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Mastering the Cambridge Movers Speaking Test: Achieve a Perfect Score of 5 Shields

The Cambridge Movers Speaking Test has 4 parts, with completion times ranging from 5-7 minutes. Candidates will perform the Speaking test directly with one examiner. Parents, please help your child understand this test to confidently complete it and achieve the highest possible score!

Before the test begins, the invigilator will explain the test procedure in Vietnamese to the candidates. Then, the invigilator will take the candidates to the examination room to meet the examiner. To ensure fairness for all candidates, the examiner will provide printed test papers, and all candidates will hear the same instructions.

Candidates will go through 4 parts of the Speaking test with the following content and requirements:

1. A1 Movers Speaking test instructions

1.1 Speaking Part 1

  • The examiner greets the candidate and asks for their name and age.
  • The examiner describes the test requirements and shows the candidate 2 pictures that are relatively similar with one difference. The examiner gives an example and suggests that the candidate identify and describe 4 differences.
Speaking Movers Part 1
Speaking Movers Part 1

Suggested review: Describe the differences between the pictures, how to talk about colors, sizes, numbers, positions, appearances, and actions of the people in the pictures.

1.2. Speaking Part 2

  • The examiner shows the candidate 4 pictures arranged to tell a story. Then, the examiner provides the story’s title and the names of the characters and suggests that the candidate describe the remaining 3 pictures to complete the story.
Speaking Movers Part 2
Speaking Movers Part 2

Suggested review: Understanding how to start a story, develop the story’s content, and describe the pictures.

1.3 Speaking Part 3

  • The examiner shows the candidate 4 sets of pictures, each containing 4 pictures. In each set, there are 3 pictures with a common theme and one ‘odd one out’ – a picture different from the others in terms of content. The candidate must identify which picture is the odd one out and explain the reason why. The examiner will provide an example before the candidate’s turn.
Speaking Movers Part 3
Speaking Movers Part 3

Suggested review: Identify the picture that is different from the others and explain why

1.4 Speaking Part 4

  • The examiner asks the candidate some personal questions related to topics like school, weekend activities, friends, and hobbies. If the candidate didn’t hear or understand a question, they can request the examiner to repeat it by saying “Pardon?”
Speaking Movers Part 4
Speaking Movers Part 4

Suggested review: Understand and answer questions about personal information.

2. Analysis of a sample A1 Movers Speaking test

2.1 Sole’s speaking test:

Sole’s speaking test

Part 1: Sole describes 4 differences between the two pictures very well.

“In the first picture, there are three, no, two ducks near the car, but in the second picture, there is a two duck, ducks, are, aren’t, aren’t near the car.” => When describing the differences between the two pictures, she makes some errors but can correct herself. This is highly appreciated.

Part 2: Sole tells the story quite well.

“While John and Holly play, are playing table tennis, the baby is going near the tree, and the dog, the dog looks at the baby.” => Sole demonstrates her ability to describe ongoing actions and uses appropriate vocabulary and structures.

Part 3: Sole points out the difference in each set of pictures.

“This, but the, the first, the third, and the fourth is, eh, are cooking.” => In this part, she performs relatively well, but it would be better if she used “because” instead of “but.”

Part 4: Sole answers the questions fairly well.

She didn’t fully understand the question “Who’s the oldest in your family?” but the examiner helped her by rephrasing it as “Is your Dad the oldest?” and she was able to answer “Yes.” In the Speaking A1 Movers test, candidates can always ask the examiner to repeat or clarify a question if something is unclear. The examiner is willing to rephrase or clarify questions.

Assessment

Speaking Movers
Sole’s Speaking Movers Scorecard

2.2 Giorgia’s Speaking Test:

Giorgia’s Speaking Test

Assessment:

Part 1: Giorgia understands the question and can immediately identify the differences between the two pictures.

‘The duck, in this picture, the duck is in front of a car, but in this picture, the duck is behind the car.’ => She describes the differences using longer, coherent sentences. She performs this part very well.

Part 2: Giorgia describes the story quite well.

‘In this picture, the boy and the girl are playing table tennis, but a dog is watching the baby.’ => She starts well when describing the actions of the characters in the pictures. However, she hesitates a bit when describing pictures 3 and 4, and the examiner asks some prompting questions to help her complete the story. Overall, Giorgia does relatively well in this part, and the examiner’s assistance is not a significant issue.

Part 3: Giorgia correctly identifies the differences.

‘In these pictures, there are a woman, a man, a boy, and a grandmother, but the grandmother is reading a book.’ => She doesn’t immediately state which picture is the ‘odd one out’ but describes what she sees in each picture. This is good, but the differences would be clearer if she said, ‘The grandmother is different because she is reading a book.’ She clearly knows which picture is different and uses appropriate vocabulary.

Part 4: Giorgia understands all the questions the examiner asks and demonstrates an adequate vocabulary to answer.

She provides a complete answer to the first question, ‘In my family, there are 3 people.’ She hesitates a bit when asked who is the oldest family member, but this is not a problem, as sometimes candidates need to think to understand the question before answering. Giorgia performs well in this part.

Assessment:

Speaking Movers
Giorgia’s Speaking Movers Scorecard

3. General tips for candidates in the Speaking test

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  • Remember to say “Hello” and “Goodbye” when entering and leaving the examination room.
  • Don’t worry if there’s something you don’t understand. Just say “Sorry, I don’t understand,” and the examiner will repeat the question or provide an answer.
  • Before telling the story in Part 2, make sure to look at all the pictures first, and then describe each picture in turn.
  • In Part 3, use words like “but” or “because” to explain the differences between the pictures.
  • Be prepared to answer questions about yourself in Part 4, such as “Who do you play with at school?” and “What games do you play at school?”
  • Approach the Speaking A1 Movers test with a positive attitude and enjoy the opportunity to showcase your English speaking abilities.

4. Practice test and suggested answers for achieving a maximum of 5 shields in the Movers speaking test

4.1 Sample questions and suggested answers

4.2 200+ practice Movers exams on the virtual testing platform

The FLYER Virtual English Testing Platform offers over 200+ Cambridge Movers exam practice tests (covering all parts: Listening, Reading & Writing, and Speaking)  to provide your child with preparation for the Cambridge Starters exam.

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  • These exams have been carefully compiled to match the format (up to 90%) following Cambridge’s latest standards. 
  • The automatic scoring system and answer key will help students review and study effectively at home.
  • Interactive exercises and game simulations stimulate children’s brain activity and interest in learning.
  • It offers various fun learning features such as challenges with friends, short practice exercises, and vocabulary reviews.

Moreover, a helpful feature for parents is the Learning Report, which makes it easy to track the progress of their children’s studies. The system automatically stores all test results and uses them to provide feedback on the student’s current proficiency level, strengths, and areas that require improvement. 

More significantly, parents who use FLYER’s virtual testing platform can save up to 80% on their kids’ exam preparation expenses!

Conclusion

So, you now have an understanding of the Movers Speaking test and know how to prepare, as well as the scoring criteria for this test. Learn from the strengths of the sample tests provided and address the weaknesses pointed out by the examiner. We hope that you will prepare thoroughly and experience the Speaking Movers test with the utmost comfort and confidence.

Linh Nguyen
Linh Nguyen
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