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?

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

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

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

 They might be tired on the day of the test. using words incorrectly will LOWER your score! Avoid using difficult words or expressions unless you are sure of how to use them. Speak clearly and you will be all right. . Do you like your street? 10. Even though one examiner might seem unfriendly. They will be patient with you. your score should be the same in any case.  Vocabulary . What do you like doing with your friends? 14. 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. 18.Some students try to improve their speaking score by using difficult words. Do you like living in Kharkov city? Why? 12. 2) What will the examiner listen for?  Pronunciation . Are you a city dweller? Why? 13. What is their best meal (house special)? Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking Module 17. What is your favourite meal? 15.7. Who cooks in your family? 16. They understand the test is difficult.  IELTS examiners are all professional teachers with advanced degrees. However.This is only important if it gets in the way of communication. or they might be sick. Why is your street called this way? 9. What do you like in your street? 11. What is the street called? 8. Do you prefer celebrating family occasions at home or in a cafe? Why? Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking Module 19. Follow-up question.  The examiner hopes you will do well. as far as time allows. Tell me about an important event in your life. (It's much more interesting!)  They have received specific IELTS training to make sure they judge you fairly and honestly.

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

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

or practical test of what you know or can do) 26. (a piece of work that you are given to do by university teachers which counts towards your final degree) 28. I graduated in History from Sussex University. third (class) e. You need to do well in your assignments as well as in the exam. I've got an upper second in politics from Surrey University. (to take a written.: a first class honours degree) 36. I've got a diploma in hotel management. I'm a graduate in engineering. This course consists of six modules. I've got an MA (Master of Arts) in English literature.23. (a part of a course that a student has completed and that appears on his / her record) 25. After graduation. I'm writing my thesis at the moment. (to study something as your main subject at college or University) 31. (to receive an academic degree or diploma) 34. spoken. (a person who holds a (first) degree from a university) 33. I need another four credits to complete this course. (a long piece of writing on something which you have studied or researched. (a part of a course [a complete series of lessons or classes]) 24. MSc (Master of Science) (a degree taken after a first degree in a science subject) . I plan to do a postgraduate degree. (the time when you compltee a university degree course) 35. I'm majoring in English. I have to hand in an essay on biology.g. (a short piece of writing on one subject) 27. (a qualification of a lower level than a degree) 32. I have to take a maths exam. (upper) second (class). I've got a degree in psychology. especially as part of a university degree) 29. (a degree taken after a first degree in an arts subject) 37. (a qualification gained by successfully completing an academic course at a university) 30. (grades for a university degree in Britain: first (class).

I'm hoping to get a student grant. There are a lot of people with expertise in this field. I did (infml) Archaeology for two years at university. (special knowledge or skill which a person has) 48. Data collection has already finished. (facts or information used in research) 52. She's won a scholarship. (to read a lot about something so that you learn about it) 45. I'm doing the analysis now. (money that is given (by the government) to help you for a university or college education) 42. BSc (Bachelor of Science) (a first degree in a science subject) 40. Dphill (Doctor-of Philosophy) / (doctorate) (the highest university degree e. I'll have to read up on (infml) the third chapter for my exam. (information about something in the form of numbers) 51. (to leave university without finishing your studies) 44. PhD. It isn't my field. We are gathering data on graduates without jobs. to study music. She specializes in family law. I've done a study of modern American society. to work for a doctorate) 41.38. (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. (studying or thinking about the different parts or details of something in order to understand it better) . I'm afraid I don't know much about that. (a piece of scientific research into a particular subject) 50.g. to get a PhD. He started university but dropped out after two years. (to study a particular subject) 46. (a general area of study or knowledge) 47. I've collected a lot of statistics relating to air pollution. (to give most of your attention to one subject) 49. BA (Bachelor of Arts) (a first university degree in an arts subject) 39.

53. (to do a task or something) . Joule carried out / performed a series of simple experiments to test his theory. (a thorough test using scientific methods to discover how someone or something reacts under certain conditions) 54. The theory needs to be tested by experiment.

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