Learning the English Language for IELTS
Letts get down to work Speaking Test – Part 1
Let’s get down to work Speaking Test
In the first blog, we talked about how to find and arrange a suitable timetable and lesson plan with your tutor.
In this blog, we want to start with the Speaking part of the IELTS test. For those who are not familiar with the IELTS test, I briefly explain the procedure of the speaking test:
The procedure of the test:
The speaking test is divided into 3 parts and is conducted with 1 examiner and 1 candidate.Section 1: (4-5 min)
This section starts with some general introductory questions. Then followed by some questions on personal information, typical when two people who don’t know each other ask. Here the examiner will follow up with a series of questions of general interest.
Section 2: (3-4 min)
In this section, the examiner will give the candidate a card with a subject and several questions. The candidate has 1 min to make notes and 2 min to talk. This talk is the monologue. Usually, the examiner will follow up with 2 questions about the topic to round up the section.
Section 3: (4-5 min)
This section is allocated to discussion asking the opinion of the candidate on topics generally related to the subject talked about in section 2. Obviously this part is the most demanding part of the test and for this reason, carries the most mark. In a way, the ceiling of a candidate’s score in the speaking section is allocated here.
The sample of Part one questions:
Here are some samples of part one questions:
Can you describe the place where you live?
How long have you lived there?
Who do you live with?
Do you plan to live there for a long time?
Are there any advertisements in your country?
Why do you think there are so many advertisements now?
What are the various places where we see the advertisement?
What part of your day do you like best?
What’s your daily routine?
What is the busiest part of the day for you?
What’s the difference of routine between you and your teenager’s times?
What’s (the name of) your hometown (again)?
Is that a big city or a small place?
Please describe your hometown a little.
How long have you been living there?
Do you like your hometown?
When do you listen to music?
How much time do you spend listening to music every day?
What kinds of music do you like to listen to?
What’s your favorite kind of music?
Have you ever been to a concert before?
Do you like to listen to live music?
How old were you when you started school?
Where did you go to school?
How did you get to school each day?
Tell me something about the school. (Can you describe it?)
Did you enjoy it? (Why? /Why not?)
What were some of the most popular activities at primary school?
How often do you buy shoes?
Have you ever bought shoes online?
Do you know anyone who likes to buy a lot of shoes?
What’s your favorite type of shoes?
What kinds of teachers do you like best?
Who was your favorite teacher when you were young?
Would you want to be a teacher in the future?
Have you ever had bad teachers before?
Practical Tips on how to answer Part One questions:
Here are some practical tips on how to answer part one questions. These are practical tips helping you to speak confidently and engagingly.
- Here the examiner is looking for your fluency and ability to expanding on the topic. So try to give as many details as you can, making your answer all the more interesting and engaging.
- Your answers should be at the maximum about 1-minute long.
- Make it easy for yourself and talk about things that are familiar to you and can easily recall from daily life.
- Give examples of your personal experience. It is easier to talk about and elaborate on such matters.
- Don’t get yourself into difficult corners by trying to explain something sophisticated, unless you are confident about it. Remember fluency is the word of the day.
- Don’t repeat yourself and try to use a wide range of synonyms.
- Make sure you speak clearly and with ease. Never speak fast, speak in a natural relaxed tone.