CAE Speaking Tips Part 1 (The Interview)
Many of you will be preparing for the CAE exam this year and will be nervous about the speaking part of the exam. This is an essential overview of the exam and will help you understand what will be expected of you. Don’t be nervous, just read ALL of this and study hard.
CAE Speaking Test
Duration: 15 minutes (23 minutes for groups of three at centres where there’s an odd number of candidates).
CAE Speaking Exam Part 1 (The Interview)
Purpose: To show that you can use language for social purposes – making introductions, answering questions, stating an opinion. It’s also a chance to get you warmed up and to ease into the exam. REMEMBER – The examiner is probably nervous too.
This “warm up” section of the CAE speaking exam will only last about 5 minutes, and you should use it to make yourself feel more confident with your examiner. The questions you will be asked will be designed to “get to know you” and will include questions about your family, studies and personal hobbies and interests.
Example CAE Introduction Questions
The “interview” section of the exam will begin with the examiner asking some of the following questions:
Q: Hello. My name is …….. and this is ……..
Q: Tell me about where you live.
CAE Interview AnswerTips!
You will get extra marks if you provide full answers. Don’t be afraid to talk to much, the examiner will stop you if he/she thinks you are talking too much.
1) Say as much as you can!
2) Don’t give, ‘yes’, ‘no’ answers.
3) Give examples.