The other day, one of our students came up to us and was completely fussy as it is her third try and still getting the same result. Although, this is her third time she probably has a rough idea about the speaking procedure, yet, she doesn’t have a good foundation about each speaking section. On this article, we will give you an overview to give you a better understanding about your oral test. Do bear in mind that each section has a different purpose in assessing your communicative skills.
PART 1 – Interview
Basically, this is the least complicated section of your exam. The questions thrown at you here are basic questions about your personal life, they might ask you questions about your hometown, family, hobbies, interests, work or studies so the best response is a natural response that provides a little more information than the examiner asked for. It’s like talking to a long time friend in a coffee shop and being detailed about your talk. Remember that one of the aims of this section is to get you talking freely. I suggest that you must prepare vocabularies on these topics, for instance, if one of your interests is scuba diving, make sure that you gain the vocabulary you need to discuss this topic.
Part 2 – Long Turn
This section is generally a description part or story telling, the candidate will be assessed on how well he/she can describe a certain topic in two minutes. Most candidates are usually freaking out when they get into this section test, probably because of lack of ideas in elaborating their subject topic. They key strategy here is to prepare a topic for each major themes, these are subjects about a person, a place, an event/activity/situation, an item/object and a story. Also, make the most out of your 1 minute preparation time, it is still best to write down those important keywords you will be using to discuss which will keep you on track and to avoid forgetting significant details.
Part 3 – Discussion
Apparently, candidates mistakenly take this part similar to how they respond in Part 1. Well, this section is to evaluate your competence in discussing analytically. It sounds a little nerve-wracking but normally the examiner uses this section to adjust your score, if they think that you didn’t perform well in Part 2 they will ask you a tough question in Part 3 to pull your score. You must provide at least 2-3 main ideas to discuss plus you must provide necessary examples such as personal anecdote to support your reasons. The examiner will mostly ask for your general thoughts on an issue; advantages and disadvantages; problems and solutions; how the issue has changed from the past until now; and how the issue will change in the future.
Learning about the purpose of each parts will help you recognize how to respond appropriately. Preparing for your IELTS Speaking is not just a matter of mastering the language but understanding the objective, this way you can feel at ease for having a lay out about what your speaking exam consist.