Cambridge PET Exam Day and Speaking Tips

On test day basic rules

 

DO

  • Look at the date, time, and location of the exam and the travel time to arrive.
  • Arrive early.
  • Bring your identification card.
  • Relax!

DON’T

  • Bring your phone or anything electronic inside the exam room.
  • Speak to other candidates in the exam room.
  • Bring food or drinks.

What to expect:

  • Your identification will be checked.
  • Be given a mark sheet – do not fold it.
  • Follow any instructions that you are given.
  • You can practice speaking (quietly) to other candidates while in the waiting area.
  • In the room, there will be the interlocker, the assessor, and the other candidate(s).
  • You will be given an equal amount of time to speak.
  • If the interlocker interrupts you, don’t worry!  This means you have spoken for the entire section.

 

Speaking Part Tips

 

DO

  • Listen carefully to the instructions and questions.
  • Speak loud and clear to be understood well.
  • Be sure to use every opportunity to speak.
  • Start the discussion with your partner and always respond to what they say.

DON’T

  • Memorize your answers.
  • Interrupt your partner when they are speaking.
  • Have long pauses between speaking.
  • Never be scared or nervous to ask for the interlocker or your partner to repeat themselves.

There are 4 parts to the speaking paper.  Although it may seem strange, it is recommended that you practice before the exam by recording yourself completing an entire speaking paper and then listening to the recording.  You will be surprised at how well you did, and you will hear some of the errors you make.

Part 1

Questions about your past, present, and future will be asked.  Always answer in full sentences, not a few words.

Part 2

You and your partner will be given a situation and various photographs.  You will discuss the situation and the photographs and come to an agreement at the end.  Always keep the conversation going, be active in the discussion!

Part 3

Here, you and your partner will each be given a photograph.  They will be different but have the same theme.  Speak for as long as possible.  It is good if the interlocker stops you!  Be sure to describe the picture, refer to different features of the picture, and speculate.

Part 4

Again, you will speak with your partner.  Generally, part 4 is an extension of the given theme in part 3.   Speak with your partner!  This is important.  The interlocker wants to see and hear that you can maintain a conversation in English.  Giving opinions and personal experiences is a must.

Topics for the PET exam include:

Family & Friends

Entertainment

Free time activities

Travel & Holidays

Television & Films

Environment

Daily Life and Health

Shopping

Hobbies

Sports

Education

 

 

 

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Say, tell, speak, or talk

Verb Definition and use Example
SAY

 

To

Ø  Utter words to share information

Ø  To express in words

 

Most often used without a personal object.  If PO is used, ‘to’ is necessary.

 

Used with direct and indirect speech.

 

Tina said she might come to class this afternoon.

 

Carlos said, “Hi” to a stranger in the street.

 

I say to my best friend how much I appreciate her.

TELL

 

 

Ø  Communicate information to someone

Ø  To instruct or inform

Ø

After tell we usually say WHO is told (tell someone something).

 

Tell someone TO DO something.

 

Not used before objects.

 

Do not normally use it after tell to refer to a fact.

 

Repeat something to someone.

 

Use with lies, stories, the truth.

 

Used with direct and indirect speech.

 

 

Jenny told her that she should study more.

 

Ilana will tell her mom about the car accident.

 

The actor was told that he needed to cry harder in the scene.

 

I cannot believe that he would tell lies to his wife.

 

NOT

Mary told them “Goodbye.”

 

I will tell you it tomorrow.

 

Peter told a bad word.

SPEAK

 

To / With / About / Of

Ø  Have a conversation

Ø  Communicate, answer or address

Ø  Say something in order to express information or feelings

 

One-way communication.

 

For exchanges in formal or serious situations.

 

Used to refer to languages or knowledge.

 

More emphasis is place on the other person involved in the conversation.

How many different languages can you speak?

 

Everyone spoke about the wonderful performance the next day.

 

Maybe you should speak to your boss about a pay raise.

 

To be in a good relationship, one should speak with their partner openly.

TALK

 

To / With / About

Ø  Speak to give information or express feelings or ideas

Ø  Communicate by spoken words

Ø  Have the power of speech

Ø  Gossip

 

More common word to refer to informal communication and conversational exchanges.

 

More emphasis is placed on the topic of the spoken exchange.

We need to talk about setting a budget for the month.

 

If Wilma talks to me tomorrow, I will tell you.

 

Good parents talk with their children daily.

 

WITH

 

Discussion between two or more participants

TO

 

One-sided conversation

ABOUT

 

General discussion

OF

 

Describe something definite that you know or have experienced

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