Totul despre CAE/ Speaking test

As I commented upon in my first article, there will be some articles for students who are preparing to sit in international examinations, such as the Cambridge exams. The examinations (there are two of them, Cambridge FCE and Cambridge CAE) are not difficult, but in order to enter the preparation modules, you need to have an intermediate level of knowledge.

The tasks for the exams are based upon on the typical skills: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. In this article I would like to enlarge upon the Speaking task for the CAE test.

Usually for this examination, students are given some sets of pictures and they have to talk about them with a pair, meaning another contestant (be aware, this is not the only task concerning this skill).

My students perform very well during our classes, till we get to the pictures. I notice that they encounter some difficulties, not because they do not have the necessary vocabulary or fluency of the language, but because they do not have imagination. Taking into consideration the fact that they come from different professional backgrounds, this is not a flaw. Also the pictures are very boring and stupid, so you need loads of imagination to say something about them. Being a philologist, I learned how to develop any kind of topic, but for an engineer (doctor, economist..),  it  is very difficult to develop a conversation based upon  the picture of a bloke(guy) running after a bus. And if the contestants stop talking during the examination, the examiners will decide that they do not qualify for the Speaking test.9356_403240736455541_1284071801_n

I cannot make my students “grow” their imagination overnight, but here are a few  tips. When receiving the pictures, study them carefully and think of as many words you can, based upon them. Try to brainstorm the pictures. Make assumptions about the pictures. At the exam you can basically say whatever you want, as long as it has something to do with the pictures. Just don’t be silent. Think of possible questions that you can ask your partner. On the other hand, you can be terribly unlucky and get a partner whose English is poorer than yours. If he stops talking, you should do the talking for him/her.

Basically, performing well at exams sometimes has many things to do with the phrase “to beat about the bushes”. I will let you find out the meaning.

Vrei sa promovezi la serviciu sau sa lucrezi in strainatate? Pregateste-te pentru Cambridge CAE! Tarif curs de pregatire pentru CAE: 600 lei.

Web: I
Tel: 0722.841.053


She is primarily a teacher of English. Also her mind is lured by goodies like finance, economics, interest rates, the stock market, as she has a hankering for how the money is made. Nevertheless she is a dreamer on a cloud...As dreams cost nothing... In ordinary days she is a word-weaver for everything and everything that breathes. In the best of days she just follows the seasons by means of bike, skis, or roller-skates. She is grateful to all colors of the world and to people who read, smile and drop a line here, or on her email. Contributing author at Sudden Denouement Literary Collective, My Trending Stories and Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Pregatire pentru Cambridge, Totul despre CAE/ Speaking task, Totul despre Cambridge CAE

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: