FCE Speaking practice part 1

  FIRST CERTIFICATE. SPEAKING PART 1 

FCE Speaking Test: Part 1 (Interview)

Tests ability to: use language for social purposes, e.g. making introductions, answering questions about yourself.

Part 1 of the FCE Speaking test lasts about 3 minutes. The examiner will ask some ‘getting-to-know-you’ questions perhaps to find out where you come from, your interests, your family or your studies etc.

Example Questions

Q: Where are you from?
Q: Tell me something about your family.
Q: What did you enjoy most when you were at primary school?
Q: Do you have any plans for a holiday this year?

Q: Do you play any musical instruments?

Tips!

Giving full answers to the examiner’s questions will help get the interview off to a good start.

1) Avoid giving short, uncommunicative replies. 
Q: Tell me something about your family.
A: I live with my mum, dad and sister and brother. (Don’t stop there!) My sister’s younger than me and still goes to school. My brother works as a computer technician.

2) Avoid short, ‘yes’, ‘no’ answers to closed questions. (These are questions beginning ‘Have you …’, ‘Do you …’, ‘Is it …’ etc which can be answered simply with a yes or no answer).
Q: Do you have any plans for a holiday this year?
A: Yes. (Don’t stop there!) If I get the chance I’d like to visit my friend in Germany. We haven’t seen each other for a while and I’m really looking forward to seeing him and getting to know Germany.
Q: Do you play any musical instruments?
A: No. (Don’t stop there!) We had music lessons when I was at school but I was never very good.

3) Offer examples to help you explain a statement.
Q: Why are you preparing for the FCE exam?
A: No reason really. (Don’t stop there!) I enjoy learning English and I think it would be good to have a qualification to show my level.

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