How do you prepare for an oral examination?

This might sound obvious, but the best way to preapre yourself is by practicing alone. You will have a set number of texts, one of which you will be examined on, so make sure you know a brief analysis and key points for all texts - that way, you'll have at least some idea of what you could say if you were to get it. Actually practice a few of them aloud, just so you get into the habit of speaking within the 10 minute time frame. At the time of the actual examination, remember to stay calm (harder said than done) - you will have 10 minutes to catch your breath and jot down some notes, so make sure that you use that time efficiently. Bring with you highlighters or pens of different colours that you can use to underscore particular sections of the text. The best way to approach the oral analysis is by seeing it as a spoken essay: have a clear introduction outlining what you'll be describing, and go through each point coherently, concluding with an overall analysis. 

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