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.

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


  • 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.


  • 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 ...


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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Kathy 18 March, 2014 - 13:56

Hello everyone ,my name`s Kathy,l`m 15 years ,and l`m from Kurdistan region .l love making new friends ,hanging out with my friends ,physic projects best friends are maria ,roza and Angel .music is my life ..and my favorite singers are helly luv,taylor swift ,avril lavagine,bruno mars ,austin mahone and so many others .my favorite subject is English .

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JoEditor 18 March, 2014 - 15:07

Hi Kathy,
Welcome to LearnEnglish Teens. :)
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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Directioner101 13 October, 2013 - 13:54

Hi guys,my name is Kristina.I'm from Montenegro.I'm 14 years old.I like fashion,art and music.I'm a good student (well I guess).I have learned english since I was 6 ,and I'm pretty good at it!I love discovering new cultures and finding new frineds.

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addloli 4 August, 2013 - 18:35

Hello everyone her , i'm Addloli from libya , a few months ago i started to learn english and i'm still i improved a little not that much and that because i don't have lots of words to use .. ooh this's big problem till i said that i can't improve anymore :( ... i need your advises and show me the best way how i can do it do it do it do it ......... :(

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Jonathan - Coor... 5 August, 2013 - 10:14

Hi addloli. Welcome! I think you've made progress in only a few months. Well, maybe start with some vocabulary. Have you seen our vocabulary games? Choose one you like and try to remember the words. You can write a comment too. Do you have any friends or teachers you can practise talking to? 
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Alex_2013 14 April, 2013 - 08:42

Hi everyone!
Im Alex ,from Ukraine.
I liked this video,becauase it teaches to speak very well in English

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Bora F 12 March, 2013 - 17:03

hi everyone
i am Bora from Albania...i have spoken about myself at my course and i was really good...but i don't like people that say that they are beautiful becouse i think that those people are really disgusting...i like people that are simply..

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Tina - Coordinator 25 April, 2014 - 08:31

Hi Hamza

Welcome to LearnEnglish Teens :)

Have you ever had a speaking exam like this? How long have you been learning English? And do you like it?

Best Wishes, Tina (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Just Era 12 March, 2013 - 15:11

Yes.As for me speaking it's more easy than writing.
Not long ago I at the contest in English I had similar situation.
I had to tell you about myself and then get a ticket and in a minute to tell on this subject. I did'nt know what would be the topic and little worried. But the most difficult was the fact that I told it to FIVE rectors of the university. When I went I was scared but I tried to calm down. I told a little about yourself and then they started to ask me various questions.I pulled out a topic and start to improvise. It lasted about half an hour.
In the end I am glad that I have succeeded. They even smiled at my assertiveness and said that I was well done)

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JoEditor 13 March, 2013 - 11:27

Hi Era,
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IvaParker 26 February, 2013 - 11:58

Hi everybody ! I am Ilva and i am from Albania ..... I like talking about my self but only with the person i know ......

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megisiana 10 February, 2013 - 15:16

this topic is useful for everyone..........because if we don't know to present our self we can't be good in english . AND..
My name is Megisiana (Megi)
I am 13 years old
I am from Albania too .......
In my class when i was 8 year old I used to talk about myself so i could improve my english and its nice because the other ca know you very well..........

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ingrida 7 February, 2013 - 20:07

My name is Ingrida
Iam 13 years old
Iam from Albania
and I like studying and I hope that in the future to become someone in life

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