Get to know your Speaking exam

Let’s start with a look at the basic information about the Cambridge First Speaking Exam. It is 14 minutes long and consists of four parts.

A successful candidate in the Cambridge First speaking test is someone who can show a good use of basic grammar and vocabulary in their speaking. They are also generally clear in their pronunciation of sounds.

Part 1
These are very general questions , typically about things like routines and free time activities. Answer them the best you can. Yes and No answers are not really enough in this part.

Part 2
Compare two photographs and answer a question. There is also a second question for each candidate to answer.

Part 3
A topic question with a series of options to discuss together.In the second part of the task you are asked to make choice of one or more options.

Part 4
This has more detailed questions on the same theme as in Part 3 which you should answer in as much detail as possible. 

You can read a review of candidates doing a Cambridge B2 Speaking test on our special page.    

Speaking Part 1

Questions in this part are very general.

Speaking Part 2

In this part compare the two pictures.

Speaking Part 3

In Part 3 discuss each topic together.

Speaking Part 4

Give opinions on a similar theme to Part 3.