Proficiency Speaking Part 3 Practice Questions

The part of the Cambridge Proficiency/CPE speaking exam which most students fear is the one where they have to speak on their own for two minutes.

It is neither easy nor enjoyable. I am a native speaker and a teacher, and even I don't like doing it. However, with practice it does become easier.

To help you do this, do each of the below 5 sample questions. When you do, first give yourself 20 seconds to read and think about the question, then time yourself for 2 minutes while you talk.

Something to remember before you do, you don't have to talk about the 3 things under the question. It is your choice if you do or not.




What influence does intelligence have on what happens in our lives?

  • Work
  • Education
  • Relationships

What should you do when making decisions?

  • Listen to others
  • Trust your instincts
  • Consider the opinions

Is change always a good thing?

  • Type
  • Situation
  • Age

Is it ever acceptable to lie to other people?

  • The reason
  • The topic
  • The impact

What are the advantages and disadvantages of getting advice?

  • Work
  • Education
  • Relationships