The third part of the CAE exam is based on interaction with your partner. You need to focus on developing a simple, yet fluent conversation with your partner, in which, the examiner will assess your ability to “initiate and respond, develop a topic, negotiate an outcome”.


There are some simple things that you can do to make this part of the exam a lot easier:

  1. Practice question formation and ask all types of questions (short, full, negative, question tags)
  2. Context. If you give the situation a context it is much easier to discuss. Make the situation personal and act it out like a role-play.
  3. Hypothetical tenses. Use hypothetical grammar forms (2nd and 3rd conditional, wish, if only) to help develop the content.
  4. Make your points and give reasons for your answers. It is important to use examples like past experiences to reinforce your opinions.
  5. Disagree! At the beginning, it is much easier if you purposely disagree with your partner. See phrases for agreement and disagreement (HERE)

This part of the exam is informal. You can interrupt and use colloquial forms to make your points. Try to relax and enjoy this part of the exam. If it seems like a natural conversation with a friend, it will get a much better grade. This part of the exam is not concerned with accuracy, but interaction and fluency. You want the examiner to think that you speak English on a daily basis and that you enjoy using it.





Example questions:

How difficult can it be to deal with these problematic issues that can affect young people in our society?

  • Bullying
  • Noise in public places
  • Under-age drinking
  • Graffiti
  • Violence


Why would you be motivated to learn a foreign language?

  • Employment opportunities
  • Travel
  • Enjoyment
  • Meet new people
  • Education (grants and scholarships)


As people age their tastes in activities tend to change. If a pensioner were to take up a new activity, what would you suggest?

  • Dance
  • Crafts
  • Interest groups
  • Reading/book group
  • Sports like yoga


Technology has revolutionised the way we communicate over the past decade. What are the advantages and disadvantages of people communicating in these different ways?

  • Face-to-face meeting
  • Giving a lecture
  • Writing a letter
  • Chatting online
  • Using a phone app to send messages


Physical activity is an essential part of staying both physically and mentally healthy. What are the benefits and drawbacks of exercising as part of a group?

  • Motivation
  • Level of activity
  • Collaboration
  • Atmosphere
  • friendship


You have been discussing the issues that most concern young people nowadays. How much would you say that young people care about these different points?

  • Fashion and style
  • The environment
  • Crime
  • Friendships
  • Education and future careers


When people travel they have various different options on offer. How important is it for tourists to do these things before they set off on a journey?

  • Learn a little of the local language
  • Arrange transport and accommodation
  • Book activities
  • Buy a guidebook
  • Learn the history of the place


Physical activity can be a great thing, both mentally and physically. But can it ever turn into something negative?

  • Addiction
  • Injury
  • Loneliness
  • Time consuming
  • Costs


The environmental changes of the past few decades are extremely concerning. How can we as individuals influence others to protect the local area?

  • Set up media campaigns
  • Lead by example
  • Do volunteer work
  • Create environmental workshops for youngsters
  • Write letters to local politicians