FCE Speaking Test: Part 2
This tests ability to: speak at length coherently, use language to describe, compare and contrast and comment upon a topic.
Part 2 of the FCE Speaking test lasts between 4 minutes (6 minutes for groups of three). The examiner gives you two photographs and your partner a different pair of photographs.
You have to speak about your two photos without interruption for about 1 minute and also answer a question about your partner’s photographs when he or she has finished their turn.
The interview will begin with the examiner saying something like:
Q: In this part of the test I’m going to give each of you two photographs. I’d like you to talk about your photographs on your own for about 1 minute and also to answer a short question about your partner’s photographs.
Q: (Candidate A), here are your photographs. They show people participating in sporting activities.
Q: I’d like you to compare the two photographs and say why sport is important to people.
Q: All right?
Notice there are TWO instructions here: first to ‘compare’ the two photographs and also ‘to say why’ sport is important to people. In Part 2 candidates need to show they can compare but also give an opinion
The examiner will then ask Candidate B a short question about these photographs.
Q: Thank you (Candidate A). (Candidate B) which sport would you most like to try?
Candidate B will then do their long turn with a different set of photographs and at the end, Candidate A will be asked a short question.
1. Listen to the instructions carefully and make sure you know what you have to talk about. If you don’t understand the instructions you should ask the examiner to repeat them:
“Excuse me, could you say that again?”
“I’m sorry, but would you mind repeating that?”
2. The question will help you with the structure of your talk.
A) Start with a general summary of the topic:
‘These two photographs show people involved in a sport.’
B) Then move on to a comparison of the two pictures, using words to help explain the comparison:
Both photographs were taken outside and each of the people are concentrating hard on what they’re doing. ‘The top photo shows a woman rock climbing whilst the bottom photo is of a young man skating … It looks like the woman is out in the natural world whereas the boy is in a man-made skating park ….. etc.’
C) Finally give your opinion with examples, again using signposting words and expressions to help the examiner follow your argument.
‘In my opinion, sport is important for people in lots of ways. For example, it’s a way to keep fit of course, but we also meet new people and can get a lot of enjoyment from a sport … etc.’