IELTS Speaking

This part of the Website discusses about IELTS Speaking Module. This module has 3 parts apart from the introduction part. All three parts of the test are conducted at a same time by a same examiner in one stretch. The speaking exam is usually scheduled on a separate day away from the rest of the IELTS tests, either 1-3 days before the test or 1-3 days after the test. You are allowed to choose your speaking day according to your convenience.

General Instructions:

  • Carry your passport with you for the IELTS Speaking Test.
  • After all you need not be worried about the time, the examiner is mindful of it.
  • Wish the examiner as you enter the room.
  • Thank the examiner for offering you a seat.
  • Don’t peep in to the marking sheet of the examiner.
  • Thank the examiner when she/he asks you to leave after the test.
  • Don’t be in a hurry to finish your answer.
  • Be cheerful in the test.
  • Offer a firm hand shake, only if the examiner initiates it.
  • Fluency is not speaking fast.
  • Modulate your speech.
  • Rising Intonation at contrast ideas.
  • Falling Intonation at sentence completion.
  • Dilute your strong native accent before the test.
  • Break chunks in sentences using punctuation, prepositions and conjunctions.
  • Stress adjectives.
  • Stress nouns.
  • Stress numbers.
  • Stress important ideas.

IELTS Speaking Introduction:

In this part of the IELTS Speaking Test the test taker is asked about him/herself, his/her home, work or studies and other familiar topics.

Part 1: Ice Breaking Session

  • Be familiar with sounds of questions that begin with ‘WH’ words.
  • Show readiness of speech.
  • Answer to all questions at least within 3 seconds.
  • Don’t answer in one word or gesture or simply respond by nodding your head.
  • Speak complete and full sentences as responses.
  • Make your speech audible enough to the size of the room.

Part 2: Cue Card Session

  • Try and use a bubble chart.
  • Utilise the one minute fully to prepare.
  • Speak continuously for 2 minutes.
  • Know the size of 1 and 2 minutes before test.
  • One minute is a lot of time for preparation, if you don’t panic.
  • Mostly questions are asked from real life experiences and familiar topics.
  • Develop your answers with why, what, when, where, who, which, how.
  • Develop your answer with additional general information and examples.
  • Speak with confidence as if only you know about the topic.

Part 3: Two way discussion session

This part of the IELTS Test demands test takers to have control over a few things in English language Proficiency.

  • Familiarise yourself with questions that have more than 10 words in it.

Most often test takers are asked to respond to a lengthier questions in this part of the speaking test in IELTS. If your questions have more than 10 words in it, it may be difficult for a non-native speaker in English. It is advisable to start listening and reading lengthier sentences and familiarise yourself with them. Unless you understand the question well, you won’t be able to give an appropriate answer.

  • Switch from answering mode to speaking mode.

Anyone with a good cognition would certainly make the difference between answering and speaking. Answering is simply responding to a question in a word or two. In answering mode you need not be very interested in responding to the task, you may just be giving a plain and simple answer to have the task completed. On the other hand, I suggest you to speak instead of answering. When you speak you have the interest to speak to at least develop the attitude to pretend that you have the interest to speak about the particular topic.

  • Start speaking within 3 seconds.

Not responding to a question for a few minutes after the question is posted to you is not a good sign. You are expected to have started the conversation at least within 3 seconds from the moment the question has been asked. This ability to start the answer within 3 seconds shows that you are interested and are welcoming further question from the examiner.

  • Apologise, if you don’t understand the question.

It is quite obvious to remain quite when you don’t understand the question. But this attitude will go against you in the real test. If you don’t understand a question, it is the duty of the test taker to make the examiner understand that you didn’t understand the question. From your silence or gestures the examiner may not be able to make out that you didn’t understand the question.

  • Develop your answer well.

Develop you answers well. In other words, have a lot of things to speak about the topic given to you. Just simple plain formal answer doesn’t allow the examiner to evaluate you knowledge and expertise in the language English. In order to make the examiner feel that you are good at speaking English, you may have to speak a lot. If there are 10 words in the question, make sure you have at least more than 30 words in the response.

  • Stick to the tense.

If you read and comprehend the part 3 speaking question in the practise materials and previous question papers, you will be shocked to notice that IELTS changes the tense of the questions after every question in this part. If the first question in in present tense, it is obvious the second would be past and the third question in future tense. The order in which the tenses are put may vary but it is certain that these list of questions have more than 2 tense to check your ability to switch between tenses between a lengthy conversation.

  • Take Processing time.

Any process takes its own time. Allow some time to think and speak relevantly. Because, as i said earlier, you have to start within 3 seconds, you may not get sufficient time to think and response. But even after starting the answer you can slow down and use some filler lines to keep the examiners ear engaged and keep thinking about the appropriate context in which you may have to answer.

  • Pick the golden bricks.

When a question is posted to you, don’t worry about the length and breadth of the question and don’t try to understand all the words in the question. Pick only the key elements in the question and start speaking. For every question, there may be at least 2 important words that you have to concentrate on. When a dozen brick falls from the sky and there are 2 golden bricks in it, which of these bricks would you try and catch?