In the Part 3 speaking task candidates are given a question and some topics to discuss. They need to talk about the topics together and to make a decision about a second question.
We take a look on this page at how the exercise works and at how you can make your speaking performance better in Part 3 of the Speaking exam.
Look at this sample question.
In Part 3 candidates are expected to discuss each topic consider together. The key focus in Part 3 is on interaction and discussion. At the end of the second discussion you should try to make a decision. You don’t have to agree but you should explain your reasons.
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.
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.
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.