The first part of the IELTS speaking test takes about 4-5 minutes. During this part you will be asked questions about your family, studies, work, friends, hobbies etc.
Examiner: Hello, my name is … Can you tell me your name, please?
Candidate: My name is …
Examiner: Can you show me your ID, please.
Examiner: First I would like to ask you a few general questions about yourself. Where are you from?
Candidate: I’m from Pune. It is a large city in Maharashtra about a 30-minute drive from here.
Examiner: Do you work or study?
Candidate: I’m studying engineering at the moment, at Mumbai University. It’s a five year degree course and I’m in my fourth year at the moment.
Examiner: Do you live in a house or an apartment?
Candidate: I live in a small rented apartment in Mumbai.
Examiner: Do you like this apartment? Why?
Candidate: Yes, I like it. It’s a small one-bedroom unit, but it has got a nice view of the lake and it has a terrace from where I can watch the sunset. The rent is a bit high, but it is not far from where I study so I don’t have to spend hours commuting to and fro.
Examiner: What kind of house would you like to have in the future?
Candidate: I would like to have a large double storied house with a beautiful garden. It doesn’t have to be within the city, but it must still be close to where I work.
Examiner: Now in this part you should talk about a topic for one minute. You can take a minute to make some notes before you speak. Here is the topic card. I would like you to describe a party you organized.
Candidate: My family has been living in Pune for close to ten years. Recently we moved into a new house of our own after living in a rented apartment for several years. It was a special occasion for all of us and to celebrate it we organized a small house warming party. I can’t quite say that I organized it, but I was definitely involved in the process. We wanted the party to be a private affair, so we only invited our close friends and relatives. My brother also invited some of his colleagues. There were close to hundred people in all. The party was held at our new house. To create the ambience we decorated the house with garlands, balloons and colorful paper balls. We also hired a local music band.
In India we seek the blessings of Gods before we do anything auspicious. So early in the morning, we performed a small pooja. The guests started arriving shortly afterwards. Lunch was served at noon. Since our guests were from different parts of India, we served both South Indian and North Indian food. Organizing the party was not all that difficult because our friends and relatives were all there to help.
Part 3 | Discussion
Examiner: What kind of special celebrations do you have in your country?
Candidate: In our country we celebrate almost all religious festivals. National holidays like Independence day and Republic day are also celebrated with much fervor.
Examiner: Do you think youngsters are becoming less interested in participating in these traditional celebrations?
Candidate: I don’t think so. Youngsters are very much a part of these celebrations. That’s what I have learned from my experience. We get terribly excited about festivals like Holi and Diwali. Our festivals are all about singing, dancing and merrymaking. So I see no reason for youngsters to stay away.
Examiner: What are the advantages of having such celebrations?
Candidate: Celebrations bring people closer. It helps them bond with their friends and relatives. Nowadays it is not uncommon for different members of a family to live in different parts of the world. It is during these special occasions that they get together.