Exam Skills: 5 tips to help you with speaking exams

Exam Skills: 5 tips to help you with speaking exams

Speaking exams can fill some students with dread. But don’t feel stressed; we have some
top tips to help you. Firstly, you need to be prepared so make sure you practise speaking
as much as possible a long time before the exam day. Check how to pronounce words, learn
some phrases and find out what the examiner is looking for. When the real exam arrives,
examiner, Mark Shea, has some good words of advice… Mark Shea, Examiner
You need to remember that the examiner is not your enemy. It’s the examiner’s responsibility,
in an oral exam, to provide opportunities for the examinees to display their language
proficiency, how good they are at speaking. So the examiner will help you. Rob
So our second top tip to help you with your speaking exam is to remind you that the examiner
is there to help you! They know you’re nervous. But it’s also good to give yourself the best
possible chance as well. Don’t speak too fast – slow down – take a deep breath and speak
clearly. And don’t forget to listen to the questions and if you’re unclear, ask the examiner
for clarification. But to do this effectively, and to show the
examiner how good your speaking skills are, make sure that you comfortably and accurately
use clarification phrases such as “can repeat/rephrase that please?” or “I didn’t quite catch
that, could you repeat or say that a different way please?” Sometimes speaking exams are done in pairs
or groups – don’t let that worry you – be friendly to the other candidate and
maybe even help them with their speaking. Language expert, Karen Adams can explain why… Karen Adams, Language expert
This is because it’s important to interact and show the examiner that you can’t just
speak, but you can actually converse with someone else. Part of your marks will be devoted
to the interaction between you and your partner, so remember to react to what your partner
says and to ask questions if it’s appropriate. Rob
So remember in speaking exams, the emphasis is often on co-operation rather than competition.
If you’re confident and friendly you’ll do well. Good luck!

20 thoughts on “Exam Skills: 5 tips to help you with speaking exams

  1. Thanks BBC. I'm going to take the Toeic exam in this Sep. I'm a bit nervous and stressed now although I know that will be one of the wall to High scores.

  2. I took an English exam roughly two hours ago and I've seen the notification just now. Oh well, nevermind XD

  3. I worked on my speaking I improved my speaking, but my listining is not good enough to understand everything.
    This is the most important to me that I wanna improve my listening but I realy don't know how.

  4. One day i spoke to my dog in English language but i think he didn't Understand 😀😀❤️ but thank you for this useful video now i gonna do some exercise

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