IELTS – Tips for the Speaking test With thanks to Dr Vivek.
The test consists of three parts. In the first part the examiner introduces himself and asks you your name, address, interests and occupation. This part, lasting 4 to 5 minutes, is fairly simple if you are not nervous andyour conversational English is adequate.
In the second part you will be given a sheet of paper with a topic written on it. You have to speak for 2 minutes on this topic. You can’t ask for another topic. You are given 1 minute to write down your ideas. A sheet of paper and a pen are provided.
1. Make sure you read all the questions relating to the topic, written on the paper. It usually has two or three parts which you will have to talk about. Don’t miss out any question or you will lose marks.
2. Take the one minute provided to write down all the ideas you get about the topic. You lose no marks if you use up the one minute.
Two minutes can be a long time to talk solo and the notes you make will help you keep talking for the full two minutes.Once you finish your two minutes, the examiner will stop you and then ask you some questions on what you have talked about. The second part
lasts a total of 3-4 minutes.
The third part involves a discussion between you and the examiner on a topic related to what you spoke about in part 2. You will be marked on fluency, vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and ideas.
The most important thing which will help you in the speaking test is to use English in your everyday conversations. Avoid using your native language for a few weeks before the test and converse only in English. This will make you confident and you will talk fluently in the test. Watch English movies or English programmes on television to improve your
pronunciation and to expand your vocabulary.