IELTS Speaking Exam – How to Do Part One of the IELTS Speaking Exam

Hi, I’m Oli. Welcome to Oxford Online English. In this lesson, you can learn about the IELTS
speaking exam. The IELTS speaking test has three parts. In this class, you can learn about part one
of the speaking exam in more detail, and how to improve your score. First, let’s review what happens in part
one of the IELTS speaking test. After you introduce yourself, the examiner
will ask you some simple questions about one or two topics. Some common topics are: where you live, your
job, your family, your free time, food, sports, and other simple things like this. Section one of the IELTS speaking test lasts
four-five minutes. The examiner reads questions from a script,
so it’s not a discussion—it’s just question and answer. In this video, we’ll look at some sample
IELTS speaking test questions and answers, and see what makes a good answer. Part one: The First Questions in IELTS Speaking At the beginning of the exam, the examiner
will ask you some basic questions: What’s your name? Where are you from? Can I see some identification, please? These are easy questions, and they are the
same in every IELTS exam. Use the start of the exam to get comfortable. You might be nervous at the beginning of your
IELTS speaking test. This is normal, but you need to try to relax. If you’re more relaxed, you’ll speak better. So what can you do? Answer the examiner in full sentences. Don’t say, “Berlin,” say, “I’m from Berlin.” Don’t say, “Andrew,” say, “My name’s Andrew Gray.” Speak in a clear, confident voice. Make eye contact with the examiner. Making a strong start will help you to feel
more in control. This will help you to feel more confident
speaking English in the exam. Part two: Speaking Fluently and Clearly After the opening questions, the examiner
will ask you questions about one of the simple topics we saw earlier. Let’s start with a simple question: “Describe your hometown.” We’re going to look at three different answers. In this section, you can see how you can speak
more fluently and clearly. Ready? Answer number one: “I come from Moscow. It’s a big city.” What do you think? Is this a good answer? No, it isn’t. It’s too short, and there aren’t any details. To get a score of 6 or 7 in IELTS, you need
to speak at length. You also need to use a wide range of vocabulary,
grammar and pronunciation features. If you give a very short answer, you can’t
do any of these things. Remember: every question is a chance to show
the examiner what you can do in English! Let’s try again! Answer number two: “I’m from Moscow. As you may know, Moscow is the capital of
Russia. I’m really proud of my city and I miss it
when I’m not there. In my neighbourhood, there are many cafes
and parks where I like to hang out with friends in the evening.” What about this one? It’s better, right? It’s longer and it has lots of details. However, this answer isn’t really answering
the question. The answer talks about how you feel about
your hometown, and what you like doing there. The question asks you to describe your hometown,
not say how you feel about it. This is a common problem. Many IELTS students know that they need to
give longer answers, but it’s also important to stay on topic. You do need to develop your ideas. You do need to add details to your answers,
but you also need to answer the question which the examiner asked. You can’t just talk about whatever comes
into your head! OK, let’s look at answer number three: “I come from Moscow. It’s a very large city, and also the capital,
so it’s very busy and crowded. It’s the kind of place where people always
seem to be in a hurry. The centre has a lot of historical buildings
and monuments, while out of the centre there are mostly just residential areas.” This is the best answer. It’s clear, detailed, and on-topic. Remember that you can pause the video and
review the answers if you want. Part three: Using Vocabulary Effectively in
Your Answers Let’s look at another question: “Describe your home.” This time, we’ll look at two sample answers. Think about how the candidates use vocabulary,
and which candidate does a better job. Answer number one: “I live in an apartment in a big building. My apartment has four rooms. There is a bedroom, a living room, and a kitchen. The fourth room is a… Um… I forgot the word in English.” Answer number two: “I live in a mid-sized apartment in a tower
block. It has four rooms in total, with a tiny bedroom,
an open-plan living room, and a dining area, and a kitchen. Then there’s a… What’s the word? Like an office, where I do some work or studying
sometimes.” Which answer do you think is better? I hope it was obvious: the second answer is
much better. What makes this answer better? The use of vocabulary is much better in the
second answer. The first candidate lives in a big building. The second lives in a tower block. This is much more specific. The second candidate also uses a lot of adjectives,
like mid-sized, tiny or open-plan, while the first candidate doesn’t add any description. Using a variety of vocabulary can make your
answer clearer and more descriptive. This helps your score. Both candidates forget a word, but the second
candidate deals with it much better. The first candidate just gives up and says
“I don’t know the word” while the second candidate finds a way to explain the word
and explain the meaning. You don’t need a perfect vocabulary to get
a good score in the IELTS exam. If you don’t know a word, don’t panic,
and don’t give up. Try to find other words or phrases which have
a similar meaning. When preparing for your IELTS exam, think
about the topics which can appear in part one. Learn some more advanced or interesting vocabulary
you could use for each topic. For example, learn and practice ten words
to describe your home, ten words to describe your hometown, ten words to talk about your
hobbies, and so on. Part four: Improving Your Grammar Score in
Part One of the IELTS Speaking Exam Let’s look at our third sample question: “What do you like doing in your free time?” We’ll look at three sample answers. This time, we’re going to focus on grammar. Think about how these candidates use grammar. Answer number one: “I have a lot of different hobbies. What I do depends on my mood. For example, if I’m feeling energetic, I
like to play basketball or go jogging. If I want to relax, I read a book or cook
something. I find cooking very relaxing.” What do you think? Good answer? Yes, it is. It’s very good. It’s clear, and the candidate has mixed
shorter and longer sentences. There aren’t any grammar mistakes. It’s a really good answer. However, most IELTS candidates can’t use
grammar perfectly, and make mistakes when they speak. Let’s look at two more answers which might
be more realistic for you if you’re planning to take IELTS in the near future. So, answer number two: “I have lot of hobbies. I’m doing different things depending on
what’s my mood. For example, if I am very energy, I will play
basketball or go to jogging. If I want to relaxation, I read some books
or cook something. Cooking is relaxing to me.” Answer number three: “I have many hobbies. Sometimes I play basketball or go jogging. Sometimes I read or cook. Cooking is relaxing.” Remember, we’re focusing on grammar. Which answer do you think is better? It might surprise you that answer number two
is better than number three, even though there are many, many grammar mistakes in the second
answer. In the third answer, there are no grammar
mistakes. What’s going on? How can an answer with lots of mistakes be
better than an answer with no mistakes? First of all, the second candidate at least
tries to use more complex sentences. The third candidate uses very short, simple
sentences. This is an interesting point: in IELTS, trying
and failing, or partly succeeding, is better than not trying at all. The third candidate is trying to stay safe,
by only using grammar which he/she knows, but this is not the best idea. Secondly, the second answer is clear. There are lots of grammar mistakes, but the
mistakes don’t make it difficult to understand. This is another important point: in the IELTS
exam, mistakes which don’t affect your meaning are not such a big problem. I should say now, this is only true if you
are aiming for a score of 6.0 to 7.0. If you need to get 7.5 or higher, then you
need to speak accurately, without grammar mistakes, like the first candidate. However, this is not true for many IELTS students,
especially students I meet. Most people need a score in the 6.0-7.0 range. If this is what you need, you don’t need
perfect grammar, just like you don’t need perfect vocabulary. You need to use what you know to communicate
clearly. That’s much more important. So, if you know that your grammar is not perfect,
it’s better to try to speak fluently and express yourself clearly. You can still get a good score in the IELTS
speaking test. Part five: Review Let’s go over what we’ve talked about
today. To get a higher score in part one of the IELTS
speaking test, you need to: Give longer, more detailed answers without
going off-topic. You need to use a range of vocabulary to make
your answers more descriptive. You need to find a way to express yourself
even if you don’t know a word. You need to try to use some longer, more grammatically
complex sentences even if you make some mistakes. Think about the questions we looked at today: “Describe your hometown.” “Describe your home.” “What do you do in your free time?” Think about how you could answer these questions
in the IELTS exam. What details could you add? What vocabulary could you use? If you want, you can leave your answers in
the video comments, and we’ll give you feedback. That’s the end of the lesson. Thanks very much for watching! I really hope it was useful for you.. You can see more of our free lessons on our
website: Oxford Online English dot com. But that’s all for today. Thanks again. See you next time!

100 thoughts on “IELTS Speaking Exam – How to Do Part One of the IELTS Speaking Exam”

  1. Thank you very much for your teaching. I achieved a 7.5 in my first go by just following your videos for a few days. Your way of teaching is excellent and I would recommend this for anyone!
    Keep it up 🙂

  2. I'm from Tashkent .Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan . Tashkent is really busy city. So there a plenty of building which were built in the past. For example: "teleminora" Amir Temur sculpture and something like that . To be honest my hometown was a modern city in central Asia. I rest my case

  3. I come from parachinar its located in north of pakistan its next to the barder of Afg its a beautiful city in wenter the now fall i love it

  4. I simply love your tutorials. Of all other tutorials I've been through on youtube, Oxford online english gave me a precise and better understanding of the right words and what to say on IELTS. Plus the tutor is not just good but handsome as well. Hehe. It inspires me to do my best on my upcoming test. Thank you! 🤗

  5. Seriously i just watch the video and i think it is very amazing because the way he teach is really explaining what will we meet in the exam,even though i have'nt take the test yet but i think i will get a big score in my exam.Do i use the right grammar??

  6. Hello , thanks for your advice , please let me know how can I prepare for IELTS speaking with one of Oxford online teachers?

  7. Describe your Hometown

    My home town is Karachi the busiest city in Pakistan and it has the title of economy hub and city of lights the total population of Karachi is above 25 million as per last year senses result by the span of time the size of the city is expending because people from different areas and different provinces prefer Karachi for doing business and hunting jobs above all the city feed all of us very well

  8. My father is a most important person of my family can i say that sentence by using this word " my father is big en chelado of my family"!???

  9. Describe your hometown___ I live in Amman it's a big city , it's the capital of Jordan , in Amman there's two important landmarks , a Roman theater we call it almudaraj alromani and the cave it's bulit in ammonting , Amman has seven mounting so we call it the seventh mounting capital ,but truly Amman is sleepy in winter comparing with summer , in summer Amman is Avery bustling place it has many activities as Jarish fistivall,

  10. Describe your home ___ I live in a big flat in my country ,it has four bed rooms with Hall and big cetchen , each bed room has separate bathroom also the hall it's has a traditional bathe room , all bed rooms has a sightseeing that's through the windows you can see the mountings.

  11. I live in a mid-sized apartment in a small building. It has 4 rooms in total, with 2 medium sized bedrooms, 1 large living room and 1 small kitchen. Then obviously there are 2 bathrooms.

  12. Please when asked the question : where do you live? do I have to say the place (town, location etc) or the type of accomodation I live in (flat, house)? I'm confused, thanks

  13. Well. Basically I'm from Sylhet which is located in Bangladesh and I think it's the most beautiful city of my country. There are many natural places, monuments, historical buildings which have a great number of tourist in every year. Beside this, It's a small and planned city. Any peace lover want to stay here. Because it has great dealing with daily problems like traffic jam, electricity problem etc and I think it's better to pay a visit in this city, if anyone get a chance.

    Ya. I live in a 3 storeyed building. In front of my house we have a garden. After passing the garden there is the main block. We have total of 4 rooms at our house. One is Guest room, Kitchen room, dining room and 2 bedrooms- one of mine. I like to stay in my room. Because I have many facilities in my room. Oh, I forgot! There's also a rooftop in my home. It can show you a great view of all around of my house.

    Actually I'm a student. That's why I'm busy with my study. But when I get free time I like to watch movies, if It's a dilly dully day. Oh If It's a good day I like to go outing. It's something like playing football, riding bicycle or hangout with friends. It's a fun to pass some times with them.

  14. I have few hobbies. I'm huge lover of sport and I enjoy walking all time. They make me in the picture of happiness andin the pink of health.

  15. I come from is a very large is a part of punjab.chandigare is the capital of is very crowded area.there are lots of malls and big markets where are beautiful clothes specialy punjabi suits.patiala suits are most popular in punjab.there are lots of historical buildings and temples.

  16. I have few depends on my mood what m do..if m feel energetic i like to play badminton and walking.if m totally tired i read books and some is relaxation for me..sometimes i listen music

  17. Thank you for your video, I found it really useful for studying IELTS.
    Below is my practice for answering part 1 speaking, please help me to review this, thank you so much.

    1. Describe your hometown:
    I come from Dalat. It's a beautiful city located in the highland of Vietnam. The weather there is really cool and stable throughout the year, so many people come to Dalat for their holidays. Besides, there are lots of magnificent landscapes for people to contemplate. It's a kind of place where people seem to have a laid-back lifestyle.

    2. Describe your home:
    I live in a terraced two-story house in a suburb of Hochiminh city. It's quite small but has enough rooms for my family members, including an open-plan living room with a dining area, 3 tiny bedrooms, and a kitchen. In front of the house, there is a small garden where we grow some vegetables, flowers and fruit trees. I feel really relaxed when I sit in that garden with a cup of tea after a long working day.

    3.What do you do in your free time:
    I have a lot of different hobbies. What I do depends on my mood. For example, whenever I feel energetic, I go swimming or go jogging. If I wanna relax, I read a book or meditate or cook something. I find cooking very relaxing as I just focus on my task at hand without thinking about anything else.

  18. I have a few hobbies. Actually, I'm a fan of music, so all most of my freetime I usually listen many kinds of music. In addition, I also do other things and what i do depends on my mood. For example, If I feel happy, I like to go out with my friends and go shopping with them. If I want to relax, I watch funny videos on Youtube. It make me laugh and reduce stress.

  19. Hai Mr. Oli!This is the first time I am watching your Video and it's a big inspiration.

    I have different hobbies. It depends up on my mood. If I feel Energetic I like to practice dance or play badminton.If I feel tired or sad like to listen my favorite musics and cook. it's a big relaxation for me.

  20. Hello Oli, the way you explain, its really beneficial for me… plz upload ielts related more and more videos. And vocabulary also.

  21. I have exam the day after tomorrow and I am really nervous but I am just hoping that I get good band score …its my first time.i am just expecting that everything will be fine

  22. Oxford online English is a best channel to improve English language. Through this channel we can easily improve aur pronunciation, speaking ant to get fluency in english. I am starting this channel to learn english so, I like it so much and impressed to this channel. Thank you so much.

  23. My answers go a little more awkward?
    Its something like this

    "My hometown is hasaka, its a rural area with lots of greens and animals. Its far from the capital but it's still a very busy town. The people are quite friendly and sometimes imposing. The buildings rarely exceed 5 floors however the houses are quite big."
    Buttt this is all in my mind once my mouth starts talking it goes all wrong i repeat some words and then stutter and lots of ums and uhs

  24. Thank you … i learnt alot from your teaching but I specially focused on your style of speaking … Thank You for the information.. love from Pakistan

  25. Describe your hometown?
    I live in Milan. As you may know, it is a dynamic and crowded city. The city center has many historical sites and monuments, while out of center there are just residential buildings. Milan is known for its green buildings, so it is an environmentally friendly city.

  26. Thank you very much!, try to watch your lesson every day before the test 1 month, and my score is getting better and better from 5.5 to 6.5 within a month 🙂 Really easy-effective-simple tips.

  27. Thanks Oli for helping and sharing awesome videos, it helps me a lot. I am gonna have IETTS test soon, so my English has been improved tremendously by your effective method of teaching.

  28. Hii oli!! I am from India your videos are so incredible and i watch ur video every day because i get different kind of things from your English video plz keep making these kind of videos even i like ur speaking style😘

  29. Hi Olly!

    I'm just preparing myself for my upcoming assessment exams this Thursday. Just gimme a feedback to my answers.

    II. Describe my hometown
    I'm from the Bicol Region, Labo. Camarines Norte. Im really proud to my hometown because of the uniqueness, culture and traditions they have. There's a mini park to visit, fast food and local restaurants for lunch and dinner and bars for evening hang out with friends.

    III. Describe my Home.
    I lived in a big sized of apartment in tower blocks with total of 3 rooms. There's a whole family and relatives occupied the 2 rooms and other room for their tenants (boarder's). Open living room with dining and kitchen. Lovely to stay there because they me as their family member.
    IV. During my free time
    I have a lot of hobbies, I like dancing, singing, playing outdoor games like badminton and volleyball, but most of the time when I'm at home I play musics or playing mobile games.

    Thank You.

  30. Thank You very much-OOL. You guys helped me a lot in learning English.
    Now I'm only at 4.0 on the Ielts Exam, but I'm trying to get a higher score. I watch your lessons and try to write answers, I hope to recieve feedback form you.

    Describe You Hometown
    Actually I was born in Saigon, so that's my hometown. You may know it by the name Ho Chi Minh city, but I and most Vietnamese people love to call it by the old name-Saigon. It was our capital, but not anymore. However, it's still the largest city in Vietnam, so it's very busy and crowded. The centre has a lot of historical buildings from Frech colonial period, and residential areas are located throughout the city.
    Saigon is the kind of place where people always seem to be in a hurry.

    (I copied a few sentences of the lesson, sorry about that)
    Thank you very much!!!

  31. Could you please asse my below writing for IELTS general writing task 1? give me your comments and how to improve it.

    You are part of a group of musicians who meet on Tuesday and Friday evenings to practise in the community hall.

    You have been told, however, that it is no longer possible for the group to use the hall.

    Write a letter to the manager. In the letter:

    • describe what the group does

    • explain why the group is good for the community

    • suggest alternative days and times for practice

    You should write at least 150 words.

    Dear sir/ madam,

    I hope my letter meets you well.

    I am kindly writing to you to introduce our team activity and profile. We are a british music team who participated in any formal and informal parties. we are aiming to be one of the best music team in the United Kingdom and all over Europe.

    We do introduce classic british music in Opera, governmental festivales and public gathering. Such activities enable people to have joyful time during weekends, special events and even during their work through listening to our recorded tracks. We are aiming to introduce our culture to the nations among the play we do.

    Saying that, I appreciate your usual support to book the hall for us again during non-peak times which will help us to be more confident in real situations after such training in advance. I see that Monday and Wednesday will be fruitful for both of us. Here I'd prefer if you accepted our invitation to you and your family for first class seats during our next open air party in cambridge street.

    Thanks in advance and keen to read from you soon.


    Ahmed Abounar.

  32. Hi Oli, would you like to asses my anwers below?
    Thank you in advance.
    1. Describe your hometown.
    I come from a small city
    in East part of Indonesia, named Ambon. It's also capital city of Maluku province. It has lot of beautiful beaches as it surrounded by sea. Because it's a small city, tourist can exploring Ambon city in approximately 1 – 2 hours by using motorcycle or rent a car.

    2. Describe your home.
    I live in a comfortable house, there are 3 rooms, living room, kitchen and a bathroom.

    3. What do you do in your free time.

    I usually read novel and my favourite author is Tere Liye ( He is famous in Indonesia) or watching Korean dramas and movies. I enjoyed all genres but I really do not like horror movies.

  33. Hi. I am going to sit in ielts exam very soon. I want to know more about the other modules reading,listening, and writing.
    I am feeling a bit nervous cz thinking as I dont know anything of it.
    But while listening to somebody, it makes me more clear than before.

  34. I want to achieve 7 bands or 7.5.. plz help me out to make myself very best in vocabulary to get myself out with this ielts passing result.
    Plus keep giving us more assignments as you have given these last questions in the video.

  35. Hello .oli you are such a awsome teacher
    Very impressive video you make it for us and the way u teach its very nicely .u r true teacher .thank u very much .keep going .stay bless .

  36. I hope to be a fluent english speaker i am shy and afraid to make mistakes it is why i find it difficult to express comfortably

  37. I come from alex in Egypt, it's the second largest city in Egypt ، it founded by alexander the great , we can find alot of coffe, cinema and restaurant, we can find Montaza alot of people visit montaza to relax and enjoy the weather and children's playing
    The weather in Alex is very beautiful
    We can find alibrary of Alex it's the biggest library in the world it find alot of books different languages, alot of people in the world visit it, we can find in alex alot of mall's such as San Stefano, city center and green plaza alot of people visit it to go shopping ,cinema, coffee and restaurant.

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