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How much do you know about the interlocutor?

Key facts about the interlocutor

Before they sit the test, candidates often ask questions about the role of the interlocutor in the Speaking test.

The interlocutor will take the role of the patient, carer or family member of the patient in the role play. Interlocutors are not healthcare professionals. This means they will respond authentically to you during the role play in a similar way to the patients, carers and family members you will communicate with in real life.

Here are some other key facts about the role of the interlocutor:

  • You can ask them questions during the preparation time. For example, if there is anything you do not understand on your role card, you can ask for a definition.
  • They will tell you when to start and stop the role play.
  • If the interlocutor does not understand something you have told them about their treatment, they will ask you for clarification.
  • They may not be a native speaker but will have excellent English and a clear voice that you will find easy to understand.
  • The interlocutor will tell you their name when they welcome you into the test room. You can use this name when starting the role play, you can ask them to repeat their name during the preparation time or, you can ask them their name once the role play has started.
  • They will record the role plays. The recordings are then sent to Melbourne for marking by highly trained assessors. The interlocutor cannot give you any indication of your grade at the end of the Speaking test as they are not trained to do this.

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