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Everybody wants IELTS! (Oral test - part 3)

Gennaio 2015
Nell’ultima parte dell’esame orale IELTS la parola chiave è: conversazione. Preparatevi a parlare liberamente facendo però molta attenzione alle domande che vi verranno poste.

di Rachel Roberts

Rachel Roberts
Rachel Roberts

Part Three of the IELTS oral test is the only part of the exam where the examiner can have a conversation with you. It is the part when the examiner will try to push you to see how much you know, so expect more difficult questions and take every opportunity to demonstrate what you can do.
The questions are related to the topic you talked about in Part Two, but they become more general and abstract, so avoid talking about yourself. If you are asked about schools in Italy, you should comment on all schools in general, not on the school you went to.
In Part Three you will be asked to express opinions about society, the climate, the future etc., so make sure you know a range of phrases to do that, such as “In my view,” “I think” or “I feel.”
You may be asked to compare the situation in the past compared to that of today, so study comparatives and superlatives carefully before the exam. Similarly, especially if you are a higher-level candidate, you could be asked to speculate about what will happen in the future. Apart from revising future tenses, it’s a good idea to practise some hypothetical language, such as conditionals or phrases like “This or that might happen…,” “One outcome could be that…” or “It’s possible/probable that… .”
The key to giving a good answer in Part Three is to pay careful attention to the examiner’s questions. They will guide you in your choice of tense and vocabulary. If the examiner uses a word you don’t know, you can always ask for an explanation by saying something like, “I’m not sure what you mean by ……,” or “Could you define …..,” or very simply, “I’m sorry I didn’t catch that.” Phrases like “Could you repeat, please?” are a bit simplistic and not something an English-speaker would normally say.
Don’t worry if the examiner has to interrupt you at the end of the exam, even if you had something really good you wanted to say. It’s usually a good sign if you’re speaking right to the end.” 

The British Council deals with everything concerning IELTS in Italy. If you want to have an idea of your current level of English, try the online level test: www.britishcouncil.org/it/italy-exams-test-livello-inglese-esame-cambridge-ielts-online.htm
You can take the IELTS exam throughout the year and you can enrol just two weeks before the actual test date. The results will be ready 13 days later.


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