There are some easy ways to help you get the best score possible in your IELTS speaking test. In my blog this week we are going to look at some of them.
What are examiners looking for in the speaking part?
- fluency- speaking without hesitation
- coherence-making sense
- grammatical accuracy-you can use a range of ways to express your ideas
- lexical resource- you can use a wide range of vocabulary on all the topics
- pronunciation- you can be easily understood
You can choose to take the general or academic test for IELT's. But the speaking part is the same for both. There are 3 parts to the speaking test:
1. Introduction and general questions. ( 4-5 minutes)
2.Task card- asks you about a particular topic. ( 3-4 minutes)
3. More questions related to the topic on the task card. (4-5 minutes)
The speaking part of the test lasts for 11-14 minutes.
Here are my top tips for speaking in the IELTS exam:
- Explain your answers by giving reasons why. EG I like my city because there is a wide choice of things to do here.
- Ask for clarification. EG Sorry, could you say the question again, please?
- Develop your answers. Give full relevant information. EG I'm from Buenos Aires. It's the capital of Argentina and also the largest city in the country. It has a lot of history and is famous for having a rich culture. I really like living here.
- Express your opinions. EG I prefer watching TV when I come home from work. I'm usually quite tired so I feel like relaxing. I find sitting with my family in the living room watching TV is relaxing because we watch TV and chat together. This is a good way unwind.
- Always expand your answers to simple yes or no answers. EG Question: Do you like watching films? Answer: Yes, I love watching films. I go to the cinema once a week and really enjoy all different types of movies. Especially science-fiction.
- Always use the 1 minute to prepare and make notes of the points you would like to talk about in PART 2. Ideally 3 points for each question on the task card.
- Use the task card to structure what you want to say. It will give you with a simple beginning, middle and end structure.
- Begin by telling the examiner what you're going to talk about, so that they know what to expect. EG I'm going to talk about........
- Always try and speak about a real experience as much as possible, as this is easier than trying to make something up.
- If you can't remember a word try to paraphrase.
- Stay calm! If you get confused, STOP. Then start again. EG Sorry, let me start again.
Try talking about a topic for one minute and record yourself here
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