Saturday, July 11, 2009


Preparing For IELTS Speaking Sub Test

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination is primarily designed to assess the readiness of candidates to study or train in further or higher education courses held in English at college or university. Read more on International English Language Testing System.
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From my earlier post, you should be aware that there are 4 sub tests in IELTS. The Listening Sub-test, the Reading Sub-test, the Writing Sub-test, the Speaking Sub-test. Here we will see about speaking sub test.

The Speaking Sub-test takes between 11 and 14 minutes.  The Sub-test consists of an  interview with a trained examiner, and is recorded on a tape recorder. However, this recording is made to assess the examiner and not the candidate.

There are 3 parts to the Speaking Sub-test.
Part 1: you answer questions about your home life or family life, work or study, your interests  and other familiar topics of a general nature to reveal your background. (4-5 minutes)

Part 2: you are given exactly 1 minute to prepare yourself to talk about a particular topic. The  instructions to guide your talk are written on a card given to you by the examiner. Your  talk should last for 1 -2 minutes. The examiner will ask one or two questions at the end. (3-4 minutes - including preparation time of 1 minute)

Part 3: you have a discussion with the examiner based on themes connected to the topic given  in Part 2. This part of the test requires discussion of more abstract ideas. (4-5 minutes)  The interview is then closed and the Speaking Sub-test is completed.

Most of the questions asked in the Sub-test are scripted; they come from a bank of questions  prepared by the test authorities. These questions are being continually added to and updated.

The Speaking Sub-test Band Score is calculated from a comprehensive checklist of speaking
skills in 4 distinct areas of ability:-Fluency and Coherence Lexical Resource , Grammatical Range and Accuracy Pronunciation.


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nancy john
May 1, 2013 at 7:18 PM delete

Good post about ielts it is very useful for students


August 5, 2013 at 10:10 PM delete

Skills in IELTS is very important for pass this test

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August 21, 2013 at 9:33 AM delete

speaking is the most important part of ielts