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?

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

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

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

Tell me about an important event in your life.Some students try to improve their speaking score by using difficult words. 18. as far as time allows.This is only important if it gets in the way of communication. Speak clearly and you will be all right. Who cooks in your family? 16. (It's much more interesting!)  They have received specific IELTS training to make sure they judge you fairly and honestly. using words incorrectly will LOWER your score! Avoid using difficult words or expressions unless you are sure of how to use them. Even though one examiner might seem unfriendly. What is the street called? 8. your score should be the same in any case. What is their best meal (house special)? Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking Module 17. 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. Do you prefer celebrating family occasions at home or in a cafe? Why? Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking Module 19. What do you like doing with your friends? 14.  IELTS examiners are all professional teachers with advanced degrees. Follow-up question. However. Do you like living in Kharkov city? Why? 12. They will be patient with you.  Vocabulary . What is your favourite meal? 15.  They might be tired on the day of the test. Why is your street called this way? 9. Do you like your street? 10. Are you a city dweller? Why? 13.7. What do you like in your street? 11. . 2) What will the examiner listen for?  Pronunciation .  The examiner hopes you will do well. They understand the test is difficult. or they might be sick.

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

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

I need another four credits to complete this course. (a person who holds a (first) degree from a university) 33. (to take a written. I graduated in History from Sussex University. I've got an upper second in politics from Surrey University. (a long piece of writing on something which you have studied or researched. I'm a graduate in engineering. spoken. You need to do well in your assignments as well as in the exam. (a piece of work that you are given to do by university teachers which counts towards your final degree) 28. I've got an MA (Master of Arts) in English literature. This course consists of six modules. especially as part of a university degree) 29. (a part of a course that a student has completed and that appears on his / her record) 25. After graduation. I have to hand in an essay on biology. MSc (Master of Science) (a degree taken after a first degree in a science subject) . (grades for a university degree in Britain: first (class). (a short piece of writing on one subject) 27. or practical test of what you know or can do) 26.: a first class honours degree) 36. (the time when you compltee a university degree course) 35.23. third (class) e. I've got a degree in psychology. (upper) second (class). (to receive an academic degree or diploma) 34. (to study something as your main subject at college or University) 31. I'm majoring in English. I plan to do a postgraduate degree. (a degree taken after a first degree in an arts subject) 37. I have to take a maths exam. I'm writing my thesis at the moment. (a qualification gained by successfully completing an academic course at a university) 30. I've got a diploma in hotel management. (a qualification of a lower level than a degree) 32. (a part of a course [a complete series of lessons or classes]) 24.g.

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

(to do a task or something) . (a thorough test using scientific methods to discover how someone or something reacts under certain conditions) 54.53. The theory needs to be tested by experiment. Joule carried out / performed a series of simple experiments to test his theory.

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