How to Succeed
Before the Interview
- Review the oral rating scale so that you know what the examiner will be checking for.
During the Interview
beforehand by having a friend or colleague interview you with questions
found on our recommended websites or other resources. You may want to record this and have a native English speaker
to it with you to identify ways that you could have answered more
- Relax. You are not expected to be
perfect - just to be fluent enough to function easily in an English
Try to give more than a 3 word answer to each question. The
examiner wants to hear you talk more than the interviewer. The
examiner cannot easily give you a score if you only say 'yes' and 'no'.
- Speak slowly, audibly and clearly.
If you tend to speak fast when you're nervous, try to speak
slower. You'll be understood bettter. If you usually have a
soft voice, make an effort to speak louder. It's impossible for
an examiner to give you a score if s/he can't hear you.
- Don't say your name. To be fair to all test candidates, you are not allowed to say your name during the interview.
- Feel free to take control of the conversation.
Interviewers have been advised to avoid talking about politics or
other sensitive topics - but have not been given exact questions to
ask. Thus, the content is not as important as your appearing
'fluent' - and a fluent conversationalist sometimes changes the
subject. For example, especially if it's related to the question
asked, you can follow with "You know, that reminds me of...", or
"Have your heard about....?". You might also want to bring
a prop to the interview. For example, if you put a book or
other interesting item on the table in front of you, it's very possible
that theinterviewer will ask you about it - or perhaps you can find a way to bring it into the conversation.
memorize - or give a lecture.
Remember that this is meant to be a conversation, not a
of you reading, saying something you memorized or giving a lecture to
interviewer. Experienced examiners can hear it if you do this - and it tends to lower your score.