Cambridge Proficiency Part 2 with its combination of pictures and extended discussion incorporates familiar elements of other Cambridge speaking exams. Here we’ll examine it in detail and offer some tips on how to perform well.
Part 2 is where candidates look at a set of pictures they need to link around a general theme. As a task it is split into two parts. For both parts candidates will use a booklet which displays all of the pictures. In the first task the examiner indicates which pair of pictures to discuss. This initial task is more of a comparison than a discussion exercise as you can see from the sample question below. Bear in mind too that there is no fixed pattern as to which letters will be selected by the examiner in the exam and in this given example it is A and E.
Instructions & Sample CPE Part 2 Pictures
First set of instructions
In this part of the test you going to do something together. Here are some pictures which show people in different situations. First I’d like you to talk about pictures (A) and (E) and say what might has happened before this.
You have about a minute for this so don’t worry if I interrupt you.
After about a minute there is another set of instructions and a further task for both candidates.
Thank you. Now look at all the pictures. I’d like you to imagine that a magazine is planning an article on risk. Talk together about the positive and negative aspects of risk, as shown here. Then suggest another type of risk that could be included in the article.
You have about three minutes to talk about this.
The focus of the Proficiency Part 2 is threefold
Organisation is crucial here in the sense that candidates must attempt to produce well-developed ideas. Another aspect is that candidate interaction is also a key element.