The Oral Exam
The oral exam is not something to get stressed about. It lasts a maximum of fifteen minutes and the questions are reasonably predictable. It's worth 100 marks (25% of the total) so it's worth trying to get as many marks as possible. Here are a few pieces of advice:
- Make sure you prepare un document. This can take the form of a short (one page) project on something related to life in France or a French-speaking country; a photograph somehow connected with France or a French-speaking country; a French poem; the lyrics of a French song; a hotel brochure; a restaurant menu - just about anything with a French connection. Ensure that any text in your document is in French - no English allowed.
- The purpose of the document is to allow you to control the conversation, so prepare it well. Make sure you can speak about your chosen topic for two or three minutes at least.
- The examiner will begin with the general conversation. The most frequently asked questions are in the file below. Download it, print it off and answer the questions. Obviously, these questions cannot cover every area that you could be asked about in an exam. You must decide what extra questions could be prompted by your answers.
- DO NOT LEARN THE ANSWERS OFF BY HEART!
- After the general conversation, the examiner moves on to your 'document'.
- Try to get to grips with the grammar. Get familiar with the vocabulary. Learn to manipulate what you know. Try to improve your accent.