Exam Information


Exam duration : 15 minutes


The examination consists of three assessed phases


  • Candidate-led discussion of a topic prepared by the candidate (up to 5 minutes)
  • Interactive Task (up to 4 minutes)
  • Conversation on two subject areas selected by the examiner (up to 5 minutes)


Candidate Performance

In performing the required tasks, the candidate is expected to demonstrate the following:


Phase 1 : Topic Phase

  • Show understanding by responding appropriately to the examiner.
  • Communicate a variety of facts, ideas and opinions, and account for these, about a chosen topic linked across a series of extended turns.
  • Engage the examiner in discussion of the topic.
  • Be prepared to ask and answer questions about the content of the topic.
  • Handle interruptions or requests for clarification throughout the discussion of the topic.


Phase 2 : The Interactive Task Phase


  • Initiate the discourse.
  • Maintain the discourse by asking for information.
  • Help the discussion along by inviting comment from the examiner.
  • Take and give up turns when appropriate to do so.
  • Where appropriate to the individual task, make use of the functions listed below.


Phase 3: The Conversation Phase


  1. Show understanding by responding appropriately to the examiner
  2. Share the responsibility for the maintenance of the interaction with the examiner.
  3. In case of breakdown in communication, show awareness and take basic steps to remedy it.  


Two of the following areas will be discussed during the exam.

  • Pollution and Recycling
  • Early Memories
  • Village and City life
  • National Customs
  • National and local Produce and Products
  • Education
  • Your Chosen Personal Topic




  • Giving advice and highlighting advantages and disadvantages.
  • Making suggestions.
  • Describing past habits.
  • Expressing possibility and uncertainty .
  • Eliciting further information and expansion on ideas and opinions.
  • Expressing agreement and disagreement.



Grammar and language  to be used in the exam


  • Second conditional
  • Simple Passive
  • Used to
  • Relative Clauses
  • Modals and phrases used to give advice and make suggestions, for example Should/ought to, could, you’d better
  • Modals and phrases used to express possibility and uncertainty may, might, I’m not sure.
  • Discourse connectors because, due to
  • Expressions of agreement and disagreement
  • Appropriate words and expressions to indicate interest and show awareness of the speaker, e.g  Really? Oh dear! Did you?
  • Simple fillers to give time for thought, e.g Well…..Um….




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