Here's 4 tips to help you succeed in oral exams:
Like any other test, the key to acing an oral exam is preparation. Spend adequate time studying for your oral exam. Be thoroughly knowledgeable about the subject you will be tested on. During your preparation, practice answering any question your teacher could possibilty test you on.
2) Give a good first impression:
Your oral exam begins the moment you walk in the door. Enter the room with smile, look interested, pay attention to your instructor and introduce yourself. Make sure to look and act professional. Dress appropriate for the type of oral exam you're taking and make sure to turn off your cellphone.
3) Don't forget to listen:
Oral exams are all about talking, right? No! Oral exams are about intelligent listening and intelligent talking. Make sure to listen, pay attention and stay focused throughout the entire exam. Listen attentively to questions and follow instructions given. If a question is unclear, ask your teacher for clarification. If you don't know the answer, say so but be direct and stay on topic.
4) Don't ramble:
Rambling is one of the last things you want to do while taking an oral exam. If you don't know the answer to a question, say so, then outline a methodology you'd use to find the answer or solve the problem. Be direct, stay on top, answer questions thoroughly, but concisely, and don't ramble.
Also, avoid mumbling or speaking in a monotone voice. Do not rush through the test and alter your voice tone. Practice speaking before the test.