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HF Exam - oral exam info

The oral exam is only for candidates who have received a mark of "5" on exactly one part of the exam.

Individual tiimes are generally announced at the time of the results for the written exam.

Please do not ask for an alternative time unless you were either:

a) ill at the time of the oral examination, and produce a doctor's note (to Richard Bland) within two weeks


b) studying abroad at the time of the test (or on an internship as part of an official year abroad).

Sorry,  but work experience ("Praktikum") is only allowed as a reason if it is required for your studies. Pre-booked holiday cannot be accepted as a reason.

 If you  cannot take the oral exam for any reason other than sickness or study/ work abroad for your degree, you will receive a ‘5’ (Nicht erschienen)  and  fail the HF exam as a whole. You may actually prefer this, because if you fail the HF exam you can take it again once (twice if the Lektorat approves your application.).

--> You must contact Richard Bland by Email to confirm you will attend, at the latest by Friday March  15th.

-->If you decide not to take the oral exam, it would help us and other students if you would inform us in advance.

 If you have an oral exam, it will count as one quarter of your final exam HF English grade.


The  topics for the oral examination in March 2019  will be:

1. Online shopping should be heavily taxed to help the environment and traditional shops.

2.  The subjects students can choose to study should depend on what subjects they were good at at school.

3. Law makers (e.g. in Parliament, Congress or the Bundestag) should only be elected for one term of office, and no more.

Important General Information on the oral examination

The total length of the exam is 30 minutes. This includes preparation time of about fifteen minutes and fifteen minutes with the examiners. When you arrive, you will be given a text relating to your chosen topic which you can refer to in the exam itself if you wish. However, we advise you to prepare for the topic in advance.

The exam will test the relevance and coherence of what you say, as well as the accuracy and style of your English.

You will have to explain your position on the topic (what do you think?) in a structured way. However, during the exam, the examiners may ask questions which may take you away from your original plan, so you will need to be flexible.

You can bring notes to the exam but you cannot read from a prepared script. Because the exam is about communicating with the examiners, you should not memorize a speech.