Here are some points that you should remember during your Oral Examination:
1) Don’t rush through the reading.
2) Pronounce end-tones clearly. Questions (end with a higher pitch). Sentences (end with a lower pitch). Pronounce -d, -ed, -en, -t, -th, -s, -es clearly in your sentences.
3) Do not bring up the reading passage as you read. This is for students who are nervous- the tremors from your trembling hands will move up the page and become quite apparent to the examiners.
4) Speak confidently. Maintain eye contact and do so respectfully – do not stare! As a general rule, maintain 2-3 seconds of eye contact is sufficient.
5) Always support opinions with good reasons.
6) Be truthful with your responses. It is hard to sustain a conversation if you start with untruths.
7) Show initiative by giving ideas. 8) Be relaxed – do deep breathing.
Lastly, many students are nervous about the PSLE Oral Exam because the examiners are not their school teachers whom they are familiar with. BUT they are also trained teachers, so they are empathetic towards your child’s anxiety. Remember that the examiners are there to give your child marks, but you MUST first give them the reasons to do so! All the best! :)