What is IELTS?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an english exam that tests the English language proficiency of people who want to study or work in English-speaking countries like UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many more.
IELTS Academic Vs IELTS General
There are two main versions of IELTS. Test takers can choose either IELTS Academic or IELTS Generalversions of the test. Most univeristies & colleges need the Academic version. One will need to appear for the General version for most employers and visa requirements like Canada express entry or Australia PR.
Both versions of the test consist of four separate components, assessing the four language skills –Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
IELTS speaking test consists of 3 parts.
Part 1: Introduction and interview: Candidate talks personal information, like at first meeting.
- 4-5 minutes
- Questions based on script, driven by examiner
- General topics, like home, family, or hobby
Part 2: Individual long turn: Candidate delivers monologue of 1-2 minutes on given subject.
- 3-4 minutes
- Based on topic card, one minute to prepare notes
- monologue of 1-2 minutes
Part 3: Discussion: Candidate has chance to answer more advanced questions.
- 4-5 minutes
- Questions’ topic usually expanded from Part 2
- The maximum question number is 7, the real number depends on your proficiency level
The key points you exercise are fluency, coherence, and pronunciation. Please focus on these details:
- Express ideas clearly and coherently without hesitation
- Vocabulary size and ability to use of it in right way
- Grammar knowledge, range and accuracy
- Easy to understand with right grammar, no matter with accent
- Use features of pronunciation naturally, like intonation and stress
In speaking test, candidates should show vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation in right way, and avoid any mistakes as possible.
LIST OF PROVERBS TO USE IN ESSAYS AND SPEAKING SECTION
- “Don’t cry over spilt milk.”
- “Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.”
- “Don’t have too many irons in the fire.”
- “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
- “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.”
- Looking at a horse’s mouth is one classic way to judge it’s health
- “Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.”
- Don’t exaggerate small things.
- “Don’t mend what ain’t broken.”
- Alternately, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
- “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”
- “Don’t put the cart before the horse.”
- “Don’t shut the barn door after the horse is gone.”
- “Don’t spoil the ship for a halfpenny of tar.”
- “Don’t use your hairdryer in the shower, you prat”
- Don’t do something that’s just going to get you back.
- “Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.”
- “Don’t trudge mud into the house of love.”
- “Don’t trust the Greek bearing gifts.”
- “Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom.”
- “Do or die.”
- “Do the thing you fear, the death of fear is certain.”
- “If you were born to be shot, you’ll never be hung.”
- “Early bird gets the worm.”