How to crack the IELTS Speaking Section?
Let us first understand the exact meaning scope and advantages of appearing for IELTS.
|Meaning||Known as the International English Language Testing System, IELTS is an English Proficiency test for non native English speakers. Countries around the globe require IELTS score to analyze the ability of students to extensively write read and communicate proficiently in English language.|
|Scope||IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, Irish and New Zealand academic institutions, by over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and by various professional organisations across the world.|
|Advantages||If you plan to pursue your further education abroad or work in the foreign land, apt communication is the apt key to success. Thus IELTS gives you the right platform to prove your proficiency in the language. Your scores in all the four sections including reading, listening , writing and speaking gives you an overall idea of where you stand amongst the crowd. Secondly IELTS is accepted throughout the world including some of the popular student destinations like UK USA Australia and France. However different countries have varied minimum score requirements that needs to be checked while applying to the specific country. It is generally observed that a band score between 6.5-7 is considered to be a decent score across different universities.|
So now you are aware how IELTS is an importantly aspect to be considered while you plan your trip abroad. Let me brief you about the different sections of the IELTS and how they can together act as a concrete support in accomplishing your futuristic goals.
Listening: There are four sections with ten questions each.
The first two sections deal with situations set in everyday social contexts.
Section 1: Conversation between two speakers (for example, a conversation about travel arrangements)
Section 2: Monologue (for example, a speech about local facilities).
Section 3: Conversation between two main speakers (for example, two university students in discussion, perhaps guided by a tutor
Section 4: Monologue on an academic subject.
The recordings are heard only once. They include a range of accents, including British, Australian, New Zealand, American and Canadian.
- Reading : The Reading section consists of 40 questions, designed to test a
wide range of reading skills. These include reading for gist, reading for
main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument
and recognising writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.
IELTS Academic test :This includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. These are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for people entering university courses or seeking professional registration
- Writing : Task 1 – you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.
- Task 2 – you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style.
Lastly I would like to explain you one of the most crucial part of the IELTS : Speaking
Always remember that more than your words, your body language including how you present yourself, your self confidence and your ability to express yourself in an honest and precise manner draws an immensely optimistic impact on the examiner.
Here, I will highlight some DO’S and DON’TS to keep in mind while appearing for the speaking section.
Introduce yourself: One of the most crucial part in the speaking section is self introduction. Introduce yourself in two or three sentences using simple yet effective language. Avoid repletion and use synonyms of words instead to be more descriptive.
Accent and Pronunciation: It is generally advised to speak in original accent instead of imitating western accent. Originality is always appreciated. However you should keep in mind how certain words are pronounced and prepare accordingly. I would advise you to start speaking and conversing in English at least 15 days prior you take up your IELTS.
Avoid Direct Answer: Always remember that the examiner is not interested in the answer you give as he already is aware about it. He is interested to know how well you frame your answer and present it to him/her. Be honest and direct yet diplomatic while answering questions. Avoid direct or one word answer. Instead try and explain your answer briefly in 3-4 sentences.
Speak, don’t mumble: The more you are vocal and clear in your speech, more are the chances to score a good band in speaking. Students tend to mumble or speak extremely fast due to nervousness. Avoid being self conscious, frame your answer properly and then speak. Make sure that whatever you speak holds relevance.
No slangs: IELTS is a professional English Test designed to understand the ability and proficiency of students to understand and speak English. Thus, while speaking , you should remember that each word counts and draws an impact on the examiner.
Be original: Always advisable to read books , magazine, watch television shows and series to understand the language and their accent. However, have the ability to frame your own creative answers. This will not only help you make an impact on the examiner but will help you in the long run as well.
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