Talk about points together!
Choose one topic and discuss it together before moving to the next topic. By doing this you should interact more and should get good scores on that element of the exam.
Listen and respond to your partner
Sometimes in exams candidates do not pay attention to what their partner is saying or they are thinking about their own answer. Part of the exam score is how you respond to your partner. In Part 3 in particular you need to listen to them and respond to their ideas. You should also invite them to give their opinions. Phrases like the ones below may be helpful here.
Some useful phrases
- How do you feel ..?
- What do you think ..?
- I take your point but …
- Let’s/Shall we …?
- OK, so we agree ….
Support your opinions
You should try to provide support to your opinions especially in the second section of Part 3 where you have to make a decision. It doesn’t matter if you can’t think of very good ideas in the exam because the examiner is listening to your English so always try to explain your ideas as best as you can.
Try not to interrupt your partner at any time. Sometimes this can be difficult if your partner seems to be speaking a lot. The examiner will give you opportunities to speak but your score could be affected if you interrupt or don’t let your partner speak.