Take the speaking test with a friend | Euroexam

Take the speaking test with a friend

Have you ever wanted to take a language exam with your best friend? With Euroexam, you can. Our Speaking tests are done in pairs, and if you request it when registering, you will be able to take the test with your friend, or someone else you know.

How can I benefit from this?

Everybody is a little nervous before exams, even adults. Seeing a familiar face can help you relax and concentrate on the communication itself instead of the exam. Moreover, you can also prepare for the exam with your friend or chosen partner and practise the exam tasks together, so you can learn together how to do the tasks and how you can help each other.

Will I get enough chance to show what I know?

  • Yes, since up to B2 level, only 1 out of the tasks requires you to talk with the other candidate.
  • In the Speaking test's other tasks, you will only communicate with a trained and experienced Euroexam examiner (we call them interlocutors), whose main job is to make you talk, so both candidates will have equal opportunities to speak.

What if I take the exam with someone who is much better than me?

  • First of all, you don't know who is better than you. Just because someone is talking more than you, they may not be producing better language than you. Remember it is about quality, not quantity.
  • Remember that up to B2 level, you will only complete 1 task with your partner (e.g. to discuss something, to decide about something).
  • As for evaluation, your perfomance is evaluated with a number of criteria which focus on your skills and knowledge that you show in all the tasks. So even if you feel that a stronger candidate may not give you enough space, you have quite a few other tasks to prove your quality. In these, your partner’s knowledge, abilities do not influence yours.
  • The examiner sitting opposite you is speaking from a pre-written script, so there is no 'easy' or 'difficult' question. All questions are the same level.
  • Interlocutors are trained to deal with any problems that may arise in the exam, so they will not let either candidate talk too much.

What if I take the exam with someone who is much weaker than me?

  • If you take the exam with someone who is not ready for the exam, you may notice this during all the tasks: they will speak less than you do and will be generally a bit shy.
  • Remember that up to B2 level, you will do most of the tasks with the examiner, so you won't have contact with the weaker candidate.
  • In the only task you complete together, you can always ask your quiet partner questions to find out what they think or feel to encourage them to speak.

In the following table you can find a short description of who speaks to whom in the Speaking test of the B2 exam.

EURO B2 Speaking test  

Time:

20 minutes per pair of candidates (including 10-minute preparation time)

   

Number of parts:

4

   

Marks:

25

   

You have to talk:

Part 1: with the interlocutor
Part 2: on your own
Part 3: with the interlocutor
Part 4: with the other candidate

   

Part 1 (Interview)

What happens?

The interlocutor asks questions and you have to give information about your interests, studies, career, etc.

   

Who do I talk with?

The interlocutor 

   

What do I have to do?

Give information about yourself and express your opinion about various topics. 

   

How long do I have to speak?

1- 1.5 minutes (2-3 mins for both candidates) 

   

Part 2 (Picture story)

     

What happens?

The interlocutor gives you back your pictures and the notes that you prepared in the 10-minute preparation time, gives you 30-seconds to look through your notes and then asks you to tell your story. You have to speak for 2 minutes without interruption. 

   

Who do I talk with?

On your own 

   

What do I have to do?

Tell the picture story that you prepared during the 10-minute preparation time 

   

How long do I have to speak?

2 mins 

   

Part 3 (Situations)

     

What happens?

The interlocutor gives you a situation card and you act out a “three-turn” conversation with the interlocutor. Then the other candidate gets a situation card and acts out a conversation. This is repeated three times. 

   

Who do I talk with?

The interlocutor 

   

What do I have to do?

Respond to what the interlocutor says and say things which are appropriate to the situation that you have on your card. 

   

How long do I have to speak?

4-5 mins for both candidates 

   

Part 4 (Discussion)

     

What happens?

The interlocutor gives you a card with a sentence describing a problem or situation. After thinking of a few ideas, you discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various ideas with the other candidate and then you try to come to an agreement about the most suitable one. 

   

Who do I talk with?

The other candidate 

   

What do I have to do?

Exchange ideas, express and justify opinions, agree and disagree, suggest ideas, speculate etc. 

   

How long do I have to speak?

3-4 mins