On this page we take a look at Part 4 of the CAE speaking exam and how to give a better performance. CAE Part 4 topics are based on the topic in the Part 3 task.
Some sample questions on the topic of decisions
Examiner : Candidate A, Is it best to make decisions alone or to turn to others for advice?
Examiner : What do you think/Do you agree Candidate B?
Examiner : Candidate B, Why do you think some people find it harder to make decisions than others?
Examiner : What do you think/Do you agree Candidate A?
Tip #1 It’s a presentation
Tip #2 Relax and be natural
Tip #3 Link to your partner’s ideas.
Tip #4 Stay on Topic
Tip #5 Work together
Why do you think some people find it harder to make decisions than others?
I know there are some people who get very anxious when they have to make decisions, even very simple ones but I actually think it depends what type of decisions you’re talking about . I mean some people are very effective in work and perform extremely well and they have no problems at all making decisions about business or business-related activities.
I think it’s when we come to decisions that affect us personally they become more difficult. For starters, you’re thinking of the direct effect on you or on others. This can produce doubts sometimes, something you find less in a work environment so much because there are generally plenty of people you can share your ideas with. So, in your personal decision-making you can end up unable to make your mind up.
At this stage of the speaking test candidates are generally relaxed and there are about four minutes of the 15 minutes remaining . In addition, part 4 is the best opportunity to show your ability. It’s also where you can demonstrate how you can contribute to a discussion. After all it is an interactive examination.