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Oral C Examination

The Oral Examination for MML Part II takes place the week before the start of teaching in the Michaelmas Term of your Part II year. This usually falls during the last week of September or the first week of October.

Students taking the Oral Examination for Tripos 2018, please see here.

Aims and objectives

The examination will consist of a five-minute presentation and a ten-minute conversation between the candidate and the examiners. The subject of the discussion shall usually be the candidate's Year Abroad Project.

During their year abroad candidates are expected to develop their speaking skills in the foreign language to a level that will enable them to present the main points and conclusions of their Year Abroad Project in a short 5 minute summary. Students are also expected to be able to discuss their project with the examiners using the language at the appropriate register with accuracy and precision.

Weighting

The examination is weighted as 60% of an examination paper. The C1 and C2 papers carry 70% each and the three examinations together weigh the same as two full examination papers.

More information:

  • Guidance for students taking the Oral C examination in Michaelmas 2017 (Thursday 28 and Friday 29 September 2017) for Tripos 2018
  • N.B. The Guidance for students taking the Oral C examination in Michaelmas 2018 (Thursday 27 and Friday 28 September 2018) for Tripos 2019 is expected to be pretty much the same as for Tripos 2018, but we will update the page and create a link here in due course.  Students going on their Year Abroad in 2017/18, please make sure that you arrange to return to the UK well in time for the first day of examinations (Thursday, 27 September 2018) as some of you will have your exams on that day and the rest on Friday, 28 September.
  • N.B. The Oral C examinations for those in their Year Abroad in 2018-2019 will take place in Michaelmas 2019 (Thursday 3 and Friday 4 October) for Tripos 2020, and further information on those exams will be uploaded here in due course.  At present, the Guidelines for those examinations are expected to be pretty much as the current ones.  Students should make sure to return to the UK well in time for the first day of the examinations (Thursday, 3 October 2019),, as some of you will have your exams on that day and the rest on Friday, 4 October 2019.
  • Examination regulations
  • Marking criteria
  • Examination reports for the Oral C exams