In this episode, I will be talking about the IELTS Speaking exam.
I know the IELTS exam isn’t going to be relevant for everyone, although I always like to mention that preparing for the exam can also be great practice for English in a general sense. I’m sure those who have taken the exam before will agree that their English improved during the process. So even if you’re not taking the exam, I really hope this episode will be useful for you in some way.
Since the beginning of this podcast, one of my main reasons, for making content was based on listener questions. I realised I would get the same questions again and again, and rather than trying to write out messages to reply to each one. I thought it would be much better for both me and the person asking the question if I could put all of my advice into one episode.
So the goal of this episode is to make the ultimate guide to IELTS speaking.
3 Parts, 11-14 minutes total
The examiner will introduce him or herself and ask you to introduce yourself and confirm your identity. The examiner will ask you general questions on familiar topics, e.g. home, family, work, studies and interests. This section should help you relax and talk naturally.
The examiner will give you a task card that asks you to talk about a particular topic, including points to include in your talk. You will be given one minute to prepare and make notes. You will then be asked to talk for 1-2 minutes on the topic. You will not be interrupted during this time, so it is important to keep talking. The examiner will then ask you one or two questions on the same topic.
The examiner will ask you further questions which are connected to the topic of Part 2. These questions are designed to give you an opportunity to discuss more abstract issues and ideas.
What questions do you have about Speaking?