FCE (B2 First) Speaking Exam Part One – Cambridge FCE Speaking Test Advice

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In this lesson, you can learn about how to do the Cambridge FCE Speaking Exam Part One.
Even if you have a good level of English, the FCE Speaking Test can be challenging.
In this lesson, you can see what to expect in part one of the Speaking Test and how to
improve your score. You’ll see what kind of questions you’ll be asked, how you can answer
them well, and also some useful advice on how to feel more confident during your exam. Part One: what to expect in part one of your
FCE Speaking Exam. What happens in part one? Part one is simple. It lasts for about two
to three minutes. In this part of the exam, the examiner will ask you questions about
yourself. For example, “Where are you from?” Or, “Tell me something about your family.”
You could also be asked questions about your opinions. For example, “Tell us about a film
you really like,” or, “What’s your favorite part of the day?” Different topics you could be asked about
include your hometown, country, work and study, sports and leisure, family and friends, travel
and holidays, hobbies and entertainment. You’ll normally be asked two or three questions.
This part of the test is a question-and-answer between the examiner and the candidates. You
won’t talk to the other candidate during this section, although it’s really good to listen
to their answers too. The examiner may ask you the same question
as your partner, with a simple, “And what do you think,” or, “How about you,” instead
of repeating the whole question again. If you are listening, you can avoid repeating
the same answer as your partner and will show that you are following the conversation. Part Two: How to improve your score in the
FCE Speaking Exam part one. So what does the examiner look for? In this part of the test,
the examiners will look at three things: grammar and vocabulary: whether you can use more complex
words, phrases, and sentence structures, and whether your language is accurate and clear,
discourse management: whether you can build longer answers with connections between your
ideas, pronunciation: how clearly you speak, and whether your stress and intonation are
correct and natural. Let’s look at what you can do to improve your
marks in grammar and vocabulary and discourse management. First, let’s look at grammar and
vocabulary. You need to use a variety of grammatical structures, especially some more difficult
structures, to demonstrate your level. Look at the following answers to the question:
“Where would you like to go on holiday in the future?” “I would like to go to Paris.
It’s a romantic city, and I want to see it.” This is a good answer. It uses the correct
tenses and gives more information. Now look at this answer: “If I had the opportunity,
I would like to travel to Paris because it is such a romantic city and looks really beautiful.”
This answer is even better. Why? Because it uses the second conditional, “If I had,” as
well as the words for emphasis, “so” and “really,” and also the conjunctions, “because” and “and.”
These features make the answer longer, more complex, and better connected. This will give
you higher marks in the exam. You also need to show that you have a wide
vocabulary. Try to use different phrases and adjectives, so that you don’t repeat yourself.
For example, learn some more advanced vocabulary related to common topics in part one, such
as phrasal verbs, idioms, or adjectives that you can easily use in a sentence. Then try
to use them in your speaking exam. This will improve your marks and impress your examiner.
Look at these example answers: “I went to the cinema, but it was empty.” “I went to
the cinema, but it was deserted.” The second sentence uses a less-common adjective and
immediately demonstrates that you have a bigger vocabulary. Next, let’s look at discourse management.
Remember, that means building longer, coherent, and fluent answers. How can you improve your
discourse management score during part one? Make sure you use conjunctions, like “and,”
“or,” or “but.” Try to also use more complex linking words, like “although,” “however,”
or “on the other hand.” These can help you connect and contrast your opinions, for a
higher mark. Look at the following sentences: “I’m going
to meet my friend later today. We’re going to go to a shopping center.” “I’m going to
meet my friend later today, and we’re going to go to a shopping center because it might
rain. On the other hand, if the weather is nice, we might go to the park instead.” The
second sentence uses the simple conjunctions, “and,” “because,” and “on the other hand,”
to connect the ideas. This sounds more fluid and natural. This will give you a higher mark
in your discourse management score, as you will sound more like a native speaker. Another important part of discourse management
is fluency. It is important to avoid hesitations where you can. One way to do this is to use
an expression to give yourself more time while you think. For example, “That’s a good question.”
“Well, let me think.” “Let me see.” This will make you sound more natural and avoid hesitations. Part Three: How you can appear more confident.
Naturally, you might feel nervous before your FCE speaking test. This is normal, but it
can also affect your performance. So let’s look at some ways that you can feel and appear
more confident in the exam. If you’re confident and positive, you’ll make a good impression
on the examiner and also find it easier to talk naturally and fluently. Warming up: it’s a good idea to warm up before
your speaking exam, so that you’re more relaxed when you begin. A good way to do this is to
speak to the other people waiting with you, in English. This way, you are already used
to speaking in English when you begin the exam and don’t have to suddenly change languages. Smile: when you meet your examiner, smile.
Be friendly. If you smile, you immediately appear happy and confident, even if you’re
extremely nervous. If you’re positive and friendly with the examiner, they will respond
well to you, and this will help you feel more comfortable around them. Remember to smile
naturally. You don’t want to scare anyone. Body language:your body language can say a
lot. Remember to sit up straight and look at your examiner when you’re speaking to them.
Making eye contact makes you appear more confident and in control. It’s also a good idea to turn
to your partner and listen when they speak. These simple things will improve your marks
in the exam because you are showing that you have good communication skills and are interested
in what people have to say. Try to speak naturally. This is really important,
as when you’re nervous, you might try to speak too quickly, which can lead to mistakes and
also make it difficult to understand. Make sure you speak naturally and clearly, to avoid
this. This will also help you get higher marks on your pronunciation, as you’ll be understood
more easily. Be yourself. My most important tip is to be
yourself in the exam. It’s okay to make jokes or use humor or express your opinions. Showing
your personality, instead of trying to be some kind of FCE robot, lets you express yourself
well in English, and the examiner will see this. Remember that in part one of the FCE
Speaking Test, the examiner will ask you about familiar topics, for example, your home or
family. This will help you to relax and be yourself, from the beginning of the exam. Part Four: sample questions and answers. OK,
now that you know what’s going to happen in part one of your FCE Speaking Exam and how
to be more confident, going in, let’s look at some sample questions and answers. These
will help you see what makes a good answer and also review the tips and points we looked
at earlier on in this video. Our first question: “Where do you live?” It
is very likely you will be asked this question at the beginning of your exam. Look at the
following answers: “I live in Spain.” “I live in a pretty town in the south of Spain.” The
second answer is better, as it is longer and includes more details and description. Remember
that it is important to answer in full sentences in the speaking exam, as this will improve
your marks and discourse management. Here’s another sample question: “Tell us about
a TV show you’ve seen recently.” A lot of the questions you may be asked are likely
to be very open questions, similar to this one. These open questions are great because
they give you a good opportunity to express your opinions and use some of your phrasal
verbs and adjectives. Look at this answer: “Yesterday, I watched
a show about animals. It was funny.” This is OK, but it’s quite basic for FCE level,
and there aren’t any details. Here’s another answer. “Recently, I’ve been watching ‘Making
a Murderer.’ I’m interested in crime and psychology. So I enjoy this TV show a lot.” You can see
here how using more advanced vocabulary and grammar can make your answer more interesting
and detailed. This answer would help you get a higher score on your speaking exam. Now look at this question: “Are you interested
in sport?” Again, this is a very open question, which is good, as it lets you personalize
your answer. Look at this answer. “Yes, I’m interested in sport.” What do you think? It’s
not a great answer. It’s quite short and doesn’t give any additional information. What about
this one? “Yes, I’m interested in sport. I really like basketball and swimming. In fact,
I swim every day.” You can see here how giving a longer answer gives more information. However,
this answer doesn’t flow very well and is still quite basic. So how should it be done? “Well, yes, I’m
interested in sport. I really like basketball and swimming because they’re great exercise,
and you can practice them outside. In fact, I love swimming so much that I swim every
day.” You can see here how using conjunctions makes the answer sound more natural and allows
you to build longer answers. You can also see how saying something simple, like, “Well,”
at the beginning of your answer gives you more time to think and produce a better answer. Now that you’ve seen some example questions
and answers, I hope you have a good idea of what to expect in part one of your FCE Speaking
Exam. That’s the end of the lesson. Thanks very much for watching! I hope you found it
useful. You can see more of our free lessons on our website, oxfordonlineenglish.com. See
you next time!

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