and I ….
- I have a friend who also ……..
- I remember once I had/was…….
- In my experience…
- As a teenager, I….
- I’ve been in a similar situation.
- A similar thing happened to me/my friend.
- I can understand how……must feel
- Personally, I’d would love/hate it if…
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