In this article, you will find lots of useful tips, examples and advice to help you pass CAE speaking part 2 of the C1 Advanced exam. This is a test sample of what the real Cambridge exam looks like.
(CAE) C1 Advanced: Speaking Part 2 – Format
A 1-minute ‘long turn’ for each candidate, plus a 30-second response from the second candidate. The total time for Part 2 is 4 minutes.
Task type and interaction:
An individual ‘long turn’ for each candidate with a response from the second candidate. In turn, the candidates are given 3 photographs and asked to talk about any 2 of them
The focus is on organising a larger unit of discourse; comparing, describing, expressing opinions and speculating.
Part 2 provides you with the opportunity to speak for one minute without interruption. Each candidate is presented with a set of pictures and asked to comment on each and react to them. A prompt is given to you in the form of a direct question written above the pictures. You are asked to compare and contrast, speculate and express viewpoints about two of the three pictures shown. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to organise your thoughts and ideas. In addition, you will be asked to comment on your fellow candidate’s response for approximately 30 seconds.
Speaking Part 2 Video (Sample Test)
C1 Advanced (CAE) Speaking Part 2: Example Topics
Below you will find test sample questions you may encounter on the C1 Advanced (CAE) exam.
Interlocutor: In this part of the test, I’m going to give each of you three pictures. I’d like you to talk about two of them on your own for about a minute, and also to answer a question briefly about your partner’s pictures.
- How might the people be feeling?
- Why might they be in these situations?
People taking a break
- How might the people be feeling?
- How demanding might their activities be?
People and personalities
- What sort of personalities might they have?
- What might they do for a living?
- What are the different ways in which water is being used?
- Why might water be important in the lives of these people?
- What moments or experiences are being shared?
- How might the people feel about each other?
Up in the air
- What are the people doing?
- How might they be feeling?
- In what ways are people polluting the environment
- How easy would it be to stop doing that?
- What are the different skills required for each sport?
- What would be the biggest challenge?
- What is strange or unusual about the pictures?
- Which picture is the most unusual?
- What emotional states do they show?
- What might have caused each of these emotional states?
C1 Advanced (CAE) Speaking Part 2: Tips
- Practise speaking for extended periods of time so that you become familiar with speaking for one minute uninterrupted. Sometimes candidates finish their long turn too soon, for they are unprepared for how long one minute takes.
- Collect pictures from various forms of media and group them into sets and speculate on what might you be asked to talk about in a Part 2 task in the exam.
- Avoid ‘closure’ cues such as “That’s it.” or ” I’m done.” Speak until the interlocutor says, “Thank you.” With this approach, you will maximise the time available for each 1-minute long turn.
- Spend time organising your ideas coherently. Become familiar with useful phrases that link ideas and compare images. Develop your own list of appropriate phrases during your preparation providing you with a broad range of language and structures to draw on when necessary.