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?

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

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.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. 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. Add personal details such as short anecdotes to help make your talk interesting. The best way to get the timing right is to practise making short talks on various topics on your own. 'To sum up . 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. Top Tips! • • • • Make the most of your preparation time and make notes.. details of which appear below..'. Try not to rush. And remember.. Part 3: Two-Way Discussion ...'. Structure your talk with an introduction. main body and conclusion. Signpost your talk at the end with words or expressions like 'So . (Or in front of a friend if you're feeling brave!) Try building in a short introduction and conclusion to give your talk structure. Pause between sentences and try to relax. 'As you can see . Don't speak too fast.'. • Example 2: Describe an item of technology you use that you couldn't do without. You can find out more about structuring short talks and using pauses for effect in the Splendid Speaking Self-Study Course. 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. we often feel nervous when presenting and this can often lead to us speaking too quickly..

Use expressions to allow yourself time to 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. Where do you come from? 4. 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.. Use personal anecdotes to help yourself make a point or express an opinion. details of which appear below.'. What's your name? 2. 'no' answers. However. you will participate in a discussion with the examiner based on the topic in Part 2. What street do you live in? . What do you do? 3.' Refer to stories in the news to help make a point . 'Well. don't go mad trying to correct each and every error! Remember..In Part 3 of the IELTS interview. 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. avoid short. 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. Self-correction is a good way of showing the interviewer that you're aware of having made a mistake. 'yes'. For example: 'That's a good question. Do you like your country? 5. you should also be demonstrating your fluency skills as well. What do you like about your country? 6. let me think . Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking Module 1. Monitoring your speech TOO closely and self-correcting every mistake will slow you down and make you sound rather hesitant. The examiner is likely to ask you questions based on your experience or opinion of the subject. which lasts between 4-5 minutes.

(It's much more interesting!)  They have received specific IELTS training to make sure they judge you fairly and honestly. What do you like in your street? 11. or they might be sick. What is the street called? 8. 18.  Vocabulary . What is your favourite meal? 15. Follow-up question.Some students try to improve their speaking score by using difficult words. using words incorrectly will LOWER your score! Avoid using difficult words or expressions unless you are sure of how to use them. What do you like doing with your friends? 14. 2) What will the examiner listen for?  Pronunciation .  The examiner hopes you will do well.  They might be tired on the day of the test. Do you prefer celebrating family occasions at home or in a cafe? Why? Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking Module 19. . Do you like your street? 10. They understand the test is difficult. Are you a city dweller? Why? 13. Who cooks in your family? 16.7. Even though one examiner might seem unfriendly. Why is your street called this way? 9. Speak clearly and you will be all right.  IELTS examiners are all professional teachers with advanced degrees. as far as time allows. Tell me about an important event in your life.This is only important if it gets in the way of communication. However. What is their best meal (house special)? Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking Module 17. your score should be the same in any case. 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. They will be patient with you. Do you like living in Kharkov city? Why? 12.

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

a student who is studying for a second degree at a university 20. (the head of a faculty [a group of related departments in a university]) 8. (an opportunity to study at university) 22. My dissertation is being supervised by professor Holroyd. (when you supervise someone) 16. I'm planning to spend a year abroad before I go to university. He is the dean of the Arts Faculty. (a student who has not yet taken his or her first degree) 19. I'm doing some research into animal behaviuor. (a talk which is given for a seminar) 13. They have brought new computer facilities for the postgraduates in the department. (the position of a lecturer) 10. I'm a university student.7. (a person who is studying at a college or university) 18. (to attend universe y regularly as a student) 21. (a person who teaches a small group of students) 14. (the part of a year at university whan students have classes and exams) 9. All the students have to give a seminar paper at least once. The academic year begins in October. I live in hall. I'm doing an undergraduate course. They’re advertising a lectureship in the Sociology Department. I’m not happy with the supervision I’m getting. She's giving a series of lectures on molecular biology. (to study something carefully and in detail) 17. I got a place ace at Manchester University. (to live in a hall of residence [university building where some students live]) . I’ve just been appointed to the chair of/professorship of European History. (the position of a professor) 11. She was my tutor at Durham. (to talk to a group of people on a particular subject) 12. (to work as a supervisor) 15.

(to receive an academic degree or diploma) 34. I need another four credits to complete this course. (the time when you compltee a university degree course) 35. I've got an MA (Master of Arts) in English literature. (a qualification of a lower level than a degree) 32. I have to hand in an essay on biology. (a part of a course [a complete series of lessons or classes]) 24. You need to do well in your assignments as well as in the exam. (grades for a university degree in Britain: first (class). especially as part of a university degree) 29. (upper) second (class). (a piece of work that you are given to do by university teachers which counts towards your final degree) 28. I'm majoring in English. (a part of a course that a student has completed and that appears on his / her record) 25. or practical test of what you know or can do) 26. I've got a degree in psychology. I have to take a maths exam. (to take a written.g. I've got a diploma in hotel management. I've got an upper second in politics from Surrey University. (a degree taken after a first degree in an arts subject) 37. spoken. After graduation. MSc (Master of Science) (a degree taken after a first degree in a science subject) . third (class) e. I graduated in History from Sussex University. I'm writing my thesis at the moment. (a long piece of writing on something which you have studied or researched. I plan to do a postgraduate degree. This course consists of six modules. I'm a graduate in engineering.: a first class honours degree) 36. (to study something as your main subject at college or University) 31.23. (a short piece of writing on one subject) 27. (a person who holds a (first) degree from a university) 33. (a qualification gained by successfully completing an academic course at a university) 30.

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

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

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