You need a good IELTS General Band score to study, work or emigrate permanently abroad in nations where English is a national tongue.
The IELTS General Speaking Test is conducted face-to-face or on a video call with an experienced and well-trained examiner to evaluate English speaking competency. It consists of three parts – Part 1, 2 & 3.
In this part, the examiner will inquire about your background, employment, family, education, interests, pastimes, etc. This part of speaking is to build rapport with the examiner and get you warmed up for the upcoming parts of the exam.
In this part, you must speak for at least two minutes about the subject that has been given to you by the examiner. You will have one minute to prepare for the question and write down your response before speaking on a notepad or a piece of paper. After that, you must begin discussing the subject. This part of speaking is called Cue Card or Task card as well. The purpose of this part is to evaluate whether you are able to speak at length or not.
In this part of speaking; you will be asked a number of questions by the examiner related to your Cue Card. Questions asked in this part will be thematically connected to your Cue Card. It is a two-way communication and you are expected to be descriptive in your answers.
Yes, IELTS General Exam is conducted in the same way as Academic Test. Candidates who are going to work or live in abroad countries must pass the test of all 4 skills. The speaking test proves that you can put your opinion and communicate with others to handle all situations.
According to the officials, the IELTS General Speaking Test time is between 11 to 14 minutes. The examiner will ask the questions in 3 parts related to your background, any general topic, or two-way communication. You have to answer all the questions within the given time limit.
If candidates fail the IELTS Speaking Test, then they can retake it. The officials provide the facility of IELTS One Skill Retake where you can retake one of the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking).
No, the difficulty level of both tests remains the same. However, the nature of the questions can be different. Also, the assessment criteria for both tests are similar.