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Cambridge Advanced Speaking Paper: Concepts

The standard format is 2 candidates and 2 examiners. Timing: 15'
When there is an odd number of candidates, there are 3 candidates and 2 examiners. Timing: 23'
Timing is standardised for all tests to ensure they are fair and reliable. To this end, examiners use
a watch to keep track of the time.

There are four parts in the speaking paper, each with a different interaction pattern:
 parts 1 and 2: interlocutor (reads task from the interlocutor frame) ► candidates take
turns to answer questions (part 1), compare and contrast photographs (part 2), answer a
question after their partner has finished comparing the photos (part 2).
 parts 3 and 4: interlocutor (reads task from the interlocutor frame) ► candidates talk

One examiner acts as interlocutor and the other acts as an assessor who fills in mark sheets. At
the end of the test the interlocutor assesses the candidates' overall performance by giving a
global achievement grade.

Candidates are given their individual mark sheets before entering the exam room. They then
hand them to the interlocutor who passes them onto the assessor. At the end of the speaking test,
examiners retain the mark sheets because they will be sent to Cambridge English Language

Examiners do not share marks with the candidates. Cambridge English will later release a
statement of result and a certificate indicating a candidate's performance in the speaking paper.
Speaking performance is assessed by professional examiners who use detailed assessment scales

 discourse management: looks into how developed a candidate's stretches of language c1. well.pdf. While the official assessment scales are confidential.  lexical resource: covers the vocabulary range a candidate employs. anyway. too. simple. The assessor uses the analytical scale to award marks for five individual criteria:  grammatical resource: covers the range of grammatical forms a candidate uses (e. which is available at http://www. The interlocutor uses the global achievement scale to mark candidates' overall performance across all four parts of the speaking paper.cambridgeenglish. Cambridge English Language Assessment has published a public version. Hesitation. . like.which contain descriptors. right.g. okay). maintains and develops the interaction as well as how his / her contributions are connected to those of the interlocutor.  pronunciation: refers to how intelligible a candidate's pronunciation is as well as how he / she makes use of intonation and stress. you know.  interactive communication: assesses how a candidate initiates. relevance. Candidates who provide considerable scope for widening the discussion and negotiate to reach a conclusion are given credit. The flow and structure of the candidates' discourse is analysed through the use of discourse markers (e. coherence and variety are taken into account as well. complex) as well as how well a candidate can control them. Teachers should use these scales to determine whether their students are well prepared for the speaking paper of Cambridge Advanced. The examiners make use of two scales: the analytical scale and the global achievement scale.g.