CAE speaking test – how it’s assessed, and example videos with examiner feedback

Here’s how the CAE speaking test is assessed:

Note the last few pages of that document – it’s the feedback for this speaking test video (Meritxell and Stefan):

Here’s another example of a real speaking test (the students are better here than the previous one!):

And, finally, here’s the feedback for that last video (Dario and Jackie):



Expressions for Discussions and Debates

When you want to state an opinion:


  • In my opinion____
  • I think that_____
  • I feel that______
  • I believe that______
  • It seems to me that________
  • If you ask me_____
  • I’d say that_______
  • The point is________
  • As I see it_______
  • I’d say that______


  • Wouldn’t you say that_______?
  • Don’t you agree that_______?
  • I’d just like to say that______
  • I’d like to point out that_______
When you want someone to repeat or explain:

  • I don’t get what you mean
  • I’m sorry, but I didn’t get your point.
  • Could you give an example?
  • What do you mean (by_____)?
When you want to agree with someone:

  • I think so, too
  • I agree with you
  • You could be right
  • I couldn’t agree more
  • That’s a good point
  • I see what you mean
  • That’s just what I was thinking
  • I agree entirely
  • You know, that’s exactly what I think
When you want to disagree with someone:

  • Yes, but_____
  • I disagree
  • I can’t agree with you there
  • Up to a point, yes, but________
  • Yes, that’s quite true, but_____
  • I’m not sure I quite agree
  • Well, you have a point there, but_____
  • I see what you mean, but________
  • I tend to disagree with you there
Informal disagreement (between people you know very well):

  • You can’t be serious!!
  • Come off it!
  • That’s ridiculous!
When you want to persuade someone:

  • You must admit that___
  • Do you really believe that_____?
  • Don’t you think that______?
  • Don’t you agree that____?

When you want to interrupt someone:

  • Sorry, can I just say…
  • Sorry, can I jump in here?
  • I just wanted to add…
  • Sorry to interrupt, but…

When you want to bide time:

  • Hmm, good question.
  • Let me think about that for a moment.
  • I’ve never thought about that before.
  • I’ve not given that much thought.
  • Well, …

Downloadable version: Debate language.