Having to take an English proficiency test such as the IELTS is certain to raise anxiety levels in even the most calm of persons. Having to sit for the speaking section doubly so.
Understanding how the test works is a good way to alleviate this anxiety.
The IELTS Speaking test is designed to assess a wide range of skills. The questions and topics are not intended to test how clever you are. This module will guide you from the very moment you step in the room until the examiner says ‘That’s the end of the IELTS speaking test.’
In this module:
- You will learn the different features of the Speaking Test
- You will focus on some of the grammar that will make the difference between Band 6.5 and 7
- You will watch and read some examples of how to extend your answers or make them longer
- You will learn how to analyse each question effectively and how to organise your ideas so that you have a good start and end, to your talk
- You will learn to develop vocabulary related to common Part 3 topics and also some of the common grammar features you need for success in the discussion
- You will learn some strategies to make your pronunciation clearer
- You will watch and learn from videos of students taking different parts of the test
Please also be reminded that the recordings are just sample answers. This means that your answers might be different. The role of the recordings is to analyse the structure of each answer and the way it complies with each of the 4 assessment criteria (fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy, and pronunciation).