PET Speaking practice coaching

Time allowed – 10-12 minutes

Normally you will do the speaking test with another candidate. The two of you will meet two examiners. One of the examiners will talk to you, the other does not particpate in the conversations.

There are three parts to the speaking test:

Speaking part 1: short questions and answers between you and the examiner

Speaking part 2: look at a visual and discuss it with the other candidate

Speaking part 3: you have a ‘long turn’ to speak about a photograph for one minute

The Speaking section is worth 25% of the total score for the exam.

How to prepare for PET Speaking

  • Read this article explaining how to do well in the speaking exam.
  • Read the instructions carefully before you start each section.
  • Speak as much as you can, with your friends
  • Practise looking at photographs and speaking about them
  • Listen! The more English you listen to the better your will do. Listen to the radio, English language TV, podcasts…

Task response
Addresses the task only partially; the format may be inappropriate in places ReadMore

Expresses a position but the development is not always clear and there may be no conclusions drawn

Presents some main ideas but these are limited and not sufficiently developed; there may be irrelevant detail

Coherence and cohesion
Presents information with some organisation but there may be a lack of overall progression

Makes inadequate, inaccurate or over-use of cohesive devices

May be repetitive because of lack of referencing and substitution
May not write in paragraphs or paragraphing may be inadequate

Lexical resource
Uses a limited range of vocabulary, but this is minimally adequate for the task

May make noticeable errors in spelling and/or word formation that may cause some difficulty for the reader

Grammatical range and accuracy
Uses only a limited range of structures

Attempts complex sentences but these tend to be less accurate than simple sentences

May make frequent grammatical errors and punctuation may be faulty; errors can cause some difficulty for the reader