Cambridge B2 First

B2 First (FCE) - Speaking Practice Two

Here, you have a full Speaking test. What the examiner says is shown in italics.

Speaking Part One: Interview

2 minutes

Good morning/afternoon. My name is ________ and this is my colleague ________.
And your names are?
Can I have your mark sheets please?
Thank you.

Where are you from, (Candidate A)?
And you, (Candidate B)?

(General questions will be asked, selected from the following)


Are you interested in sport?
Do you plan to take up a new sport in the future?
What are the most popular sports in your country?

Family and friends

Do you have a large family?
Do you and your friends share the same ideas and opinions?
Tell me about your best friend?


Do you like going to the cinema?
Do you enjoy shopping?
Do you enjoy playing computer games?

Speaking Part Two: Long Turn

4 minutes

In this part of the test, I'm going to give each of you two photographs. I'd like you to talk about your photographs on your own for about a minute, and also to answer a question about your partner's photographs.

(Candidate A), it's your turn first. Here are your photographs.

They show different types of holiday you can go on.

I'd like you to compare the photographs, and say what you would enjoy about each type of holiday.

[Candidate A speaks for about one minute.]

(Candidate B), which type of holiday would you prefer of these two?

[Candidate B speaks for about 30 seconds.]

holidays 1
holidays 2

Now, (Candidate B), here are your photographs.

They show different types of home.

I'd like you to compare the photographs, and say what would be good and bad about living in each type of home.

[Candidate B speaks for about one minute.]

(Candidate A), which of these homes would you prefer to live in?

[Candidate A speaks for about 30 seconds.]

house 1
house 2

Speaking Part Three: Collaborative Task

4 minutes

Now, I'd like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

I'd like you to imagine a teacher of yours is retiring and you would like to buy him/her a retirement gift. Here are some different ideas.

First, you have some time to look at the task.

Now talk to each other about which of these gifts would be appropriate for the situation or not.

Collaborative Task

Retirement Gift

  • fireplace clock
  • laptop computer
  • set of bath towels
  • cash in envelope
  • statuette
  • pet dog
  • air ticket

[Candidates talk for about 2 minutes]

Now, you have about a minute to decide which is the most appropriate gift to buy.

Speaking Part Four: Discussion

4 minutes

Discussion Topics:

Use the following questions, as appropriate.

Do you think the retirement age should be increased?

How can retired people stop themselves from getting bored?

How are the elderly viewed in your country?

What other contributions can older people make after they retire?

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