The speaking section of the IELTS exam is the same for General and Academic IELTS. Candidates speak to an examiner for approximately fourteen minutes, and the conversation is recorded. The key to success is to demonstrate your ability to speak fluently, accurately and for an extended period of time. Often IELTS speaking candidates get nervous during this part of the exam and do not do as well as they should. By smiling and acting confidently, candidates can significantly boost their chances of getting a high score.
In parts one and three, candidates are expected to speak for a long time to answer questions. The best way to do this is by following four basic steps. Firstly, candidates should answer the question. Secondly, candidates should provide reasons for their answer. Thirdly, they should give examples. Finally, candidates can give a contrast to demonstrate they have the ability to see both sides of an issue.
In part two, candidates should quickly take notes that answer the relevant parts of a question. For example, if the question asks them to talk about what, when, where and why a festival happened, their answer should cover four parts of the answer. Too often candidates do not cover all aspects of the answer, and therefore lose marks.
Before the IELTS speaking exam
a. Understand the types of questions
– Part One – Personal Questions.
– Part Two – Individual Response.
– Part Three – General Opinion Questions.
Total time – Approximately fourteen minutes.
b. Practice speaking
– Speak English as much as possible.
– Record your speaking and try to self-correct your mistakes when you listen to yourself.
– Transcribe your speaking to check the way that you speak. When you can read your grammar, you might find that you make simple errors that can be fixed. Get grammar help here.
– Always think about different tenses (for example: past simple tense for completed events, present continuous for events happening now).