How to revise for… Languages (French, Spanish, German)

by Maud Millar on November 14, 2018


This week we’ve been putting out posts to help you revise with different types of subjects that you might get stuck on. On Monday we wrote about how to revise for essay subjects, and today we’re going to be tackling another tricky one- how to revise for languages.

Here are a few tips which might help you!


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How to revise… before the exam


For translation

Practise high frequency words and phrases and check carefully that all aspects of the translation have been addressed accurately.


Practice verb conjugation

This will help get meanings across clearly and avoid any ambiguity.


Use audio

Try recording the words and phrases you need onto your phone and listening to them through your headphones while you’re on the bus or going to sleep. This kind of regular saturation gets them into your head without you even really trying!


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In the listening exam


Maximise the 5 minutes’ reading time by:


Reading all the questions carefully, looking at the examples given, as these point out the level of detail required;  highlighting or underlining key words,identifying the questions which have two parts and predicting answers which would make sense.


Make sure you make your final answer clear to the examiners

Write clearly and neatly and use the space provided. If you change your mind about an answer, the final choice must be clearly signalled to the marker and be placed as near as possible to the appropriate space.

Be specific and clear in your answers and do not offer alternatives or additional information.

Do not leave blanks, especially in multiple choice questions- no excuses!

In the writing exam

Mention all of the bullet points and tick them off as you do. You don’t need to write the same amount about each one!


Remember in both the reading and listening papers there are ‘peaks and troughs’, so just because you have found one question really hard it does not mean you will not be able to do the next question. Keep your head up and stay in the game!


In the speaking exam


Use the twelve minutes preparation time effectively

Get some clear concise answers down for the role play, think carefully about how to form your question and what the “!” (unprepared question) could be.


Develop all photo card and general conversation responses fully

One line answers are not enough- if you give an opinion give the other side of the opinion, give reasons for opinions, talk about what others think.


In the General conversation 

Focus on using WHAT YOU KNOW rather than trying to remember big chunks of text, this will help with your marks for spontaneity and fluency.



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