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10 Speaking Questions: Part 3 | C2 Proficiency (CPE)

Level: C2
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C2 (CPE): What’s in the Speaking Paper?
C2 (CPE) Speaking Part 3: Introduction
C1 (CAE) Speaking Part 3: Questions/Topics
C2 (CPE) Speaking Part 3: Tips
C2 (CPE) Speaking: Questions & Answers

C2 (CPE): What’s in the Speaking Paper?

  1. Part 1 (Interview)
  2. Part 2 (Collaborative task)
  3. Part 3 (Long turn and duscussion)

C2 (CPE) Speaking Part 3: Introduction

Timing: 10 minutes (2-minute long turn for each candidate and approximately 6 minutes following the long turns).

Task type and format:
You are each given the opportunity to talk for 2 minutes, to comment after your partner has spoken and to take part in a more general discussion.

The interlocutor gives you a card with a question written on it and asks you to talk about it for 2 minutes. After you have spoken, the interlocutor asks you both another question related to the topic on the card, addressing your partner first. This procedure is repeated so that your partner receives a card and speaks for 2 minutes and a follow-up question is asked.

Finally, the interlocutor asks some further questions, which leads to a discussion on a general theme related to the subjects already covered in Part 3.

C2 Proficiency (CPE) Speaking Part 3 Video

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C1 (CAE) Speaking Part 3: Questions/Topics

Here you have a card with a question written on it and you are required to explain what you think about the subject. There are some additional ideas on the card which you may use if you like.

Which is preferable, making your own decisions or asking others for advice?

  • in education
  • at work
  • at different ages

A series of questions will now be asked, which both candidates are required to discuss together.

  • Nowadays, there are so many products to choose from that it’s impossible to choose. To what extent do you agree?
  • Who should decide how taxes are spent, government ministers or local people? ….. (Why?)
  • Why do jobs that involve taking difficult decisions appeal to some people?
  • What difficult decisions do you think scientists will face in the future?
  • What is the best way of deciding how a criminal is punished?
  • How easy is it to repair a wrong decision?

Here you have a card with a question written on it and you are required to explain what you think about the subject. There are some additional ideas on the card which you may use if you like.

Does the music business have a future?

  • Illegal downloading.
  • Album streaming
  • Computer-generated music.

A series of questions will now be asked, which both candidates are required to discuss together.

  • Do you think artists should make their music available for free on the internet?
  • Do you think people will stop making music because of the internet?
  • Do you think the government should try to solve the problem of illegal music downloading?
  • Do you think computers will make the music of the future?
  • Would you go to a concert to hear a computer generate music?

Here you have a card with a question written on it and you are required to explain what you think about the subject. There are some additional ideas on the card which you may use if you like.

How is technology affecting education?

  • Tablets not books.
  • Wikipedia.
  • Virtual reality.

A series of questions will now be asked, which both candidates are required to discuss together.

  • Do you think students learn more from tablets or books?
  • Do you think it is safe for students to trust sites like Wikipedia?
  • Do you expect students who use tablets to do better than students who use books?
  • Do you think the government should control the influence of technology in the classroom?
  • Do you think the presence of technology in the classroom is unfair on poor children?

Here you have a card with a question written on it and you are required to explain what you think about the subject. There are some additional ideas on the card which you may use if you like.

How is shopping changing?

  • E-commerce.
  • Amazon.
  • The corner shop.

A series of questions will now be asked, which both candidates are required to discuss together.

  • Why do you think internet shopping is so popular?
  • Do you think corner shops will disappear?
  • Do you think internet shopping is safe?
  • Do you think big supermarket chains can compete with companies like Amazon?
  • Should the government have more control on companies which sell on the internet?

Here you have a card with a question written on it and you are required to explain what you think about the subject. There are some additional ideas on the card which you may use if you like.

Can Hollywood survive?

  • International competition.
  • Piracy
  • Financial climate.

A series of questions will now be asked, which both candidates are required to discuss together.

  • Do you think films reflect real society?
  • Do you think there is too much violence in films today?
  • Do you think films are changing to reflect the nature of their audiences?
  • Do you think film making will continue to be profitable?
  • How do you think the film industry should react to piracy?

Here you have a card with a question written on it and you are required to explain what you think about the subject. There are some additional ideas on the card which you may use if you like.

Why is advertising often criticised?

  • Insensitive content.
  • Inappropriate location.
  • Being too pushy.

A series of questions will now be asked, which both candidates are required to discuss together.

  • Do you think advertisers care how people feel about their business?
  • Do you think the internet has been good for the advertising industry?
  • Should the government have more control on what advertisers do?
  • Is money spent on advertising good business?
  • Do you think advertisers have too much power?

Here you have a card with a question written on it and you are required to explain what you think about the subject. There are some additional ideas on the card which you may use if you like.

What makes a good parent?

  • fairness
  • strictness
  • flexibility

A series of questions will now be asked, which both candidates are required to discuss together.

  • Do you agree that school is wasted on the young?
  • Should people pass an exam before being allowed to have children?
  • What is the ideal age to have a first child?
  • Can parents learn something from their children?

Here you have a card with a question written on it and you are required to explain what you think about the subject. There are some additional ideas on the card which you may use if you like.

What are some of the biggest causes of damage to the environment?

  • energy
  • agriculture
  • population

A series of questions will now be asked, which both candidates are required to discuss together.

  • What is being done in your country to protect the environment?
  • How can more people be made aware of environmental problems?
  • What do you think is the biggest environmental problem in your country?
  • Should we be so concerned about something that may or may not happen?

Here you have a card with a question written on it and you are required to explain what you think about the subject. There are some additional ideas on the card which you may use if you like.

Describe a memorable TV advertisement.

  • music
  • people
  • product

A series of questions will now be asked, which both candidates are required to discuss together.

  • What strategies do shops use to persuade you to buy?
  • How much are you influenced by advertising?
  • Do you enjoy going shopping?
  • How do you think advertising can become more honest?

Here you have a card with a question written on it and you are required to explain what you think about the subject. There are some additional ideas on the card which you may use if you like.

What are some of the benefits of reading?

  • entertainment
  • education
  • mood

A series of questions will now be asked, which both candidates are required to discuss together.

  • Is the age of the book over?
  • Should there be more emphasis on teaching children how to write creatively?
  • Which book would you save first in a fire?
  • Do you think reading fiction is a waste of time?

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C2 (CPE) Speaking Part 3: Tips

  • in the 2-minute talk, make sure you discuss the question on the card
  • use the words on the card if you feel they will help you organise your ideas
  • try to speak for the full time given in each part of the test
  • give detailed examples, as well as expressing general ideas
  • practise giving 2-minute talks on a range of topics.

C2 (CPE) Speaking: Questions & Answers

Who takes part in the Speaking exam?

Candidates do the speaking exam with an examiner and a partner. Some parts of the exam are done alone and other parts involve your speaking partner.

Can candidates choose their partners?

Candidates are allowed to choose their partner, provided their partner is taking the same exam on the same date in the same place.

Maximum score

The maximum Speaking score is 75 points which corresponds to 230 (C2 Grade A) on the Cambridge English scale score.

Minimum score

The minimum Speaking score is 45 points which corresponds to 200 (C2 Grade C) on the Cambridge English scale score.

Are the Written and Speaking test on the same day?

This depends on the exam event that you register for. This information is usually given to candidates before they register.

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