The speaking part of the test lasts a maximum of 15 minutes, but usually it only lasts for 12. You will also find that this part is conducted on a seperate day from the other 3, therefore make sure you know when and where you are supposed to be and make sure you get there at least 10 minutes before.
The test is divided into 3 sections.
The first is a conversation about general topics such as: your hobbies and interests, your home town, what you do at the weekend or your favourite food. You should answer the questions briefly and provide extra information (see the example on the attached document 1).
In the second part you will be given a card with a topic a three or four questions, which you must answer. You will have 1 minute to prepare and 2 to 3 minutes to speak. As this is a monologue, the examiner will not say a thing.
The last section involves the examiner asking questions that are related to part 2 of the test. You need to give a full answer, meaning that you should provide reasons and explanations.
The examiner will mark you according to the following criteria:
1) fluency and coherence
2) lexical resource
3) grammatical range and accuracy
(for more detail about the criteria, please look at the attached docoment 1)
You will NOT be penalised for opinions or ideas with which the examiner disagrees. You will lose marks if they are not developed sufficiently or if the examiner is unable to understand what you are saying.