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The IELTS speaking test takes around 15 minutes and is in the form of an interview. The interview will most probably seem like a friendly conversation which typically covers some aspects of your past, present and future situations. The interviewer will direct the conversation through questions which mostly focus on you and your opinions.

The test is conducted by one examiner. He or she asks all the questions and assesses you. The test is recorded. You will be taken to the examiner's room where you will be asked to sit either opposite the examiner. The examiner will then begin recording the interview and start the test.

Speaking Section has 4 sections:

  • Part 1 Introduction & Interview (4-5 minutes)
  • Part 2 Individual long turn (3-4 minutes)
  • Part 3 Two-way discussion (4-5 minutes)

The interview tests your ability to perform the following functions in English:

  • Providind personal and non-personal information.
  • Way of Expressing.
  • make comparisons & discuss contrasts
  • Summarize and Analyse

   Part 1 Introduction & Interview

The exam starts with the examiner introducing themselvers and conforming your details. The examiner may ask you few questions(general/personal) just to may you comfortable. The examiner will ask you questions regarding your home or studies or similar topics such as friends, families, hobbies, interests and so on. You do not have to express an opinion or justify it in this part.

  • Listen to the Question carefully so that you can give an appropriate answer.
  • GIve full answer to the question asked but do not anticipate the related questions. Do not give very long answers in this section. This sounds like a prepared answer.
  • Do not give just one or two word answers. Make sure you relate what you say to what the examiner asks.
   Part 2: Individual Long Turn

The examiner will ask you to speak for 1-2 minutes on a topic, which they will give you on a card. The card will give you an outline of what you need to talk about. You will be given one minute to prepare and make notes. The examiner will give you a piece of paper and a pen. They will invite you to start speaking when your preparation time is up. The examiner will not say anything while you are speaking but will stop you if you talk for more than two minutes. Then you might be asked one or two short follow-up questions.

The topics are general in nature. You will be asked to describe things such as a restaurant you enjoy eating in, a book you have read recently or something you cannot live without. You will also be asked to relate what you are talking about, to yourself - e.g. "say why you choose to eat in this restaurant" or "say what you enjoyed about the book".

Part 2 gives you the opportunity to show that you can speak at length without hesitation. It is also important to show that you can organize your ideas coherently.

TO-DO List

  • Read the Topic carefully
  • Use the preparation time wisely. Understand the topic and make a note of the subject and jot down the points and the keywords.
  • Try to relax and do not hesitate to speak for too long. Talk anything related to topic and do not pause.
  • Do not worry about the time as examiner will stop you when the time is up.
  • Enjoy sharing your Ideas
   Part 3 Two-way discussion

The examiner will invite you to participate in a discussion of more abstract issues linked to the topic in Part 2.

You could for example be asked to talk about people's eating habits, diets, fast food or genetically modified food as a thematic link to your talk on a restaurant in Part 2. The examiner could start the discussion in several ways e.g. "Tell me what you think about ..."; "What in your opinion is ..." or "How would you compare..." etc.

You will be expected to be able to express your opinions and give reasons. It is an opportunity to demonstrate your fluency as well as the range of your vocabulary and grammar.

The questions will increase in difficulty slightly as this part of the test progresses. The examiner may begin by asking you to describe something and then move on to ask you to compare, evaluate or speculate.

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