Hacking your Oral Exam - Useful Tips

General Tips

  • The night before the exam don't drink any alcohol or too much coffee. Don't smoke weed and don't eat late and get up as early as feels good for you.
  • Make sure you are well on time at the exam venue. Rather wait 30mins in front of the exam center than having to rush there.
  • Learn the following standard phrases:

    • "Das habe ich leider nicht verstanden" = I'm sorry, but I didn't get that.
    • "Könnten Sie das bitte wiederholen?" = Could you repeat that please?
    • "Könnten Sie ein bisschen langsamer sprechen?" = Could you speak a bit slower, please?
    • "Noch einmal bitte." = Once again, please.
    • "Wie heißt das auf Englisch?" = What's that called in English?
  • If you are too nervous and don't have any problem with alcohol, simply drink a tiny (!) portion of Schnaps (non-smelly alcohol) and drink it just before entering the examination room, maybe in the toilet or mix it with a bit of orange juice so no one gets suspicious and it'll taste a lot nicer. Alcohol even in small doeses loosens you up. That's a good thing in an oral exam.

More Tips

    Do NOT use a dictionary. If you don't understand what you have to do, ask your examiner what it means in English. If they don't help you, simply guess.