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Speaking at a glance

This is the fun part of the test, for many reasons. You get to rest before it, you are a little tired from the 3 previous parts and it makes you more relaxed. The examiners are trained to smile no matter what, so you feel as if you were speaking to your best friend.

The first sub-part of Speaking test is an interview, which means that the examiner asks you questions about yourself, your work, studies, parents, brothers/sisters, pets, etc. This is an easy task to prepare for.

In the second sub-part of Speaking test you receive a card with 3-4 questions. After one minute, that you have to think about something to say, you should give a short speech for one to two minutes, which answers those questions. In the end the examiner might ask you a couple of additional follow-up questions.

In the third sub-part of the test you have a discussion with examiner. The topic is somehow related to the one from section two, but it is about more abstract ideas. You have to express and justify an opinion.
The examiner will record your session on tape. Don’t worry about it; the recording is to test the examiner and not you.

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Writing at a glance

First of all, the Writing test is different for Academic and General training Module of IELTS. I am going to talk here about the General training Writing test.

It actually has 2 sub-tasks. The first one is to write a letter according to a scenario you will receive, using not less than 150 words. The second task is to write an Essay on a given topic, present and justify an opinion or give a solution to a problem, using not less than 250 words.

Nothing to worry about here! Once you’ll start using a certain structure which I’ll explain later on for the letter and the essay in addition to your imagination, it is a piece of cake. This task requires a bit of training, but after you write a few essays and letters you will be well-prepared for it and you will feel confident.

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