IELTS – SPEAKING
IELTS exam is specifically designed to assess learners’ ability to speak in English language. It is a language proficiency test recognised by all English Speaking Countries. So if you want to study abroad, work abroad or migrate to either of the English speaking countries, you MUST achieve certain scores in IELTS first. You can find more details on the IELTS Test here
Speaking is one of the modules of the IELTS test. It is designed to test the candidates’ ability to communicate in English.
Speaking Test Setting:
The test usually lasts for 10 to 14 minutes. It is one on one basis. The conversation remains between the examiner and the test-taker. It will be recorded. Candidates are required to carry their original passports. They will be supplied with necessary stationery and water bottle at the centres itself. The Examiners are qualified personnel and they ensure to make candidate feel comfortable and relaxed before and during the test.
Speaking Test Design:
The IELTS speaking test is designed to assess candidates’ ability to speak, understand and interpret English language. The test is usually divided into three sections.
IELTS Speaking Test – Section 1
Initial conversation is an introductory one. It is usually the examiner and the candidate greeting each other. Examiner request for the test-takers’ passport for verification. The test begins with basis questions like:
‘Please confirm your full name for me’
‘Tell me about yourself’ (OR) ‘Where do you come from’?’ (OR) ‘Tell me more about the place you come from’. The test level is quiet basic at this stage. This is a two-way communication between examiner and the speaker.
IELTS Speaking Test – Section 2
Section 2 of the test is also the cue card part. It is one sided communication as only the test-taker will speak. The examiner will give the test-taker a card. It will have a situation with three questions under it. The test-taker will be asked to speak on this for a minute. The examiner will also provide a paper and pencil to do some preparation before commencing. Test-takers will be allowed some time to prepare for the same.
Once the speaker confirms to be ready, examiner sets a timer and allows the speaker to speak. This is a point where one could feel very anxious. This is because the given topic could be very basic and unanticipated. Topic in this section are usually very general. If you would like to know more on such topics or prepare for this, please feel free to discuss.
The examiner would intimate you of the time run at the end.
IELTS Speaking Test– Section 3
The last section of the test is a challenging one. This is again a two way dialogue between test-taker and the examiner. It is a section where the candidates will be required to get in a discussion or debate with the examiner. The topics could be social, economic or employment related or something at larger level beyond the test-taker. This might last between 2 to 3 minutes.
This would be the end of your speaking test. To get more tips and ideas on IELTS speaking, you can find them here.
Speaking Test Do’s and Don’ts:
A lot of people try to revise a list of vocabulary or mimic the videos uploaded of real speaking tests. We present below a list of guide on Do’s and Don’ts with an aim to help the potential test-takers.
NEVER try to mug up or memorise. Spoken English comes with practice. Speak to someone, who can give you good practice in a natural way.
Do not judge your own potentials. IELTS speaking is about your confidence and English levels.
Avoid remaining silent or making irrelevant answers if you don’t understand the question.
Do not exhibit postures of nervousness.
Refrain from using words or expressions which you are not sure of what they mean.
Do not leave practice to last minute
Always get idea on topics and nature of test.
Always record your own communication. Mirror-practising will help you analyse your own-self.
Always feel free to seek excuse and clarification from the examiner, if you feel you do not understand them. You have rights to do it.
Always start off with a ‘can-do’ attitude.
Always maintain a healthy posture. Eye to eye contact, Smiling face, straight upright position can make your presentable.
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