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What Exactly Does the Speaking Section of IELTS Consist Of?

Many prospective students during my time at SpecTa Education have taken their prediction tests with us, in order to assess their capabilities before beginning IELTS courses or directly taking the official IELTS test at a later date. As one of the teachers who also assist in evaluating the prediction tests, there has always been one section that has fallen short for many who take them, the IELTS Speaking portion.
For those who are unfamiliar or have never researched into IELTS, it can be nerve wrecking to have a one on one speaking conversation with an examiner, especially where English is not one's own native language. Knowing exactly what this section consists of will be the first step to prepare test takers to be well equipped beforehand.
IELTS Speaking consists of three specific parts: Q&A, Extended Dialogue based on a particular topic and the corresponding prompts, and Discussion.
Time and time again many have been mislead by the simplicity of the questions being asked of them during the Q&A, such as "Where were you born?" This is frequently answered with one word replies, "Bandung", to give an example. While this would be absolutely acceptable in everyday speech, IELTS Speaking is all about determining a person's fluency with formal English. Thus, answers should be given in complete sentences with additional detail to boost the score.
After the Q&A, a card will be presented with various prompts related to a topic. Examinees are given 1 minute to collect their thoughts or write down any ideas they have regarding it, before having to present their dialogue to the examiner within a maximum allotted time of 2 minutes. This part of IELTS Speaking can be considered as the most difficult due to the nature of having to continuously speak, and requires a great deal of practice before taking the test.
The last part of the speaking section would be discussion, with questions being broader and more complex compared to part 1, such as global affairs. Responses to these should be much more detailed in order to score well.

This might all seem like a lot to take in and requires quite a bit of practice to grasp, however IELTSjakarta.com through SpecTa Education, is able provide the support you need to pass the test with flying colors through its various comprehensive IELTS preparation courses taught by qualified native and non native English speakers with years of experience helping students achieve their future ambitions. Whether it is for admission into an overseas university or immigration to an English speaking country, we are here to help.

by Alex
SpecTa Education


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