Certificate of Proficiency in English: Speaking

Education clezzzgamer August 7, 2016 0 0
CPE is a test for English at the highest possible level. The speaking part is the only non-written part and takes on another day instead. In this part of the exam, you must demonstrate that you can converse in English, you can exchange ideas, opinions can give, negotiate to develop a decision and a longer topic.
  • General
  • Part 1: Interview
  • Part 2: Cooperation
  • Part 3: Discussion
  • Rating


The speaking part is usually done in pairs, ie two candidates are tested simultaneously. If there is an odd number of candidates, the final reduction is done with three candidates. It may therefore be possible that you have to talk to a total stranger. There are two judges: one assessor in a corner and only listens while the examiner leads the test and keep time in mind. Both assess your English, but the examiner will be able to give only a general impression. They try to keep the overall feeling fairly smooth so that you feel more at ease. At the end you will thank you for coming, but does not say what your level.
The test takes 19 minutes and consists of three parts. Each section focuses on a different interaction: between candidate and examiner, between the candidates and both candidates and examiners. You can post the instructions to ask for clarification, so make sure to use them. In addition to your language, is also considering your language social skills like the way you take your turn. Always speak clearly so that everyone in the room can understand.
The key may be included so that Cambridge ESOL new evaluators can train and to check that the assessors do their work.
At this level, the candidate must demonstrate that he / she:
  • can communicate, in most situations, including unexpected or unknown.
  • to use the language correctly and appropriately in complex ideas and concepts while he / she can simultaneously conduct long monologues or discussions that are easy to follow.
  • rarely used the language incorrect or inappropriate.
  • a near-native ruling that is easy to understand with proper intonation. Also pauses and hesitations "knock".

Part 1: Interview

The first part is a kind of warm-up in which you get the chance to talk with the examiner. You introduce yourself and the examiner asks a question. Reply to this prompt. You can not talk at this point with the other kandidat, but this is not necessary. Questions are about general personal matters such as daily life, work, travel and interests. Although you can practice this fairly simple, leather no answer by heart. The examiner has to directly and your answer is probably too long.
Sample questions
Where are you from?
Is English your main subject of study?
Do you spend more time studying alone or with friends?
What is the most interesting place for visitors to see in your hometown / country?
Can you tell us something about housing in your country?
How important is it to speak a foreign language in your country?
What do you look forward to most When you go home at the end of the day?
Could you tell us something about your favorite foods?
What opportunities are there for doing sports in your area?
With more shopping being done over the internet, what future is there for ordinary shops?
If you could live in any country, apart from your own, Which would it be?
What do you find is changing most in your country?
Do you think people will still go to the cinema in 10 years' time?
If you could afford to, would you take a trip into space?

Part 2: Cooperation

In this second part, you must work with the other kandidat for the answer. This part consists of two phases. In the first stage you will see a picture and the examiner draws your attention to a particular part in it. You have a minute to talk about it with each other. Listen carefully to the question and speculate about possible answers. Purely a description of the image is insufficient.
In the second stage, you get to see more pictures and a command of the examiner that requires a joint decision. You should therefore discuss than three minutes with the other kandidat. There are no right or wrong answers, because the purpose is just to see the range of your vocabulary: speculate, evaluate, compare, negotiate, argue, agree, another to ask an opinion, etc. Above the pictures is a title which can help with remembering the instructions and keep the discussion on track. Interaction is all-important in this task: keep the discussion going, take turns, ask others what they find and cut new angles on. Listening is just as important as speaking, but make sure you take part.
Photos in the collaborative task
Question 1 on the left photo: Why was this picture taken?
Task 2 with all photos: Imagine That an insurance company was launching a campaign to attract more clients. A picture was used for the previous year ?? s poster. Talk with each other about the aspects of protection shown in all the pictures and then decide-which of the other four pictures would have the most impact for the next poster.

Part 3: Discussion

In this last part you have to speak two minutes without interruption. You get to turn a card with a question on the examiner. Some ideas for answers are listed below the question, but you do not use them. You have ten seconds to think about it and read the card before the examiner will ask you for an answer. During these two minutes, no one may interrupt you, so it's important to remember that you can not say anything if the other candidate is processing.
After your two minutes, the examiner will determine a related question to another candidate with a minute to answer. You will be asked to give your opinion, whether you agree with the speaker or not, if you can add something, or you have other experiences. Hereafter follows a question for you both and you have one minute to answer again. You do not have to wait until the other person is speaking, even if you were the one that began with the two minutes. Even if you do not your turn, you must listen carefully to the other candidate. The only way you can refer to his / her answer in your discussion of the question. During this part is very important to organize your answers well, so you must link your ideas to raise arguments and provide summaries. It's okay to admit that you do not know much about a topic, but you have to give an opinion so that the reviewers can assess your language.
First candidate
What are the advantages and disadvantages of 24-hour shopping?
  • costumers
  • sales staff
  • profits

Follow-up questions:
  • Would our lives be better or worse without supermarkets?
  • Do you think that shopping through the Internet Has A big future?
  • What can make shopping a joy or a misery?

Second candidate
What makes a product a bestseller?
  • advertising
  • peer pressure
  • design

Follow-up questions:
  • Why are new products or at more successful than older ones?
  • How important is it to have a wide range of products to choose from?
  • Are you more impressed by good quality service or good quality products?

Questions for all candidates
  • How interesting do you think might be a career in sales?
  • What qualities shouldering a salesperson have?
  • What do you think of the consumer world we live in?
  • When it comes to newspapers, why do you think bad news sells better than good news?
  • Do you think that competition between companies Improves standards?
  • What do you consider the best investment a person can make?


Although candidates are tested together, the assessment is individual. The examiner merely gives an overall score. This is based on the overall impression with regard to all three parts.
The assessor note the effectiveness of your language in the following criteria:
  • Grammar: Use your good rules? Put your words in the right place? At this level, a wide range and may well use can be expected.
  • Vocabulary: Do you use the right words? Are you just enough? Give your opinion? Can you convey abstract ideas? Simplification is punished though of course you do not have to talk like an expert.
  • Call management: Can you stringing sentences together into a coherent whole? You can contribute to the dialogue without too much hesitation? Is the length of the response sufficient for the task? At this level, you ought to be able to arrange your arguments logically.
  • Pronunciation: Have you understood? You have the right accent and intonation? Speak your sounds good? The evaluators should not have much trouble slicing do you understand.
  • Interactive communication: Do you take an active part in the discussion? Can you start a discussion? Can you answer correctly? Can communication smoothly run or fix it if it no longer runs smoothly?
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