The oral test is usually the most stressful among candidates in any DELE exam. Apart from the oral skills in Spanish required by each level, it is important to know well what we are facing in order to reduce anxiety and perform at the maximum. From DELE with AIL we want to dedicate some articles to explain the keys to the success of the most feared test, we start with one of the most demanded levels, the DELE exam of level B2.
1. Structure of the DELE B2 oral test:
Test 4 of the B2 exam corresponds to the oral test and consists of 3 tasks. Following the latest changes carried out by the Instituto Cervantes, the tasks alternate between the candidate’s monologue and the interaction and dialogue with the interviewer. The test lasts 20 minutes plus the previous 20 minutes of preparation (only tasks 1 and 2 are prepared).
2. Themes of the DELE B2 oral test:
The thematic focus of the DELE exam is current issues related to the social and human sciences, or science and technology.
In the first section, the topics are education, studies, work environment, social rights and ethical issues. In the second section, the star topics are related to ecology, transport, medical advances and new technologies.
Task 1: Rebutting opinions
The first part of Task 1 should express agreement or disagreement on different opinions expressed on one of the proposed topics. It is possible to comment on 4 of the 5 opinions. The interviewer will not intervene until the candidate has finished his presentation.
We recommend: making a compact and orderly speech, which is NOT improvised or limited only to a succession of explanations. The speech should be as clear and precise as possible and maintain its internal coherence.
In order to refer to each one of the opinions of the topic, we will do it using structures of agreement and disagreement:
- with regard to this opinion, I totally/ partially agree because
- I agree with the position that talks about
- on this opinion, I would like to point out that…
Opinions are not numbered, so we suggest that you refer to each one by pointing it out directly, or summarizing its content: “with respect to the proposal that speaks of…/ about the opinion that proposes…”.
Once the monologue is over, the interviewer will start a conversation on the same topic, which usually focuses on the candidate’s personal experiences and the reality of his country. In the same way, the candidate can be asked to imagine how to solve problems related to the topic, and what his or her proposals would be.
Task 2: Comment on a proposed situation
The candidate receives a picture of a personal or work situation, which should be relatively familiar to him or her. As in the previous task, a coherent monologue should be elaborated, of shorter length (about 2 minutes), in which the situation of the photo should be described and imagined. Some questions are proposed on the same poster that the candidate can use as a guide, without having to answer all of them compulsorily.
We recommend: although this is a task in which we can give free rein to our imagination, the most convenient thing is not to complicate ourselves excessively and to take it to our field, to talk about what we know more and to avoid getting lost.
Again the interviewer will begin a conversation in which he will ask us about some subject related to the described situation.
Task 3: Compare the answers given to a survey on our own.
The last task usually corresponds to the one with the greatest interaction between candidate and interviewer, and also the most dynamic and informal one. In this case, since there is no previous preparation, the candidate is given one minute to read a survey (one chooses between two proposals, by title). At first, we should only respond to the survey with our personal opinion, without giving any justification. Next, on the back of the sheet, we find the same survey with the percentages of the responses given by the Spaniards. Now is the time to comment on what surprised us when we compared those responses with our own.
We recommend: looking first at what we answered and the percentage of people who chose the same option and secondly highlighting what most calls our attention in general: the most chosen option, o the one that almost nobody considered. Remember that this is a task in which spontaneity is valued and our language can be closer to that of a normal conversation.
With these recommendations and a few weeks of preparation, the oral test of the DELE B2 exam must be passed without any major complications. Remember, in 2015 there are many DELE exam dates and you can prepare for the DELE exam with specialized courses.