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HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE IELTS SPEAKING TEST (updated 2022)

IELTS Speaking Test

Have you ever felt a stomach-in-mouth sensation right before giving a speech in front of the class? Have you ever perspired a lot, struggled with shaky legs and denied the speaking opportunity just because of your anxiety? Don’t worry. There’s a word for that jittery condition. psycom.net says, “Glossophobia, or a fear of public speaking, is a very common phobia and one that is believed to affect up to 75% of the population. Some individuals may feel a slight nervousness at the very thought of public speaking, while others experience full-on panic and fear.”

In this blog, you will read about best IELTS tips for speaking.

The International English Language Testing System is the mandatory test for higher education, secondary education, work and migration abroad. The IELTS Certificate is valid for 2 Years. 

This test is based on skills in 4 modules: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

The speaking test will take about 11 to 14 minutes to complete. There are three sections in total.

They are as follows:

Part 1 

Introduction and interview. This lasts for about 4 to 5 minutes. In this section, the Examiner will introduce him/herself and ask you questions about yourself.

Part 2 

Individual long turn. Part 2 lasts for about three to four minutes. In this section,·you will be asked to prepare and give a short talk for about one to two minutes on a given subject.

Part 3 

Two-way discussion. Part 3 lasts for 4 to 5 minutes. In this section, you will be asked to have a short discussion linked to the subject you spoke about in part 2.

Overall, you will be assessed on these 4 descriptors:

  • Fluency and Coherence
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  • Pronunciation

This means that all of your preparation must concentrate on these areas.

TIPS

  • The Speaking test is an oral test, not a commercial interview. It is to test your ability to converse appropriately and display your skills in using the right language with and giving an expanded answer.
  • Consider that you are answering questions and do not repeat the words, used by the examiner. Choose words that can convey the exact ideas that you have. In Part I, you will never run out of ideas as the subject questions are based on familiar topics. When you answer you must avoid monosyllabic answers. Instead, think of reasons and examples to enhance your conversation. Ensure that you are polite and avoid jargon.
  • Think before you answer and you definitely be able to progress. Be alert and maintain eye contact. Looking at your examiner can give you  good focus and concentration.

In a few minutes, you will be facing the second part of the Speaking test. During Part 2, you’ll be given a topic on a task card which you will NOT be able to change. You’ll be given about one minute to prepare. Then you’ll be required to speak for about two minutes on the topic.

  • Relax and use the 1 minute time provided to think and plan what you are going to say. The topic card clearly has the points in an organized pattern. If your talk isn’t organized, you’ll lose marks. Remember, you’re being tested on your fluency and coherence. Coherence means that you must follow a logical and clear argument when you speak.

Use the sheet of paper provided to:

      • List out your ideas in words.
      • Do not write sentences.
      • Include descriptions.
      • Cover all parts of the topic card

Prior preparation of connectors and synonyms will help on the day of the test. A good method is to practice in front of a mirror and to record your voice.

The last part of the test is Part III, where you and the Examiner have a discussion linked to the subject from Part 2. The questions can be directly related to the topic that was provided in Part II. It is common for the Examiner to ask abstract or futuristic questions in this section. No time is allotted for preparation.  Candidates must have the ability to speak spontaneously. Again, expansion of the idea and validation of your opinion is essential.  Be logical in your answers.  Speak clearly, concentrate on your replies. Pace yourself while speaking.

Remember, all your hard work and daily practice will stand you in good stead. Improve your listening skills, to comprehend the various parts in the question.   Read journals, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, watch documentaries, listen to Speeches, watch Films: your success is directly related to the effort that you put in daily, prior to the actual date of the test.

Watch this interesting video for more tips!!!

Do comment your Speaking test experience in the comments and tell us if we missed out on anything!

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