1. All test takers – Academic and General take the same Speaking Test.
2. The test is for approximately 15 minutes and divided into three segments – Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Before the test begins, the examiner introduces self and asks you to introduce yourself.
3. This is a face to face test with the examiner, even if, you are taking the computer based test.
4. All responses are recorded.
5. The examiner controls the time and length of your answers.
6. For Part 1 and Part 3, the questions are asked in the form of a discussion. Note that we need to give as much information we can. For all the answers that you speak, make sure to give reasons for your answer. Do not limit your answer to just one line sentence. Speak atleast four sentences.
7. For Part 2, you are given one minute to think and plan your answer. You will be given a note book where you can make notes and later, look at the same notes while speaking. Make use of this time and while speaking you may look at the notes, as and when required.
8. It is a simple test, whereby, it is expected of the test taker to understand the question and speak grammatically correct English effortlessly and address all the questions.
9. The test taker must note that they should not say pardon me frequently. I once had a student whose examiner spoke softly and my student kept saying pardon me, rather than stating that the examiner must speak loudly for him/her to understand the examiner.
10. Speak clearly, precisely and loud enough for the examiner to understand you. Self-correction is good thing to do but, once in a while.
11. Don’t try and learn by heart a template or a standard style of introduction. Eventually, you might end up using it frequently, unknowingly and this will cost you a band.
12. Link one idea to the other. It is important to address the question asked as it implies that you understand English.
13. Building a well-structured answer will get you a higher band.
14. Ensure that you use linkers to link one idea to the other.
15. Self-repetition and self-correction to be avoided as much as one can. If you speak seamlessly, effortlessly and in grammatically correct English, you will score a good band.
16. Idioms and appropriate vocabulary, when used appropriately adds value to the answer. Make efforts to use idioms and appropriate words during practice time. They make the answers very interesting to hear.