Which part of the speaking is more important?

It is very important to remember that the examiner will mark you on all the three part of speaking test.

Important Things to Remember When Preparing for Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking Test

In part 1 the examiner puts up simple questions. These questions are easy and help the candidate to gain flow. You won’t have to do any research to learn about the possible topics in this section. This section is going to be more personal and won’t require special skills. The questions will be somewhat about your own home, school, friends, likes and dislikes. However, even if you are not much familiar with the topic, the point isn’t about what you do or do not know, but your ability to complete the simple communicative task of talking about everyday things.

In order to prepare, try chatting with friends about topics such as family, your interests, values, and beliefs, what you do for work, or perhaps your studies. Remember that the interviewer needs to get you talking, so it’s unlikely that you’ll be asked yes or no questions without the need to also explain why.

Here are some questions to consider that might naturally occur in a conversation about such topics:

Family
  • Who all are there in your family?

  • Is it better to live in a nuclear family or joint family?

  • In what ways is your family typical or unique?

  • How would you describe your relationship with your family members?

  • In your opinion, is family more important than friends? Why or why not?

  • Do you prefer spending time with your family members or friends?

Work/Studies
  • Tell me about your qualification?

  • Tell me about your work/studies?

  • What would you consider the ideal job? Why?

  • To you, which is more important: a high salary or enjoyable work?

  • In your opinion, what is more important experience or studies?

Important Things to Remember When Preparing for Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking Test

The part 2 is called “the long turn” part. It’s a face to face talk with the examiner for 3 to 4 minutes. In this you will be given a topic card. You will have one minute to prepare your talk and then you will have to speak for 1-2 minutes on that topic. Mostly the topics are on the situations that we face or have face or are chances we will face in the near future. Mostly the topic is on the past tense.

For example:

Describe a place that you would like to visit.

You should say:

  • Where it is

  • When you would like to go there

  • Who would you like to go?

  • And explain why you would like to visit the place.

Describe a museum

You should say:

  • How often do you visit the museum?

  • Which type of museum is popular in your country?

  • Why do you want to visit the museum?

Describe your favorite photograph

You should say:

  • Where was the photo taken?

  • Who took the photo?

  • What can be seen from the photo?

  • Explain why it is the favorite photograph for you.

Describe an artist or entertainer you admire.

You should say:

  • Who they are and what they do

  • How they became successful

  • How you found out about them

  • And explain why you admire them

Important Things to Remember When Preparing for Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking Test

Part 3 is the discussion with the examiner. It lasts for 4-5 minutes and the examiner will ask a broad range of questions based on the topics that you had in speaking part 2. The examiner wants you to expand your answer with further explanations and examples. This is a part where the candidates lose most of their bands; as they do not either fully understand the question or gets diverted from the main topic while speaking. This is the part where the examiner will put you question “why” is she wants more from you. So be very careful. This part carries more bands.

Example Shopping:

  1. Do men do more shopping or women?

  2. Do you think people did more shopping in the past or now?

  3. Is there any change in the shopping trend?

  4. What are your viewing on online shopping?

  5. Do you think it is good to wear expensive clothes? Why?

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