Choosing speaking partner to be discontinued
We would like to inform you of an important update regarding our speaking partner service for the Cambridge exams' speaking component (A2 Key, B1 Preliminary, B2 First, C1 Advanced). Starting from September 2023, we have made the decision to discontinue this service. As a result, candidates will no longer have the option to choose their speaking partner during the registration process, and centers will no longer be able to send us pairs or request changes to speaking times.
This decision was not taken lightly but was driven by several factors that have had a significant impact on the efficiency and fairness of the examination process. One of the main issues we faced was the constant changing of speaking partners by both candidates and schools. This led to last-minute adjustments in the exam schedule, causing delays and inconveniences for all involved parties.
Furthermore, we have taken into consideration the feedback we received from candidates and schools who experienced negative emotions and added stress when their partner was absent or late for the speaking component. Our aim is not only to prepare candidates for the exam but also to equip them with skills that are valuable in their professional and personal lives. It is essential for them to be able to communicate effectively and confidently with anyone, regardless of their partner's proficiency level.
We understand that some of you have been preparing candidates in pairs for the speaking component, and we recognize the benefits this approach may have offered. However, we firmly believe that the discontinuation of the speaking partner service will ultimately lead to a fairer and more standardized examination process for all candidates. By removing the option to choose partners, we aim to create a level playing field where each candidate's speaking abilities can be objectively assessed.
We sincerely appreciate your support and understanding in this matter. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our customer support team. We remain committed to providing you with high-quality examination services and look forward to your continued collaboration.