IELTS Speaking Part 1
Speaking is one of the most important ways to express your feeling or convey information properly. This is one reason, it is tested when you’re applying to appear in any kind of tests. The speaking test also applies when you take IELTS test. The IELTS has a long procedure of testing speaking skills of a person, this includes three steps, in this article we are going to discuss step one of the IELTS speaking test.
First of all, the test last for four to five minutes. The first part is pretty easy, all you will be asked about, is yourself. For example, what you do, things that interest you, your hobbies, your family, your hometown, your job etc.
To start, we will discuss the manner you should exhibit while appearing for the test.
To make a good first impression at your examiner, appear confident. Calm your nerves, drink water before you enter the room if you may, try not to be anxious. Settle down and smile. Consider the examiner as a pal not a warden. While answering the questions, don’t let your voice waver or shake. Reply confidently or as confidently as possible.
Second step to ace the test is to understand the questions, research a bit before hand, so you know what might be asked and practice as much as possible. It might sound weird and most people think of it as a joke but, practicing in front of a mirror. It really helps your self confidence and gives you the courage to speak fluently. When practicing try to be more spontaneous and not give out scripted answers.
Another factor that is fairly important is to appear interested in the question you are being asked. Try to build up the conversation from the scratch of the question. Do not sound boring or let your expressions improvise that you’re bored of the topic. There is always more to answer. Try not to sound monotonous.
FIGURE OF SPEECH:
Make your figure of speech interesting. Try to be conversational so that examiner develops a better image of yours. Use idioms and proverbs as much as possible without bouncing off of the topic. Use high vocabulary but do not misuse the words. Be careful of using different figure of speeches.
These are the few things that will help you develop a good impression on the examiner. Moving on to somethings that you should not do, starting with.
BE A KNOW IT ALL:
Human nature says, people who pretend to know everything are the most unlikable people. Now, think of this always when you’re giving a test. Its good to have a know how on the subject, but implying that you know everything and more than the examiner can easily be counted as the worst case scenario. Do not try to be a perfectionist, if you get clumsy it is okay, remember it is only human to make mistakes but it is good that you own it.
SPEAK QUIETLY OR FAST:
It is important to use a tone that is audible. Speaking very quietly or too fast and making the examiner ask you the same question again is not appreciated. Try to speak in a way that your words and vocabulary with the figure of speech are clear.
GIVING NO ANSWERS:
The worst thing you can do is not answering at all. We all get nervous at some point and anxiety attacks arrives at the wrong times, but do not give in. Not answering is just the recipe of failing the speaking skill test. To avoid getting low bands try to not just answer but also extend your answers.
These might be some of the things you should take care of, while appearing for the test.
Some commonly asked questions in speaking skills test part one are:
What is your job?
Where do you work?
Why did you choose that job?
Do you like your job?
Do you get on well with your colleagues?
Where is your hometown?
Do you like it?
How often do you visit there?
What is the oldest place in your hometown?
Has your hometown changed much since you were a child?
What do you study?
Where do you study that?
Why did you choose that subject?
What are the main aspects of your subject?
If you had the chance, would you change your subject?
Some random questions like these can be included as well:
Do you like art?
Did you learn art school when you were a child?
Do you enjoy birthdays?
What did you do on your last birthday?
Did you have a lot of friends as a child?
How was your childhood?
Are clothes important to you?
Do you ever wear traditional clothes?
Do you often use a computer?
How usually do you get online?
When do you usually get up in the morning?
Do you think it’s important to have a routine?
We hope that this article will help you in your IELTS speaking skill test.