IELTS Speaking is a common module for both Academic and General Versions. The test is live, oral interview of about 11-14 minutes with an examiner. Although the IELTS speaking test is one-to-one interview, it follows a strict pattern. The examiners are responsible to guide and control the interview under the test questions.
Because the structure, style, question types, and even test samples of IELTS speaking test are published to all test takers, study them and exercise them are definitely shortcut to improve your finial speaking score. You aren't just prepare English speaking, you do for IELTS speaking.
IELTS speaking test consists of three parts. The first two parts usually follow a question list that is picked up for you in random. Examiners ask questions by the list exactly. The third part's questions may or may not be prompted to you. It relies on your actual speaking skill in preceding questions. If you are trying to shoot a good mark, never waste questions from third part.
The speaking test is recorded for security purpose. The recording doesn't matter with your score, so don't be nervous or care about it, concentrate on thinking and speaking. Details of speaking test are summarised here.
Part 1: Introduction and interview:Candidate talks personal information, like at first meeting.
- 4-5 minutes
- Questions based on script, driven by examiner
- General topics, like home, family, or hobby
Part 2: Individual long turn: Candidate delivers monologue of 1-2 minutes on given subject.
- 3-4 minutes
- Based on topic card, one minute to prepare notes
- monologue of 1-2 minutes
Part 3: Discussion: Candidate has chance to answer more advanced questions.
- 4-5 minutes
- Questions' topic usually expanded from Part 2
- The maximum question number is 7, the real number depends on your proficiency level
Speaking score is a reflection of your skill and performance. Study and exercise in advance will increase the chance to get a better band. This is why IELTS study, including speaking module, is very important among test takers.
When planing speaking practice, you had better to understand the assessment criteria of IELTS speaking test. Only if you understand the criteria very clearly, your time and your effort can reward the top efficiency.
The key points you exercise are fluency, coherence, and pronunciation. Please focus on these details:
- Express ideas clearly and coherently without hesitation
- Vocabulary size and ability to use of it in right way
- Grammar knowledge, range and accuracy
- Easy to understand, no matter with accent, but grammar should be correct
- Use features of pronunciation naturally, like intonation and stress
In general, show your vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation as much as possible, and avoid any mistakes as you can.