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English Academy What not to Do Before and During an Oral Exam

It would be completely safe to say that many people fill anxious and uncomfortable taking oral exams. Probably this could be because it first and foremost requires speaking and when one is nervous, one tends to stutter, go blank or talk in a weird and funny pitched voice. Also unlike in writing, you have lesser time to think and you will be looking at someone face to face instead of a piece of paper staring blank at you. Now fear not because oral exams do not bite and it is completely feasible to survive one. On that note below are things which you should never do during an oral exam according to the English Academy.

speaking-test# 1: DO NOT PULL OF AN ALL NIGHTER – Because you will need your mental prowess to be alive and kicking you should never cut on sleep. Get as much rest as you need before the exam itself because you would not want to look like a zombie screaming for brains!

# 2: DO NOT TAKE CAFFEINE – Coffee, soda and sports drinks are some of the items that contain caffeine which can increase anxiety and blood pressure. We would not want any of that. If you insist on taking your usual morning cup then see to it that it’s decaf.

# 3: DO NOT SKIP A MEAL – Eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and if your stomach asks for it some snacks. Many people skip from eating for fear of throwing up which should not be the case. Just see to it that you keep your stomach full but not too full to keep that from happening. Hunger headaches and tummy rumbles do not look good to an examiner.

# 4: DO NOT ARRIVE LATE – Always arrive on time. We do not need to stress more on this because no amount of excuse will suffice for coming in late.

# 5: DO NOT STUTTER AND RAMBLE – If you need time to think, take a graceful pause and make eye contact. Do not look down or anywhere else. This is an indication that you are thinking and any examiner will appreciate this compared to stuttering. Also slow down and do not talk too fast.

# 6: DO NOT USE FILLER WORDS – Avoid using the so called filler words such as actually and obviously as well as the infamous ‘ummm’. These do not add any meaning to your sentences.

# 7: DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK – No one is perfect and chances are the examiner is too. There might be cases where they speak to softly or have uttered their question way too fast or in a way you did not understand. It’s oaky to ask so do so when you have to.