C2 (CPE): What’s in the Speaking Paper?
C2 (CPE) Speaking Part 1: Introduction
Timing: 2 minutes
Task type and format:
A conversation between the interlocutor and each candidate (spoken questions).
This part tests the candidates’ ability to provide information about themselves. It consists of an initial greeting, establishing where the candidates come from, and whether the candidates are working or studying at the moment. The interlocutor then asks one question, selected from a list of six, to each candidate in turn. The candidates do not need to talk to each other in this part of the test, though they may if they wish.
C2 Proficiency (CPE) Speaking Part 1 Video
C1 (CAE) Speaking Part 1: Questions/Topics
Interlocutor: Good morning / afternoon / evening. My name is …….. and this is my colleague …….. .
And your names are …….. ?
Could I have your mark sheets, please?
Interlocutor: First of all, we’d like to know something about you.
Where are you from (Candidate A)?
And you (Candidate B)?
[address Candidate B] Are you working or studying at the moment?
[address Candidate A] And you?
Questions that may be addressed to each candidate are below.
- How would you describe the area you live in?
- What are your neighbours like?
- Would you prefer to live somewhere else?
- What would you like to improve about the area you live in?
- How much free time do you have at the moment?
- How good are you at organising your time?
- Do you come from a large family?
- Do you have much opportunity to travel?
- Who are you closest to in your family?
- Do you have friends who are closer to you than family members?
- How important is friendship to you?
- What would your dream job be?
- Do you like to be physically active or do you prefer relaxing?
- How important is the internet to you?
- Is there anything you would like to learn about your country?
- Tell me about the TV advertising in your country.
- Do you enjoy cooking or do you find it boring?
- Is there an interesting area of your country that you would like to visit?
- Do you use the internet to study English?
- Are you a student or do you have a job, or both?
- Do many tourists visit your part of the country?
- What’s your favourite food?
- Do you find your hometown enjoyable to live in?
- Who do you spend your free time with?
- Do you have a large family?
- What do you like most about your studies/job?
- How are you planning on using English in your future?
- Do you enjoy playing computer games?
- Is fashion important to you?
- How do you prefer to travel? By train or by plane?
- How many hours TV do you watch in an average week?
- Describe a typical day at school/work/college.
- Do you live in a large house?
- Can you remember your first English lessons?
- Do you enjoy shopping?
- How much exercise do you take each week?
- Would you say you are very fit?
- Has your attitude to school/college/work changed since you started there?
- Do you enjoy reading?
- Tell me about your best friend.
- How much time do you spend at home?
- Would you describe yourself as ambitious?
- Do you use the internet a lot?
- Tell us about a TV programme you really enjoy watching.
- Where did you go for your most recent holiday?
- Who are your best friends?
- Could you tell me something about the area where you grew up?
- What do you find most difficult about English?
- What type of house would you like to live in?
- What do you particularly like about them?
- What are the most popular sports in your country?
- Tell me about an interesting hobby you would like to take up in the future.
- Do you and your friends share the same ideas and opinions?
- Are you planning to do anything special this weekend?
- Could you describe your family home to me?
- Do you plan to take up a new sport in the future?
- Are there good quality TV programmes in your country?
- Have they done anything that has particularly helped you?
- Do you find it hard to relax?
- What was a memorable holiday when you were a child?
C2 (CPE) Speaking Part 1: Tips
- practise giving information about yourself
- give a few details as well as general information
- give short answers, but be prepared to extend them
- don’t memorise answers about yourself – this will sound unnatural.
C2 (CPE) Speaking: Useful Phrases
|Expressing opinion||Personalising the topic|
|Changing topic||Adding additional points|
|Convincing/Negotiating||Making a decision|
|Asking for opinion||Impressive structures|
|Giving examples||Wrap up/referring back|