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Speaking Part 3 Tips

After your 2 minute monologue in Part 2 of the Speaking test, the examiner will ask you around 4-5 more abstract questions about the same general topic you talked about in Part 2. For example, if Part 2 was about mobile phones, they might ask you deeper, more complex questions about mobiles like: How have mobile phones changed the types of relationships people make? Some people think that children should not be allowed to use mobiles, do you agree? How has mobile phone use changed in the last 10 years? How will mobile phones…

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Tips

Many consider Speaking Part 2 to be the most difficult part of the IELTS Speaking test because it is a monologue. A monologue is different from the rest of the test because you will be speaking alone, without any questions or help from the examiner. The examiner will give you a cue card similar to the one below: As stated above, you will have 1 minute to prepare before you speak and you are expected to talk for between 1-2 minutes. Below are 7 tips to help you with this section of the test: 1.You Don't Have to Talk About…

IELTS Speaking Part 1- Dos and Don’ts

Speaking Part 1 lasts between 4-5 minutes and you will be asked questions about familiar topics, such as: Your job/studies Your family Your home Your hometown Your hobbies Notice that these questions are all about you. It is considered easier than the other two parts because it is much easier to talk about yourself than more abstract topics, but that doesn't mean it is not important. Below are 5 Dos and Don'ts to make sure that you start your Speaking test in the best possible way. Do # 1- Know What to Expect You will…

Easy Ways to Extend Your Part 1 Answers

This article will look at how long your answers should be in Part 1 of the Speaking test and some simple ways to make your answers better. I am often asked by students how long answers should be in Part 1 . There is no definitive answer to this, but they should not be too short and not too long. That's a confusing answer, I know. Let me explain more. They shouldn't be too short because you want to show the examiner that you can actually use English, so 'I'm a student.' is not really long enough. However, they should not be…

IELTS Pronunciation Guide

Introduction On the IELTS Speaking test you will be graded on four different things: Vocabulary (25%) Grammar (25%) Fluency and Coherence (25%) Pronunciation (25%) Pronunciation also affects our fluency, so you could say that it counts for much more than just 25%. Pronunciation is often the area that causes the most problems and many people think that it is ‘difficult’ to learn. Like any skill it takes practice, but you also need to know how to practice. This guide will raise your awareness about pronunciation features and…

Speaking: Asking the Examiner Questions

What If I Don't Understand the Question? It is totally natural not to be able to understand some of the questions the examiner might ask you. Think about how many times a day you have to ask someone to repeat or explain something in your own language. The Speaking test is supposed to represent a 'normal' conversation between two people and it is totally normal to be able to ask the person you are speaking to for clarification if you don't understand. However, there are some rules that you should follow. Don'ts Don't ask the…

IELTS Speaking: Formal or Informal?

Formally Speaking One of the things that surprised me when I started teaching in Asia was how many formal phrases some students used. Phrases like 'In my opinion....' and 'In modern life...' seemed to be contained in every sentence and I heard 'moreover' more times in my first class than I had in my entire life. This is not a criticism of the students- they can only use what they have been taught- but more a criticism of how they have been taught. Every course book contains phrases like 'in addition' and 'incidentally' and…

10 English Words Even Native Speakers Find Difficult to Pronounce

You might think that all native English speakers have no trouble with their pronunciation, but you would be wrong. You shouldn't feel guilty about your pronunciation of English words; I know one IELTS examiner who finds it difficult to even say the word 'pronunciation'! A hugely popular Reddit thread asked people to list the words they find most difficult to pronounce. Thousands of people responded and below are their Top 10. If you want to hear these words pronounced by a native speaker just head over to howjsay.com and…

IELTS Speaking Criteria

A few months ago I wrote post about the difference between band 5 and band 8 answers on the writing test and lots of people have asked me to do the same thing for the speaking test, so here it is. I have taken each of the IELTS Speaking Criteria and broke them down and explained how the examiner thinks about your speaking and how they grade you. Knowing the IELTS Speaking Criteria helps you get the band score you deserve, because if you don’t know what the examiner is looking for it is very difficult to give it to them. Not…