10 TOP TIPS FOR THE ORAL EXAM
Tips for the Oral Exam
- Remember that this is a conversation and not an interview. The examiner is trained to a very high level, and is there to help you reach your highest potential.
- Marks are awarded for Structure, Communication, Vocabulary and pronunciation.
- Structure applies to how you use your tenses. Using pronouns and the subjunctive is very important to gain maximum points.
- Communication is how you present yourself. Smile at the examiner, keep eye contact and show a willingness to answer.
- Vocabulary is really how you phrase your responses. It is not good advice to use slang terms too much. Rich vocabulary is all about using a different way to say something.
- Pronunciation is very important and accounts for 20% of the exam. I would advise that you listen to French radio and record yourself to perfect your accent.
- Try to stand out from the rest of the candidates. The material that is used by French Notes is completely different to what you will find elsewhere.
- Remember that though the oral is a daunting prospect, it is a lot easier than people would have you believe. The examiner knows that French is not spoken in most classrooms. They realise that students find it difficult to naturally speak French, so do not worry!
- A document is a very good idea if it is well done and you know your subject matter comprehensively.
- All the information for the Oral component can be used in the written section also.
Our website has a wealth of useful revision notes for both Junior & Senior level French. Here you will find an example of a diary entry.