Prepare for the IELTS speaking Test Part 1






Prepare for the IELTS speaking Test Part 1:

The Speaking test in IELTS is a face-to face interview conducted in a room, with the test taker facing an interviewer. Your interviewer is a certified examiner, who will encourage you to speak, ask you questions and have a discussion with you. You will be evaluated by the examiner on your fluency, grammar, vocabulary and pronounciation.The entire test lasts for 11-14 minutes.

If you do not speak English on an everyday basis, the IELTS test could be challenging. The best way to perform well in the test is to familiarize yourself with the test and practice with a teacher or a friend.

Part 1 is an “introduction” where you will introduce yourself and the examiner may ask you further questions about yourself, your family, your hobbies, your interests. This part lasts for 4-5 minutes.

  • Prepare yourself for Part 1 by writing small notes about yourself. For example, you could prepare a couple of pages about yourself. Ask a few questions about yourself. The idea is to speak more, so you can answer with a few expanded answers:

What is your name?

My name is Anita. My full name is Anita Sharma. My friends call me Anu and my family calls me Neetu.

Are you a student or are you working?

I am a student of Law. I will graduate this August and am looking at going to the UK for higher studies. If I am lucky I might find a job there after I complete my studies.

What kind of work do you prefer? A desk job or a job that requires you to run around a lot?

Oh, I like to have a 9-5 job with fixed responsibilities. I would like to be free in the evenings to pursue my other interests and to relax with my family. I don’t like to be a workaholic where I have no time for anything else. I do not want to add too much stress to my life.

  • If you are asked a question about something that you do not have/have not experienced, do not answer with “Yes/No”, “I don’t know” or “I can’t answer this”…There are no correct answers for IELTS.You can make up answers to ensure that you speak more:

What are your hobbies? How much time do you spend on your special interests?

If you have no hobbies, you can say that, “I have no hobbies as such.I spend my spare time chatting with my friends on the phone or watching TV. Maybe in the future, after I am free from my studies, I will join some hobby classes. I am interested in photography. On all our family outings, I take a lot of photos. Maybe I will join a course to study this a bit more.

Do you like to travel?

Instead of saying “No” you could say, “I don’t like to travel. I am very comfortable at home, following my routine work. I think travel costs money and you have to adjust your work schedule and adjust to the timings of a train/bus/ flight, become tired, eat unhealthy outside food—all for nothing! I can read about places and experience new places on TV or through you tube videos.”

  • Remember to use the right tenses, as you are evaluated for your grammar. Use present tense to talk about yourself, past tense to talk about what you have experienced or done so far and the future tense to talk about your future plans.

Use the present tense to talk about yourself: I am a teacher; I teach at Vidya Niketan; I teach the primary school kids. My birthday is on______.

Use present tense to explain what you like to do: I love to knit. I enjoy cooking.

Use present tense to explain what you are currently doing: I am studying at; I am working at__________.

Use past tense to describe events or experiences that happened before “now”: I studied at____________; I graduated from ___________ in the year 2014; I worked for 4 years before I enrolled for my Master’s; I have been taking swimming lessons since the age of 3.

Use future tense to talk about your plans, about what will happen next, about your wishes: I will travel to the UK next month; I will complete my studies only next year; I will be 30 years old next month, I will look for work after I complete my studies, I hope I will get a visa quickly

  • Learn how to mix up tenses when you speak: I grew up in a small village, and studied in my mother tongue which is Tamil (past tense)This is why my English is not so good (present tense); I will take classes to improve my English(future)
  • Prepare a list of good vocabulary words. List them under different headings:

Hobbies: Painting, Dancing, Sports, Photography, Film making, Singing

Family: Mother, father, parents, aunt, uncles, cousins, brother, sister,

siblings, grandparents

Profession: Engineer, Doctor, Teacher, Lawyer, Social Worker, Intern, Pilot

Travel: Names of places you have visited, beach, monuments, school trip, college trip, vacation, holiday, transport you have used, trekking, mountaineering

Food: Cusine, Continental food, western food, Indian food, names of food, restaurant, home-made food, meals, recipes

  • Make sentences on different topics

I love to paint in my spare time

I am an engineer. I work in a factory.

I enjoy going to beaches because I love to swim

I do not like to eat out. I love to cook and keep learning new recipes.

  • During your practice sessions, record you voice (on your phone or computer) and play it back.
  • Use short sentences and simple words that you can pronounce
  • Take feedback from a family member/friend/teacher who knows good English, to let you know how to work on your weak points.
  • Here is a link that will help you with probable questions:


All the best!

January 27, 2017

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