The speaking section of IELTS exam checks your speaking ability and vocal clarity. It includes a one-to-one interaction between the student and an examiner. This section consists of three parts, which give the examiner a chance to evaluate the student’s range of different speaking skills. This section is recorded at the time of conducting. The Speaking section checks the use of spoken English of the candidate and it takes between 11 to 14 minutes to complete.
In the first part, the examiner will ask general questions about yourself and a range of related topics like family, studies, work, habits, interests etc. This part takes about 4 and 5 minutes to complete.
In the second part, you will be given a task card which asks you to speak about the given topic. You will have 1 minute to prepare and will be given 2 minutes to speak about it. Don’t speak for less than 2 minutes as you will lose marks for it. After completion of 2 minutes, the examiner will stop you. The examiner will then ask 1 to 2 questions related to that particular topic to finish the second part of the speaking module.
In the third part, you will be asked further questions related to the topic in Part 2. These questions will give you the opportunity to discuss more conceptual ideas and issues. You need to go deep about the topic and state reasons, examples and analysis. This part of the test will get completed between 4 and 5 minutes.
There are unlimited topics on which tests can be conducted but none of them requires you to have specialized knowledge. You won’t be asked to describe the process regarding medical or engineering. Topics will be based on issues that frequently appear in English language media.
1. Part 1 topics are introductory in nature. It is the simplest among 3. Here it is very likely that you will be asked questions about yourself, such as:
2. Part 2 topics are of a personal in nature. You may be asked to describe a family member you appreciate or about a famous festival in your country. You have to include everything which you know about it.
For example: Describe your favourite photograph
3. Part 3 you have to discuss, speculate and explain more about the topic discussed in the previous part, you may have to state the importance of family or how festivals define our society.
For example: Describe your favourite photograph(continuation of the same topic of part 2)
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Only examiners who are certified will evaluate your speaking. When your IELTS speaking section will be conducted, it will be recorded and assessed later. The examiners who listen to your recording are given a set of rules on the basis of which scoring is done. You will be given marks on the basis of the following 4 criteria of the IELTS Speaking Test.
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So, now you are totally informed about the speaking section of the IELTS and also we have mentioned all the tips and tricks you can take advantage of and crack the speaking module well and score high.
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