Tuesday, 9 April 2019

The IELTS Speaking Test






Overview
The speaking test is the same for both the academic and general categories. This part is arguably the easiest among all four tests. This is because the exercise is similar to how you would respond if someone meets you for the first time and is asking you questions about yourself.

It is made up of three parts and lasts for about 15 minutes. You will be with an interviewer who will ask you questions and then what you say will be recorded.

Assessment Criteria
During the speaking test, your examiners will assess you on the following speech qualities.
  • Fluency and coherence: When speaking, your speech should flow like a fluid and they should come quickly. Try as much as possible to avoid mannerisms. Your ideas must be tied to one another i.e. they must connect.
  • Accuracy: Your vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation must be accurate. You should also endeavor to use a wide range of vocabulary. You don't necessarily need to speak in a foreign accent. Whatever accent you have, the key thing is to communicate in clear and correct terms.
Helpful Tips
  • Speak clearly: Please try to be relaxed when speaking.You don't have to be afraid of the examiner. It's not an interrogation session. See your examiner as someone you are meeting for the first time and is getting to know you. In addition, try to speak naturally. Do not be too fast or too slow. Just be yourself. Doing all of these will help you to speak clearly.
  • Speak out loud: I do not mean that you should scream. Rather, you should project your voice in such a way that you will be heard clearly and the recording device can capture your voice.
  • Smile: Do you know one pill that is good for nerves? Smile! Yes, smiling can help you to feel relaxed just in case you are feeling nervous. Before you go in to the examiner, you can say something nice or funny to yourself and when you get in, smile to him.
  • Do not memorize answers in advance: Memorizing answers in advance can make you to sound unnatural and you may even begin to grope for words if you forget any of the memorized words.
  • For questions involving 'Yes' or 'No', don't just say Yes or No. For example, if you are asked: 'Do you like cooking?' Your answer should be Yes and then explain further or you could say No and then give reasons why you say No.
  • Ensure that your answers are based on the question you're asked. Do not answer off point, as that will count against you. So before answering, make sure you understand the question. One thing that can help you in this regard is taking out a few seconds to think about the question.
  • Use delay tactics: In order to ensure that you understand the question well enough before answering, buy out time by using what I call 'delay tactics'.  When asked a question you don't fully comprehend, you can say: "can you please repeat what you said" or "I don't quite understand what you meant by--------------" or "could you please rephrase". This kind of approach can help you to buy out time that you can use to think through the question before answering.
Speaking - Section 1
As mentioned previously, the speaking section is made up of three sections. In the first section, the examiner will ask you questions about yourself. Questions about yourself can be about anything. Below are some examples of questions about yourself.
  • About your job: Examples of questions about yourself are:
               - Do you have a job?
               - Do you like it? Why or why not?
               - What kind of education or training did you need to get this job?
  •  About your free time
               - Describe an activity you enjoy doing in your free time
               - In your free time, do you prefer activities you can do with other people or activities you
                 can do alone. Why?
  • Introductory questions
               - Can we meet you?
               - Let's meet you.
  • Questions about your neighborhood
               - Can you describe your neighborhood?
               - What is an advantage of living there?
               - What is a disadvantage of living there?
  • About sports
               - Talk about a sport you find interesting. What is it? Do you like to play this sport yourself?
                  Do you follow professional teams?
               - Why do you like this sport?


Speaking - Section 2
In the second section, you will be given a task card and be expected to talk on the topic presented on it. The task card looks like what is found below.



Describe a teacher from your past
                 You should say:

what grade you were when this teacher taught you

        what things the teacher taught you

       what the teacher’s special qualities were

and describe why you remember this particular teacher.




How does it work? You will be given 1 minute to study the task card and prepare your answers. So you will need to go in with your writing materials which you will use to write down the answers to the questions. You do not need to write a lengthy note as the 1 minute would not be enough to do that. All you just need to do is write down the answers in bullet points. You can make reference to what you have written when it is time to speak.

After the 1 minute preparation is up, your examiner will ask you to stop and then ask you to begin speaking. You will be given 1 to 2 minutes to do this. As soon as the time is up, the examiner will use another 1 minute to ask you questions based on what you said.

Speaking - Section 3
This part typically lasts between 4 to 5 minutes. During this section, the examiner will ask you questions related to the topic in section 2. Here are some examples of questions relating to section 2 you could be asked.
  • What kind of person makes a good teacher?
  • Why do you think people choose to become teachers?
  • What is more important for a teacher- to be an expert in the subject he teaches or to be very skilled at explaining things and motivating students to learn.



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