Sample Test #Speaking Section

Part 1 Answer the following examiner questions
Can you tell me your full name?
What shall I call you?
Which country do you come from?
Whereabouts is your home town?
Tell me about the countryside outside your town.

Now let us talk about your family
How big is your family?
How often do you spend time together?
What do you enjoy doing as a family?
In what way do the members of your family keep in touch with each other?

we all are in computer era.
How often do you use the computer? What for?
Do you prefer using the Internet? Why/why not?
How did you learn to use a computer?
In your opinion is it important for a commoner to know how to use a computer? Why/why not?

we all live in so much of rush, so much of work pressure.
What do you do to keep you healthy?
Why do you think, people still avoid doing regular exercise?

PART 2
You are given two minutes to talk about the given topic. time will be given to read the topic and make notes and prompts.
Describe a typical day at your school,college or office.
You must say:
What do you do?
when do you do that?
How long have you been doing the routine?
If given a chance would you change anything about your routine?
At the end of your part 2 talk, the examiner may ask you one or two questions to close the topic. These are usually yes/no questions that do not need extended answers.
Do your friends have similar routine?
Do you generally like routines?

PART 3
The examiner will ask you some questions that relate to your topic, but on a more general or abstract level. You must give extended responses and the language must be formal

let’s talk about how people feel about routines.
Do young people and old people have different attitudes to routines where you live?
What are the benefits and drawbacks of having a daily routine?
let’s consider choice in routines
What according to you are the factors that influence most people’s daily routines?
Do you think people get enough choice in their daily routines? Why/why not?
What about changes in routines?
what is the difference between work or study schedules as compared to past? why?
in what way will people’s routine change in future?

So, practice this test. The IELTS test are quite similar i.e they have a set pattern of asking questions. So, remember the more you practice, the better score you get.

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How To Answer # Speaking Section

IELTS speaking is actually an interview wherein questions asked will be those that are related to you or you can say the ones whose answers shape up your life. For today, let’s look at how to answer speaking section.
“the saddest/happiest” moment of my life
This is the main topic. Now questions related to this main event or the main topic will be asked. Questions as in-:
What happened?
How did it changed your life?
How did you cope with it?(in case of saddest)
Who did you shared it with?(in case of happiness)

How to answer?
The questions asked are easy, you may even wonder what is the trick in answering, after all you know the answers of them. The trick is how you answer it. So remember the following while answering in the IELTS speaking test-:

  • Make sure your answer is organized. If you start talking about something, make sure you complete talking about it before you move towards something else.
  • Don’t repeat words. Make use of your vocabulary. Remember the better the vocabulary the better your score.
  • Make sure you sound grammatically correct.
  • Keep control of yourself. Such a question could get quite emotional for many. but remember you won’t be getting marks on how emotional you got while answering. Remember, it could be the most emotional moment of your life but you have to keep in check of your emotions while answering.
  • Don’t straight away begin by saying, the happiest/saddest moment of my life is this and that. make a plot before you begin. You can say, everyone has their happiest/saddest moment in their lives. Mine was when this and this.

Remember, presentation matters, so present well, use good vocabulary or may be some idioms, and increase your band.

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Prepare For Speaking Without Help

IELTS has a speaking section. So how do you prepare for this section?While some have the opportunity to go to a coaching center, what about others.I say prepare for speaking without help. While doing this some of you may be lucky to have people who talk in English with you 24/7. There are some who find it difficult to have a partner to talk to. What should you do? You can aim two things with the same stroke.

  1. Download speeches of people who are admired for their speaking skills. Listen to their speeches. But then just don’t listen. Often the transcripts of the speech are available in Internet. Download them as well and try to speak with them. Try to speak like them. Don’t just blindly follow them, but you can surely grasp those essentials of speaking.
  2. Also bear it in mind that the speech that you use, is of a person who is admired for his / her speaking capabilities. It could be Hitler or Obama or Ruth Levine.
    This will include lot of pausing and rewinding and forwarding. But in the end you will surely improve your listening as well as speaking skills.

Remember it is not just about cramming the syllabus. You need to prove that you deserve it.

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Band 9 Decoded

Have you ever wondered what goes behind these bands? What does the British council means when it says you got a band 9 or a band 7? What is the difference? Why do we want to be in band 9 or a band 8? And more importantly what does it takes to be in a band 9? What skills I you require?
Well, you are right. Certainly, there are some skills required if you want to be in band 8. There are rather three parameters on which you are checked. So without further ado, let’s begin.

FLUENCY AND COHERENCE-: You are required to speak fluently with only rare repetition or self correction. Although there could be some hesitation, but that is content related rather than to find words or grammar. You are expected to develop topics fully and appropriately.
LEXICAL RESOURCE-: a band 9 uses vocabulary with full flexibility and precision in all topics. A band 9 uses idioms most naturally and accurately. You must use full range of structure naturally and appropriately. Band 9 posses’ characteristics of a native speaker. What do you mean by the characteristics of a native speaker? Well a native speaker would use structures more accurately and more precisely.
PRONUNCIATION-: the best way to judge if you have good pronunciation or not is,”
whether the examiner can understand you without any efforts. So, you have to work on that. Speak in a way that people can understand better. More importantly, a band 9 speaker ought to maintain the fluency throughout i.e. pronouncing words should not bother them.

So go on, work hard. More importantly work smart. Don’t work on things that shouldn’t bother you in IELTS. Work on the above parameters. And remember, if you decide to get a Band 9 in IELTS, you surely can.
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