Taking an exam is always a daunting time. But this feeling of dread can me amplified when you’re taking an exam in a second language. Many get stressed and this only damages their confidence and actually makes them perform below their ability.
If you want to do well in an exam there are a few things that you can do to ensure success. Even if feel that you don’t know very much of a language, maybe you’re studying A1.1 or A1.2, you’ll on be tested on the basics of a language. Many people think that because they cannot yet speak fluently that their learning is somehow impaired of failing, but you’ll only be expected to recognize basic vocabulary and grammar constructions. Keep in mind your level and remember that you’ll only be tested on what you’re supposed to know, which most of the time is a lot less than people think.
When revising and preparing for a test remember that you’ll only be tested on previous units. To some extent, a test is cumulative but, by and large, you’re being tested on what you have learned recently. This is important to remember when trying to streamline your revision. You can’t go over everything, nor are you expected to do so.
While exams are a part of language learn that everybody has to endure, and they can be useful in determining your appropriate level, often they don’t reflect your actual fluency and ability. There are many people who can prep well for an exam but in real world scenarios are not so capable. There are also many people who find the exam situation stressful and struggle with grammar but can converse in the language very well. Therefore, it is crucial to remember that you are learning a language to use it, not to pass exams, and one shouldn’t focus or worry about them too much.