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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

(a qualification of a lower level than a degree) 32. After graduation. I have to hand in an essay on biology. I've got an upper second in politics from Surrey University. I've got an MA (Master of Arts) in English literature. spoken. I need another four credits to complete this course. (to take a written. (a degree taken after a first degree in an arts subject) 37. I graduated in History from Sussex University.g. (a person who holds a (first) degree from a university) 33.23. (a part of a course [a complete series of lessons or classes]) 24. (a part of a course that a student has completed and that appears on his / her record) 25. This course consists of six modules. I plan to do a postgraduate degree. MSc (Master of Science) (a degree taken after a first degree in a science subject) . I'm a graduate in engineering. (grades for a university degree in Britain: first (class). especially as part of a university degree) 29. (a qualification gained by successfully completing an academic course at a university) 30. (a piece of work that you are given to do by university teachers which counts towards your final degree) 28. or practical test of what you know or can do) 26. (to receive an academic degree or diploma) 34. third (class) e.: a first class honours degree) 36. (a short piece of writing on one subject) 27. (to study something as your main subject at college or University) 31. (upper) second (class). I'm majoring in English. (the time when you compltee a university degree course) 35. You need to do well in your assignments as well as in the exam. (a long piece of writing on something which you have studied or researched. I've got a diploma in hotel management. I'm writing my thesis at the moment. I have to take a maths exam. I've got a degree in psychology.

to study music. It isn't my field. I'm doing the analysis now. PhD. Dphill (Doctor-of Philosophy) / (doctorate) (the highest university degree e. We are gathering data on graduates without jobs. (studying or thinking about the different parts or details of something in order to understand it better) . She's won a scholarship. There are a lot of people with expertise in this field. to get a PhD. (special knowledge or skill which a person has) 48. (information about something in the form of numbers) 51. (a piece of scientific research into a particular subject) 50. BSc (Bachelor of Science) (a first degree in a science subject) 40. I'm afraid I don't know much about that. (facts or information used in research) 52. She specializes in family law. (to read a lot about something so that you learn about it) 45. I'm hoping to get a student grant. BA (Bachelor of Arts) (a first university degree in an arts subject) 39. I've done a study of modern American society.g. (to give most of your attention to one subject) 49. (a general area of study or knowledge) 47. (to leave university without finishing your studies) 44. (to study a particular subject) 46.38. He started university but dropped out after two years. (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've collected a lot of statistics relating to air pollution. (money that is given (by the government) to help you for a university or college education) 42. I'll have to read up on (infml) the third chapter for my exam. I did (infml) Archaeology for two years at university. to work for a doctorate) 41. Data collection has already finished.

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

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