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.

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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