In this post, we’re going to look at the IELTS Speaking Test Part 1. We’ll look at a few different strategies that you can use to get the highest score possible while trying to keep things as simple as possible.
The benefit of learning the strategies of the IELTS Speaking Test are significant. If you can learn how to answer the questions without thinking, then you can spend your time thinking about content. And the content is where the big marks happen.
Finally, if you are not sure what the speaking test is all about, head over to this post here to get a better understanding.
Please note that this is not a replacement for real preparation. Read this article, and you’ll discover a way to get a speaking test assessment from me at absolutely no cost to you.
IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 In-Depth analysis
The IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 is the first part of the IELTS Speaking Test. The main aim of Part 1 of the speaking test is to get you to relax as much as possible. Of course, that doesn’t mean Part 1 is unimportant, because it is.
However, you should think of Part 1 as being part of the speaking test where you can get comfortable, and prepare yourself for the main parts of the speaking test, which are Parts 2 and 3.
So, here are the top tips to getting a high band score in the IELTS Speaking Test Part 1
1. Don’t Be Overconfident When You Enter the Room
Being confident is absolutely essential to getting a good score in the speaking test. However being overconfident can lead to not getting the best score.
You goal is not to start chatting to the examiner, asking him if he had a good day, is he enjoying the food, or if he’d like to go for a drink. Your job is to reply to the examiner’s questions, and that’s it.
When you entered the room, let the examiner do the talking. They’ll ask your name, for your identification, and may be one or two other things. Once that has finished, sit quietly and listen to what the examiner says.
2. Answer the Questions Directly
When you examine that starts asking you questions import one, the first thing you should do is answer the question directly. So if the examiner asks you something like:
“What is your neighbourhood like?”
Your answer should not be:
“Ooh, that’s a good question. What is a neighbourhood? That’s also a good question. Do neighbourhoods even exist anymore? Something I always ask myself etc etc.”
Your answer should be something along the lines of:
“My neighbourhood is very quiet and clean, and the people are very friendly.”
When answering Part 1 questions; especially when you are just beginning the test, make sure to keep things simple. As your confidence grows, you can start answering questions in more of a complex way but at the beginning, just make sure you are answering the questions cohesively and fluently, and not trying to be too clever.
3. Explain Your Answers Clearly
Once you have answered the question directly, you will want to add some extra information. You can do this by explaining your answer or giving an example. Check out the complete answer below:
“My neighbourhood is very quiet and clean, and the people are very friendly. For example, if one of us goes on holiday to another part of the country or overseas, the other neighbours will check to see the house is okay and that nobody has tried to break in and steal something. Because we have all lived in the same place for a long time, we look after each other and make sure that no one has any problems.”
4. Ask the Examiner What the Word Means
Even at the beginning of the test, you may have a problem understanding the question that the examiner asks. You only have two real options here. you can also ask what a particular word means, or you can ask the examiner to repeat the question completely.
If you don’t understand the question because of a difficult word, ask the examiner what that word means. You could say something like:
“I’m sorry. Could you tell me what XYZ means?”
Again, it’s important not to over-complicate matters here. Don’t try and be clever. Don’t try to show how good your English is by asking what a word means in a complicated way. It’s not a good idea; especially, if you can’t understand a Part 1 question!
Just ask the question above so that the examiner can reply to your question in the same direct manner. He’ll appreciate it and so will you.
5. Ask the Examiner to Repeat the Question
The other reason you might want the examiner to repeat the question is that you just don’t understand what the question means. If that’s the case, you should simply say something like:
“I’m sorry. Could you repeat the question, please?”
Again, this is nice and simple, and the examiner is in no doubt what you want him or her to do.
By the way, you may feel that you don’t understand the question because you don’t know what a word means and you don’t understand the question. If this happens, I think it’s best to ask what a word means first.
If you ask the examiner to repeat the question first, and then ask what a word means, by the time he has finished explaining what the word means, you may have forgotten the question. Asking the examiner to repeat the question again will not sound good, and could lead to the examiner lowering your mark.
Bonus IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 Tip #6
Of course, this is not nearly as in-depth as you need to actually score good marks in Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking Test. To do well in part 1 of the speaking test, you need to have a teacher. Fortunately for you, I am a qualified IELTS teacher, with over 22 years of teaching experience, ready to help you reach your goals.
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