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Posted on Nov 4, 2016

Prepare for B2 level English exam (speaking)

Prepare for B2 level English exam (speaking)

You need to master certain skills to pass this exam – do you know what they are?

 

A B2 level speaker can be described as an independent use of English at an upper intermediate level.

It is comparable to Cambridge first certificate and IELTS level 5 -6.

Description of what is required of a candidate:

Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

 Of course this demands a reasonably high level of grammar and a wide range of vocabulary.  Pronunciation is also important.

There are usually 4 parts to the exam and it lasts approximately 15 minutes.

  1. Interview/personal information
  2. Monologue/long turn
  3. Collaborative discussion with partner
  4. Further discussion in response to examiner questions

Part 1  –   THIS TESTS YOUR SOCIAL ENGLISH

You will be asked typical questions about your family, work or studies, hobbies and lifestyle.

Try to answer the questions as fully as possible, NOT only yes/no.  Give details, supporting information.

EXAMPLE:

“Do you play any musical instruments?”

“Not any more unfortunately, but when I was younger I used to play the violin.  In fact, I played in the school orchestra.  Now, well… I just don´t have time!

You might be asked questions in different tenses to check your knowledge of grammar.

EXAMPLES:

  • Tell me about your family
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned at school?
  • Are you planning any holidays next year?
  • What would you do if you had more free time?

Make sure that you know your tenses and brainstorm vocabulary associated with these common topics.

GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO PRACTISE AND PREPARE.

Practise with a teacherwww.learn-english-online.es

Part 2  –  THIS TESTS YOUR ABILITY TO SPEAK FLUENTLY AT LENGTH, TO DESCRIBE, COMPARE AND CONTRAST

One of the most important things you can do here is to practise talking alone for one minute, or a maximum of 2 minutes, so that you know what that length of time feels like.

Usually pictures will be involved in the question.  Use them in your answer.

Try to structure your talk:

Firstly…….

secondly/then……

after that…..

finally…….

on the other hand………….

in contrast…………………

in conclusion………………..

PRACTISE YOUR PRONUNCIATION AND INTONATION – MAKE YOURSELF SOUND INTERESTING!

Part 3 – THIS TESTS YOUR DISCUSSION TACTICS, YOU HAVE TO DISCUSS, AGREE/DISAGEE, GIVE AND ASK FOR OPINIONS, EVALUATE ETC…..

Giving opinions

In my opinion……….

In my view…….

As I see it…..

As far as I´m concerned….

Agree/Disagree

I can´t agree with you….

I agree to some extent………………

I agree but…….

I agree with you…..

Making suggestions

Why don´t we …..

How about…….

What about……………….

Part 4 – THIS TESTS YOUR DISCUSSION SKILLS, FOR EXAMPLE EXRESSING OPINIONS AND AGREEING AND DISAGREEING

Here the examiner will ask you and your partner follow-on questions, that is those related to the topic in part 3.

Again you will be expected to discuss your opinion and work with your partner.

 

FOR HELP WITH YOUR EXAMS AND PRACTISE WITH A TEACHER CONTACT:

Catherine.spain  (skype)

www.learn-english-online.es