Quick Tips for IELTS Speaking Part 1

Quick Tips for IELTS Speaking Part 1

Here’s a list of tips to help you in your speaking part 1.

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Tips:

  1. IELTS Speaking Part 1 will last between 4 to 5 minutes, not more than that
  2. Examiner will start the recording at the beginning of the test, so you’ll know when to start
  3. In part 1, you’ll be asked questions on three everyday topics, for example, your hometown, family, leisure activities, education, holiday, hobbies, happiness, sports, parks, school, cooking, weather, computer, plants and so on.
  4. You are not allowed to ask the examiner to change the topic
  5. Topics are generally chosen by the examiner randomly from long list
  6. Don’t stop speaking just because you don’t like or know much about the topic like past time, your dream, your future plan, your hopes, your memories, what people in your country like, or what is popular
  7. You’ll be asked nearly 12 questions in ielts speaking part 1 from 3 different topics
  8. Questions will be about your hobbies, your memories, your childhood, your family, your life, your friends, what people in your country feel or think about something.
  9. The examiner indicates the topic by saying ” let’s talk about….”
  10. Directly answer to use correct grammar always – “Do you like swimming?” Answer: Yes, I do, but I prefer playing cricket with my local mates.
  11. In the IELTS Speaking Part 1, you answer should be between 1 -2 sentence
  12. Always you should add more to your answers.
  13. Never use 2 or 3 words as your answer to questions in any part. You must show your examiner your English skills to get good score, unless you won’t get good score in the IELTS Speaking Test
  14. Let the examiner take decision when to take the move to the next questions, so keep talking until he asks the next question
  15. It’s normal to interrupt your answer by the examiner, you should be ready for that. Because it doesn’t reflect your score or the length of your answers. It’s just the part of testing system.
  16. It’s fine to give negative answer sometime “Q. Do you often go to the cinema?” No, I don’t. Frankly speaking, I actually have scarcely time, and so far I can remember last time I went to the cinema was about 10 years ago.
  17. Some questions require long answers, because they need more explaining. Q. Do you think men and women like similar movies? = A. Well, it’s hard to answer, I suppose that it is common for man to like movies that extremely action based  with more special effects, while women generally go for romantic movies and comedies.
  18. If you are asked about your hometown, it means the town where you spent most of your childhood. If you were brought up in more than one place, you can choose which place to describe.
  19. If you are asked about your neighbourhood, it means the street and streets around where you live now.
  20. If you are asked Q. Do you work or do you study? , just be honest and direct in your answer A. I work/ I study / I am a housewife / I don’t work or study at the moment. The examiner l•vill then ask you about your work, about your studies or the examiner will change the topic if you do neither. This is the only time the examiner might be the topic based on your answer.
  21. Questions are not that the examiner wants to know about your life, rather he wants see how well you can speak English. in IELTS Speaking test your ideas are not marked, but language.
  22. Must remember, some examiners are not as friendly as others, so you should be ready for that and ensure that doesn’t influence your performance
  23. Your aim should be to talk naturally and confidently in the IELTS Speaking test. Hence be chatty to share your thoughts, your feelings, and remember to be polite though the exam is informal. Each question is an opportunity to show the examiner your English
  24. If you have taken your test already, feel free to share your questions for others benefits sake.


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Nazrul Islam



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