I attended the LAMDA public speaking examination (Grade 6) last week. LAMDA public speaking exams are designed to develop the skills necessary for effective oral communication and public presentation.

The Grade 6 exam includes two main speeches: firstly, a contemporary issue and secondly, one is a topic that you would like to talk about. Both of the speeches can be pre-prepared, with cue cards and visual aids, like PowerPoint, and each one needs to be about 4 minute long. Another test of the exam is an impromptu speech. The examiner provides three random topics; we need to choose one and deliver a speech within 3 minutes. You are allowed to prepare by using cue cards for 15 minutes. The last part consists of three specific questions that you also can prepare for. But one of the questions needs to use technical vocabulary like diaphragm or pharynx, etc.

During the preparation, my teacher, Miss Russell, explained everything that was required for the exam, including drafts for both our speeches and specific questions, and helped practice our impromptu speech.

The topics that I picked were deforestation (contemporary issue) and forced hobby (self-defined).

I was nervous at first, but when I started my impromptu speech, I suddenly went into the emotion of the speech. For the specific questions, I also delivered fluently with all the technical words that I prepared beforehand.

Overall, this experience was great. I love creating and delivering speeches, so I enjoyed the whole exam and preparation process. If I have the chance, I will definitely do it again with higher grades!

Lydia – F5