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  • Hello. This is Jack from, and this is Ask Jack.

  • The free series where I answer your questions about learning English and the English language.

  • In this episode, I'm going to talk about speaking exams. So, here is the question for today:

  • Gema from Spain asks, "How can I prepare for an English speaking exam?"

  • Fantastic question Gema. Now, I remember taking speaking exams back in school, and this was for French.

  • Things were very different back then, but I still felt really nervous about it.

  • Because you're speaking in a foreign language, and people are assessing you, so it is quite nerve-wracking, this experience.

  • To go into an exam and to have to speak.

  • So, there are lots of things that you can do to prepare for this exam.

  • To help you feel less nervous and to help you get a better mark in the speaking section of your exam.

  • The first thing to know is that there are different types of speaking exams.

  • So, it's really important that you research exactly what you're going to do in this exam.

  • For example, you might be in the room with one (other) person. You might be in the room with more than one person.

  • Or, you might be speaking into a computer.

  • So, knowing exactly what you have to do in the exam will help you prepare for it.

  • Additionally, research the questions that have been asked in this exam before.

  • So, do the search for the exam and then, type in, "speaking examples" or "speaking questions / common questions," and then you'll be able to find the type of questions that are usually asked in these exams.

  • That will help you prepare for the questions you are going to receive.

  • It's also important to work on your speaking in general. Because there is only so much you can do with the questions you're going to get.

  • So, work on your pronunciation. Work on your speaking in general.

  • Do things like repeating after native speakers; listening to your answers and evaluating yourself.

  • And do the things that I always talk about to help you make progress with your speaking and your English in general.

  • So, get as much practice as you can before you go into the exam.

  • And don't just concentrate on the questions, but concentrate on your English in general.

  • The last tip I have for you is to get feedback on your speaking.

  • So, work with someone who knows the exam you are going to take. And, ask them to do a trial exam with you.

  • They can ask you questions, you can answer, and then this teacher is going to give you feedback on what you need to improve.

  • They can tell you what level you currently have and they can tell you what things you need to work on for the exam.

  • It's all about practice, practice, practice, but get that feedback as well.

  • That is really going to help you.

  • If you are taking an exam in the near future, then take my advice from this video and take action.

  • And, I've created a free download for you that goes through these tips, and also, gives you some bonus tips too.

  • So click the link to download that. It's also in the description.

  • Thank you for watching this video, and I'll see you next time!

Hello. This is Jack from, and this is Ask Jack.

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Tips for English Speaking Exams (IELTS, TOEFL, FCE, CAE)

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