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Speaking Exam Practice
This is the Speaking section of the Cambridge B2 First Exam.
Cambridge: First Year 1
About Lesson


  1. Read through the text before answering the questions to give yourself a sense of what it’s about.
  2. If you are unsure, try to work out which words are incorrect. Use the process of elimination.
  3. If you don’t know the correct answer, make a guess.
  4. In this section, you will need to be familiar with collocations, phrasal verbs, linking words and vocabulary.


  1. Read in English! My students who love to read in English do well on this part of the exam. My students who dislike reading think this part is challenging. Read the news, blog posts, or books just for fun for 10-15mins three times a week.
  2. Don’t spend a lot of time on this part of the test. Take a guess and move on!
  3. Keep lists of phrasal verbs, collocations, and idioms in your notebook and add to them as you learn new ones. Review these lists weekly!
  4. Highlight or circle words before or after the gap like prepositions, verbs, and nouns. These will help you identify phrasal verbs, collocations, and idioms.

Language Focus

  1. Similar words: Trying to distinguish the difference between see, look, watch, and stare? Some questions will look at similar sets of words, so know when to use each!
  2. Phrasal verbs: A phrasal verb is a phrase made of a verb and one or two particles. The particles are prepositions, adverbs, or both. The meaning of the phrasal verb is different from the words alone.
  3. Idioms: An idiom is a group of words that has its own meaning different from the words themselves.
  4. Collocations: A collocation is a set of words that go together.
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