Oral Examinations – Reading Aloud
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Oral Examinations – Reading Aloud

Oral examinations are a significant part of our national examinations. Around July and August every year, our teachers and students at PSLE and O levels are busy preparing for these crucial examinations. 

The Oral component contributes 30 marks to the final grade and is divided into 2 parts: 

  1. Reading Aloud
  2. Stimulus-Based Conversation

Here are some useful pointers on the Reading Aloud component.

Reading Aloud

When Reading Aloud, students should focus on being:

  1. Loud – make sure you can be heard
  2. Clear – do not mumble (something we all tend to do when we’re nervous!)
  3. Expressive – convey the emotion of the words or phrases you are reading

This is also called voice projection. You should ensure that you project their voices enough so that you can be heard by the examiner. With the added distance between teacher and students during examinations, the wearing of masks and shields and other precautionary measure to protect against infection, it has become even more important for you to project your voices. Don’t Shout, just speak Loudly.


When we are anxious or unsure, when we are a bundle of nerves, we tend to speak more softly. This is more to protect ourselves. If we have said something off-topic or incorrect, our listener or examiner would not have heard us. Great! Right? Not really 🙂  

No one can accurately predict what topic you will need to speak about or what question will be asked. What you can do at all times is keep your confidence level and speak clearly. That will definitely create a good impression.


On their own, words are just empty. What gives them their “identity” or meaning is the emotion or expression we utter them with. If there is no difference in the tone, then technically, we can use any word we like to express anything we want right? Well, yes – but No! We would all be monotonous beings – yikes!! That’s why I say, please be Expressive. 

The words we usually give more emphasis to are adjectives and adverbs.