IELTS speaking test may be held before or after the written test depending on the schedule. The speaking test is 10 to 15 minutes long however you might have to wait 5 or 10 minutes before your are called for the test. No stationary or writing material is required for the test. You only need to have your identity document with you.
Once inside the exam room, the examiner will greet you and check your identity. The examiner will ask you before starting the recording. The first part of the exam is candidates introduction where the examiner ask basic things about you, your education, hobbies, city etc. After that candidate would be given a topic to think about for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes you would be asked to speak on for about 1.5 to minutes. The last part of the exam consists of questions related to your topic or a few general questions.
The speaking test is fairly simple and easy however, a few tips to score better are given below:
- Read everyday from a magazine or a newspaper. This will help you increase your vocabulary and also your knowledge about general things.
- Practice speaking everyday in front of mirror for 10-15 minutes. This will increase your confidence and fluency while speaking.
- During the two minutes talking session, do not stop while speaking. keep talking in a flow unless you are asked to stop by the examiner. Stopping in between leaves a bad impression and you can loose marks.
- Do not speak too fast or too slow. Your pace of talking should be understandable and clear. Talking too fast might be hard to understand.
- Speak a bit loud (do not shout just be loud) so that your are clearly audible and understood. Mumbling or unclear expression will cause to loose marks.
- Ask for the question again if you are unable to hear it and understand however asking for repetition again and again leaves a bad impression.
- clarity in talking is more important rather than content. You will be marked on your speaking skills and fluency rather than on what you are speaking.
- Speak with the flow and take minimum breaks or pauses while speaking. Long pauses leave a negative impact.
- Be precise and to the point while answering. Keep your answers of moderate length not to short or too long.
- Your test will only be recorded here so do not be nervous or scared from the examiner sitting in front of you. The examiner present has nothing to do with the marking and is only there to conduct the test so be confident and be yourself.
- Speak naturally as you do in everyday life. Do not speak with an accent which you are not used to speaking because that will lead to artificiality.
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