Prepare for IELTS Speaking Test- part 3

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Prepare for IELTS Speaking Test- part 3:

Part 3 of the IELTS speaking test is a discussion or conversation between the exam candidate and examiner. The discussion lasts for approximately 5 minutes. Part 3 is an expansion of the topic given in Part 2 of the IELTS test.However, although the theme will be based on the part 2 topic, the discussion will be more abstract and be based on current world views and ideas.

For example, if Part 2 asks you to describe a well-known person you are fond of, Part 3 will expand on the theme.

  Here is a sample cue card:

  • Do you want to become famous?
  • How to become a well-known person in India?
  • What kind of people can become famous in India?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of being famous?
  • What do you think of the privacy of a well-known person?
  • What do you think of the relationship between a well-know person and advertising?
  • Would you be influenced by the well-known persons in TV commercials?

Tips to ace the test:

  • Remember that the speaking test will influence your scoring band-width to a great extent. Even if you get 6 in all other tests but a 4 or a 5 in the speaking test, your entire score will suffer.
  • Many students prepare only for the reading and writing test, thinking that the speaking test will be easy and that you can easily handle a 15 minutes test.This is far from the truth. You will need plenty of practice for the speaking test, even if you are a regular user of English.
  • From books and internet, search for suggested speaking topics for all parts of the IELTS speaking test
  • Practice speaking on each given topic
  • Read and listen to voice files on certain topics for practice and for ideas to use
  • Record your voice on your phone or on your computer and play it back. How does it sound? Take care you are pronouncing your words right
  • If you are not a familiar user of the English language, practice speaking with a friend or teacher who knows good English
  • Even fluent speakers of English may not be able to speak for 5 minutes continuously. Practice your speaking by timing yourself.
  • If you are a first time user of English, then, start preparing 6 months before the test
  • Do not register for the test until you are confident that you will pass. You may end up paying the test fee again and again if you fail the test.
  • When given a cue card, read the topic and questions thoroughly. You must make sure that you do not digress from the topic.
  • Do not answer, “I don’t know” or “I can’t speak on this topic”. Your examiner will guide you with some conversation, but you should be able to understand the topic and say something about it.
  • During the discussion, please speak and give your opinion on any subject. There is no right or wrong answer
  • Do not interrupt the examiner or get impatient or angry while speaking.
January 27, 2017

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