IELTS: How to Prepare for Speaking Test?
Wondering how difficult it is to crack Speaking test of IELTS? Stay calm and relaxed because what seems to be a nightmare for most of the people is actually very easy to get through. All you need is, to prepare strategically and focus on the type of questions that are commonly asked by the Interviewer.
Speaking exam is usually scheduled in the second half of the IELTS Test Day after the listening, reading, and writing tests are finished. Candidate gets a gap of an hour or so before the test starts. This break is the best time to frame your answers to the anticipated questions. Make sure to organize your day properly to save time on lunch and be back to the allotted time slot.
Relaxing your mind before the exam increases the overall efficiency and keeps you alert. Giving continuous tests back to back can be quite challenging and tiring though. Be prepared to take some fruits and water along, to replenish oneself, throughout the day.
There are basically three rounds of questions that are generally asked by the Interviewer.
Round 1: Personal questions are usually shot at you in this round, for which, one is expected to speak upon, for 4-5 minutes. Typically, the first question is to ‘describe yourself’ which is consciously intended to make you feel comfortable. Followed by, next set of questions like your interest, hobby, work or studies. More such set of familiar questions may be asked to judge the ability to introduce oneself.
Typical questions that might be asked are:
- Where do you come from?
- Tell me about your family.
- What kind of food do you like?
- Do you like shopping?
- Which film did you recently watched?
Round 2: A topic is given to you by the examiner and you are requested to speak about it for 2-3 minutes without any prolonged break. Being a long round, this can help you flaunt your language skills. A card and a pencil are handed over, to note down the topic. You can take one minute to prepare yourself for the allotted topic. Jot down the key points or just think over the relevant keywords you will use in your speech. Most importantly, quote some examples and experiences to justify the points. This makes it easier to talk more fluently.
General questions that might be asked are:
- Describe a piece of art you like.
- Describe a book you have recently read.
- Describe a family member you get on well with.
Earning points is not a herculean task, if the speech is delivered with full confidence, and is relevant to the topic.
Round 3: This is considered the toughest round compared to round 1 and 2, as examiner can shoot any abstract questions at you. They may be formal, academic or related to the previous topic. Be prepared to share your perspective and support your opinions without hesitation.
Since it is a discussion round, make sure your conversation is interesting and lively.
An important aspect of the conversation is to never forget to say ‘Thank you’, once done with the interview.
IELTS speaking test is a verification of English to make sure that a candidate is comprehensible and fits the standards of the country he/she would be immigrating to.
A strategic approach and continuous effort to improve one’s fluency with the English language can help nail the examination like a pro.