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C1 Advanced Speaking Exam – Listening Lesson (C1)

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Are you preparing to take the Cambridge C1 Advanced speaking exam? Do you know what five aspects of your speaking are covered in the marking scheme, and how you could improve your performance for each of them? The exam was previously called the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), so if you’re looking for materials to prepare for that, you’re in the right place!

In this free lesson from Oxford Online English, you will listen to examples of two candidates doing the four parts of the C1 Advanced speaking exam, and consider what to practise for the different areas of the marking scheme.
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The format of the exam
The C1 Advanced speaking exam has four parts. You do the first two parts by yourself, and the last two parts with another candidate. You will hear examples of all four parts in this lesson, and you can find official practice material on the Cambridge website.

The format of this lesson
In this listening lesson, there are four parts — one for each part of the exam — and a total of 40 questions. In each part, you will hear five pairs of questions, each time focusing on a different aspect of the marking scheme. The first question in each pair illustrates a problem, while the second question shows how the issue could be resolved. Your job is to identify the problem and solution each time.

The marking criteria in the exam
When you do the C1 Advanced speaking exam, there will be two examiners listening to you. One of them gives you the instructions and asks you questions — this person is called the interlocutor. The other examiner, who just listens, will give you a score for grammatical resource (which we’ll just call grammar), lexical resource (which means vocabulary), discourse management, pronunciation and interactive communication. The interlocutor will also give you one score for global achievement.

Preparation for this lesson
This lesson will help you recognise and address some common difficulties in the C1 Advanced speaking exam, but it is not intended to be an introduction to the exam. If you haven’t yet seen our free video guides to the four parts of the C1 Advanced speaking exam, click on the following links:

C1 Advanced Speaking Exam Parts One and Two — video lesson
C1 Advanced Speaking Exam Parts Three and Four — video lesson

When you’re ready, click Start Quiz in the four parts below, and listen carefully!

C1 Advanced Speaking Exam Part One

In part one of the C1 Advanced speaking exam, the examiner asks you questions about your life and experiences.

C1 Advanced Speaking Exam Part Two

In part two of the C1 Advanced speaking exam, you talk about two photographs and answer two questions. You have one minute to speak by yourself and three photographs to choose from. Open the tab to see an example task.

Why do you think the people have visited these places?
How might they be feeling?”

 


 

C1 Advanced Speaking Exam Part Three

In part three of the C1 Advanced speaking exam, you talk with another candidate to answer a question, with reference to five ideas which are shown to you on a piece of paper. You have two minutes to speak about them. Then, the examiner asks you another question and you have one more minute to choose one or two of the ideas. Open the tab to see an example task.

C1 Advanced Speaking Exam Part Four

In part four of the C1 Advanced speaking exam, you talk with the other candidate to answer questions asked by the examiner. You should interact with your partner, not the examiner.

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