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Guidelines while taking the IELTS Speaking section .

In: IELTS By: Archana Sabharwal

First of all every test taker needs to understand that since this section tests one for speaking one should not keep quiet or speak less. One is marked for and graded on the basis of the following, namely, Fluency & Coherence, Vocabulary, Grammatical accuracy and Pronunciation, therefore keep these points in mind. Here are a few things one should keep in mind while practicing for the speaking section.


  • Speak enough and do not answer in monosyllables.
  • Organize and structure the answer in such a way that it has an introduction, a body and a conclusion.
  • In part 1 of the speaking section one should give brief answers but make sure you do not answer in ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
  • While answering part 2, underline the key words that you need to focus on and also make short points so that you can elaborate on them while speaking.
  • In section 2 where the cue card is given and you are expected to speak for 2 minutes, you should not speak too fast or too slow, you should speak about 200 words. Anything less indicates that you are speaking slowly while more than that shows that you are too fast.
  • Answers to section 3 will be an elaboration of section 2. Therefore this needs to be more developed and elaborated.
  • In order to get good practice in the 2nd section, one should get pictures on various topics and try to talk on them. This will give you practice to speak on any topic.
  • Record yourself and listen to it later to be able to find where your errors are.
  • Think of important people in your life, events, movies that have had an impact on you or places you have visited. Then think of what was important about all these things. Get ideas to talk about them. This will not only help in generation of ideas but will also help in finding vocabulary to talk about them.
  • Listen carefully to what the examiner is asking and only then give a reply. If you have not understood the question asked by the examiner request him to repeat it.
  • Have a good eye contact with the examiner. Don’t just give answers that are memorized.
  • Pay attention to grammar.
  • In the speaking section speak on all the points mentioned in the cue card.
  • Use words like ‘I am going to talk about’ or ‘I feel so because…’. Also give examples to support your answer. Do not use casual words like ‘kids’ ‘gala time’ etc, instead say ‘children’ or ‘good time’.


Keep the above points in mind and practice the Speaking section of IELTS.

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MPhil, MA English (Delhi University), BA(Gold Medalist, Pune University) & B Ed. Teaching experience of almost 12 years from Under graduate to Post graduate level, Corporate Trainer for Spoken English, Communication Skills & Personality Development. English Language Reviewer with an e-learning company, Editor and Translator with Sakal publishers.

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