10 Important things about IELTS Speaking
If you are preparing for the IELTS exam, you must have understood that speaking part of the IELTS is really crucial. This is the part where most of the students face problems. If you want to have a good overall IELTS Band then you must have a good Speaking Score. In this article, you will know about important things about IELTS Speaking.
IELTS Speaking section is really crucial for getting a good overall band score.
IELTS Speaking Part – Important things about IELTS Speaking
Speaking part is the last part of the IELTS exam. This is also the part which happens in a separate date or can happen on the same date but it’s not computerized. It’s conducted with an IELTS examiner.
There are 3 parts of the IELTS Listening
The Speaking section of the IELTS Academic is composed of 3 parts:
The Speaking section of the IELTS Academic evaluates your oral comprehension and your coherence, fluidity, vocabulary, and pronunciation.
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Part 1 – Introduction and Interview – The examiner will ask you general questions (family, work or studies, hobbies, interests) for 4 to 5 minutes.
Part 2 – Individual Long Turn – The examiner will give you a task card asking you to talk about a specific subject and to include certain points. You have 1 minute to prepare a talk of about 2 minutes.
Part 3 – Two-way Discussion – You will speak with the examiner about a more abstract and general problem, linked to Part 2 and lasting 4 to 5 minutes.
10 things you should know about IELTS Speaking Section
1. IELTS Speaking test is live (not conducted on a computer) –
It makes the test challenging and a better exam to test your ability with real persons. It’s conducted by an expert IELTS examiner certified by the British Council or Cambridge.
2. IELTS Speaking is all about communication –
Learning to communicate in English is more vital than learning exam tricks.
3. The speaking test is recorded (only audio) –
The test is remarked when you request, it allows performance monitoring for the examiner.
4. The test is an interview (not a conversation) –
Don’t try to expect a conversation. IELTS exam is all about giving answers to questions, rather than interacting.
5. The examiner is not always polite. He/she may interrupt you sometimes.
They are required to answer a variety of questions in an hour. It has nothing to be done with the quality of answer in this aspect. It’s neither good nor bad.'Important things about IELTS Speaking | Guide for your IELTS success.Click To Tweet
6. You may ask the examiner to repeat a question, but not frequently.
If you didn’t hear the question properly, ask them to repeat the question
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7. You can’t change your topic in part2.
The examiner will not change the topic even if you know nothing about the topic.
8. All three parts of the test are vital
You need to take all three parts in speaking carefully as your score is based on all the 3 parts of speaking.
9. The examiners sometimes make notes (but it may be rare).
Each examiner may have a different perspective. There are no guidelines for the examiners to make notes. They may make a note of your timing or score. Don’t pay attention to any number that you see.
10. Your result is usually decided at the end of the interview
The examiner will never tell you the score. So never try to attempt for it. Just go home and wait for the result
11. IELTS is the same everywhere.
It’s a standardized service that is delivered in the same way everywhere.
IELTS Speaking — what to expect (a Speech)
In the second part of the IELTS speaking test, the examiner gives you a card with a topic and 3–4 questions. This part of the IELTS speaking test is the Speech. It may be called as Cue Card talk. You are given 1 minute to make up for a short speech in your head. If you intend, you may write the main points on paper.
An example from such a cue card may be:-
Explain something you own which is very important to you. You should say:
- where you got it from
- how long you have had it
- what you use it for and explain why it is important to you.
So here you are required to describe things. Does it as well as you can? It is vital that you say something about every question on the card. The best way is to say 2–3 sentences about every bullet. In this way, your speech will take at least one minute- The minimal time you are required to speak.
The best way to practice needs 2 people. Give someone a copy of your card while you practice and start speaking. Ask him/her to mart the bullets you’ve talked about. Then look at how many bullets you’ve been missing in your speech. If you are practising alone, you can record yourself and then listen and check for missing bullets.
Practising with a clock is a very good idea. You need to practice the feeling of “how long 2 minutes take”. When you will speak in front of a real examiner, it is best that you don’t look at your watch and if you have practised enough — you won’t have to.