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.

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 ...

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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patiair 25 January, 2022 - 00:29

My name is Fer, I was born in september 17th, I am 12 years old.
In my free time I like play basketball and football, I like to draw and listen to music.
I have one sister, her name is Gigi.
My favorite subjects are arts snd ethics.

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Tina - Coordinator 25 January, 2022 - 08:37

Hi Fer,

Thanks for your comments on LearnEnglish Teens. You wrote that you are 12 years old. This website is specially for teenagers aged 13-17 years old. This means we can't publish any more of your comments, but you can still use the website and do the activities :-)
You can also use the LearnEnglish Kids website! This website is for children aged 5-12, so if you join this website, you can also write comments. You can find it here:
www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglishkids 

We hope you have fun learning English with our websites!

Best wishes,
Tina (LearnEnglish Teens team)

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Kalenkhoe 18 August, 2020 - 14:51

Hey,
I'm Jaspreet
I'm almost seventeen and in final year of
school.
I love learning English and my zeal has tripled because it's the last year to learn English so patiently.
My favourite subjects are Economics, Accountany, Business, History and Environmental studies.
I favourite destinations to study further are Taiwan, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia and Scandinavia.
I love to adventure and gardening is core to my heart.

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Kluska 10 November, 2021 - 15:45

Hello! My name's Kostek
I'm seventeen years old and I'm learning English
I like doing sports and playing computer games. I'm from Wroclaw.
i'm usually funny and quaiet
I think I'm very frendlly
I'm really interested in English
I'm into judo and books
I'm learning German at the moment i'm into school
Right now I'm writing at the computer

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AngelLearningEnglish 27 May, 2021 - 02:12

Hello! My name is Ray. I am 14 years old. I am from Tel Aviv. I am enthusiastic about learning English. I am lazy sometimes LOL and I am creative and restless. My favorite subjects are Literature and Science. Nice to meet you Jaspreet :))))))) :*** Bye bye!

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