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PET (B1 Preliminary) Speaking Exam Part Four – Video
In this video, you can learn about the Cambridge PET speaking exam part four. Hopefully, you’ve already watched previous video lessons in this series, so you know what to expect. In this lesson, you’ll learn what will happen in part four of the PET speaking test and how to improve your score.
This sounds unnatural and strange, doesn’t it? It sounds like you aren’t listening to your partner and you’re just taking turns to speak.
Let’s see if we can make a better answer. Your partner says:
I love wearing t-shirts and shorts in sunny weather.
I totally agree, t-shirts and shorts are more comfortable in sunny weather. In colder weather I prefer to wear jumpers.
This is much better. Again, you show that you are listening to your partner, but you also express your own ideas.
4. Moving the Conversation Forward
In part four of the PET speaking exam, you need to talk for three minutes.
How can you keep the conversation going? How can you make sure you don’t get stuck on one topic for too long?
You need to control the conversation. A good way to do this is to ask your partner questions. Especially if your partner goes off topic, you should ask a question to bring the conversation back to the question the examiner asked.
Listen to this example.
Student 1:I love going to the cinema with my friends. Student 2:I like playing tennis with my friends. Student 1:I go to the shopping centre at the weekend with them. Student 2:I play tennis with my friends on Sunday morning.
This doesn’t sound like a normal conversation, does it?
You should imagine that you are talking to your friends. It should sound natural and relaxed.
Let’s listen again.
Student 1:I love going to the cinema with my friends. Do you go to the cinema often? Student 2:I sometimes go to the cinema if there’s something I want to see, but actually I prefer playing sport with my friends, especially tennis. What do you usually do at the weekend? Student 1: I usually go to the shopping centre and hang around with my friends all day. What about you? Student 2:That sounds great. I usually play tennis on Sunday mornings and sometimes I go swimming at the swimming pool.
That sounded a lot more normal, didn’t it? It actually sounded like a real conversation between friends.
Why? Because they asked the right questions to keep the conversation moving.
Let’s look at an example where the students get stuck on the same thing for too long:
Student 1:My favourite food is chocolate. I love eating anything with chocolate. What do you think? Student 2:I agree, chocolate is amazing. I eat chocolate a few times a week. How often do you eat chocolate? Student 1:I eat chocolate almost every day. I love having chocolate cake, chocolate crepes, and chocolate bars. What is your favourite type of chocolate? Student 2:I love milk chocolate. What is your favourite type of chocolate?
Sounds boring, right? You don’t want to get stuck on the same thing.
Let’s listen again but this time we are going to try and control the conversation and move away from chocolate.
Student 1:My favourite food is chocolate. I love eating anything with chocolate. What do you think? Student 2:I agree, chocolate is amazing. I eat chocolate a few times a week. How often do you eat it? Student 1:I eat chocolate almost every day. Let’s move on. What other food do you like? Student 2:I really like Italian food: pizza, pasta, things like that. Do you like Italian food?
I think we can agree that the second conversation was much better.
The first student moved the conversation along and changed the topic.
You don’t want to get stuck on one thing for a long time.
5. How to Make Your Answers More Interesting
But what should you actually talk about?
It’s a good idea to give your real opinions and talk about your experiences, your life and your plans.
Tell your partner about interesting things you have done in the past, or plans you have for the future.
Making your answers more detailed and interesting is always a good thing. It will help you to use your English, it will help you to talk for the full three minutes, and it will help you to communicate with your partner and have a natural conversation.
All of these things can help you to get a higher score in your PET speaking exam.
Let’s look at an example.
Your partner asks you:
What hobbies do you like doing in your free time?
And you say:
I love playing basketball because it is good sport. I don’t like football because it is a boring sport.
This answer is OK, but it’s not so interesting, and the opinions are quite simple.
Let’s listen again:
I really love playing basketball.. I played with my friends last weekend. In the future, I’d love to be a professional basketball player. I don’t like football. I know that a lot of people love it but I think it’s quite dull. What do you think about football?
This answer sounded a lot better, right? The answer was much more interesting and you spoke about the past and the future showing the examiner that you can use different verb forms.
Let’s look at another example.
Your partner asks:
What clothes do you wear to school?
I wear a uniform to school. I don’t like wearing a uniform. I prefer wearing other clothes.
This is a very boring answer. You want to give more information and use a range of language in your answer: different verb forms, adjectives, and so on.
Let’s listen again:
I have to wear a uniform to school. It’s horrible. In the past, I didn’t have to wear one but I do now. I love getting home from school so I can change into my normal clothes.
This is a better answer because it uses different tenses and gives a more detailed personal example.
6. Final Review
Okay, we’ve looked at what you can expect in part 4 of your PET speaking exam; let’s review the key point to remember.
Remember to talk about both things the examiner introduces at the start.
It is a good idea to start with a question to start the discussion.
Make sure you listen to your partner and respond to his or her ideas.
Try and control the conversation and make you aren’t stuck on the same thing for a long time. Ask your partner questions to keep the conversation moving forward.
And lastly, make sure you give lots of opinions and examples. You want to make your conversation interesting.
I hope you now have a good idea of what to expect in your Cambridge PET speaking exam and how to impress your examiners. Good luck!
PET speaking test part four quiz
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Who do you talk to in part four of the PET speaking exam?
Your partner and the examiner
What should you focus on during part four of the PET speaking test?
Talking about as many different topics as possible
Having a natural conversation with your partner
Using grammar perfectly and not making any mistakes
Talking as much as possible
Which is a good way to start your answer in part four of the PET speaking exam?
Try to answer the examiner's question
Wait for your partner to begin
Say something simple about yourself
Ask your partner a question
True or false: you shouldn't give too many details about your own life and experiences.
Question 4 Explanation:
Talking about your life and your experiences can make your answers more interesting, and allow you to use a wider range of language when you speak.
True or false: if your partner goes off topic, you should try to bring them back to the topic which the examiner gave you.
Question 5 Explanation:
You can do this by asking your partner a question connected with the topic.
True or false: you shouldn't get stuck on one topic for too long.
Question 6 Explanation:
Ask questions to move the conversation forwards if your partner gets stuck on one idea for too long.
True or false: you don't need to pay attention to your partner's ideas and opinions.
Question 7 Explanation:
It's very important to respond to what your partner says. You can do this by making a comment, agreeing or disagreeing.
How many questions will the examiner ask you to discuss during part four of PET speaking?
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