Acing that English oral exam

Is your child having trouble with the English oral exam? Several students struggle with it because they are not prepared, but it can be a breeze to ace when you are equipped with the necessary knowledge. Check out our simple tips on how to help your child ace this portion of the English exam!

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The English oral exam is one of those exams that you can score high in if you practice long enough. It’s not something that you’re either born with or born without, in fact, it’s something that you can actually learn over time. Check out our tips on how you can help your child to ace their next English oral exam.

Breakdown of marks

In the PSLE Oral exam, there are three different portions that students will be tested on. The first is reading, second is picture description and third, conversation. The three components are all marked upon 10 for a total possible score of 30 marks.

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Reading

Remember that this is a read aloud section. Enunciate your words by practising during the 10 minutes that you have to study the passage and picture before the examiner calls you in. Take note of all punctuation and make sure that you pause during the appropriate times. Finally, remember that you are not chasing after a train, so pace your reading. This will contribute to a more confident, clear and concise reading.

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Reading helps and is an important part of the preparation process for an English oral exam

Picture description

Start off by giving a general statement about the picture. For example, where the picture takes place or what event does it describe. Next, bring the examiner’s attention to the point of interest in the picture. This is usually the focal point of the picture. Remember to focus your discussion on that point. You should also keep in mind and articulate plausible explanations for the interpretations that you state with regards to the picture. Remember to utilise a wide range of vocabulary and accurate grammatical structure. This is an exam after all. Don’t be shy to give your opinions as well with regards to the events in the picture. This demonstrates critical thinking and will set a great impression in the examiner’s mind. While many students find it difficult to describe enough for this portion of the oral, there are some students who get carried away, causing them to go off track in their discussion.

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The conversation

Guideline to acing this stage include:

  • Maintain eye contact with your examiner
  • Speak in complete sentences
  • Smile and show interest
  • Be confident and natural
  • Share real-life experiences and stories

Let us know if you have found this information useful and what else your children do to prepare for the English oral exam.