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What is the difference between the Speaking Test (component 5) for Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (0510 & 0511) and the Speaking and Listening Test (component 5) for Cambridge IGCSE First Language English (0500 & 0522)?

Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language

The Speaking Test for Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (0510 and 0511) requires candidates to respond to an oral test card. Before the test period, we send Centres a range of oral test cards. Each oral test card introduces a topic for discussion between the teacher/examiner and the candidate, and includes prompts for the development of the conversation. The examiner, and not the candidate, selects an appropriate topic for discussion from the oral test cards available. We also send Centres an accompanying set of teacher's notes.

The test consists of:

  • a non-assessed 'warm-up' conversation (approximately 2-3 minutes)
  • time for the candidate to read the test card and prepare a response (approximately 2-3 minutes)
  • the assessed conversation lasting approximately 6-9 minutes.

The test is assessed using the oral assessment criteria in the syllabus. There are ten marks available for each of the following strands:

  • structure
  • vocabulary
  • development and fluency. 

Cambridge IGCSE First Language English

The Speaking and Listening Test for Cambridge IGCSE First Language English (0500 and 0522) requires candidates to prepare an individual task in advance of the test (for example, a presentation, a talk, a speech, a monologue) on a topic of their own choice.

The test consists of:

  • the candidate talking for about 3-4 minutes on this single topic or theme
  • a conversation between the teacher/examiner and the candidate about the candidate's topic or theme for about 6-7 minutes.

We do not send any materials to Centres before the test. All the materials the Centre requires are in the syllabus. The test is assessed using the oral assessment criteria in the syllabus. There are ten marks available for each of the following strands:

  • the individual task
  • speaking in the discussion
  • listening in the discussion.

For more information you can download both syllabuses from our website.

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