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TEST 1

SPEAKING PET TEST
Paper format
The standard format is two candidates and two examiners. One of the examiners acts as an interlocutor and the
others as an assessor. The interlocutor directs the test, while the assessor takes no part in the interaction.
Timing 10 – 12 minutes per pair of candidates.
Marks
Candidates are assessed on their performance throughout the test. There are a total of 25 marks in the Speaking
test, making 25% of the total score for the whole examination.
Part
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Task type and format
Each candidate interacts with the interlocutor.

Task focus
Giving information of a factual, personal

Timing
2-3

The interlocutor asks the candidates questions in

kind. The candidates respond to

minutes

turn, using standardized questions.

questions about present circumstances,

Simulated situation. Candidates interact with each

past experiences and future plans.
Using functional language to make and

2-3

other.

respond to suggestions, discuss

minutes

Visual stimulus is given to the candidates to aid

alternatives, make recommendations and

the discussion task.

negotiate agreement.

The interlocutor sets up the activity using a
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standardized rubric.
Extended turn

Describing photographs and managing

3

A color photograph is given to each candidate in

discourse, using appropriate vocabulary,

minutes

turn and they are asked to talk about it for up to a

in a longer turn.

minute. Both photographs relate to the same topic.
General conversation. Candidates interact with

The candidates talk together about their

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each other.

opinions, likes/dislikes, preferences,

minutes

The topic of the conversations develops the theme

experiences, habits, etc.

established in Part 3. The interlocutor sets up the
activity using a standardized rubric.

PART 1
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Tasks Identifying oneself; giving information about oneself; talking about interests.
Phase 1
Examiner Greetings + Introducing
Candidate A, what’s your name? How do you spell it?

How do you write your family / second

Thank you.

name?

And, Candidate B, what’s you name? How do you spell it?

How do you write your family / second

Thank you.

name?

(Ask the following questions. Use candidates’ names
throughout. Ask Candidate A first.)
Where do you live / come from?

Do you live in …?

Adult students

Have you got a job?

Do you work or are you a students in ……?

What job do you do? What subject(s) do

What do you do / study?

you study?

School-age students

Do you have English lessons?

Do you study English at school?
Do you like it?
Thank you.
(Repeat for Candidate B.)
Phase 2
Examiner
(Select two questions from the list to ask each candidate. Ask Candidate B first.}

Do you enjoy studying English? Why (not)?

Do you think that English will be useful for you in the future?

What did you do yesterday evening / last week?

Which country could you most like to visit? Why?

What do you like to do in the evening?
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What sort of clothes do you like?

What’s your favorite time of the year?

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Tell us about your family?

(Introduction to Part 2)
In the next part, you are going to talk to each other.

PART 2 (2-3 minutes)
THROWING THINGS AWAY
Tasks Discussing alternatives, expressing opinions, making choices.
Examiner Say to both candidates:
I’m going to describe a situation to you.
A young man is leaving home to study in another town. His parents want him to throw away some of his
things before he goes. Talk together about which things he should keep and which he should throw away.
Here is a picture with some ideas to help you.
Ask both candidates to look at picture 1A and repeat the frame.
I’ll say that again.
A young man is leaving home to study in another town. His parents want him to throw away some of his
things before he goes. Talk together about which things he should keep and which he should throw away.
Here is a picture with some ideas to help you.
Allow the candidates enough time to complete the task without intervention.
Prompt only if necessary

PART 3 (3minutes)
PEOPLE AT LUNCH TIME
Tasks Describing people and places; saying where people and things are and what different people are doing.
Examiner Say to both candidates:
Now, I’d like each of you to talk on your own about something. I’m going to give each of you a
photograph of people at lunchtime.
Candidate A, here is your photograph. (Ask Candidate A to look at photo 1B). Please show it to Candidate
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Candidate A, please tell us what you can see in the photograph.

(Candidate A) Approximately one minute
If there is a need to intervene, prompts rather than direct questions should be used.
Now, Candidate B, here is your photograph. It also shows people at lunchtime (Ask Candidate B to look
at photo …….) Please show it to Candidate A and tell us what you can see in the photograph.
(Candidate B) approximately one minute

PART 4 (3minutes)
Tasks Talking about one’s likes and dislikes; expressing opinions.
Examiner Say to both candidates:
Your photographs showed people at lunchtime. Now, I’d like you to talk together about what you usually
do at lunchtime, during the week and at the weekend.
Allow the candidates enough time to complete the task without intervention.
Prompt only if necessary
Back-up prompts

Thank you. That’s the end of the test.

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Talk about what you do at lunchtime during the week.

Talk about lunchtime at the weekend.

Talk about what you don’t like doing at lunchtime.

Talk about why lunch is important.

PART 1
Tasks Identifying oneself; giving information about oneself; talking about interests.
Phase 1
Examiner Greetings + Introducing

Back-up prompts

Candidate A, what’s your name? How do you spell it?

How do you write your family / second

Thank you.

name?

And, Candidate B, what’s you name? How do you spell it?

How do you write your family / second

Thank you.

name?

(Ask the following questions. Use candidates’ names
throughout. Ask Candidate A first.)
Where do you live / come from?

Do you live in …?

Adult students

Have you got a job?

Do you work or are you a students in ……?

What job do you do? What subject(s) do

What do you do / study?

you study?

School-age students

Do you have English lessons?

Do you study English at school?
Do you like it?
Thank you.
(Repeat for Candidate B.)
Phase 2
Examiner
(Select two questions from the list to ask each candidate. Ask Candidate B first.}

Do you enjoy studying English? Why (not)?

Do you think that English will be useful for you in the future?

What did you do yesterday evening / last week?
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Which country could you most like to visit? Why?

What do you like to do in the evening?

What sort of clothes do you like?

What’s your favorite time of the year?

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Tell us about your family?

(Introduction to Part 2)
In the next part, you are going to talk to each other.

PART 2 (2-3 minutes)
PRESENT FOR A FRIEND’S FAMILY
Tasks Discussing alternatives; expressing opinions; making choices
Examiner Say to both candidates:
I’m going to describe a situation to you.
A young man has been invited to stay with a friend’s family for a few days. He hasn’t met them before
and would like to take them a present. Talk together about the different presents he could take and say
which would be best for all family.
Here is a picture with some ideas to help you.
Ask both candidates to look at picture 1A and repeat the frame.
I’ll say that again
A young man has been invited to stay with a friend’s family for a few days. He hasn’t met them before
and would like to take them a present. Talk together about the different presents he could take and say
which would be best for all family.
Here is a picture with some ideas to help you.
Allow the candidates enough time to complete the task without intervention.
Prompt only if necessary

PART 3 (3minutes)
TAKING PHOTOS
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Tasks Describing people and places; saying where people and things are and what different people are doing.
Examiner Say to both candidates:
Now, I’d like each of you to talk on your own about something. I’m going to give each of you a picture of
people taking photos.
Candidate A, here is your photograph. (Ask Candidate A to look at photo 1B). Please show it to Candidate
B, but I’d like you to talk about it. Candidate B, you just listen. I’ll give you your photograph in a
moment.
Candidate A, please tell us what you can see in the photograph.
(Candidate A) Approximately one minute
If there is a need to intervene, prompts rather than direct questions should be used.
Now, Candidate B, here is your photograph. It also shows people at lunchtime (Ask Candidate B to look
at photo …….) Please show it to Candidate A and tell us what you can see in the photograph.

(Candidate B) approximately one minute

PART 4 (3minutes)
Tasks Talking about one’s likes and dislikes; expressing opinions.
Examiner Say to both candidates:
Your pictures showed people taking photos. Now, I’d like you to talk together about the things you like to
take photos of and say when you like to take them
Allow the candidates enough time to complete the task without intervention.
Prompt only if necessary
Back-up prompts

Thank you. That’s the end of the test.
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Talk about the things / people you like to take photos of.

Talk about when you like to take photos.

Talk about what you do with your photos.

Talk about how you feel when other people take photos.

TEST 3
PART 1
Tasks Identifying oneself; giving information about oneself; talking about interests.
Phase 1
Examiner Greetings + Introducing

Back-up prompts

Candidate A, what’s your name? How do you spell it?

How do you write your family / second

Thank you.

name?

And, Candidate B, what’s you name? How do you spell it?

How do you write your family / second

Thank you.

name?

(Ask the following questions. Use candidates’ names
throughout. Ask Candidate A first.)
Where do you live / come from?

Do you live in …?

Adult students

Have you got a job?

Do you work or are you a students in ……?

What job do you do? What subject(s) do

What do you do / study?

you study?

School-age students

Do you have English lessons?

Do you study English at school?
Do you like it?
Thank you.
(Repeat for Candidate B.)
Phase 2
Examiner
(Select two questions from the list to ask each candidate. Ask Candidate B first.}

Do you enjoy studying English? Why (not)?

Do you think that English will be useful for you in the future?
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What did you do yesterday evening / last week?

Which country could you most like to visit? Why?

What do you like to do in the evening?

What sort of clothes do you like?

What’s your favorite time of the year?

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Tell us about your family?

(Introduction to Part 2)
In the next part, you are going to talk to each other.

PART 2 (2-3 minutes)
PRESENT FOR A FRIEND’S FAMILY
Tasks Discussing alternatives; expressing opinions; making choices
Examiner Say to both candidates:
I’m going to describe a situation to you.
A dentist has a room where people wait. It’s not very comfortable. Talk together about different ways to
make the room more comfortable and say which would be best.
Here is a picture with some ideas to help you.
Ask both candidates to look at picture 1A and repeat the frame.
I’ll say that again
A dentist has a room where people wait. It’s not very comfortable. Talk together about different ways to
make the room more comfortable and say which would be best.
All right? Talk together
Allow the candidates enough time to complete the task without intervention.
Prompt only if necessary

PART 3 (3minutes)
TAKING PHOTOS
Tasks Describing people and places; saying where people and things are and what different people are doing.
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Examiner Say to both candidates:
Now, I’d like each of you to talk on your own about something. I’m going to give each of you a
photograph of people visiting towns.
Candidate A, here is your photograph. (Ask Candidate A to look at photo 1B). Please show it to Candidate
B, but I’d like you to talk about it. Candidate B, you just listen. I’ll give you your photograph in a
moment.
Candidate A, please tell us what you can see in the photograph.
(Candidate A) Approximately one minute
If there is a need to intervene, prompts rather than direct questions should be used.
Now, Candidate B, here is your photograph. It also shows people visiting a town (Ask Candidate B to
look at photo …….) Please show it to Candidate A and tell us what you can see in the photograph.

(Candidate B) approximately one minute

PART 4 (3minutes)
Tasks Talking about one’s likes and dislikes; expressing opinions.
Examiner Say to both candidates:
Your pictures showed people visiting towns. Now, I’d like you to talk together about the things you like to
to do when you visit a town and say why you like to do them
Allow the candidates enough time to complete the task without intervention.
Prompt only if necessary
Back-up prompts

Thank you. That’s the end of the test.

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Talk about the things you like to do in a town.

Talk about why you like to do these things.

Talk about who you like to visit a town with.

Talk about a town you visited recently.