the collaborative task. Focus Exchanging information, expressing and justifying opinions, agreeing and/or disagreeing. Timing 4 minutes.52 fce examination | paper 5: speaking53 fce examinationPaper 5: speakingThe four parts of the Speaking test Format. The paired format of theFCE Speaking test (two examiners and two candidates) offerscandidates the opportunity to demonstrate, in a controlled but friendlyenvironment, their ability to use their spoken language skills effectively.The test takes 14 minutes. One examiner, the interlocutor, conducts thetest and gives a global assessment of each candidate’s performance. Theother, the assessor, does not take any part in the interaction but focusessolely on listening to, and making an assessment of, the candidates’ oralproficiency. At the end of the Speaking test, candidates are thanked forattending, but are given no indication of the level of their achievement.The standard format is two examiners and two candidates, andwherever possible, this will be the form which the Speaking test willtake. In cases where there is an uneven number of candidates at acentre, the last Speaking test of the session will be taken by threecandidates together instead of two. The test format, test materials andprocedure will remain unchanged but the timing will be longer: twentyminutes instead of fourteen. A 1:1 test format will only be allowed inexceptional circumstances and emergencies. The Speaking test consistsof four parts, each of which is assessed. Each part of the test focuses ona different type of interaction: between the interlocutor and eachcandidate, between the two candidates, and among all three. Thepatterns of discourse vary within each part of the test.
PART 1 – INTERVIEWThis part tests the candidates’ ability to provide information aboutthemselves and to offer their opinions on a range of topics. Sample tasksand assessment criteria: pages 56 and 59. This part of the test givescandidates the opportunity to show their ability to give basic personalinformation about themselves, e.g. family life, daily routines, free-timeactivities, etc. Candidates are expected to respond to the interlocutor’squestions, and to listen to what their partner has to say. The candidatesdo not need to talk to each other in this part of the test, though they mayif they wish.
PART 2 – LONG TURN