FCE Speaking Paper: The Key to Success (Step 8)

We are going to continue to look at the fourth and final part of the FCE Speaking paper. In this part, the examiner will be asking you questions based on the topic discussed in Part 3.

If you found that the discussion in Part 3 didn’t go very well, this is the time to make up for it. Make sure that you have a number of good opinion phrases ready:

  • From my point of view, …
  • In my opinion, …
  • I believe that …

When answering, you should try to avoid “I think …” as this is a very basic phrase, use one of the suggested phrases instead. Also, make sure that you have a number of good linkers that you are comfortable using. For instance:

  • Furthermore, I feel…
  • In addition, I also believe …

You could also show that you can see the “other side” of an argument:

  • However, having said that, I feel that maybe …
  • On the other hand, it may not be …

If you are not sure what to answer, you can “buy” yourself some time by asking the examiner to repeat the question (you won’t lose any points for doing so). While the examiner repeats the question, in your head, make the answer.

You can also use the question the examiner asks and repeat it back to give yourself more time. Say the examiner asks: “Would you like to work in a place like this?” You can then answer: “Yes, personally, I would like to work in a place like this.”

You can then continue by saying: “In my opinion, it seems like a very nice place to work. However, having said that, I feel that maybe it is not a place that everybody would like to work in.”

Remember that the answers you give don’t necessarily have to be what your opinions are, they are just phrases you use to show that you know how to give good answers.

This concludes our series on the FCE Speaking paper. We hope you have enjoyed it and wish you all the best on the speaking exam!

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