This exam lasts approximately 3 hours 40 minutes, of which 14 are dedicated to speaking.
Speaking B2 example
Part 1: you must answer simple questions that have to do with your personal interests.
- Where do you come from?
- What is nice about your city?
- Are you a morning or an afternoon person?
- What do you like doing at the weekend?
Part 2: two photos are shown from which the details in each of them must be compared and contrasted.
Why do people choose to live in these places?
In the first photo, people live there because they like the city. In the city, there are many things to do and a lot of shops and concerts. Also, in the city there are more jobs. However, in the city, there is also more pollution and a lot of traffic. In the second photo, it is the countryside. People like the countryside because of nature. Also, people like the fresh air of the countryside and it is cheaper. However, it is difficult to find concerts or go to museums in the countryside.
In the first photo, I can see a big city, with lots of tall gray buildings whereas the second photo shows the countryside with hills and fields and farms. In the second picture, you could be close to nature and breathe fresh air whilst in the city all the air is very polluted. Cities also have advantages, though: you can go shopping and go to concerts, which is more difficult in the countryside. Furthermore, there are more jobs in cities than in the countryside.
Part 3: In the third part, you should talk with a partner about the topic indicated by the person who introduces the exam.
How useful would it be to learn these skills?
Knitting, carpentry, plumbing, gardening and cooking.
Part 4: Participants are asked to give their opinion on a topic linked to part 3 of the exam.
Should skills such as knitting or cooking be taught at schools?
Some people would say traditional skills are being lost. Do you agree?