Preparing for a big exam can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are techniques that will improve your chances of success if you adhere to them. Here, we have five tips to help you get a great score on DELF.
Tip #1: Anticipate the questions
One method for doing well on an exam is to anticipate the questions that will appear. Knowing what to expect reduces your stress and improves your confidence. A more confident, prepared test-taker is much more likely to do well. Here are some guidelines for anticipating exam questions:
- Check the official website for DELF. It will have detailed information regarding the topics for each level of DELF. These are the topics that you need to become familiar with.
- Look for old tests – you can find these online or in practice books (ask at your local library for DELF books). This will give you material to practice with and let you see what the exam format is and what the tasks actually look like.
- Estimate how much time it takes you to do different tasks when practicing. This will help you manage your time during the actual exam.
Tip #2: Go to the next question if you don’t have the answer
Many students start with question number one and then methodically work through each question. If they encounter a troublesome question, they stick with it until they can figure it out. While determination is an admirable quality in life, on an exam, it is inefficient and a time waster that will lose you points. If you don’t know, move on to the next question and do it. Your goal isn’t to complete every question perfectly (a very unlikely outcome on a language test), but to maximize your points and do as well as you can. You may be good at certain skills and weaker in other areas. Keep this in mind when working on questions and work with your strengths.
Tip #3: Manage your time
For the listening and speaking sections, the time and your responses are guided; however, for reading and writing, you have a document to read or some topic to write about. You have more control over how you spend the time. Make sure you are aware of how much time is passing. Allocate your time according to the amount of points for the question—more points = more time. If questions or tasks are equal in points, then divide your time up evenly i.e. don’t spend 20 minutes on one question if here are four questions and only 40 minutes in which to do them.
Tip #4: Find help
Get outside help. Having someone to help you, will increase your chances of success. Very few people can maintain their motivation and focus on their own. Some things you can do are
- Find a study buddy and meet with them regularly in person or online.
- Let friends and family know what you are doing, so they can motivate and encourage you.
- Sign up for a test preparation class.
- Hire a tutor as a tutor can encourage you and clarify your problems.
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