In IELTS speaking part one, remember to keep it simple, and do not over-complicate your answers.
IELTS speaking part one, especially the first few questions, is intended to prepare candidates for the more complex parts two and three. Listen carefully to the question and directly answer it, without adding unnecessary detail.
The examiner has only two minutes to check your ID, and ask you some questions about where you live, and what you do, etc. If it takes longer, they risk being criticised in later reviews! Make your answers short and simple, and you will have made a good start, as far as the examiner is concerned.
It is important, at this stage, to avoid making it difficult for the examiner, so try to let this first part flow.
Observe when the examiner is indicating, through their body language, that they want to move on to the next question, and pause. This way they do not have to interrupt and talk over you, to take the test forward.
Remember the saying ‘You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression!’ This is very true in IELTS speaking part one.
Although the examiner is supposed to assess your entire performance, a poor start can be hard for them to forget. Also, the remainder of the test can be influenced by it, leading to the candidate losing their composure, and not performing to their best.
The first few questions of the test about where you live and what you do are intended to take less than two minutes to complete. If it takes longer, the examiner can be marked down in subsequent performance reviews. Remember; therefore, that long, complicated responses, containing details that were not requested will not improve your chances of impressing the examiner. Although IELTS is a communication test, these first few questions are intended to be a quick warm up.
Make it Easy for the Examiner!
If the examiner has to interrupt you constantly, then they may begin to get frustrated. It is important to avoid this, as you want to have the examiner on your side. Leave your longer responses for part two and three!
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