IELTS Preparation Series 3, Episode 7: The Speaking Test
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Hello, and welcome to Study English, IELTS Preparation. I'm Margot Politis.
Today we'll look at the IELTS Speaking Test.
There are three parts to the test. Each part has a particular purpose.
The examiner will record the interview to ensure the test is to standard and conducted
fairly for all candidates.
Let's watch someone begin their interview. Good morning, my name is Maria. What's your
name? My name's Sanjay.
Thankyou. Can I just check your ID please Sanjay. Thank you, that's fine. What are you
doing at the moment? Are you a student, or do you work?
I'm currently a student. And what are you studying?
I'm studying a Diploma in Business.
The purpose of Part One is to settle you down and get you used to the test situation. So
you will only be required to answer some general questions about yourself on some familiar
topics such as: studies, travel, sports, family, food and exercise.
Let's see how another candidate answers questions about exercise. The first question is designed
to test her skills at identifying:
What kind of exercise do you enjoy? I enjoy running, because I think it's easy,
and I think you should need, er, good shoes and you can run and I can run at morning,
it's really good I think.
The next question is to see how well she expresses an opinion:
Is it important to exercise regularly? Yes, I think it's really important, because
you can, um, keep your body healthy and you can keep fit, especially for girls' health,
keep fit. And it's good for your health as well.
This question tests comparing:
Do you think people are exercising more these days, compared to 50 years ago?
No, I don't think so. Because, you see, like me, they don't have enough time. I think it's,
a lot of people don't have enough time as well, so they don't have enough regular exercise.
Other skills that are assessed include: describing;
expressing preferences; and giving reasons
You are not expected to give in-depth answers at this stage of the interview but you can
extend your answer with a longer sentence.
To help prepare for this section you can develop vocabulary around the topic areas and make
sure you know the verb tense that is appropriate for answering the question.
For example the question 'What kind of exercise do you enjoy?' is in the simple present tense,
so she replies with the same tense: I enjoy running. Listen again:
What kind of exercise do you enjoy? I enjoy running.
In Part Two the examiner will give you a topic on a prompt card to talk about for one to
two minutes. You will be allowed one minute to make some notes. After your talk, the examiner
will ask you a follow up question.