Speaking is the last part of IELTS exam. It is an interview between you and the examiner. This test is recorded. It is 12 to 15 minutes long and consists of three parts:
Part 1. Introduction and general questions.(4-6 minutes)
In this part you will be asked your name and your examinee’s ID card. The examiner will then ask you a number of general questions.The aim of this part is to make you feel easy and relaxed before having to deal with more complex tasks. Think of it as a mental flexing part built into the exam.
Part 2. Answering the task card questions (2-3 minutes)
This part involves a task card that is given to you by examiner. The card has a task question with a number of points you should address in your answer. You will have one minute read and prepare for your answer. You are free to make any notes during that time. After the minute of preparation is over, you will have to speak for 1-2 minutes. If your answer takes longer, the examiner will let you know. After the answer, the examiner will ask you a few questions related to the topic.
Part 3. Discussion (3-5 minutes)
The examiner will ask you questions related to the topic from Part 2 of your exam. More abstract concepts and ideas are discussed, so you have opportunity to use a wider scope of vocabulary.
To help you meet the examiner’s expectations and to address any weaknesses you might have, know the speaking assessment criteria.
1. Fluency and coherence
Your speech should be fluent and without long pauses. It should also be easy to follow — your sentences have to be logically connected so that the listeners don’t get confused.
2. Lexical resource
Your should demonstrate your vocabulary, avoiding word repetition and using synonyms instead. The words that you use should collocate well with each other. Your speech should be idiomatic.
3. Grammatical range and accuracy
You should display various grammatical structure. They have to be used appropriately. Your speech should not have grammar mistakes.
You should be easy to understand — your accent have to clear and effortless to listen to. Your pronunciation has to be consistent (for example, you should stick either to American or British pronunciation).
Next page is going to give you ways of improving each of your aspects.