How to prepare for IELTS – Speaking Interviews?

The examiner will introduce him or her and may ask you to confirm your identity. He or she will then ask you a quantity of general questions about yourself to try and make you feel comfortable. You may be asked regarding your residence or studies. Then you will be asked one or two more sets of questions on well-known topics such as your hobby, your country, your family ,you city or types of things you like in various groups such as food, clothes, holidays etc. The questions appear from an examiner ‘frame’ (pre-determined questions) so the examiner will not necessarily follow-up with questions based on what you say. The more questions that are asked on a particular topic the trickier they tend to be. However, you do not have to express a point of view or justify it in this part.

Some typical questions/prompts might be:

  • ·         Where do you come from?
  • ·         What is your home like?
  • ·         Tell me about your family.
  • ·         Tell me about your job/studies.
  • ·         Is there anything you dislike about your job/studies?
  • ·         What type of transport do you use most?
  • ·         Do you like reading?
  • ·         What kind of television programmes do you watch?
  • ·         Tell me about a film you have seen recently.
  • ·         Do you have a pet?
  • ·         What kind of food do you like?
  • ·         How often do you go shopping?
  • ·         What’s your favourite festival? Why?
  • ·         How do people celebrate this festival?

Topics may be anything. So be promising to make yourself be able to talk on anything at least 2 minutes without any pause.

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