This is a very common task at the beginning of a speaking exam. It is something you can prepare at home and practise. If you know what to say, you will feel more relaxed and confident at the start of the exam.

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Here are our top tips for talking about yourself in an exam.

Do:

  • Think about the types of topics and questions you may be asked before the exam. School, family, free time, daily routines and future plans are common topics.
  • Practise answering simple questions about yourself. Work with a friend to practise or record yourself and listen to the recording.
  • Listen carefully to the questions. If you don’t understand the question, ask your teacher to repeat it.
  • Give complete answers in full sentences.
  • Look at the examiner. His/her face may tell you when you’ve said enough and he/she is ready for the next question.

Don’t:

  • Memorise your answers. It’s good to have ideas ready, but it’s better not to memorise long replies to typical questions.
  • Just reply with ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
  • Panic if you are asked an unexpected question. Take a few seconds to think before you answer it.

Here are some examples of things you can say about yourself:

My name’s ...
I’m from ... / I live in ...
I was born in ...
I’m ... years old.
I go to ... school.
I like ... because ...
I don’t like ... because ...
In my free time / After school, I ...
My best friends are ... because ...
My favourite (school subject, actor, pop group, sport) is ... because ...
I have ... brothers and sisters.
In the future, I’d like to ... because ...

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Discussion

Everyone loves talking about themselves! Have you ever had a speaking exam like this? Can you think of any other sentences that might be useful?

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star2005 25 July, 2017 - 18:50

My name’s Ximena
I’m from Mexico
I was born in Orizaba
I go to a Montessori school.
I like the school because I like that I have friends

In my free time I play with my friends. After school I go to my english class.
My best friends are Majo and Miranda, because I like to play with them.
My favorite school subject is math, because is interesting.
I have one brother and 1 sister.
In the future, I’d like to be a graphic designer because I think is interesting.

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Jo - Coordinator 28 July, 2017 - 18:16

Hi Ximena! Welcome to LearnEnglish Teens :) Joanna (LearnEnglish Teens team)

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BerniceCarisa 2 August, 2016 - 13:44

Hello everyone! My name's Bernice. I'm from UAE. I love English ,Science and technology. I'm 15 years old. A few months ago, i started to learn English and i cant speak English very well. But i love English and finding new friend for help.

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mak3114 10 April, 2017 - 16:51

Hi Bernica, I'm also learning English and I would love to learn English with someone else :)
We can be friends if you'd like to

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linhnguyen 3 January, 2017 - 16:21

Hi bernice, My name 's Linh, i'm from Viet Nam,I still study english as well, exactly about 7 months ago. At the first time, when i speak english with foreigner , you know, my heart seem to be broken and felling panic.... And i think we must keep our passion as well as don't be scared and worry.... Of course, day by day step by step, we 'll improve a lot .Okie right?
TRY YOUR BEST!

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cinthiamxc 5 May, 2016 - 00:48

i think they should ask about their age, where do they live and that kind of questions because it´s about themselfes and they only ask for school and what are they interested in.
Saludos teacher Patty ♥

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karlaSweet21 13 November, 2015 - 13:59

Hi guys, to be honest I usually don't have any idea when my teacher ask me this type of question even in my mother lenguage, and I get freak out when my teacher ask me what do you like or what you don't like. I have no idea what I like and what no. hahahaha... but now I 'll practice with your tips, thanks guys

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Haliuna 10 July, 2015 - 12:09

Hi, everybody. My name's HAliuna. I am from Mongolia /asia/. Im 19 years old. A few months ago, i started to learn english and i cant speak english very well. But i love english and finding new friend who are help me.

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JoEditor 10 July, 2015 - 14:21

Hi Haliuna,
LearnEnglish Teens is for 13-17-year-olds to register and to comment on the site. You're very welcome to use all our material on the website but the comments are reserved for learners aged between 13 and 17. If you want to register on the LearnEnglish website www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish and write comments there, you would be very welcome. 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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RomanRM 27 June, 2015 - 08:38

Hey everybody, my name is Roman and I'm from Moldova - a small country situated in the Eastern Europe between Romania and Ukraine. Now I'm 17 and I'm in high-school. English is my first foreign language - therefore I want to attend proficiency in this field.
From the hobbies list I can mention: cycling, IT, books, business, economics(a freakier hobby of mine) and just enjoying the life :). In future I'd like to make a career in finances, namely which job I still can't say. Hope this site will help me strengthen my English skills.

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Jo - Coordinator 27 June, 2015 - 09:10

Hi Roman, Welcome to LearnEnglishTeens! I'm sure the site will help you strengthen your English skills. The more you write and interact with other users, the better your writing will be. Try C1 level materials for reading and listening, and Phrasal verbs videos are super useful for your level. Enjoy!
Joanna (LearnEnglish Teens team)

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AntsofroMada 23 May, 2015 - 11:48

Hi,
My name is Antso, I'm 18 years old, I'm from Madagascar ( an island near Mozambique), I live with my mother. I like Mathematic and Physics. I hate History because it is very hard to learn it. I like to meet new people ( It's the one of reason why I learn english :-))

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Jonathan - Coor... 23 May, 2015 - 11:57

Hi AntsofroMada. Thanks for your comment but I'm afraid this website is specially for teenagers aged 13-17 years old. You're welcome to keep on using LearnEnglish Teens but please do not post any more comments as we must keep this strictly for teenagers to interact with each other. Instead, you can join our LearnEnglish page for adults and post there: www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish
Best wishes :)
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Jonathan - Coor... 28 August, 2017 - 05:47

Hi NourSaleh and welcome :) Yes, feel free to post your comments and questions. 

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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NourSaleh 20 September, 2017 - 15:39

My name is nour
Im 16 years old
I am from palestine
and i wanna improve my english language
My basic language is Arabic
I wanna taking a face to face course in a british Council teaching centre
could you help me to do it??

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AntsofroMada 24 May, 2015 - 05:55

Hi Jonathan, Yes I understand but I was born october 1997 so I said 18 years (because I born on 1997 :-)) and when I went to website for adult they said that I'm 17 years

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Jonathan - Coor... 24 May, 2015 - 06:51

Got it! In that case, please feel free to use our site and comment, until your next birthday when you will be able to join the adult site. Thanks for replying. :) :) :)
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Waterlily 26 March, 2015 - 03:02

Hi,everyone.
I'm Marsiha.
I'm 14 years old.
I'm from Bangladesh.
I have 2 sisters.
I love to read books,especially detective stories.I also love to watch english movies(but I don't understand everything at all) and travelling.

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jackHuynh 2 March, 2015 - 20:12

Hi everybody
after that i'll introduce myself
today is first day i'm login into web learnenglishteens ,
yes ! first , My name is phương
ok ! i'm 22 years old and i'm come from BacLieu province within Vietnam country, and i had been 3 year learning english at Nguyễn Tất Thành university in Ho Chi Minh City
in free time i usually play guitar and sometime reading book , i'd be happy travel Anywhere ;)) music is my life
nice to meet everybody ))

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Jonathan - Coor... 3 March, 2015 - 05:24

Hi phuong. Nice to meet you. As statd in our House Rules, LearnEnglish Teens is only for people aged 13-17 so I'm afraid we can't publish any of your comments here. However, you are welcome to go to our LearnEnglish page for adults and comment there. I hope you enjoy it. Best wishes,
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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pq1401 6 February, 2015 - 13:26

Hi everybody!
My name is Quynh
I'm from VietNam
Today, I talk about myself
I like reading book of science, watching TV, studying English (but my English is bad at!) and traveling. Thanks to all of them my knowlege can be improved a lot. I can meet new people, and nkow about custom and culture of each place.
I don't like telling lie because it is one of many bad qualities
In my free time I often read book or help my parent with the housework
My favorite novel is Sherlock Holmes and I like reading book of science because it is close to the reality of life. In the future, I want to be a scientist!
P.S: My maxim is:
You can never change your past
But you can change your future Or
Anything is possible.

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TramTruongThi 12 June, 2014 - 11:14

Hi everybody!! My name's Tram
I'm 14 years old
I'm from Vietnam
I love English very much!!!
I hope my Speaking skill will improve soon, i'm very very bad at it!!

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