What to do If You Forget Words in the Speaking Test?

It’s common for you to forget words while you’re speaking to the examiner because you’re scared or you’re nervous. Do not worry! This is like using fillers to take a second for you to think about what you want to convey while you’re normally talking to your friends. So there are other words or expressions that you can use to explain what you mean and your speaking skills to your examiner.

There might be instances when you know what it is but the exact name for it has totally slipped your mind and you might stammer and pause and wonder what it should be called but no matter how hard you try to get that word.

Advanced expressions

Here are some expressions that you can consider using to cover up your nervousness and score a band of 7 or higher.

For instance, if you wanted to use the word (asthma) but you can’t remember the word, then you could probably use “the name of this condition has totally slipped my mind but the person with this condition has breathing problems.”

Another example could be, if you want to say an (owl) but you don’t get the word then you can try saying “it’s a nocturnal bird which has large eyes, flexible neck, and a flat face.”

The other words that you can use when you’re out of words are:

Give me a few seconds please, …

How do I convey it, …

Let me think for a minute, …

Actually, …

You see, …

And instead of using the word “I think” you can probably use phrases such as:

I am convinced that …

It seems to me that…

Personally, I consider…

As far as I am concerned, …

I would like to point out that…

The above-mentioned phrases and words can be your savior at times so you don’t actually know what to speak and you need a minute to think of what you need to talk to the examiner. Stop being nervous and get yourself prepared for such situations and you’ll definitely be able to score well in your speaking test.

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