SPEAKING EXAM

Speaking Exam consists of three parts. During the exam, students are expected to

  • briefly introduce themselves and answer a question (Part 1)
  • describe a picture (Part 2)
  • express their thoughts about a topic (Part 3)

 

The exam lasts for 7.5 minutes for each candidate, and 15 minutes for both candidates in total.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. You will be taking the exam with either one or two candidates at the same time.

In the first part of the exam, initially you are expected to introduce yourself briefly. After introducing yourself, you should answer the question asked by the interlocutor. In order to get to know you, the interlocutor may ask you questions as follows;

  • Do you like to go on a holiday alone or with friends? Why?
  • Are you a talkative person? Why / Why not?
  • What is the latest movie you have seen?

In this part of the exam, you will not be given extra time to get prepared.

This part of the exam will last for 2 minutes in total; allowing each candidate 1 minute to speak.

In the second part of the exam, you are expected to describe a picture the interlocutor shows you. You can talk about the picture by

  • describing the things you see in the picture in detail
  • telling where, by whom and why the picture was taken
  • expressing the impression the picture has on you

 

After you describe the picture, you are also expected to briefly comment (with one or two sentences) on the other candidate’s picture. Therefore, you are advised to have a close look at the other candidate’s picture.

 

In this part of the exam, before describing the picture, you will be given 1 minute in order to get prepared.

 

This part of the exam will last for 6 minutes in total; allowing each candidate 1 minute to get prepared and 2 minutes to speak.

In this part of the exam, you will not be given extra time to get prepared.

This part of the exam will last for 2 minutes in total; allowing each candidate 1 minute to speak.

In the third part of the speaking exam, you are expected to express your opinions about a topic which you will see on a slide. In this part of the exam, there may be topics such as

  • Happiness
  • Holidays
  • Jobs

In order to help you organize your ideas, for each general idea, you will see sub-topics / questions on the slide, as well. For example,

In this part of the exam, you will not be given extra time to get prepared.

This part of the exam will last for 2 minutes in total; allowing each candidate 1 minute to speak.

Happiness

o   What does happiness mean to you?

o   What makes you happy?

You can talk about your own topic either by answering these questions or by organizing and expressing your own ideas in a coherent way.

After you finish talking about your own topic, you will also be expected to comment on the other candidate’s topic in one or two sentences. Therefore, you should also think about the other candidate’s topic.

In this part of the exam, before speaking, you will be given 1 minute in order to get prepared.

This part of the exam will last for 7 minutes in total; allowing each candidate 1 minute to get prepared and 2.5 minutes to speak.

Sample Speaking Exam Video

Speaking exam is graded by two different instructors by using a grading criteria which can be reached through the link given below. Your grade is calculated by taking the arithmetic mean of the two instructors’ grades.

There is no passing score for the speaking exam. While calculating the overall score of the second stage of the proficiency exam, the speaking exam adds 25% to the total score.