CAE Speaking Part 4

CAE Speaking Part 4

Part 4 is the final part of the CAE Speaking paper….phewwww!

In this part you and your partner have to answer questions that the examiners ask you. The questions are related to the topic you discussed in part 3. You should respond to the examiner. You can also respond to what your partner says. Your opinions are not really important.

What is important?

1. How you express yourself through language
2. The structure of your answers

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Right, let’s watch the next video to learn loads of CAE Speaking part 4 tips as well as some useful language to use in this part of the exam. I will give you a homework exercise to complete, so make sure you watch till the end of the video…

C1 Advanced Handbook for Teachers – page 84.
Book Lessons

CAE Speaking Part 4 Technique

Before the exam:

1. Think of various global or important everyday issues and write down some questions related to them.

2. Practise answering these questions with someone you know, e.g. a friend or another English student.

3. Focus on developing full and coherent answers using ‘OW’, stating your Opinion, then saying Why you think something:

Question: ‘do you think we should prepare better for global pandemics?

Answer: ‘Yes, I think we should certainly be more prepared than the last time….


Reason for answer: ‘…because, in my opinion we could have reduced the spread and the number of deaths with better planning and coordination.

Ask your partner to give differing opinions about one idea. Then you can practise using language of agreement and disagreement.

Remember to state Why you agree/disagree:

‘I disagree because….’
I couldn’t agree more, after all….

CAE Speaking Part 4 – Dictation and Practice

Learn the C1 Advanced Speaking part 4 format and best technique to use while practising your listening, writing, reading, speaking and pronunciation skills at the same time through a dictation exercise.

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CAE Speaking Part 4

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Here is my audiobook which I mentioned in the video above:

c1 or not c1 audiobook


Choose the correct option from a-d for the 6 multiple choice questions below.

  1. With regard to part 4 of the Speaking paper, Cambridgerory says:

a) you should always respond to what your partner says
b) you can respond to what your partner says
c) you cannot respond to what your partner says
d) it is important to respond to every question asked

  1. In part 4, it is a good idea to:

a) agree or disagree with what your partner says
b) show interest in what your partner says
c) only give your opinion when invited by the examiner
d) encourage further conversation

  1. With regard to part 4, Cambridgerory says:

a) the language you use is the most important thing
b) the structure of your answers is not particularly important
c) the arguments you make are important
d) your opinions are not as important as the language and structure of your answers

  1. When practising for this part, you should write questions which are:

a) important to you so you can talk about them easily
b) related to the climate change
c) related to current affairs
d) difficult to answer

  1. Cambridgerory suggests:

a) only practise part 4 with native English speakers
b) never practise part 4 with someone you don’t know
c) there’s no point practising without a teacher
d) practise with different types of people

  1. In part 4, it is important to:

a) ask your partner questions
b) give long answers to each question
c) justify your opinions
d) use lots of phrasal verbs and idioms


1 = b. You might choose d, but it is not specific enough. It is not important to respond to a question asked to your partner, but it is optional to respond to what they say

2 = b.

3 = d.

4 = c.

5 = d.

6 =  c. ‘b’ is subjective, how long is long?

(Remember, in the part 1 of the CAE Reading and Use of English paper, you will face 6 multiple-choice questions in a similar style to the ones above).

Your CAE Speaking part 4 answer

      1. Create your own part 4 questions or find some in a sample test.
      2. Make a video in landscape on your mobile answering these questions.
      3. Submit your task to me via my CAE speaking assessment service >>

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