The IELTS Speaking Test; What its about, Tips and Strategies for a high Band
The IELTS speaking test is a one-on-one interview with an examiner and it takes around 11-14 minutes to complete. The speaking test consists of three parts:
Part 1: Introduction and General Questions (4-5 minutes)
In this part, the examiner will introduce themselves and ask you some questions about yourself, your family, your hobbies and interests, your work/study, etc.
Part 2: Long Turn (3-4 minutes)
In this part, the examiner will give you a task card with a topic and you will have one minute to prepare your answer. You will then be asked to speak for 2 minutes on the topic. After you finish speaking, the examiner may ask you some follow-up questions related to the topic.
Part 3: Analytical Discussion (4-5 minutes)
In this part, the examiner will ask you some more abstract questions related to the topic in Part 2. You will be expected to give more detailed and complex answers and justify your opinions.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for the IELTS speaking test:
- Practice speaking English as much as possible before the test. You can find speaking partners online or in-person to practice with.
- Familiarize yourself with the test format and practice speaking on a variety of topics.
- Improve your pronunciation, intonation, and fluency by listening to English podcasts, watching English movies, and practicing speaking aloud.
- Use a wide range of vocabulary and try to avoid repeating the same words or phrases.
- Stay calm and confident during the test. Take deep breaths and speak at a steady pace.
- I hope these tips help you prepare for the IELTS speaking test. Good luck!