CAE Speaking Part 2 sample questions with answers. If you want to print them or save in PDF, click the red icon at the bottom of this page.
Examiner: Here are your pictures. They show people eating. Compare two of the pictures and say why people might be eating in that way and what might they find enjoyable about eating like that?
- Why might people be eating in that way?
- What might they find enjoyable about eating like that?
Candidate A: I’d like to talk about the two photos at the top. The left one shows a family of three drinking tea and enjoying something that looks like pastry. They might have decided to do that to spend some quality time with each other, maybe they have just finished their main course. The young couple in the other picture are sitting on the floor, enjoying their pancakes with some syrup – I guess they decided not to sit at the table because it is more romantic that way. Or maybe they don’t have any furniture!
Both are similar in the way that they are probably enjoying the company more than the meal. The social aspects seems to be of paramount importance in the two situations here.
Short-turn question: In which picture do people enjoy their food the most?
Candidate B: Without a doubt, it’s the kid with chocolate spread from the bottom picture! Just look at him – he is radiant with joy, helping himself to this delicious treat.
Examiner: Here are the pictures, in which you can see people camping. Compare two of the pictures and say how experienced might people be at camping and how difficult might it be for them to reach their destination?
- How experienced might the people be at camping?
- How difficult might it be for them to reach their destination?
Candidate B: I’m going to talk about the bottom picture and the one on the right. In the right photo the man is unfolding what seems to be a tent, getting ready to pitch it. It’s hard to tell how experienced he might be, but he looks well-equipped. The bottom picture with a couple of young people and a white SUV shows seasoned campers, who have taking everything they could to their field trip, they seem to have planned for every eventuality.
The person from the top right picture might find it rather challenging to reach his destination as his backpack looks really heavy. He also has to carry the tent and many other things. Conversely, the people from the other photo shouldn’t have any problems getting wherever they are headed – after all, they have a car, and with a car you can go anywhere you want.
Short-turn question: Which camping trip might be the most challenging?
Candidate A: I’d say it’s the trip shown in the top right photo. The people seem to have gone pretty far from civilisation, and they are walking, which means that they will probably have to walk back as options like bus or train are unlikely to be available.
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