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:
• • • •

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?

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

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

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

They understand the test is difficult. Why is your street called this way? 9. . 2) What will the examiner listen for?  Pronunciation . 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.  IELTS examiners are all professional teachers with advanced degrees. as far as time allows. Follow-up question.  The examiner hopes you will do well.Some students try to improve their speaking score by using difficult words. (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. Do you like living in Kharkov city? Why? 12. or they might be sick. Are you a city dweller? Why? 13.  They might be tired on the day of the test.This is only important if it gets in the way of communication. What is the street called? 8. Do you like your street? 10. using words incorrectly will LOWER your score! Avoid using difficult words or expressions unless you are sure of how to use them. Speak clearly and you will be all right. your score should be the same in any case.  Vocabulary . However. Tell me about an important event in your life.7. 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 is their best meal (house special)? Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking Module 17. They will be patient with you. 18. Who cooks in your family? 16. What do you like doing with your friends? 14. Even though one examiner might seem unfriendly.

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

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

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

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

(to do a task or something) . (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. Joule carried out / performed a series of simple experiments to test his theory.53.

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful