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How to describe yourself in IELTS Speaking?



The IELTS Speaking section of the test takes about 11 to 15 minutes and is primarily conducted like an interview by an examiner. The candidates are assessed based on their fluency, coherence, grammar, accuracy, and pronunciation. This Speaking Test is conducted by the examiner in three parts and the entire conversation is recorded.

Part 1: In this part of the test is mainly attributed to the introduction. This includes the document checking by the examiner, some warm up, introduction questions and then questions about on two different topics related to the candidate’s life like their family, job, studies and interests.

Part 2: In this part of the test the candidates are given a topic by the examiner and a minute to prepare, then they are asked to speak for 1 to 2 minutes on the particular given After the candidate has finished speaking, the examiner may ask them a couple of questions based on the topic.

Part 3: In this part of the test the examiner engages the candidate in an in-depth about the abstract issues about the topic given in part 2 of the test.

The speaking interview conducted by the interviewer is a highly organized where the candidates are guided with prompts and specific questions. The candidates are given the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to have a conversation about everyday events. The interviewer needs to convinced that the candidate has the capability to talk about their life, answer general questions, share personal experiences and opinions with others in English.

Important tips:

1) Don’t Research: A candidate wouldn’t have to do any particular research or learn about possible topics for the speaking part of the IELTS test. This section of the text would require the candidate to talk about their personal life rather than utilising their prepared set of skills.

2) Be early: Ensure that you are early for the interview as this will enable you to have enough time to be calm and relaxed before the test.

3) Talking slowly: Always maintain eye contact with the examiner and speak in a sedate pace with clear intonation and polite cadence

4) Have a conversation: Speak as much as possible but in a formal manner. Make sure you are having a conversation with the examiner.

5) Don’t emote: Ensure that you are not showing negative emotions and also avoid giving yes or no answers.

6) Pay Attention: The candidate must pay clear attention to the examiner and make sure to answer all the questions appropriately. Even if you do make a mistake, correct it and move on with your answers.

7)Using simple words: Try to use simple words as much as possible. One does not need to use verbose vocabulary and language to impress the examiner. This might backfire and create negative impact in some cases.

8) Don’t memorize the answers: It is not recommended for candidates to prepare and memorize their answers. The examiners are trained to identify prepped answers from the candidates and such memorized replies can potentially affect your score.

9)Prepare by chatting with family & friends: Candidates can have conversations with their friends and family about topics such as family, values, beliefs, work, education and interests so that you can get familiar and comfortable with the concept of having a conversation about these topics would potentially come up in the test

10) Speaking in a natural tone: The candidate should ensure that while having a conversation or replying to the examiner’s questions, they shouldn’t sound monotone. One’s tone should be natural, do not try to mimic any foreign accent, but also ensure that your native language influence isn’t hard felt.