CENNI COURSE WEEK 5: SPEAKING

SPEAKING

SPEAKING

Test Structure

SPEAKING SECTION


This is the shortest of the tests. It takes from 10 to 12 minutes to complet it.

There are 4 parts here.  

PART 1 

Personal information

You have to respond to three personal information questions.


It takes 30 seconds per response.

PART 2 

Picture description and personal comparison

Here you describe a picture and answer two related questions.

You have 45 seconds for each response. 

PART 3 

Describe, compare and speculate

Answer three questions relating to two contrasting pictures (increasing difficulty).

The average time is 45 seconds for each response.

PART 4  Discuss personal experience or opinion in relation to abstract topic

Answer three questions related to a single topic. Picture prompt, though not central to the task.

It takes one minute preparation time, two minutes response time.

General comments about this section. 

  • As it goes on it becomes more complex speaking functions tested throughout the module.
  • The speaking exam is recorded and then marked by an examiner.

Watch this general information about this test

Part 1 Speaking – Personal information

Personal information

In this part, you will answer some questions about yourself. Listen to the instructions and speak clearly into your microphone when you hear the signal.

Each part of the test will appear automatically.

When the time to record comes, the timer begins. This tells you the amount of time you have been recording for (in this case, 14 seconds).

Check this Sample

Personal information

As each new question appears, the same procedure is followed.

Personal information

Another sample

While finishing

When you finish you will have this picture

Make sure to have this image. 

Check the scoring system for this part

Task 1

Part 2 Speaking – Picture description and personal comparison

PART 2

Picture description and personal comparison

In this part, you will see a photo and answer three questions. You have 45 seconds to respond to each question.

SAMPLE 1


SAMPLE 2


SAMPLE 3


Check the scoring system for this part

task 2 -3

Part 3 Speaking – Describe, compare and speculate

Describe, compare and speculate

In this part, you will see two photos and again answer three questions.

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task 2 -3

Part 4 Speaking – Describe, compare and speculate

Describe, compare and speculate

Here the candidate is asked three questions related to a single topic and is given one minute to prepare an answer and take notes. Then the candidate will then speak for two minutes.

Sample 1


SAMPLE 2


SAMPLE 3


After this you have 2 minutes to answer.


Check the scoring system for this part


task 4

Speaking test tips and real sample

In order to face this test remember the following.

  • Explain that the failure to do the above is the most common reason marks are lost. 
  • Preparation time could be used to make brief notes and decide how to develop and link ideas. Common errors could be written down (don’t forget past tense etc.). 
  • The test moves very quickly, and cannot be paused. 
  • Practice with the demo will familiarise candidates with the pace and procedures.

Watch the following samples without audio so you can get familiar with the format and timing. 

Watch the next video as it is in real practice

MOCK TEST

Go to the following link to do a practice mock test for this section.

LINK 

It is important to know this:

The mock exam here is the one given to the public by the British Council and it is focused on giving practice to candidates. Sometimes, there are problems accessing to the test because multiple factors (Connection, lack of plug-ins,previous attemps, etc). 

It is not possible to have control in this test at all. For this reasion I give the following suggestions:

  • Update browsers.

  • Have latest versions of Flash Player and Java.

  • Try with a different browser (If you try it first in Google, then do it in MOzilla or in Edge)

  • Try it in another computer  (this is because multiple attemps)


The idea for the course is to give you enough insights about the test. This is why you have in all sections a full answered sample before the mock. There, you can see what you need to face the test and what it is expected to get a better result. If for any reason This mock is not accessible (we ran all mock accesses once a month to check any problems) for you I recommend you to focus on that sample instead.