Tips for IELTS Speaking Test

IELTS Speaking test has three parts.  Time allowed for speaking test is 11 to 14 minutes.

Part 1. The examiner interviews you regarding yourself i.e. family, hobbies, interest and studies. This part lasts for three to five minutes.
Part 2. You are given a card having a topic on it. You are given one minute to prepare ideas on the topic. After a minute, you are asked to talk about the topic for one to two minutes.
Part 3. As you complete talking about the topic of Part 2, the examiner starts to ask you some questions about the same topic. This part lasts for three to five minutes.

   Tips for IELTS Speaking test

The tips for IELTS Speaking test are as follows:

  1. Dress well for the interview.
  2. You will be called to the interview-room on your turn. Don’t enter before they call you to the room.
  3. While entering the room, use proper greeting salutations to meet the interview, (e.g. Hello, Hi)
  4. Have a smiling face during the interview. Don’t be too serious.
  5. Have confidence in youself. You confidence should reflect on your face.
  6. Maintain a proper eye contact with the interviewer.
  7. Speak clearly. Utter each word clearly. Your interview will be recorded (in an electronic recorder) for assessment.
  8. Your speaking power will be assessed on the basis of your fluency, usage of a wide range of vocabulary and correct grammatical structure of your sentences.
  9. You will be interviewed about yourself e.g. your interest, studies, hobbies, games, friends, family and so on. Collect some specific ideas and information about those areas. Having proper ideas about these areas are necessary for speaking with continuity. You may be good at speaking English, but if you don’t have ideas about those areas, you may stop during the discussion again and again to think about ideas regarding the asked area.
  10. Your fluency contributes a lot to your high scores in speaking test. Be fluent.  Never stop.
  11. Be responsive to the interviewer during the interview using words (i.e. Well, Yes, No) during the interview.
  12. Speaking on the topic: You are given a card having a topic to speak about. A few hints are also given indicating to elaborate some specific aspects of the topic. The topic is mostly a title for a situation such as ‘The last time I apologized to someone’.  You have to talk on such a title. You are given a minute to prepare some ideas regarding the topic and then you are asked speak on the topic for one to two minutes.
  13. Carry on speaking on the topic unless the interviewer tells you to stop. You may find it difficult to figure out ideas for some topic. In such a case, like for the above topic, you can also narrate a false story about the topic but you have to speak as it is your speaking test. You will be assessed on the basis of what you say, if you do not say anything, your score will be affected adversely. Test last for 11 to 10 minutes in which you have to speak and not stop.
  14. When the test finishes, do say some words for thanking the interviewer e.g. Thank You.

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