CAE PAPER 5 SPEAKINGGENERAL DESCRIPTION
Paper format The paper contains four parts.
Timing 15 minutes.
No. of parts 4.
Interaction pattern Two candidates and two examiners. One examiner acts as both interlocutor and assessor and manages the interaction either by asking questions or providing cues for the candidates. The other acts as assessor and does not join in the conversation.
Task types Short exchanges with the interlocutor and with the other candidate; a 1 minute ‘long turn’; a collaborative task involving the two candidates; a discussion.
Marks Candidates are assessed on their performance throughout.
STRUCTURE AND TASKS
Task type and format A conversation between the interlocutor and each candidate (spoken questions).
Focus General interactional and social language.
Timing 3 minutes.
Task type and format An individual ‘long turn’ for each candidate with a brief response from the second candidate. In turn, the candidates are given a pair of photographs to talk about.
Focus Organising a larger unit of discourse; comparing, describing, expressing opinions, speculating.
Timing A 1 minute ‘long turn’ for each candidate, plus 30-second response from the second candidate.
Task type and format A two-way conversation between the candidates. The candidates are given spoken instructions with written and visual stimuli, which are used in a decision-making task.
Focus Sustaining an interaction; exchanging ideas, expressing and justifying opinions, agreeing and/or disagreeing, suggesting, speculating, evaluating, reaching a decision through negotiation, etc.
Timing 4 minutes.
Task type and format A discussion on topics related to the collaborative task (spoken questions).
Focus Expressing and justifying opinions, agreeing and/or disagreeing.
Timing 4 minutes.
Adapted from the 'CAE Handbook', which is available to order from Cambridge ESOL.