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Rob 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


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 downtake 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 ascan repeat/rephrase

that please?” orI didn’t quite catch that, could you repeat or say that a different

way please?”

Sometimes speaking exams are done in pairs or groupsdon'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!

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