Clone of Paired exam

Taking the spoken exam with another candidate

Some students feel anxious about taking the spoken exam with another candidate. They worry that they won’t be able to control the outcome of the exam. These are some of the typical questions arising in connection with a paired spoken exam:

  • ‘Will I get ample chance to show what I know?’
  • ‘What if I take the exam with someone who is much better than me?’
  • ‘What if I take the exam with someone who is much weaker than me?’

At Euroexam, we believe in equality and fairness and we have taken a number of steps to ensure that every candidate is given the same opportunities in order to perform to the best of their abilities.

Will I get ample chance to show what I know?

  • Yes, since only 1 out of 4 tasks requires you to talk with the other candidate
  • The other 3 tasks require you to talk with a trained Euroexam interlocutor whose sole job is to make you talk
  • Interlocutors are trained to deal with any problems that may arise in the exam

What if I take the exam with someone who is much better than me?

  • First of all, you don't know who is better than you. Just because someone is talking more than you, they may not be producing better sentences than you. Remember this is about quality, not quantity.
  • Remember that you will do 3 out of 4 tasks with a trained interlocutor, so you won't have contact with the weaker candidate.
  • The only task you will do with the other candidate is the discussion task (task 4) which requires the both of you to find a solution together
  • The 4 tasks are marked together and only one requires you to talk to the other candidate (at B2 level)
  • The interlocutor is speaking from a written script, so there is no 'easy' or 'difficult' question. All questions are the same level.
  • Interlocutors are trained to deal with any problems that may arise in the exam, so they will intervene if the other candidate talks too much.

 

What if I take the exam with someone who is much weaker than me? 

  • If you take the exam with someone who is not ready for the exam, you may notice that they speak less than you do and are generally a bit shy
  • Remember that you will do 3 out of 4 tasks with the interlocutor, so you won't have contact with the weaker candidate
  • The only task you will do with the other candidate is the discussion task (task 4). Remember that the task requires you to find a solution together, so ask your quiet partner questions to find out what they think.

 

EURO B2 spoken exam  

Time:

20 minutes per pair of candidates (including 10-minute preparation time)

   

Number of parts:

4

   

Marks:

25

   

You have to talk:

Part 1: with the interlocutor
Part 2: on your own
Part 3: with the interlocutor
Part 4: with the other candidate

   

Part 1 (Interview)

What happens?

The interlocutor asks questions and you have to give information about your interests, studies, career, etc.

   

Who do I talk with?

The interlocutor 

   

What do I have to do?

Give information about yourself and express your opinion about various topics. 

   

How long do I have to speak?

1- 1.5 minutes (2-3 mins for both candidates) 

   

Part 2 (Picture story)

     

What happens?

The interlocutor gives you back your pictures and the notes that you prepared in the 10-minute preparation time, gives you 30-seconds to look through your notes and then asks you to tell your story. You have to speak for 2 minutes without interruption. 

   

Who do I talk with?

On your own 

   

What do I have to do?

Tell the picture story that you prepared during the 10-minute preparation time 

   

How long do I have to speak?

2 mins 

   

Part 3 (Situations)

     

What happens?

The interlocutor gives you a situation card and you act out a “three-turn” conversation with the interlocutor. Then the other candidate gets a situation card and acts out a conversation. This is repeated three times. 

   

Who do I talk with?

The interlocutor 

   

What do I have to do?

Respond to what the interlocutor says and say things which are appropriate to the situation that you have on your card. 

   

How long do I have to speak?

4-5 mins for both candidates 

   

Part 4 (Discussion)

     

What happens?

The interlocutor gives you a card with a sentence describing a problem or situation. After thinking of a few ideas, you discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various ideas with the other candidate and then you try to come to an agreement about the most suitable one. 

   

Who do I talk with?

The other candidate 

   

What do I have to do?

Exchange ideas, express and justify opinions, agree and disagree, suggest ideas, speculate etc. 

   

How long do I have to speak?

3-4 mins