Speaking Part 4

Cambridge B2 Part 4 speaking is where candidates need to give longer answers on a similar theme to Part 3. 

We take a look on this page at ways that you can make your speaking performance better in Part 4.

How Speaking Part 4 works

The examiner will ask a number of questions to candidates. So they can do this in two basic ways, by asking a different question to each person or by asking both to give an opinion about the same question. Let’s look at an example question on the theme of fitness and health.

Sample Examiner Question
  Candidate A Some people say it is a waste of time to go to the gym and that you can exercise outside for free? What do you think?

The examiner typically asks the second candidate to respond to what the first candidate said, with one of these questions.

Question to second candidate

Candidate B

 – What do you think?

 – What about you?

 – Do you agree?

The examiner can also ask both candidates to talk together about the same question. Normally, they will use their hands to show this or they may say “talk together”.

Doing Part 4 better!

Organise what you say
In the Cambridge First candidates should be able to use basic tenses as well as organise their ideas. As well that this it is a good place to include linking expressions in your ideas.  Expressions and words like however, although, as well as and more can help you present much better answers to questions. See the box below for an example

More is better
When the examiner asks your opinion try to respond in detail. Look at these answers to a Part 4 question.

Examiner Question
Some people say it is a waste of time to go to the gym and that you can exercise outside for free? What do you think?

Answer 1

Yes I think this is true. It is better to be outside with friends, going walking, playing football and enjoying the nature.

Answer 2

Yes I think this is true because being outside is better for you. For example you can spend more time with friends and do things like going walking or playing sports. As well as this, you can spend more time in the nature and in the fresh air. Personally, this is what I enjoy more as I think it gives you more freedom. 

While some of the language in the answers is quite simple, in the first answer the information is very limited. You can see clearly in Answer 2 that the candidate tries to expand on their ideas and give more details. So this answer is much better-organised with a good number of linking words and examples to support their opinion. 

Justify your opinions
From the example above you can see that you should try to add more information to your opinions.   You don’t  always need to think of great ideas,just remember the examiner is listening to your English and how you answer so always try to explain these ideas as best as you can.

Some Final Tips

Use some set expressions
Certain expressions can be useful to join ideas together or to answer a partner. You should use some but try not to use too many different kinds of expressions. Phrases like the ones below may be helpful.

Some useful set expression phrases

  • I don’t agree/ disagree
  • I don’t agree completely
  • I take your point but …
  • Let’s move on
  • What about … ?

Be natural!
While you’re in the exam concentrate on using language you feel you can use confidently.  If you can want to use extra expressions like phrasal verbs and other expressions make sure they fit naturally into what you are saying.

Speaking Part 1

Answer the personal questions.

Speaking Part 2

Compare the two pictures and answer the question.

Speaking Part 3

Discuss each topic together.

B2 Speaking Test

See what's in the B2 Speaking test