How to prepare for IELTS – Speaking?

Details of the Speaking Test 

Structure of the test
The speaking test is the last test you carry out on the examination day or a day specified by the institute, i.e British Council. You will be given a time slot by the institute duly.

There are three tasks or parts to the test which takes the form of an interview lasting between 11 & 14 minutes:

1.      Part 1 Introduction & Interview (4-5 minutes)
2.      Part 2 Individual long turn (3-4 minutes)
3.      Part 3 Two-way discussion (4-5 minutes)
The tasks test your ability to act upon the following functions in English:
• give personal and non-personal information
• express & give reason for opinions
• make suggestions
• speculate
• express a preference
• make comparisons & discuss contrasts
• summarize
• relate personal experiences
• analyze
• repair conversation & paraphrase

Procedure of the test
The test is taken by one examiner who will ask all the questions and assesses you. The test is recorded on audio cassette. You will be taken to the examiner’s room where you will be asked to sit either in front of or at right angles of the examiner. The examiner will then switch on the cassette recorder and start the test.

Your performance will be assessed on the criteria below:
Fluency & Coherence
Be able to keep going, speak at a normal rate without any unnatural break and hesitation.
Be able to link ideas and language together clearly so the examiner understands you.

Lexical Resource
Have the vocabulary which enables you to express yourself while talking about both familiar and unfamiliar topics or be able to get around any vocabulary gaps without hesitation.
Grammatical Range & Accuracy
Be able to use a variety of grammatical structures properly. Make as few grammatical mistakes as possible. Be understood even though making grammatical mistakes.
Be able to use English pronunciation features like stress and accent naturally. Not causing the examiner any problems in understanding what you are saying. The examiner will give you a score from 1 to 9 for each of these factors. They will be converted into one final score between 1 and 9.

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