THE FCE BLOG by Claudia Ceraso

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


FCE Oral Test: Top FAQs

How long does the interview last?

About 14 minutes

Will I be paired with someone I know from my class?

Generally not.

If my exam partner is nervous and makes mistakes in the dialogue in Part 3, will that lower my marks?

Candidates are assessed on an individual performance basis.

How many people will there be in the examination room?

Two oral examiners: interlocutor and assessor. There may be a couple of exceptions to this. On the one hand, no candidate sits for the exam alone; therefore, when the number of students is not even, there will be one interview with three candidates. On the other hand, there are team leaders who are supposed to audit the job of the examiners from time to time. If a team leader were present during your exam session, remember that they will only be evaluating the examiner’s job, not your oral performance.

Where can I see a script with the interlocutor’s questions and sample answers from students?


You will also find a brief description of the oral exam parts, useful language phrases, typical topics to be ready to talk about and a full script with colour pictures. Quite complete.

Thank you. That is the end of the test, I mean, post!

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