IELTS Speaking exam has also been called a listening exam, this is because in order to answer correctly, you must have understood the examiner.

What happens if the examiner has an accent you have never heard before?

In this episode listen to a FULL IELTS Speaking exam, the interviewer is Scottish and may be more difficult for you to understand. Have a listen and then tell me what you think.

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Hello there, IELTS Podcast listeners. In this episode, what I’ve done is I asked a Scottish friend to record himself asking IELTS Speaking Exam questions. The duration of the recording is between about 8 and 11 minutes which is the usual time for an IELTS speaking test. The reason why you’ll hear nobody answering is because I want you to answer. Even if you’re in the kitchen, in the living room, or on your way to work, you can pretend you’re answering. Or if you’re just out walking on the beach or on the road, or whatever. You can just respond to these questions and get used to responding to questions and understanding the types of IELTS speaking questions you will get. And not only is this a speaking exercise, it’s a listening exercise. Because I specifically asked a Scottish friend with a mild Scottish accent to do the questions so you get used to listening to different types of English. This is beneficial because in the exam, you might get a Kiwi, you may get an Aussie, you may get a British person from the North (like myself), or you get a Southerner (obviously South of Birmingham). And if you’ve never heard their accent before, it may be a little bit difficult to understand them and… Well, it’s not going to make life easier if you are figuring out what they’re saying. It’s much better to understand from the very first instant what they say. And this will give you a little bit of a confidence boost and you can spend more time figuring out what you’re going to say rather than listening. 

As Tom said from an earlier podcast, he said the writing test was a reading test (because you have to understand what’s written in the question in order to respond well). And in the same way, the speaking test is a listening test because you must understand the questions asked to respond correctly.

So here we go. I’ll shut up and I’ll let you start your IELTS speaking test. Good luck. And remember, if you’ve got any problems or if you’ve got a few doubts regarding your speaking, you can always check out the “Speaking Evaluation Service” at IELTS Podcast. And also, if you’re struggling with anything, just send me an email: [email protected] And also… Last thing and we’ll get going, don’t worry… Remember to subscribe to the YouTube channel. I’ve put in a lot of effort into that recently. So it’d be a shame if it went wasted. So check those out, and all the best in this speaking test. 

From Ben.

Hello. 
How are you today? 
I’ll need some identification, please. 
Let me just check your full name. 
Did I say it right?
I’d like to talk about travel and transport. Is that okay? 
Have you visited a lot of foreign countries? 
What was your favorite place?
Why?
Would you live abroad?
When do you think you’d go abroad next?
How would you go there? Plane? Cruise liner?

Okay now, my friend will give you the topic card. He’s just going to read it so you may want to write down the points. He’ll read it twice and then there’s a two minute space. The best thing to do is just talk and organize your speaking following the points on the card that he said. And I’ve left a 2-minute space there for you to speak. And trust me, 2 minutes is a long time. Okay. So, good luck. 

Topic card says: Describe a shop you know. 
You should say where the shop is.
What products the shop sells.
And how often you go to the shop. 
And explain why you would recommend this shop. 

A few seconds ago, you were talking about shops. So now I’ll ask you a few questions related to this topic. Okay? 

In general, do you think people are becoming more materialistic? 
Do you think it’s okay for people to act in a materialistic way? 
What impact does materialism have on society?
Are certain sectors of society more vulnerable to this trend than others?
Could you explain that a little more, please?
Do you think this trend will continue on into the future? 

Okay. The test has finished. Hope you did really well. If you’ve got any doubts and maybe lack ideas, maybe you didn’t understand, or anything. Send me an email and I’ll do my best to respond. You can also try the Speaking Evaluation Service and find out if you made any mistakes. And find out from a second source who’s listened and who’s trained in this…

Oh my word! Stupid motorcycles outside.

Okay, I’m sorry about that. Right then. Let’s go. All the best with your IELTS preparation. Bye. 

 

Here are the questions asked:

 

Hello, How are you today?

 

I’ll need to see some identification please…

 

Let me just check your full name, …..did I say it right?

 

I would like to talk about travel and transport, is that ok?

 

Have you visited a lot of foreign countries?

 

What was your favourite place? Why?

 

Would you live abroad? Why?

 

When do you think you will go abroad next?

 

How would you go there? Plane / Cruise Liner?

 

TOPIC CARD SAYS:

Describe a shop you know.

 

You should say:

 

where this shop is

what products the shop sells

how often you go to this shop

and explain why you would recommend this shop.

 

A few seconds ago you were talking about shops, so now I’ll ask you a few questions related to this topic, ok?

 

In general, do you think people are becoming more materialistic?

 

Do you think it is ok for people to act in a materialistic way?

 

What impact does materialism have on society?

 

Are certain sectors of society more vulnerable to this trend than others?

 

Could you explain that a little more please?

 

Do you think this trend will continue on into the future?

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