IELTS Speaking Orientation 2020
1. Your Listening, Reading and Writing Test will be conducted on the same day you book your slot each for 40, 60, and 60 minutes respectively, at one go - that is for 2hours and40 minutes.
2. Your IELTS Speaking test will be held on a separate day that is generally 3 or 4 days before the date of your main Examination of LRW.
3. In some rare cases it can be held a week before but not earlier than that. It can also be held one before your LRW examination or on the next day of the LRW examination. That is, if your LRW examination is on 15th November 2015 it can be held on the 14th or the 16th of November 2015.
4. IELTS SPEAKING TEST MODALITIES.
5. You must carry with a printout of your date sheet which will be you’re your gate pass or hall ticket for the examination.
6. You must also take with you --your Pass port in original and a Photostat copy of it, with you.
7. WHEN you enter the examination chamber you are advised greet the examiner as a part of social etiquette, like “Good morning or good afternoon sir/madam!”
8. You will be offered a seat and the examiner will switch on the recorder and the mike for you, to enable you to speak in clear and audible manner.
9. Remember—that the recording of the whole speaking test is for administrative reasons to ensure that the test is conducted in accordance with the IELTS norms and for any future reference. So you don’t have to worry about it.
10. The first question that the examiner will ask you is: “Can I see your Passport?’ and he will check it and read out your name and Passport Id number which will be recorded. He will also read out his name.
11. The speaking test begins with PERSONAL DETAILS.
12. There are three modules of speaking test namely— Personal details session is a brief interview, in which the examiner wants know about you and details like your name, your place and your family etc. In other words, it is warm up or ice breaking session. In this session he may ask you 5—8 personal details questions. The first question he will ask you is, “What is your name?” This question is mandatory and you have to answer it correctly as it is given in the passport. The second question that is mandatory is – “What is your qualification?” And the rest of the questions that can be likely asked are—where do you come from? _” Are you a student? Or-- Are you working?”
13. Most importantly you must not use any Indian expressions while answering because IELTS is an examination meant for testing your language skills speaking English language.
14. When the examiner asks you a question like “What is your favorite food? He is not asking this question to know which food you like. But he is giving you an opportunity to show your talent of speaking good English. Hence, one word answers should not be given. The answers should be in a full sentence showing your effective ideas and words. Like, “My favorite food is the south Indian balanced, wholesome low calorie and high protein meal which has all the nutrients.
15. However when you have to use an Indian expression it should be followed with an explanation in English—like my favorite festival is Deepavali which means a celebration of lights.
16. General students will have to answer questions like—What are you working as? What are your duties and responsibilities? What are the problems you face in your profession? etc. (Please refer to speaking material and handouts and PERSONAL DETAILS QUESTIONS FROM 24 TO 36.) These questions are not applicable to Academic students.
17. This module is followed with CUE CARD—Which is nothing but a short speech of 2 minutes with
a preparation time of 1 minute on a given topic like of general nature— “Describe a party you attended.”
18. You are also provided with a scribbling pad to jot down the points/ make notes.
19. Remember --You can look at the notes you have made and speak.
20. Read the given topic quickly and the questions that follow it. Also – Remember that these are not the questions to be answered one by one. These questions must be regarded as hints for you, on which you should build up your speech. However, make sure that you have answered all the parts of these questions.
21. Most importantly—the topics given for speaking are to be regarded as imaginary situations and bear no relation to your life. Like “DESCRIBE A FOREIGN COUNTRY YOU HAVE VISITED. “You have to imagine that you have visited a foreign country and you have to describe it.
22. The topic once assigned will not be changed. But if you have not understood the topic, you can request the examiner to explain it and it will be explained to you.
23. Cue cad that is your two-minute speech is evaluated on the following points—i) Grammatical accuracy—which means that you have to speak grammatically correct English. ii) Fluency—which means without breaks and gaps. iii) Coherence – that is connecting sentences and ideas and not speaking random sentences. IV) MOST IMPORTANTLY—LEXICAL RESOURCEFULNESS which means using very good words and expressions which will IMPRESS the examiner and which is the best way to get a higher score.
24. The third module—DISCUSSION QUESTIONS is an interactive session in which the examiner will ask a question and initiate a discussion from it. These questions can be answered with the points taken from cue card topics.
25. According to the guidelines given the book of IELTS the duration of the entire speaking test is 14 minutes but it can stretch up to 25 to30 minutes at times. It depends on the discretion of the examiner.
26. However, the time limit for cue card that is 1+2 minutes remains fixed. The examiner can ask you 5—to 20 discussion questions according to his discretion.