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CAE Speaking Part 2

CAE Speaking Part 2

Many students think part 2 of the CAE Speaking paper is one of the trickiest parts of the exam. This is because they do not think they can speak about a topic without pausing for 1 minute. After reading and watching the videos on this page, you will know how to do this.

CAE Speaking Part 2 Format

In part 2 you need to talk about 2 pictures from a choice of 3. The examiner tells you to compare the pictures and answer two questions. You will be able to see the two questions above the pictures. You should then talk for 1 minute. You should listen to the other candidate(s) as you will be asked a question about what they say. Your answer to this question should be approximately 30 seconds.

Let's consolidate this information and find out more by watching the next video. Watch till the end and you will see how to get top marks in this part of the exam! Remember you can turn subtitles on in the video settings when the video starts.

CAE Handbook for Teachers - page 83
Book Lessons

CAE Speaking Part 2 - Technique

1. Do not describe what you see in the pictures.

2. Compare the pictures and answer the questions at the same time.

3. Read the first question and answer it with one idea while referring to one picture. Use a linking word and compare the same question with the second picture. Remember to talk about similarities and differences. Repeat the process with the second question.

4. Think of a couple of topics before the exam which you can talk about with reference to many different pictures in many different scenarios. For example: money, social activity, indoor or outdoor activities.

CAE Speaking Part 2 - Memorise Technique

Before we practise part 2, let's first write down the technique to use and let's improve our general English skills at the same time. How can we do that? By watching the dictation video I made below. The dictation is based on part 2 of the Speaking exam ๐Ÿ˜‰

You should write the dictation down here.

If you want to see the answers to the dictation and check your writing, head over to my CAE Use of English part 3 page.


English word families and sentence structures

CAE Speaking Part 2 - Examples

I've helped loads of student pass the CAE speaking paper.

Sometimes I record my lessons.

In the video below, you will see me chatting to CAE student Alex.

You can skip to 1:08 seconds if you don't want to watch my general introduction.

Then you will watch Alex give an example answer for some typical part 2 pictures.

I then give a model answer and a few extra useful tips for the CAE speaking part make sure you watch till the end of the video!

Did you find this video useful? I want to make this website as amazing as possible for you, so please write a comments at the bottom of this page if you would like to see more videos like the one below.

In the next video you will watch Alex answering another example part 2 question with different pictures.

I give her feedback and do a model answer myself, so make sure you watch till the end of the video again and remember to subscribe to my youtube channel and click the bell notification to be notified whenever I make a new video!

If you're bored of my video introductions, skip to 1:07 seconds and watch the video on youtube...don't forget to give it a 'like' ๐Ÿ˜‰

In this next video you will watch another student (Marco) doing a part 2 example. Again, I critique his language and give feedback to help him and you pass this tricky part of the exam.

Skip to 1:26 seconds to ignore my introduction and watch on youtube.

Homework - Your part 2 answer >>

Find 2 photos, take a video and send me your answer(s).

You need to:

    1. Find 3 photos
    2. Send me a video of you answering a part 2 question about the photos (you can create your own question)
    3. Send the photos and the website/document where you found the photos.

If you (1-3) above in one email to, I will try to find time to mark your answers and give feedback!

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CAE Speaking Part 3 - Collaborative Task - You do part 3 in pairs or as a three. On the next page you will learn some great tips to help you pass this part of the exam!

5 thoughts on “CAE Speaking Part 2

    1. That’s correct Silvia! Good example ๐Ÿ™‚
      It’s really good to compare the similarities and differences of the photos in part 2!

  1. Hi, thanks for your useful website and tips. Actually i
    Cannot watch the video. Is it possible for you to write down the video script of your interviews and put its PDF files in your website. I need a written sample of spraking parts for gettig its answer ‘s pattern. Thanks.

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