This section offers you practical advice and language for you to prepare for your speaking exams. The examiner or teacher won’t expect your speaking to be perfect, or for you to know every single word that you need to do the task.

However, if you don’t know all the words you need you should have a plan for what you are going to say to help you in this situation.



What makes you more nervous; listening exams, reading exams or speaking exams?  Tell us why.  


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SnakeV 27 June, 2015 - 18:42

Four skills of English: Listening, speaking, reading and writing. Among four of them I think listening is the most difficult and it is the most important also. For those who want to speak English without being nervous, I think focus all of your time into listening first, once your listening become better the rest of 3 skills will be better too.

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Jonathan - Coor... 20 October, 2015 - 07:07

Hi Wiam. It's difficult to answer your question because this depends on so many things - how much time you study, what languages you already know, whether you have chances to use English in real life, and so on. You can find the number of hours per level on this page from British Council Portugal, but this is just an indication to give you some idea. Don't take it as an absolute fact. So, are you studying now? What level do you want to reach?
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Beatles 12 February, 2015 - 15:59

I love English but for me I think the hardest skill is listening. You are usted to listen to your teacher's accent but when he makes you listen to native speakers in recordings, it turns difficult due to they have their own speaking style and rithm.

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JoEditor 12 February, 2015 - 19:46

Hi Beatles,
Have you tried the exercises in our Listening skills practice section? Have a look and you'll see that there are listening exercises about lots of different topics and at four different levels. Have a go and then let us know what you think. 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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trangg 21 September, 2014 - 04:17

it is easy for me to speak or pronounce separate words but in the speaking exams which contain many words, sentences together i always make mistake to speak, it is so ridiculous but i don't know why. can you tell me how to solve and me make progress. Thanh you

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Rafid_S 10 August, 2014 - 11:04

literally speaking exam makes me nervous. i am confused because of i dont understand what am i telling.I am confuse of right or wrong

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donnastyles 28 August, 2013 - 09:04

Speaking exams make me nervous!! Very nervous!! Well I try to speak English that sounds more British but I can't ahaaa~

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Natalija 21 May, 2013 - 16:23

Listening exams make me the most nervous, because I need to be so concentrated, and if I miss solely one sentence, I can make a mistake. That makes me concerned and anxious. I try to do as much listening tests as possible, and I think I'm improving my level:).

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Jo - Coordinator 25 January, 2013 - 08:24

Hi gayter0203! I agree with you that speaking is nerve-wracking. But the more you practise before the exam, the better you'll feel. Have you read all the tips in theis section? There's lots of ideas to help you. If you're paying attention to pronunciation, you're probably doing a good job with it. Remember, your accent is part of you, and no one expects it to disappear completely. That would be sad. Try reading aloud to practise pronunciation and get used to your English voice!

Joanna (LearnEnglish Teens team)

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gayter0203 25 January, 2013 - 06:09

Definitely it is speaking that makes me nervous. Pronunciation matters a lot. That makes me worried about my grades in speaking exams.

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Ashley_star 4 December, 2012 - 17:49

ı tried to do some accent but when ı did it the person who listened me didin't understand my sentence

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