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Listening Lesson – Talking About Exams

by Oli Redman on 15 October, 2014 , No comments

Do you get nervous before an exam? Are you well-organised with your studies, or do you leave everything to the last minute? Listen to two people talking about their exam and learn some useful words and phrases for talking about exams and studying in this free English listening lesson.

Man: So, you feel ready1?

Woman: I think so. I was up all last night cramming2. What about you?

Man: I dunno3. I haven’t done that much revision4, but at least I got a good night’s sleep!

Woman: You are unbelievable5! These are our finals6. Isn’t that important to you?

Man: I think I’ll be fine. Revision never seems to help me much. By the way, did you get your results for the paper7 we did last month?

Woman: What, are they out8 already?

Man: Yeah, they came out on Tuesday. I thought you knew.

Woman: I didn’t. So, what did you get?

Man: 85, not bad.

Woman: You did no work and you got 85 – that’s so unfair!

Man: Yeah, but I messed up9 the paper we did in April, so I need to do well on these.

Woman: Well, looks like people are going in. Good luck!

Man: You too!

  1. The full question is Do you feel ready? In conversation, we often omit “do.”
  2. cramming = when you try to study a lot of material in a very short time
  3. dunno = don’t know (conversational)
  4. revision = when you study for an exam
  5. You are unbelievable! = expresses disbelief and irritation with someone else’s behaviour
  6. finals = the exams you take at the end of your university course
  7. paper = exam
  8. out = available, because someone has released or published something
  9. mess up = do very badly, make a lot of mistakes

True or false?

  1. Your finals are exams you take when you leave school.
  2. If you need to cram before an exam, it means you don’t have much time.
  3. If I say: “You are unbelievable!” this means I admire you.
  4. When you revise something, you study it for the first time.
  5. Another way to say “exam” is “paper.”

Can you complete the sentences with one word?

    1. I feel very rested – I got a good __________ sleep.
    2. When are the results ____________?
    3. I really __________ up the interview – I don’t think they’ll call me.
    4. I was __________ all night watching old films.
    5. – What time are we leaving?

– I ____________. Ask Jan, he’ll tell you.

  1. False – you take finals before you leave university.
  2. True – cramming isn’t a healthy way to study.
  3. False – if I say this, I mean that I am irritated or even shocked by your behaviour.
  4. False – revise is similar to review.
  5. True
  6. night’s
  7. out
  8. messed
  9. up
  10. dunno
Oli RedmanListening Lesson – Talking About Exams