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CAE (C1 Advanced) Speaking Exam - How to Do Parts 3+4 of the CAE Speaking Test

  • Жарияланды 2016 ж. 30 Қаз.

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  • Whomping Willow
    Whomping Willow 3 жыл бұрын +105

    This was really helpful plus it's a great way to go over the key points again.

  • Noelf
    Noelf 4 жыл бұрын +265

    Another tip I give my students (at all levels) is that you don't have to tell the truth! This means that when it comes to the discussion or the photo speculation, you have scope to say pretty much anything you like!...I was doing a run through with a student at B1 level, and when I asked her where she was from she replied "I'm from Valencia, it's a city in the middle of Spain"...Afterwards I told her that she failed her Geography exam but passed her English!

  • Som Body
    Som Body 5 жыл бұрын +876

    "Even if you don't have a lot of time until your exam". *watching this video 1 hour before my exam*

  • Алена Аюпова
    Алена Аюпова 4 жыл бұрын +87

    Having my speaking tomorrow fingers crossed! Very constructive and informative! Thanks for the tips

    • Alexdre
      Alexdre 7 ай бұрын

      Did you pass the test? :)

  • Justin Case
    Justin Case  Жыл бұрын +8

    Thanks so much for great tips!
    They turned to be really useful at my CAE session. And I'm quite happy with my results 🙂

  • Natasha Kosolapova
    Natasha Kosolapova  Жыл бұрын +11

    Thank you for your video, it was really helpful. I actually made notes when I watched it. I passed with a grade A, but my lowest result was actually in the Speaking part. I've made three major mistakes, I think. I was too worried about the young girl that was my speaking partner. I tried to cheer her up before the exam and completely forgot to focus on myself and what I had to do. So don't lose your concentration. In part two I blanked out for a second before I started speaking because (I don't know why) I decided to say what pictures I would talk about and then got confused how to describe their positions because they were not placed in a row. Don't do that, just start speaking about the pictures. And the last mistake was probably my use of English. I should've used more advanced English. But the questions were very simple (What is your favourite city/town to travel to?) and it was surprisingly hard to talk about simple things using advanced English. I was acually pushing myself to do it. So try not just answering the question but actually adding advanced level adjectives and verbs. Push them into your speech as if it was natural to you. I did well, but I could do much, much better and felt faintly ashamed of myself afterwards. Good luck!

  • Christian Bota
    Christian Bota 4 жыл бұрын +36

    My exam is in one hour! That was very helpful, thanks a lot!!!!

  • Ian Fontana
    Ian Fontana Ай бұрын +2

    I have to say, that jack's teaching methods are very clear. This was really helpful for me. Thank you Jack!

  • Fernando Fernández Garrido
    Fernando Fernández Garrido 5 жыл бұрын +54

    It is a very useful video for people that are preparing CAE test. Good tips and advice! thanks

  • Ally Hvis
    Ally Hvis 4 жыл бұрын +38

    I have just got notified yesterday that I passed :) Speaking was my far worst part so don't underestimate it guys! :D

    • Cris
      Cris 4 жыл бұрын +1

      Roberta FI Visone Did you manage to pass? My exam is on Saturday and Sunday and I’m really nervous right now

    • Roberta FI Visone
      Roberta FI Visone 4 жыл бұрын +5

      Hope to tell the same in a few days. Tomorrow I am having the written part (reading+use of English, writing, listening), on Friday the oral one. Fingers crossed for me!!!

    • Oxford Online English
      Oxford Online English  4 жыл бұрын +4

      Congratulations, Ally!

  • Agustina Xavier
    Agustina Xavier 2 жыл бұрын +7

    Completely grateful for this video since my exam is tomorrow! Good luck to everyone taking an exam this year :D

  • Serena Speet
    Serena Speet 5 жыл бұрын +25

    Thanks for this video, made me a little less concerned about my exam tomorrow!

  • Marcツ
    Marcツ  Жыл бұрын +1

    Thank you very much, i really like how you deliver these tips of yours. I am actually looking forward to use them at my speaking exam this weekend :)

  • Fifi Motsim
    Fifi Motsim  Жыл бұрын +1

    I love this educational channel because the way they demonstrate the topics are really useful and amazing, they all deserve to be a teacher as they are really professional and competent

  • Marina Iantorno
    Marina Iantorno 3 жыл бұрын +5

    Awesome! I'll do my exam in one month. I feel so nervous!! Thanks for sharing this amazing video! :)

  • Giulia D
    Giulia D  Жыл бұрын +3

    Thank you for your advices, I listened to those and I passed my CAE exam, just got my results today, I'm over the moon 🎆🎉

  • star234
    star234 10 ай бұрын +2

    I have my test tomorrow, too nervous. But this was really helpful 🙂

  • Fiona Bay
    Fiona Bay  Жыл бұрын +5

    Wow 3 hours before entering my Cae 1 speaking test today in Australia.
    Thanks for the video.

  • Angel
    Angel  Жыл бұрын +5

    I just took my exam today and I wanted to say thank you, both of the video lessons were so helpful, keep going, your work is appreciated, we'll see about the results tho...

  • U. T.
    U. T. 3 жыл бұрын +4

    Thank you 🙏 so much for sharing these videos. They are so helpful. I hope to pass the exam in a few weeks.

  • Ederuvaiso
    Ederuvaiso 5 жыл бұрын +4

    Good stuff. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  • Dean Smalley
    Dean Smalley 8 ай бұрын

    Great material, I use it for all my exam prep.

  • Aurora Carmona
    Aurora Carmona 5 жыл бұрын +7

    Thank you so much. Those tips really helped me!

  • liliana arroyo
    liliana arroyo  Жыл бұрын

    Thanks Jack, very helpful to teach!

  • Thanasis St.
    Thanasis St. 2 жыл бұрын +1

    Thank you Jack for your videos. Is it true that in part 3 we should focus going in depth rather than getting worked-up about speeding through it so we can talk about ALL the subjects in the bubbles? Our teacher says that if we miss a subject (here: e-gaming, chess, soccer, swimming, hip-hop dancing, surfing) we would miss points! So we the whole class is speeding through it. Which is actually correct?

    • Thanasis St.
      Thanasis St. 2 жыл бұрын +1

      Thank you both! Update: I passed with "A"! :-) . What happened was: As I expected, we weren't able to talk about all the subjects, but we were fluent and with good vocabulary, so we did great.
      @Noelf I didn't know about the discounting of one or two points in the beginning, but I see now that yes, it is a good strategy.

    • Noelf
      Noelf 2 жыл бұрын +1

      I'm not a CAE examiner, but I would be amazed if they deducted marks for not talking about one of the topics. In fact what I advise students is to immediately discount one or two of the points, to allow you more time to go into detail on the remainder. That said, in discounting a point or two you are indeed mentioning them (albeit fleetingly) and you have an opportunity to use "discounting" language e.g. "I'm not sure X is really that important nowadays" or "I' don't think Y is that big an issue" (Note: Your partner may very well disagree with your dismissal of the point and a discussion on the dismissal might ensue...but this is good English and good communication practice so you'd be fine!

    • Oxford Online English
      Oxford Online English  2 жыл бұрын +2

      It's a good idea to give each subject an equal amount of time when you are moving through them to give your opinions and make a selection. Of course, if you're worked up about speeding through them, that will affect your speaking negatively. So it's a good idea to practice before the exam. Work on phrases go give your opinion, ask for theirs, and move through each subject smoothly.

  • Azoz
    Azoz  Жыл бұрын

    Can't thank you enough for these valuable tips

  • Lucienne Verbraak
    Lucienne Verbraak  Жыл бұрын +2

    This was so helpful exactly what I needed. I felt like I didn't know what I could expecf

  • Jluis CV
    Jluis CV 2 жыл бұрын +3

    Thank you so much for the information and tips given. Do you have any for C2 exam ??? 😅☺️👍💯

    • Jluis CV
      Jluis CV 2 жыл бұрын

      Oxford Online English thank you so much , anyway!!! 👍☺️

    • Jluis CV
      Jluis CV 2 жыл бұрын

      Oxford Online English thank you so much , anyway!!! 👍☺️

    • Oxford Online English
      Oxford Online English  2 жыл бұрын +2

      Thanks for watching, Jluis. We don't currently have any C2 lessons. However, we might in the future!

  • MauriceRodriquez
    MauriceRodriquez 5 жыл бұрын +54

    Watching this while I have my speaking exam in 10 hours and I really need my sleep... but I am too nervous 😭

    • giorgi peikrishvili
      giorgi peikrishvili 4 жыл бұрын +2

      MauriceRodriquez well, i’m having mine in 3hr. Did you pass?:d

  • Mariette EL Jamal
    Mariette EL Jamal 3 жыл бұрын +1

    Hello , can I agree or disagree on my partner’s idea even in part 4 or only in part 3?

  • Ferdinand Bruning
    Ferdinand Bruning  Жыл бұрын +4

    Having my speaking test tomorrow! Fingers crossed and let's break a leg :)

  • Thebassist Noeve
    Thebassist Noeve 4 жыл бұрын +197

    Is it ok if I have a drink before the exam? So my words can flow more easily hehe

  • TakeFlow1
    TakeFlow1 4 жыл бұрын +21

    This has helped me improve my skull so much. My head shape is perfect now!
    Jokes aside, this video is really useful.

  • Noelf
    Noelf 2 жыл бұрын

    A lot of really good advice! However, I would take issue with the point that your ideas are what matter. It really doesn't matter what position you take on the topic, it's the language you use and the way you communicate it that matters. In the exam you can actually say the complete opposite of what you really believe and score better.

    • Oxford Online English
      Oxford Online English  2 жыл бұрын +1

      I take your point; perhaps it could have been phrased more clearly. On the other hand I still think students do better when they go deeper into their own ideas, rather than trying to guess what the examiner wants to hear (when, as I'm sure you know, the examiner doesn't particularly care). In that sense I think we're saying the same thing, and I think it's useful to stress that point to students, i.e. that there aren't 'right' and 'wrong' opinions. I must admit that personally my experience is mostly with IELTS, but as I understand it the CAE speaking assessment criteria are somewhat similar.

    • Noelf
      Noelf 2 жыл бұрын

      @Oxford Online English My experience is likewise that students find it hard to make things up, but my problem is in the use of phrases such as “it’s about your ideas and opinions” or “try to form your own opinions.” This could be construed (as indeed I have construed it) as meaning that the substance of your argument has to be valid in real terms; so I just fear that students will think they have to be correct in what they say, and lose focus on the fact that it’s not what they say per se that matters, but rather how they say it. Many students may be afraid to use their own opinions as they could fear that the examiners will hold contrary opinions.

    • Oxford Online English
      Oxford Online English  2 жыл бұрын +3

      Thanks for the comment! You're 100% right, but, at least in my experience, it's pretty hard to actually do what you say, i.e. say the complete opposite of what you think. In the exam you already have a lot to think about: what to say, which words to use, avoiding grammar mistakes, etc. Inventing new/false opinions on top of that is challenging. It's better in most cases to use your own ideas and focus on developing them in as much depth as you can. Of course, if you are fluent and confident enough to invent opinions on the fly, then nothing's stopping you :)

  • Juan Calduch
    Juan Calduch 5 жыл бұрын +5

    Thank you for these useful pieces of advice, By the way, how is life down there?

  • Ivan Stoyanov
    Ivan Stoyanov  Жыл бұрын +1

    Is there a visible timer or a clock during the exam so I could see the time?

    • fish
      fish  Жыл бұрын +2

      I’m from Italy and there wasn’t one when I took B2

  • Bob Mens
    Bob Mens 2 жыл бұрын +3

    If my partner is either too shy or too dominant in part 3, what should I do to keep the conversation going?

    • Bob Mens
      Bob Mens 2 жыл бұрын +2

      @Oxford Online English Hi there, thank you so much for the video! The exam went really well, as I used some of the phrases!

    • Oxford Online English
      Oxford Online English  2 жыл бұрын +2

      Hi Bob, you can treat it like a real conversation. If there are times when you feel they are too dominant, you can use some of the phrases from this lesson along with conversation cues to let your partner know you would like to speak. If they are too shy, you can use some phrases from the lesson to encourage them to share their response in a different way. Practicing with many different types of people before the exam will also help you prepare for any situation!

  • Marine Motsradze
    Marine Motsradze  Жыл бұрын +1

    Perfect very helpful

  • meat money milk monogamy equal madness

    I teach this. 1 mintue to speak is not enough. Natural conversation btween 2 native English speakers requires more than 1 or 2 mintues to develop. Furthermore, the listening part where one has to fill in the blanks while listening is utterly unnatural. No native speaker would do this in real life. A better way of testing listening skills is thru conversation with native speaker about real life issues that are relative to people. This way one can combine, listening and speaking. Or, we can give candidates several issues to choose from where they have to develop 3 points about the issue with supporting information.

    • K M
      K M 2 жыл бұрын

      They test the writing skills in the listening part at fill in the blanks to

    • Noelf
      Noelf 4 жыл бұрын +6

      Yeah, language exams are by definition unnatural environments. The bigger issue I have though is the equal weighting of all 4 skills. I would have an expanded Speaking section worth 50%, Writing 30%, and Reading/Listening 10% each.
      I take your point on the listening. Maybe they should have students listen to a conversation and then ask them to answer verbally a "What do you think happens next? or a "What would you do?" question.
      As for the Writing, my bugbear is with having handwritten and computer based exams in parallel. This is patently unfair to the former students as illegible handwriting often results in them getting a lower mark. They shouldn't introduce a computer system until they have abolished the handwritten format.

  • El Ti-Teacher Josué
    El Ti-Teacher Josué 6 жыл бұрын +4

    Thank you for uploading this vid ;)

  • SniperDog
    SniperDog 3 жыл бұрын +9

    T-minus 10 hours until the exam. Wasn't nervous at all until now.

    • SniperDog
      SniperDog 3 жыл бұрын +2

      Волжский Осётр I took it and I have to say, it was *very easy* . Speaking was probably the easiest part of the exam.

    • Волжский Осётр
      Волжский Осётр 3 жыл бұрын +2

      Man, I feel you! Other videos make it look easier...

  • Riri
    Riri  Жыл бұрын +18

    I wish i was able to talk like that my exam is in 30 minutes, plz pray for me🤚🏻😭

    • Bogdan
      Bogdan  Жыл бұрын

      @クリスティーナちゃん thanks man. I'm sure you will get a great score too :)))

    • クリスティーナちゃん
      クリスティーナちゃん  Жыл бұрын +1

      @Bogdan That's great, good job I'm happy for you! One of my friends passed with 188 too, loving the coincidence

    • Bogdan
      Bogdan  Жыл бұрын

      @クリスティーナちゃん so happy for you. I got my results and I passed with 188

    • クリスティーナちゃん
      クリスティーナちゃん  Жыл бұрын +1

      @Bogdan Thank you so muuch! I think I passed it but I just need to wait for the results :)

    • Bogdan
      Bogdan  Жыл бұрын

      @クリスティーナちゃん you will do great man. Be focused and don't let emotions controll you.

  • Alejandro Santiago
    Alejandro Santiago 4 жыл бұрын +5

    Some say that it is better to cover all the topics outlining a couple of ideas for each, while others like in this video say that it is better to get in-depth although you might not have enough time to talk about all of them. So who should we listen to?

    • Noelf
      Noelf 4 жыл бұрын +1

      You must remember that a language exam is different to other exams in one fundamental way, it is more about style than substance! It's the way you fill the empty spaces in the conversation rather than the meat of the discussion. You can say almost anything in the exam (within reason of course). A language exam is not about right and wrong answers, but about good and bad ones! Thus, I advise my students to stock up on the language of agreeing/disagreeing, asking for/giving opinions and speculation and to have some knowledge of the most common topics. For example if the question was "Do young people spend too much time on the internet?" and your answer was "Absolutely, no doubt about it, I read an article that said that 88% of 12-16 year olds in the US spend, on average, 6 hours a day on the internet." That would be a good start to your answer, even if studies show that 73.6% of statistics are all made up! heehee..

    • Oxford Online English
      Oxford Online English  4 жыл бұрын +4

      Good question. I would say go straight to the source and look at the Cambridge scoring scheme. You'll see that there's no need to cover all of the topics in an activity, but there is a need to develop ideas, use rarer/more advanced vocabulary and grammar, and speak at length. It's easier to do those things by going into depth, while if you just make 1-2 points about each topic, it's harder to hit the criteria for the higher scores.

  • Olaya Sánchez Saura
    Olaya Sánchez Saura 5 жыл бұрын +9

    I'm having my test in less than 2 hours😅

  • Chat Colabo
    Chat Colabo 2 жыл бұрын +1

    tres constructif offre a la reflexion

  • Aurora Paoloni
    Aurora Paoloni 2 жыл бұрын +1

    Can i prepare for the speaking exam in 7 days?

    • Oxford Online English
      Oxford Online English  2 жыл бұрын +1

      Hi Aurora. It depends on your level and your goals! Feel free to talk to an OOE teacher: www.oxfordonlineenglish.com/about-our-online-english-teachers.

  • Mallet Léa
    Mallet Léa  Жыл бұрын +4

    My exam is literally tomorrow and I didn't have any time to study, I'm screwed 😭

    • rafaelSM
      rafaelSM  Жыл бұрын

      How was it??

  • Fifi Motsim
    Fifi Motsim  Жыл бұрын +1

    Very useful video

  • Davide Leardi
    Davide Leardi 5 жыл бұрын +69

    Why the guy always mention the name of the exam as C I A instead of CAE ?

    • Eugenia de la Lámpara
      Eugenia de la Lámpara  Жыл бұрын

      @The AmazingHeathLedger He is Australian

    • Lady Loon-Light
      Lady Loon-Light 3 жыл бұрын +4

      Dear Davide Leardi, it doesn't seem right to criticize a person for mixing up names of exams when you make shameful grammar mistakes.

      MENDOZA 3 жыл бұрын +8

      Because he works for the CIA

    • The AmazingHeathLedger
      The AmazingHeathLedger 3 жыл бұрын +1

      @Rafhael Jaques It is a big issue when he is trying to teach others with a bad pronunciation. I suggest watching other people's channels, and most importantly, native speakers of English

    • The AmazingHeathLedger
      The AmazingHeathLedger 3 жыл бұрын +2

      Because he is clearly not a native speaker of English.

  • Karen Giss
    Karen Giss 3 жыл бұрын +2

    my exam is in a few hours! i'm so anxious right now🤪

  • Vuk
    Vuk 4 жыл бұрын +3

    Do any of you guys want to practice for the oral part via Skype?

    • Veronika Nehézová
      Veronika Nehézová 3 жыл бұрын +1

      Well I noticed you wrote this comment a year ago , but I wonder if you are still interested in practise via Skype. I am planning to take CAE exam and every practise will be an amazing opportunity

  • destroyah
    destroyah 3 жыл бұрын +3

    My exam is in 2 days and it’s honestly super terrifying.
    What’s the worst, it’s a week before the rest of my course group ‘cause of my dumb cousin’s wedding on the same date as the 2nd oral exam date.

  • Antti Savinen
    Antti Savinen 10 ай бұрын +2

    Who else just saw parts 1+2 and has the exam tomorrow

  • Plushica
    Plushica   Жыл бұрын +1

    thank you

  • Pat Soler
    Pat Soler 6 жыл бұрын +10

    Thanks, you make this seem easy but i'm sorry it's not at all. jajaja.

    • Oxford Online English
      Oxford Online English  6 жыл бұрын +3

      Thanks for watching, Pat! Of course, it's harder than it looks, but if you have a plan and some basic ideas you can follow, at least you know how to start practicing, right?

  • Rafhael Jaques
    Rafhael Jaques 4 жыл бұрын +8

    8:24 "...whenever you can (little burp)..." HAHAHAHAHAHA gotcha

  • Fernando Gómez
    Fernando Gómez  Жыл бұрын

    Anyone knows if I get less mark if I speak too fast?

    • Oxford Online English
      Oxford Online English   Жыл бұрын

      If you speak in a way that is not understandable, that could have an effect on your marks.

  • Yaroslava Topikha
    Yaroslava Topikha 4 жыл бұрын +9

    My CAE starts in 2 hours😱😱😱😱

    • Jakub Kudlej
      Jakub Kudlej 4 жыл бұрын

      @Xeeea Xth Well, honestly I prepared very little in my own, I have CAE prep as a subject in my school so it kinda took care of my preparations

    • Xeeea Xth
      Xeeea Xth 4 жыл бұрын +1

      @Jakub Kudlej Good job! After all of these, you ve got 196 points so it s amazing! How much did you prepare for the CAE exam?

    • Jakub Kudlej
      Jakub Kudlej 4 жыл бұрын

      @Xeeea Xth Well, I was getting pretty worried that I screwed up the speaking part but all you have to do is to focus not only on yourself but let your partner speak as well. And try to relax a bit, freaking out like I did won't help much. What was worse is the writing part. I actually found it hard to not go above the word limit and apparently I did not do well because out of all parts I scored the least in this one

    • Xeeea Xth
      Xeeea Xth 4 жыл бұрын

      @Jakub Kudlej how was it? especially the speaking part

    • Jakub Kudlej
      Jakub Kudlej 4 жыл бұрын

      @Xeeea Xth If you are asking how are my results then somehow I managed to get 196 points, so yeah, I made it

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  • Albert Knecht
    Albert Knecht 4 жыл бұрын +1

    much love

  • Mozzarella
    Mozzarella 3 жыл бұрын +1

    SOCCER?.... football plz

  • theULTIMATEkrent
    theULTIMATEkrent 5 жыл бұрын +2

    I took you advice seriously until i saw the word soccer. If you say that during your exam it could cost you you vocabulary.

    • Oxford Online English
      Oxford Online English  5 жыл бұрын +12

      I've seen this expressed before, and it's simply not correct. It does not matter if you use British or American vocabulary during your CAE exam. The CAE marking guide (which is publicly available, if you want to check) does not even mention British/American English. Your vocabulary score depends on the range and accuracy of your vocabulary, and nothing more.

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    Alexander Padalka 4 жыл бұрын +1


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  • Toon Groenendijk
    Toon Groenendijk 5 жыл бұрын +2

    Soccer is American english so that is the wrong word to use

    • Mike Oyler
      Mike Oyler 5 жыл бұрын +4

      Toon Groenendijk You wont lose points for using Americanisms.