paper 5 Speaking: part 1 (introduction)
About the exam:
paper 5 is the part of the exam where your speaking is tested.
It lasts 15 minutes and you are paired with another candidate.
There are two examiners, one who conducts
the test and one who just listens to your English.
In the first part of the interview you will be
asked if you know the other candidate. If you do,
then you will be asked to tell the examiners about your partner.
If you don't, you will be told to ask your partner
about certain things. Typical subjects for this part of the speaking paper are:
This paper contains four parts. The standard format involves an interview between two candidates and two examiners. One of the examiners is an interlocutor who speaks to the candidates; the other examiner only assesses the candidates and does not speak. The different parts are as follows: part 1: The interlocutor asks the candidates to respond to one another's questions about themselves or to respond to the interlocutor's questions. The questions generally involve giving personal information of some kind. (See example on pp. 10-11 unit I Exam focus.) This will last approximately 3 minutes. part 2: Candidates comment on visual prompts e.g. photographs. Each candidate will speak for about one minute. The second candidate will make a short response after the other candidate has finished. (See example on p.22 unit 2 Speaking.) This will last approximately 3-4 minutes. part 3: Candidates are given visual prompts (e.g. photographs, line drawings, diagrams) and are asked to carry out a problem-solving task together which may involve sequencing, ranking, comparing and contrasting, selecting etc. (See example on pp.54-55 unit 5 Speaking.) This will last approximately 3-4 minutes. part 4: The interlocutor develops the topic covered in part 3 and asks the candidates to discuss and give opinions on more general questions related to the same theme. (See example on pp.54-55 unit 5 Speaking.) This will last approximately 3-4 minutes. In total this paper will last approximately 15 minutes. (For an example of a complete paper 5 intendew see pp. 146-147 unit 12 Exam focus.)