How to Pass the IELTS Speaking Exam So, you've signed up for a language course to prepare for the IELTS

exam and are now looking forward to the chance to showcase your English speaking skills in the IELTS Oral Paper. OK, you may be feeling a little nervous as well! Try our tips below to help you relax and show the IELTS examiner just how well you speak English! Part 1: Introduction and Interview This first section of the IELTS Speaking exam lasts about 4-5 minutes and gives the examiner the chance to find out a little about you through some simple 'getting-toknow-you' questions. These will be questions that you'll have something to talk about such as your family, where you come from and what your interests are. This is also YOUR chance to get off to a good start! Example Questions:
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Q: Tell me a little about where you come from? Q: Do you enjoy studying English? Q: Why are you taking the IELTS exam? Q: Have you got any interests or hobbies?

Impress the examiner with your ability to give full answers to his or her questions. Top Tips!

Avoid short, 'yes', 'no' answers. Q: Tell me a little about where you come from? A: I'm from Coimbra. It's a city in the central part of Portugal. It's a very historical city and we have one of the oldest universities in Europe. Use examples to back up statements. Q: Do you enjoy studying English? A: Oh yes! I went to England last year and loved being able to communicate with local people. And knowing a second language means you have access to a whole new culture ... new authors, English films. Give the examiner a picture of you. Q: Why are you taking the IELTS exam? A: I'm taking an IELTS course in India in order to go to university in the UK. I've been accepted on a Business course in London but need to get the right IELTS score so I've been doing lots of IELTS Speaking practice. Q: Have you got any interests or hobbies? A: Not really. I like watching football and read books quite often, but I don't have any hobbies really. Hopefully one day I'll discover a hidden interest!

Part 1: Troubleshooting What if the examiner asks you a question you don't understand? How should you respond in a situation like this?

If it was a word or phrase you didn't quite understand just say something on the lines of: "Sorry but could you explain what you mean by .. Learn practical ideas and techniques to help you give short. I didn't catch that.. are you asking/do you mean . Could you say that again?" "Excuse me... powerful introductions to yourself.. ask them to repeat the question: "Sorry. You should say: ... Could you explain what you mean?" If you just didn't understand what the interviewer has said..... You'll be a given a minute to prepare what you want to say ...." "I haven't come across that word/expression before.. The simple answer is: ask for clarification. Could you repeat that?" And if you're looking for clarification ask the interviewer to confirm what you think was asked: "Do you mean . Example Topics: • Example 1: Describe a teacher you have fond memories of......" "When you say .... Find out more about The Splendid Speaking Self-Study Course Part 2: The Long Turn In Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking exam you have to speak for between 1 and 2 minutes on a set topic based on information on a card the examiner will give you.....just enough time to jot down some ideas to help give your talk structure and interest. details of which appear below. You can learn several tips for responding to questions fully in the Splendid Speaking Self-Study Course..?" Hopefully.You may have problems understanding a question. these simple questions will get the interview back on track and you'll also have impressed the interviewer with your conversation skills..

'As you can see . Signpost your talk at the end with words or expressions like 'So .'. Regular pauses between sentences will help you control the pace of your talk and the examiner will find it easier to follow what you're saying. Part 3: Two-Way Discussion . • Example 2: Describe an item of technology you use that you couldn't do without. You'll almost certainly overrun or finish too quickly at first but the more you practise the sooner you'll get a feel for the time available. Top Tips! • • • • Make the most of your preparation time and make notes. Try not to rush. And remember.. main body and conclusion. Add personal details such as short anecdotes to help make your talk interesting.. You should say: what this technology is when you first started using it how you use it and why it's so essential for you. Part 2: Troubeshooting Many people preparing for the IELTS long turn worry how they can finish what they want to say in the time available. (Or in front of a friend if you're feeling brave!) Try building in a short introduction and conclusion to give your talk structure.. we often feel nervous when presenting and this can often lead to us speaking too quickly. details of which appear below. You can find out more about structuring short talks and using pauses for effect in the Splendid Speaking Self-Study Course. Structure your talk with an introduction. Don't speak too fast.'.. Pause between sentences and try to relax. 'To sum up .'.when this was where you were studying when you met which subject they taught you and what it was about the person that makes them so memorable.. The best way to get the timing right is to practise making short talks on various topics on your own..

Self-correction is a good way of showing the interviewer that you're aware of having made a mistake. details of which appear below.. However. 'no' answers. The examiner is likely to ask you questions based on your experience or opinion of the subject. you should also be demonstrating your fluency skills as well. How important is it to be accurate and should you try to self-correct any mistakes you make? The fact that you have a good level of English will certainly be an asset and the interviewer will be reassured if you can speak clearly and reasonably accurately.. which lasts between 4-5 minutes. 'yes'.In Part 3 of the IELTS interview. 'Well.' Refer to stories in the news to help make a point . What's your name? 2. Use personal anecdotes to help yourself make a point or express an opinion. Use expressions to allow yourself time to think. For example: 'That's a good question. don't go mad trying to correct each and every error! Remember. Where do you come from? 4. What do you like about your country? 6. What do you do? 3. avoid short. Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking Module 1. What street do you live in? . Monitoring your speech TOO closely and self-correcting every mistake will slow you down and make you sound rather hesitant. Do you like your country? 5. Remember this: the interviewer will be interested in WHAT you have to say as well as how you say it so try to concentrate on this fact and worry less about speaking 'perfect' English! You can find out how to develop your fluency skills with the Splendid Speaking SelfStudy Course.'. you will participate in a discussion with the examiner based on the topic in Part 2. let me think . Part 3: Troubleshooting Many non-native speakers about to attend an IELTS interview are understandably worried about making mistakes in their use of English. Example Questions: • Topic = Sport you watch or participate in Q: How important is it for young people to be involved in sport? Q: Which sports are particulalry popular in your country? Q: What would you recommend to someone thinking about taking up a new sporting interest? Topic = Somebody who has been an important friend to you Q: Why are friends so important to us? Q: Which qualities do you most value in a friend? Q: Is it common to have a 'best friend' as we get older? • Top Tips! • • • • Again.

as far as time allows. (It's much more interesting!)  They have received specific IELTS training to make sure they judge you fairly and honestly.  They might be tired on the day of the test.This is only important if it gets in the way of communication. They will be patient with you. However. Are you a city dweller? Why? 13. They understand the test is difficult. 18. What is your favourite meal? 15. Do you prefer celebrating family occasions at home or in a cafe? Why? Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking Module 19. your score should be the same in any case.  The examiner hopes you will do well.  Vocabulary . 2) What will the examiner listen for?  Pronunciation .7. or they might be sick. Even though one examiner might seem unfriendly. What is the street called? 8. Do you like living in Kharkov city? Why? 12. using words incorrectly will LOWER your score! Avoid using difficult words or expressions unless you are sure of how to use them. Tell me about an important event in your life. Who cooks in your family? 16.  IELTS examiners are all professional teachers with advanced degrees. Is it important to celebrate different events in our lives? Are you a goal-settler? Why? General Information about the IELTS Speaking Test 1) About the Examiner  They can come from any country where English is spoken as a native language. What do you like in your street? 11. What is their best meal (house special)? Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking Module 17. Speak clearly and you will be all right. Do you like your street? 10. Why is your street called this way? 9. Follow-up question.Some students try to improve their speaking score by using difficult words. What do you like doing with your friends? 14. .

if those errors do not get in the way of communication. Sentence Structure .Using better sentences is the best way to improve your speaking score in a short time. He went to Oxford University. You must correctly use difficult vocabulary. but too many hesitations are bad. you can make mistakes and have hesitations. etc. 3) Your Score  If you cannot make good sentences. you need a very wide vocabulary and the ability to speak fluently on any topic. (to read or study agin something that you have learnt.  To be Band 8. but you must make simple sentences easily and without mistakes. (one of the parts into which a university is divided) 4. (an independent institution which has its own teachers. You can make some small mistakes if your meaning is still clear. (eductaion at a university) 2. 1. you will be Band 4 or below. students. You may make a few tiny errors. I’m in the department of sociology. You can make very small mistakes if your meaning is clear. The government wants to make it possible for most people to g onto higher education. you’ve got no chance of passing the exam. and buildings) 3. You should start revising for your exam as soon as possible. Any delay will result in vital time being lost. Also. especially when preparing for an exam) 5. if you hesitate too much.  To be Band 7. You should be able to paraphrase very well. test. Unless you pull your socks up.  Fluency and Coherence . The candidate paced nervously up and down waiting to be called for the interview. but I don’t know which college he was at. (a person who is taking an exam) 6. you should be able paraphrase.Of course fluency is very important but it is useless if you are not understood (if you are not "coherent"). you must be able to use longer sentences with fewer hesitations. You must use a variety of sentences and connect the sentences well. You need to use a variety of language. You do NOT have to speak quickly. because using better sentences is how we COMMUNICATE.  To be Band 6. if your speaking is not clear or if you use words incorrectly. you should be able to do Part 2 with no problem.  To be Band 5.) . (to achieve necessary standard in an exam.

She was my tutor at Durham. (the head of a faculty [a group of related departments in a university]) 8. I got a place ace at Manchester University. I'm doing some research into animal behaviuor. (a talk which is given for a seminar) 13. I live in hall. They’re advertising a lectureship in the Sociology Department. (a person who teaches a small group of students) 14. (the position of a professor) 11. (to live in a hall of residence [university building where some students live]) . The academic year begins in October. I'm a university student. I’m not happy with the supervision I’m getting. I'm planning to spend a year abroad before I go to university. I'm doing an undergraduate course. a student who is studying for a second degree at a university 20. They have brought new computer facilities for the postgraduates in the department. (a student who has not yet taken his or her first degree) 19. (the part of a year at university whan students have classes and exams) 9. (to study something carefully and in detail) 17. (a person who is studying at a college or university) 18. (the position of a lecturer) 10. I’ve just been appointed to the chair of/professorship of European History. (when you supervise someone) 16. He is the dean of the Arts Faculty. (to work as a supervisor) 15. She's giving a series of lectures on molecular biology. All the students have to give a seminar paper at least once. (to attend universe y regularly as a student) 21. (an opportunity to study at university) 22. My dissertation is being supervised by professor Holroyd. (to talk to a group of people on a particular subject) 12.7.

(a person who holds a (first) degree from a university) 33. MSc (Master of Science) (a degree taken after a first degree in a science subject) .g. I've got an MA (Master of Arts) in English literature. After graduation. I've got a degree in psychology. (a qualification of a lower level than a degree) 32. (upper) second (class). (a qualification gained by successfully completing an academic course at a university) 30.: a first class honours degree) 36. I have to take a maths exam. third (class) e. I'm majoring in English. (a long piece of writing on something which you have studied or researched. (a part of a course [a complete series of lessons or classes]) 24. I'm a graduate in engineering. You need to do well in your assignments as well as in the exam. (grades for a university degree in Britain: first (class). (a short piece of writing on one subject) 27. (a piece of work that you are given to do by university teachers which counts towards your final degree) 28. spoken. I plan to do a postgraduate degree. (to study something as your main subject at college or University) 31. I have to hand in an essay on biology. especially as part of a university degree) 29. (the time when you compltee a university degree course) 35. or practical test of what you know or can do) 26. (to take a written. I'm writing my thesis at the moment. (a degree taken after a first degree in an arts subject) 37. I need another four credits to complete this course. I've got a diploma in hotel management. This course consists of six modules. (to receive an academic degree or diploma) 34. I graduated in History from Sussex University. I've got an upper second in politics from Surrey University. (a part of a course that a student has completed and that appears on his / her record) 25.23.

(special knowledge or skill which a person has) 48. PhD. I've done a study of modern American society. (facts or information used in research) 52. to work for a doctorate) 41. I'm hoping to get a student grant. It isn't my field. to study music. (a general area of study or knowledge) 47. (to read a lot about something so that you learn about it) 45. (to study a particular subject) 46. I've collected a lot of statistics relating to air pollution. BA (Bachelor of Arts) (a first university degree in an arts subject) 39. (an amount of money that is given to a person who has passed an exam or won a competition in order to help pay for their studies) 43. I'm doing the analysis now. (studying or thinking about the different parts or details of something in order to understand it better) . (to give most of your attention to one subject) 49. He started university but dropped out after two years.38. (a piece of scientific research into a particular subject) 50. We are gathering data on graduates without jobs. I did (infml) Archaeology for two years at university. Data collection has already finished. (information about something in the form of numbers) 51. Dphill (Doctor-of Philosophy) / (doctorate) (the highest university degree e. (to leave university without finishing your studies) 44. She specializes in family law. BSc (Bachelor of Science) (a first degree in a science subject) 40. She's won a scholarship.g. I'll have to read up on (infml) the third chapter for my exam. There are a lot of people with expertise in this field. (money that is given (by the government) to help you for a university or college education) 42. I'm afraid I don't know much about that. to get a PhD.

(a thorough test using scientific methods to discover how someone or something reacts under certain conditions) 54. The theory needs to be tested by experiment.53. Joule carried out / performed a series of simple experiments to test his theory. (to do a task or something) .

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