Speaking in Public

Develop the confidence to deliver powerful and engaging speeches, as you build the foundations of effective public speaking.
A group of LAMDA learners listening to a leaner speaker

About the Speaking in Public exam

Speaking in Public exams prepare our learners for a task that daunts so many people. Learners write their own speeches, researching the topics, creating visual aids and presenting them from memory (although they can use notecards, if they prefer). 

As they progress through the grades they will develop the ability to speak clearly and project their voice for an audience. They’ll discover the techniques they require to engage an audience and to structure their speech effectively. 

At the higher graders, learners will be asked to create an impromptu speech with minimal preparation. 

LAMDA is recognised to award qualifications on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), in Wales by Qualifications Wales (QiW), and in Northern Ireland by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA). 

Speaking in Public solo exams at Entry Level, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, are now available online. Find out how to book here

Younger pupils gain so much confidence in developing their presentation skills from taking LAMDA exams, especially as many schools now have less focus on these abilities.

Toni Hassan, Principal of The Act II Academy of Performing Arts

What does the exam involve? 

Type of exam: Solo

Time allowance: 10 minutes 

Delivering a prepared speech from memory 

Answering questions about how the speech was prepared 

A conversation with the examiner 

Type of exam: Solo 

Time allowance: 15 minutes 

Delivering a prepared speech from memory 

Answering questions about how the speech was prepared 

A conversation with the examiner 

Type of exam: Solo 

Time allowance: 20 minutes 

Delivering two prepared speeches from memory 

Answering questions about:  

  • the reasoning behind the choice of readings 
  • the research done for each speech 

A conversation with the examiner 

Type of exam: Solo 

Time allowance: 40-45 minutes  

Delivering two prepared speeches from memory 

Delivering one impromptu speech 

Answering questions about:  

  • pauses, emphasis, clarity of speech, variation of tone, inflection, pace, volume and the use of rhetorical questions 
  • visual aids 
  • the techniques required for voice production and projection 
  • effective audience communication 
  • organising material for speeches 
  • matching topics, presentation and word-choice to audiences 
  • different styles of speech 
  • the research undertaken for the prepared speeches 

Requirements

Full details of the requirements, assessment criteria and regulations for each grade can be found in the LAMDA Communication Graded Examinations Syllabus. 

Resources

All our syllabi are available for download, or you can purchase our full range of publications from our online shop.

You will need: 

  • Communication Syllabus from August 2019                                   

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