1. Using a prepared answer in Part 1
Understandably the speaking exam can make you very nervous, no matter how many times you have practiced with your teacher in your B2 exam preparation lessons.
Remember it is important to communicate as naturally as possible. For example, when you are asked the question “Where are you from?” don’t try to give a long prepared answer as it will seem rehearsed and not natural.
Don’t worry, you will have plenty of opportunities as the exam progresses to show off all those great phrases you have studied during your Cambridge FCE preparation course.
2. Just describing the photo in Part 2
Taking an FCE exam preparation programme in Galway will give you lots of chances to practice what to do with the photos you are given in Part 2 tasks.
It is so important that you don’t just “say what you see”, you have to compare the photos giving your opinion about the related question.
3. Not listening to your partner
During your First Certificate exam preparation course you will be able to practice Parts 3 & 4 with a partner to experience what the ‘real’ exam will be like.
Remember that you must work together to complete the task in Part 3 so it’s important to listen to what your partner says and respond with your own ideas in a polite way.
In Part 4 you will be asked if you agree with what your partner says – listen carefully so you will be prepared.
Some useful expressions include:
I disagree because…
I couldn’t agree more.
I’m not sure about that.
You’re right. That’s a good point.
I see your point but…..