Cambridge B2 First

B2 First (FCE) - Speaking Practice Three

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)


Do you live in a large house?
Could you describe your family home to me?
What type of house would you like to live in?


Do you use the internet to study English?
Can you remember your first English lessons?
What do you find most difficult about English?

Travel and holidays

Where did you go for your most recent holiday?
How do you prefer to travel? By train or by plane?
What was a memorable holiday when you were a child?

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 ways of researching a subject.

I'd like you to compare the photographs, and say what would be easy and difficult about each type of research.

[Candidate A speaks for about one minute.]

(Candidate B), which type of research do you think would be easier?

[Candidate B speaks for about 30 seconds.]

research 1
research 2

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

They show different accommodation you can use on a holiday.

I'd like you to compare the photographs, and say what would be the advantage of each type of accommodation.

[Candidate B speaks for about one minute.]

(Candidate A), which type of holiday would you prefer?

[Candidate A speaks for about 30 seconds.]

holiday accommodation 1
holiday accommodation 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 that a married couple, Gary and Jane, have won $20,000 on the lottery. They have two young daughters. What should they spend the money on? Here are some ideas.

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

Now talk to each other about the advantages of each of these ideas.

Collaborative Task

Lottery Win

  • a two-month cruise
  • new computers for everyone
  • swimming pool in garden
  • new diamond ring for Jane
  • a pony for each daughter
  • extension to family home

[Candidates talk for about 2 minutes]

Now, you have about a minute to decide which of these ideas is the best in your opinion.

Speaking Part Four: Discussion

4 minutes

Discussion Topics:

Use the following questions, as appropriate.

How important is it to you to have at least one holiday per year?

What would you do if you won a large sum of money?

Do you think playing the lottery is a good use of money?

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