Questions in the Advanced C1 Speaking Part 1 (CAE) are of a very general nature. The aim is more to help put candidates at ease by providing personal questions they can respond to, based on their own experiences. On this page we look at some of the kinds of questions you might expect.
At the start of the speaking test you can expect an examiner to say the following and ask some of the subsequent questions.
My name is …… and this is my colleague ….
And your names are?
First of all we’d like to know something about you.
These are not necessarily actual exam questions but some typical examples of what you might get in the CAE Speaking Part 1.
Answering the questions as best as you can is the key here. This means always answering with more than Yes or No. If you give very short answers the examiner may ask you to explain with a Why? question.
While a candidate can often feel a little nervous at the start of a CAE speaking test, the questions give you an opportunity to respond to topics that are familiar. This part of the test gives candidates a more limited time for responses, but you should still try to develop your ideas in the time given.
Take some time to consider possible answers to the sample questions above. You should also be able to find lots of other Part 1 sample questions online.