The Speaking test has four parts and is conducted face-to-face, with one or two other candidates and two examiners. Candidates are expected to be able to participate in discussions, express opinions, exchange ideas and reach decisions through negotiation.
Part 1 is a short conversation with the examiner. The examiner will ask the candidate some questions about their lives, focusing on areas such as work, leisure activities and future plans. Candidates are expected to respond to the examiner’s questions, give basic personal information about themselves and use general social and interactional language.
Part 2 (1 minute ‘long turn’ for each candidate, plus 30-second response from the second candidate) involves speaking for 1 minute without interruption. Each candidate is asked to compare two colour photographs and comment about the photographs in response to a task read out by the examiner and a prompt question written above the photographs. The listening candidate is also asked to comment briefly after their partner’s long-turn.
Part 3 (3 minutes) is a two-way conversation between the candidates. The candidates are given spoken instructions and visual stimuli, which are used in a decision-making task. There is no right or wrong answer to the task. The candidates are expected to express and justify opinions, evaluating and speculating, in order to work towards a negotiated decision.
Part 4 (4 minutes) is a discussion between the candidates and the examiner on topics related to the collaborative task in Part 3. The examiner directs the interaction by asking questions which encourage the candidates to broaden and discuss further the topics introduced in Part 3. The questions ask primarily for evaluation rather than for information and give candidates an opportunity to show they can discuss issues in more depth than in earlier parts of the test
How to write a report for the New FCE exam? Here’s a topic and sample answer.
You must answer this question. Write your answer in 140- 190 words in an appropriate style on the separate answer sheet.
The principal of your college has asked you to find out reasons and suggest solutions to a decreasing number of students visiting canteen.
Student cafe in Bradford College
The aim of this report is to outline the reasons why the majority of students fail to dine at college’s canteen and suggest solutions to improve the exciting situation.
Having interviewed almost a hundred students of the college the following concerns have been risen:
- The cafe closes too early which prevents students from buying meals if they attend evening lectures.
- Almost 50% of learners are vegan or vegetarian and there are no plant-based meal options in the menu.
- Seats and tables are rather old and uncomfortable.
- Compared with a local restaurant, canteen prices are much higher.
It is understandable that the college might find it difficult to invest a significant amount of money in a new decor. Nevertheless, unless new and more comfortable seats and tables are bought, the number of students eating there will continue to fall. Moreover, introducing a new vegan menu might attract more students to spend money in the canteen provided some discounts or promotions are offered.
Bradford College Cafe used to be considered as the heart and soul of the college. New furniture, attractive menu and lower prices might help bring the sparkle back to this once so popular place.READ MORE +
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FCE exam- Writing Part 2 Formal letter
You must answer this question.
You would like to learn Russian and you see this advert in a newspaper. You would like to know more. Read the ad and the notes you have made. Write a letter to the school asking for more information.
* task taken from FCE English Expert coursebook
Dear Sir/ Madam,
My name is Emily and I have recently become interested in learning Russian as my fiancee and I are planning to relocate to Moscow hence the reason I am writing to you as the announcement in the local newspaper about the language course you provide seems like the perfect solution. Nevertheless, prior to the enrollment there are few questions I was hoping you could assist me with.
Firstly, as I have not had any experience with the language I was wondering whether you could provide class for total beginners. If so, I was wondering whether you could tell me how big the groups are, is it more likely to be a class of dozen or half a dozen students. In addition, I was hoping you could supply more details about the exact time of lessons as well as the total number of hours of the fortnight course which I’m planning to enroll this summer.
Also, would you mind sending the bank details and the final fee of the fortnight course. Moreover, I know that your language school includes the home-stay accommodation, I was wondering how far from the school the house would be.
I hope the letter finds you well and thank you in advance for your reply.
I look forward to hearing from you in due course.
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You’ve noticed the following announcement in an English- language magazine.
A really special holiday
Have you ever had a really special holiday? Where did you go? What did you do there?
Write us an account of your holiday
The best article will be published in the magazine
Write your article in 140- 190 words in an appropriate style on the separate answer sheet.
A really special holiday
You wouldn’t believe but it was not until spring 2011 that I’ve had the truly magnificent vacation ever. A childhood friend of mine Monika massively contributed to the life changing holiday we spent backpacking in India.
Prior to booking the flights we had investigated the ideal time to travel on the east coast and soon after we were taking off at the Heathrow airport. I had no idea what to expect as apart from the accommodation for just one night in Mumbai nothing else was arranged. Scared of the unknown, I quickly got used to the spicy food, unbearable heat, humidity, that made you gasp for fresh air, and annoying, loud horns on the street. It has been totally spontaneous four weeks of total immersion in Indian culture, which I loved.
We have covered staggering eight thousand kilometers while sleeping on numerous overnight coached and trains. Meeting locals, attending events, such as weddings or funerals made us understand that our world is an amazing and diverse place.
My holiday in India and its influence on my life has totally changed me as a person. So, if you’re looking to spend amazingly adventurous time while completely shifting your mindset, backpacking in India is the answer.READ MORE +