Tips for attempting the Test Efficiently: Speaking Test

IELTS speaking test Bangalore

IELTS speaking test Bangalore

Tips for attempting the Test Efficiently: IELTS Speaking Test (Part IV)

The IELTS speaking test section is accomplished as a one-to-one interview with an examiner. The examiner assesses the candidate while he or she is speaking. Moreover, the speaking section is recorded for supervising and for re-evaluation if the candidate decides to plead against the bands he scored. The Speaking Test takes 10 to 14 minutes to be conducted. The speaking test is similar for both versions of IELTS Speaking Test – Academic and General Training. There are 3 speaking tasks to be accomplished by the candidate, described below:

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Task 1 – Introduction and Interview (4 to 5 minutes)

The examiner will introduce himself / herself and ask for the candidate’s introduction. The examiner will also confirm the candidate’s identity. Hence it is a necessity for the candidate to carry his / her identity proof (i.e. a passport) at the time of speaking test. The examiner asks familiar questions on common topics from the candidate, for example, house, family members, profession, education and hobbies.

Task 2 – Lengthy talk by Candidate (3-4 minutes)

The examiner provides the candidate with a cue card that contains a specific topic on which the candidate needs to speak till he is asked to stop by the examiner. This can be treated as a sort of extempore where the candidate has to speak impromptu. However, the examiner will provide the candidate 1 minute to note down the specific points he would like to cover in his speech. The candidate is provided a pencil and paper to make notes. The candidate has to talk for 1 to 2 minutes on the topic. While speaking, candidate can refer to the notes he prepared. The examiner can further ask the candidate additional one to two questions related to that topic.

Task 3 – One to one discussion (4-5 minutes)

In the last task, the examiner further asks additional questions which are related to the topic given in Task 2. These questions provide an opportunity to the candidate to further discuss the conceptual issues and ideas related to topic with the examiner.

IELTS speaking test Bangalore

Test Tips:

  1. Before appearing for the Speaking test, candidate should practice enough to speak in English. He can practice at home with family members, at college with friends or at work with colleagues. Another ideal way of practicing for a candidate is to record himself and listen the recording for self-assessment purpose. Candidate can also ask a teacher or trainer to listen his recording and suggest for possible improvements. This will greatly help the candidate to boost up his confidence while speaking English during the test
  2. For beginners, who hesitate to practice speaking in front of family, friends or colleagues, it is suggested that they should start THINKING in English. Anything they think should be in English. For example, planning their daily activities or summary of how the day unfolded for them. This way, there will be zero hesitation in correcting a mistake they notice while thinking. Gradually, they will develop confidence to speak in front of others too (IELTS speaking test Bangalore)
  3. In a Speaking test, there is nothing such as a right answer or a wrong answer. The examiner will just assess the candidate for his ability to converse and talk at length on a specific topic given to him using suitable language while organising the views and thoughts rationally in good English
  4. Candidate should not worry whether the examiner agrees with the opinions he or she expresses during Speaking test, since the candidate will not be assessed on his or her opinions, rather on his or her use of English vocabulary
  5. Candidate should not repeat the words used in the examiner’s question, as it reflects lack of his own vocabulary while speaking English. In fact, it is advisable to use synonyms
  6. Candidates should avoid speaking very long sentences during the test. Very long sentences appear to be less coherent, which is the main aspect of a speaking test, the examiner assesses.
  7. Candidate should focus on making his point of view and opinion as clear as possible while answering the question. Clarity is another major aspect of the speaking test which the examiner assesses.
  8. Some candidates tend to speak too quickly. It is advised that a candidate speak clearly and at a normal pace. Speaking quickly makes a candidate look nervous and more prone to making mistakes or pronounce words inaccurately
  9. Candidate should NEVER answer in monosyllables. For example, instead of answering in just a ‘yes’ or ‘no’, candidate should answer in as much detail as possible. He should develop his response to every question – citing own experience and by giving examples. The examiner needs to assess if the candidate can talk at length on a variety of subjects
  10. Candidates should focus on the use of correct verb tense when answering questions in the Speaking test. For this he needs to hear the question attentively and notice which verb tense is used. For instance, if the question is ‘What kind of cars do you like to drive?’ (In the present tense) the correct answer would also be in the present tense (i.e. ‘I like to drive a sports car’)
  11. Candidate should also concentrate on practicing correct pronunciation. Incorrect pronunciation makes the speech less clear, which results in loss of scores. For instance, there are some numbers that can sound very alike when spoken, like ‘Fifty’ and ‘Fifteen’, ‘Sixty’ and ‘Sixteen’, ‘Seventy’ and ‘Seventeen’, ‘Eighty’ and ‘Eighteen’, etc (IELTS speaking test Bangalore)
  12. Candidate should try widely used simple English words while speaking instead of less used complex ones, in case he or she is not an ardent English speaker. It is advisable to speak in uncomplicated and generally used vocabulary in a correct manner than to use sophisticated vocabulary, which a candidate is unsure about. For example, use ‘surrounding’ or ‘environment’ instead of ‘milieu’. However, to get a high score, it is better if the candidate practices use of advanced vocabulary before the speaking test
  13. In Task 2, examiner provides the candidate with a cue card that contains a specific topic on which the candidate needs to speak till he is asked to stop by the examiner. The candidate is given one minute to prepare his answer. Candidate should first think about the topic and most relevant opinions / experiences suitable for topic. He should then decide what is the most appropriate tense that he should use in his reply. It has to be the same tense as that of the question’s on the card
  14. Lastly, candidate should never be in a hurry to answer the question. Once the question is asked, candidate should understand its context and intent before speaking to answer it. There is nothing wrong in taking a pause for a moment and framing the answer in mind. This prevents highlighting the candidate’s anxiety to the examiner while answering IELTS speaking test Bangalore

Activities for IELTS Test Day

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IELTS Test Day Preparation

It is very important for a candidate to be aware of all the activities that unfold on a particular IELTS Test Preparation Day so that he is fully prepared for the test and can concentrate on doing his best.

The candidates should get an idea about the location of the test centre and plan their travel on test date well in advance to avoid any last minute hassle. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are conducted on the same day while the Speaking test can be taken up to seven days after or before the other three tests. The order in which these tests are conducted is listening, reading and finally writing. There is no break between these three tests.

Activities for IELTS Test Preparation Day test applies complicated, biometric safety measures that prevent test takers and organisations from trying to cheat. Following is the brief outline of what a candidate should expect on Activities for IELTS test day:

Reach before Scheduled Time

IELTS Test Preparation Day
IELTS Test Preparation Day

Candidate should keep ample time for travelling to the test venue to ensure he or she arrives before scheduled time. Arriving before scheduled time as mentioned during the test booking, allows the candidate to easily register at the test venue and take his seat for the test. Candidate is advised to refer to his booking confirmation for details. In case, a candidate reports late at the test centre, he or she may not be allowed to take the test.

Personal items

Candidates should note that no personal items are allowed to be taken into the test room. In case the candidate is carrying stuff other than his identification proof or stationary, the IELTS staff will take and safely store it, which can be collected back from them after the test is over. Objects which are prohibited from the test room include: Keys, Mobile phones, Laptops, Cameras, Headphones, Caps, Scarves, Wallets, Paper, Books, Notes, Drinks or Food items.

Identification Verification

When the candidate registers himself on test day, a member of IELTS staff will verify and confirm candidate’s identification document, for example, passport. Candidate must have the same identification document that he provided in his IELTS Application Form; otherwise the candidate will not be allowed to take the test. Photocopy of the identification document or passport is NOT accepted to allow entry into test venue. Also, it must also be valid and unexpired with a clear and distinguishable photo. In case the candidate is attempting Activities for Activities for IELTS test day from a country other than his native country, passport as an identification proof is must for him.

If the candidate has booked his test at a test centre then his photograph and finger scan could be taken at the test centre itself on the day of booking. If not, these will be taken when he comes to attend the Activities for IELTS Test Preparation Day. Before the candidate enters the test room, his finger may be scanned again to confirm his identity.

Entering the test room

At the time of entering the test room, a test invigilator or IELTS staff will guide the candidate to his seat. In case, candidate is asked by IELTS staff to wait outside test room before entering, he should wait for next instructions from the staff rather than proceeding in the room to locate his seat himself. Candidate should take care not to write any notes anywhere near his seat. Candidate is also not allowed to speak to any other candidate. In case of a query, candidate should raise his hand and a member of IELTS staff will assist him. The Candidate will be provided with a water bottle on his desk by the IELTS staff on candidate’s request.

Toilet / Drink break

Candidates are not allowed to leave their seats for drink or toilet break while instructions are being given by the invigilators, during the last 10 minutes of each section (i.e. Listening, Reading & Writing) of the test, while papers are being counted after each test section, or while the Listening test sound recording is being played including the 10 minute pause at the end. In case the candidate needs to leave the test room to go for a toilet break at any other time, he should raise his hand and take permission of an IELTS staff member.

Requesting for help

In case the candidate has any problem concerned with test sections (For example, incorrect spellings of name, typo error in printing the candidate number, unable to hear sound recording in listening section, or frail medical condition), candidate should raise his hand to attract the notice of the invigilators present in the test room and share his concern with them. Candidates should not ask answer for any question in the test paper from the invigilator. This is strictly prohibited and in case of non-compliance by candidate, he may be asked to leave test room.

On completion of the test

Candidates are not permitted to leave their seat until all their papers have been collected and unless they have been told to leave. In case a candidate completes his test early, he should wait quietly until the test time is over and he is advised by the invigilator that he can leave. Candidates should collect all their belongings and must not leave any notes or material on the desk.

Test Results

Candidate can preview their provisional results online 13 calendar days after the test. Candidates can check the result online through Activities for IELTS Test Preparation Day portal by entering their Candidate Number, Test Date and Passport Number. The Activities for IELTS test day provisional results will be available online at https://results.ielts.org. The official results will appear on candidate’s Test Report Form which will also be ready after 13 days. Candidate can collect it from the test centre or have it posted to their personal address or designated address of up to five institutions / organizations – depending on what was specified at the time of test booking or registration.