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There are 25 points for this part of the test. In some ways it is the most difficult, but it is over in about ten to twelve minutes. Normally you do this part of the test as one of two people being examined. (Sometimes if it is the end of the day, and there are three of you left, you will be examined as a group of three. Ocasionally you may be examined alone.) There are also two examiners - the assessor and the interlocutor. The interlocutor will speak to you, but the assessor is the one who decides what your mark will be.


Part 1. Opening Questions.

In this part the examiner will talk to you in a general way. He (or she) might ask you to introduce yourself to the other person being examined, or if you know eachother, he might ask you to introduce him to the other person. He may ask you to spell something, to check your pronunciation of English spelling. He will be checking how you give answers and ask questions. You are not expected to be very fluent at the PET level, but your answers should be more than "yes" and "no".

Remember - you are not competing with the other person doing the test. The examiner will make sure that he hears as much as he needs from both of you.


Part 2. Task.

Here you have to arrange something with your partner, or ask him a number of questions.

Sometimes the examiner might ask you to arrange a party for a friend, or to check and find out what the other person likes about their favourite book/film/person. You will usually get a picture or a few words on a piece of paper to give you an idea of what you are going to do.


Part 3. Complete the table.

In the third part you look at two photographs.

These photographs will have something that is the same - for example they might be people on holiday, but one group on a beach, and the other group in the mountains. You will have to tell the examiner what you see, and also compare the two pictures. The examiner may ask you questions about the pictures to help your fluency. You don't have to be very fluent, but you do have to be able to describe what you see, and what the people in the pictures are doing.


Part 4. Likes and dislikes..

The interviewer might now ask you some questions about how you feel about what you have seen in the pictures, or he might ask you about something that was discussed earlier in the test. At this point he is trying to get you to make more general statements about what you like, how you feel about certain things, and what interests you..


General comments.

The speaking is the part of the test that can be arranged differently, depending on the circumstances, the examiner, and the student. In the example, you will see that there is only one person being examined and that one part of the test is done out of order because the examiner thought the conversation better would go better at that point. Don't worry if the test is not as you expected it. Just remember that you will be marked on these points

Enough vocabulary to do the parts of the test, and enough grammar to be understood.

You can speak in an organised way, and it is not very hard work to understand what you want to say.

Your pronunciation is not so bad that the examiner can't understand you.

You can find out what someone else wants and explain what you want.

When you don't understand, you ask the right questions to make things more clear.


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