Speaking

As we all know IELTS is a test required by universities as a part of meeting the entry requirements for international students. IELTS exam comprises four elements; Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. Students are given marks on each component as well as an overall score on a 9 Band scale. Thus, you will be given a score from 1-9 in each band. It is important that you score as much as possible for each element to secure your place at a university as there is a high competition in terms of getting admission to universities. This article will help you to get yourself prepared to score a higher mark for the speaking element of IELTS exam.

1. What is an IELTS Speaking test?

The speaking test is actually a face to face interactive session with the examiner and is more like a day to day conversation that you may have with someone. The speaking test is assessed by a certified examiner and it will last for about 11-14 minutes. The test consists of three parts.

2. Introduction and interview

This is the introduction section which will last for about 4-5 minutes. The examiner will first introduce him or her self with a brief introduction to the test and will confirm your identity. Then the examiner will initiate a general conversation by asking questions about yourself, family, your academic background, hobbies, weather etc. This section will allow you to familiarize yourself with the examiner and to get adapted to the environment.

3. Individual long run

In this section examiner will ask you to choose a task card which will indicate a topic for you to talk about. You will be given a minute to get ready with the topic and then you will be given about 1-2 minutes to talk about the given topic. This is more like delivering a speech. At the end of the speech, the examiner would ask you couple of questions on the same topic.

4.Two-way discussion

This section would last for about 4-5 minutes and it is a conversation between you and the examiner related to the topic in part 2. You will be given the opportunity to be engaged in an in-depth conversation by abstracting issues and ideas on the topic. Throughout the test you will be assessed on your performance thus it is important not to be nervous. The examiners do not expect you to talk like a native English speaker but fluency, coherence, pronunciation, grammatical range and accuracy, vocabulary and familiarity will be assessed.