The National Chinese Oral Exam is drawing near! Do you feel ill-prepared or nervous about sitting for the exam? Jocelyn will be sharing some tips to help boost your confidence in tackling the examiners’ questions!
HOW WILL WE BE TESTED? 考查方式
Let’s look at the Chinese oral examination format and marks distribution.
Chinese Oral Examination (O Level)
Reading – 10 marks (5% of overall)
Conversation – 40 marks (20% of overall)
With 10 minutes of preparation time, it is important for us to manage our pace and time allocation well. Looking at the marks allocation, we should spend more time on the video/conversation component of the exam.
READING TECHNIQUES 朗读技巧
1. PREPARATION 准备过程
Read the passage once through and familiarize yourself with the content. Try to identify the words that you’re unfamiliar with and make a mental note. Spend around 2 minutes for this component.
2. PRONUNCIATION VS FLOW 读音 VS 流利度
Don’t expect a miracle to happen in the span of few minutes. If you do not know how to pronounce some of the different words, chances are that you would still stumble by the end of the examination. Therefore, instead of fumbling at these words, try to guess their pronunciation and stick with it. Focus on the flow of your reading instead of the pronunciation. Not only will this improve your flow of reading, it will also boost your confidence as you read without random pauses.
CONVERSATIONAL SKILLS 会话技巧
1. STRUCTURE YOUR ANSWERS 答题时注意结构
Boost your confidence level by falling back on familiar structures that you have learnt over the last 4-5 years. At Jocelyn Chinese, we train students to structure answers using the PEEL and SPEAK format.
2. IMPORTANCE OF CITING EXAMPLES 结合真实例子阐述观点
Other than stating your point of view directly, do cite examples to relate the topic to your daily lives. Feel free to share your feelings about the topic. This will ensure the quality of your answer and also help you convey your point in a clearer manner.
Answer (1): 有，我和家人曾经一起骑过脚踏车。我觉得骑脚车可以让我们保持身体健康，也可以让我和家人变得更亲密。
Answer (2): 我和家人曾到住家附近的公园去骑脚踏车。那天，我和爸爸妈妈租借了几辆脚踏车，在公园沿着脚车专用道边骑边聊天。这个过程中，我发现自己跟父母能够愉快地交谈，也可以跟他们分享生活中的大小事。我认为，骑脚踏车这样的活动不仅是个不错的运动，也可以增进家人之间的感情。以后有机会，我希望能经常跟家人一起去脚踏车。
Do elaborate on your answers by sharing more details (5W1H).
Compare Answer (1) and Answer (2), both answers included examples and their opinions. However, Answer (2) gave more details and therefore offered a clearer picture of the point of view.
At Jocelyn Chinese Tuition, we offer strategies and technique to help you craft detailed answers during the examination.
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TACKLING THE ORAL EXAMS?
To better equip yourself with useful and powerful oral exam skills, sign up at Jocelyn Chinese Tuition today! (Oral exam workshops are also held during June Holidays to prepare graduating students by analyzing past years questions and discussing different exam topics. Do keep a lookout for that!)