Tips for Part 3


  • The Exam has 3 parts
  • It lasts 16 minutes
  • Normally there are 2 candidates and 2 examiners: the interlocutor and the assessor
  • It’s worth 20% of the whole exam

  • You are not tested on your general knowledge, but on your language level
  • Both the assessor and the interlocutor award you marks
  • You are not given your results at the end of the test – you get all your results together when all papers have been marked


Part 1
  • It lasts 3 minutes (4 for a group of 3)
  • You will be asked some general questions about yourself and your life
  • The questions are roughly chosen from 3 sections - section a) where you are from, b) something about your life, your likes & dislikes, c) your opinions about something
  • You need to answer individually; you mustn't interrupt your partner
  • Avoid 'monosyllabic' answers, but don't go on and on either. Give your answer, extend your answer by adding an example or justification.

Part 2
  • It lasts 4 minutes
  • You may have a single or several pictures to talk about
  • It is not essential to reach a decision at the end of the discussion in Part 2 but to negotiate moving towards a decision

Part 3
  • It lasts 12 minutes
  • You can’t choose the topic of your long turn
  • You can’t prepare your long turn in advance
  • You cannot help your partner if they have problems during the long turn
  • You can ignore the prompts on your card if you want to - here's a little presentation on it:
  • You can respond to your partner’s ideas in the final discussion

  • The assessor sits a bit further away but within earshot and gives detailed marks
  • The interlocutor manages the exam and interacts with the candidates
  • The interlocutor gives a global mark
  • Both share their marks after the candidates have left the room and they are not supposed to negotiate them in any way

  • The interlocutor can not rephrase the instructions; they can only repeat them.
  • It's ok to ask for repetition of a question - much better than giving a completely irrelevant answer
  • But... if a candidate keeps asking for repetition throughout the exam, it can indicate a lack of comprehension and therefore that the candidate doesn't have the level of English required.