Pass English speaking exams with ease!
There are lots of things to overcome to pass an English speaking exam; nerves, the level, the opinion of the examiner. It can be really hard to get a good grade in the speaking exam even if you have the correct level, but there are several things you can do to make it a lot easier and win over the examiner. Here we will give you 5 simple tips to pass the speaking assessment with ease.
The science is behind it! It is proven that if you relax, your ability to speak a foreign language increases. Perhaps this is why people speak better when they drink a little alcohol. If you feel relaxed and confident in your own ability, the exam will go well. So, it is a matter of the more you relax, the easier the exam will be.
A part of the assessment scale is quite subjective, meaning, it is based on personal opinion. If you are kind and approachable, the examiner will like you more. Try to smile and use inviting body language. it is also important to remember that you should be friendly to your speaking partner, it is not a competition, you also want them to do well in the exam so you should encourage them to speak and be nice to them. You want to convince everyone in the room that you are enjoying the experience of the exam, enjoying having a conversation with them and eager to develop your language skills.
Don’t speak too much
It might sound strange, but you can speak too much (especially in part 3 and 4). You want to demonstrate your English level, but without being annoying or discouraging your partner. The best thing to do is to develop your answers, but only give relevant information. Do not just speak for the sake of speaking!
As we have said before, you are not in competition with your speaking partner. You should work together, help each other and encourage each other to do well. In parts 3 and 4 you should ask lots of questions and help in any way you can. if your partner goes blank, for example, help them to continue and to also pass the exam.
Know the assessment
It is clear that if you know how you are being assessed, you can get better grades. The key is to know what the examiner wants to hear and make their job easier. Try reviewing the B1 Preliminary, B2 First and C1 Advanced assessment scales.
Good luck with your speaking exams, we hope you like the post and it helps you on your language learning journey.