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

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

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

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

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

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

I plan to do a postgraduate degree. This course consists of six modules. (to study something as your main subject at college or University) 31. (a short piece of writing on one subject) 27. especially as part of a university degree) 29. (a person who holds a (first) degree from a university) 33. (a long piece of writing on something which you have studied or researched.23. I'm writing my thesis at the moment.g. (to receive an academic degree or diploma) 34. I'm a graduate in engineering. (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. I have to take a maths exam. I've got an upper second in politics from Surrey University. third (class) e. (to take a written. You need to do well in your assignments as well as in the exam. (upper) second (class). I graduated in History from Sussex University. I've got an MA (Master of Arts) in English literature. MSc (Master of Science) (a degree taken after a first degree in a science subject) . (a qualification of a lower level than a degree) 32.: a first class honours degree) 36. I have to hand in an essay on biology. (a degree taken after a first degree in an arts subject) 37. I'm majoring in English. (a part of a course [a complete series of lessons or classes]) 24. I need another four credits to complete this course. After graduation. or practical test of what you know or can do) 26. (grades for a university degree in Britain: first (class). I've got a degree in psychology. (the time when you compltee a university degree course) 35. (a part of a course that a student has completed and that appears on his / her record) 25. spoken. I've got a diploma in hotel management.

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

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

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