IELTS Speaking Test last for about 11 to 14 minutes. A face to face interview will be conducted for the students by the examiner.
IELTS Speaking Format:
Speaking test IELTS has three parts in the speaking test and in total the speaking test lasts for 11 to around 14 minutes.
Part one : Introduction and interview lasting for four to five minutes and before you begin, the examiner will ask you to show your ID card or your passport to identify yourself.
The examiner will ask you about three topics and you must answer around two questions in each topic. That means in part one you must be prepared to answer around six to ten or maybe more questions.
The answers should be short and crisp because they require short answers. The topics in part one are mostly about your friends, family, education or job.
Part Two : Part two is your monologue I mean you will be given a cue card which looks where you can find a topic. For example, describe your mentor/teacher and three to four guiding questions you know something like where you met him was such as they taught and so on.
You should follow these guiding questions because they show you the way to answer the topic. Now, the examiner will give you a cue card and then you are given one minute to make an outline. It's optional you can choose to make it or not but it's always highly recommended to make an outline because you may forget some or all the necessary things that you may want to talk about.
Once you have started to speak and the examiner would not ado. When you're speaking you must talk about this topic from 1 to 2 minutes and at the end of your talk or when the time is over the examiner will ask you one or two short questions that could follow up questions
Remember to give a very short answers to these two questions and finally you will go to part 3.
Part Three : Part three which is called a two-way discussion and once again just like part 1, part 3 lasts for 4 to 5 minutes and the way part 3 is conducted is quite like the way part 1 is done.
The examiner will ask you questions, and you will answer. You are not allowed to see the questions just like in part 1 and you cannot see the questions. You must listen to the questions and answer them.
There's a difference between part 1 and part 3 the questions. In part 3 are called long questions because they require longer, and more complicated answers and the topic asked about a part 3 is closely related to the topic given to you in part 2.
For example, in part 2 you are asked to talk about a teacher in part 3. The possible topic will be education or like that.
Here are few tips to improve your speaking skills:
- Listen to TV programs and Radio Talk shows : One of the tests main aspects is to test your articulating skills. Try listening to debate talk shows and regular news to understand how the flow happens. Continuously listening to radio in the background will help you to understand and learn the pronunciation.
- Fluency: They never expect you to throw foreign accents. Please remember that the way you pronounce should be easy to understand and pleasing to hear. Make sure you talk slow and steady so that you will have time to think and it will be easy to understand.
- Be Precise and Concise : You must be very precise to the point. Please remember that you must attend all the 3 parts of the examination in the given time. Prolongation of a part may lead to miss the last part. So, always give a crisp answer.
- When there is a doubt : Never guess for an answer. If you are not sure about the question, please feel free to politely ask for the question again. You will never lose marks for asking the question again.
- Sorry, would you mind repeating the question again?
- Sorry, could you repeat the question please?
- Can you repeat the question please?
- Be Confident : English is a foreign language to us. They never expect a native speaker fluency. Be simple and be confident when you answer. Pause when you speak and give a big smile.
Everyone who is about to take the IELTS speaking test will be required to prepare for this specific test. The IELTS test is designed to be a benchmark of performance as we all know. One of the main reasons why many people fail their IELTS test is because they do not follow the correct steps and lack of guidance. At AK Consultants, we help students in all aspects to get prepared for their IELTS test. If you are looking for any assistance, please feel free to contact us.