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Speaking

DO YOU NEED HELP WITH SPEAKING?

IELTS SPEAKING test is designed to test your speaking skills. Examiners, want to know how fluent you are in SPEAKING? Apart from this, they also want to know your ability to speak in length, organizing your answers logically, and using a wide range of words. The most important thing is that you should speak with no or minimum errors.

  • It is a face to face questions and answers session between the examiner and the candidate
  • Around 11-15 Minutes
  • PARTS
        • All about you
        • Task card/Cue card
        • Closely related to Part 2 topic

Part 1

  • Around 4 to 5 minutes
  • Around 3 topics
  • Around 3 to 4 questions for each topic
  • Around 11 to 12 questions in total
  • Questions are all about you

KEY INFORMATION

  • First topic will be about Work/Study/Home/Hometown(any one)
  • Remaining topics can be about anything (but about you)
  • But they are about you, so you cant get them wrong

Part 2

You will be given a Cue or Task card which will have one topic. You will be asked to speak on such topic for up to 2 minutes.

Most candidates do not speak up to 2 minutes and they go blank and speechless after round 1 minute and 10 seconds or so.

If you want a Band 7+ in Speaking, then Part 2 is the determiner. YOU MUST SPEAK FOR UP TO 2 MINUTES.

WHY CANIDATES SUFFER?

  • Don’t speak for the 2 minutes
  • Read their notes, rather than speaking
  • Run out of things to say
  • No structure to their answers

STRATEGY

The key to ensuring that you speak for up to 2 minutes lies in the Cue or Task card itself. If you are just going to speak about the given bullets only, then there is no way you are going to speak for up to 2 minutes.

The instruction words clearly say, ‘YOU WILL HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THE TOPIC’. It means what examiners want is you to talk ABOUT THE TOPIC with or without bullet points. In other words, you can talk about the topic, the bullet points, and other than bullet points, but it should be about the topic.

Apart from bullet points, you can also:

  • Introduce the topic
  • Give description
  • Give opinion
  • Give Examples
  • Speak about past/present/future
  • Speak ANYTHING related to the topic

Part 3

  • Questions that are related to the topic of Part 2
  • 4-5 minutes
  • Questions are not about you
  • Questions are more abstract (ideas, imagination, prediction)
  • Designed to stretch your abilities, so expect tough questions

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