The best oral exam tips: How to successfully prepare

An oral exam can be more difficult than a written exam because it means that you have to answer immediately instead of taking your time and thinking of an answer.

The best way to prepare for an oral exam in English is by practising speaking. The direct method will help you to improve your speaking and to speak without thinking. This means you think directly in English and you speak directly in English without translating into your own language.

The teacher will guide you and correct your mistakes, whether they be in structure or pronunciation or grammatical. The idea is to focus on speaking, which is why it is a great way to prepare for an oral exam.

You should also think about the questions you might be asked during the exam. You should prepare your answers for these questions. Ask a friend or somebody you know who speaks English to help you with these questions. They can ask you the questions and you answer them. They can then tell you your mistakes and correct them.

You have to practise speaking. Reading books and writing will only teach you the meaning of words. You have to put your English into speaking and practise your fluency. The more you practise, the easier it will get to understand and speak English.

You can also write passages of speech and recite them. You can write the answers to the questions you think might be asked and read them out loud in preparation for the exam. You should do this until you remember the answers very well and then do it without looking at the page.

When you are taking an oral exam, don’t worry too much if you don’t understand something. Try to listen and get the idea of what the person is saying. You won’t understand all the words but if you understand most of them, you can answer the question. If you miss something, ask them to repeat the question. You shouldn’t stop listening to think about what you have missed earlier in the question. Either continue or ask them what they said.

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Glenn H.
Callan Team

Referencias:
. Regader B. ‘5 trucos para evitar los nervios antes de un examen’. Psicología y Mente.
. Nicolás J. 2019. ‘Claves para aprobar un examen de inglés oral’. Callan School of English