In the IELTS exam, you need to score a minimum band, required in the particular country in which you are giving the test. So try to find the minimum score required and then start your preparation, score above the minimum score is a great thing but scoring below it will make things difficult for you. And to introduce you to the IELTS exam, it has 4 sections:- reading, speaking, listening, and reading, for which you are given 2 hours and 45 minutes in total. It is conducted by the IDP and British council. The speaking section is an interview that has 3 phases:- first, is the introduction; second, is answering the topic given and third is the follow-up questions. For the speaking section, make sure that you understand the components on which you are assessed and what you should not include while you are speaking.
Points to Remember for the IELTS Speaking Exam
Here are a few points that you need to remember while you are preparing for the IELTS exam. Examiners not only evaluate you on the basis of how fluent you are in the English language but there are many more factors on which you are assessed. These components are:-
- Correct pronunciation
- Use of idioms
- Use of a wide range of grammatical structure
- Good vocabulary
But there are things that you need to remember so that you avoid them and don’t bring them into your habit:
- Don’t use monotone, use voice modulation and articulation
- Don’t use high vocabulary
- Don’t memorize
Introduction – Describe a Time when You got Lost Somewhere
For the topic given: “Describe a time when you got lost somewhere”, you can start your answer with are you afraid of being lost? And how frequently does this happen with you? When were you lost and were you alone or you were with someone?
“I find it scary to get lost in a place you don’t know about. I am a really sensitive person and I love to be in my comfortable place which is my home. And talking about getting lost, I don’t get lost usually, But I got lost when I was small and I got a year earlier, but the scenario was funny and weird at the same time. I usually go to my friend’s place via car, but on this day I didn’t have a car so I preferred public transport. When i used to come through the car, majorly I used google maps to know the directions. But when I used google maps while I walked after auto left me at the desired place, I got lost in the streets.
Main body – Describe a Time when You got Lost Somewhere
You can continue by giving more details about the situation, how you felt, and how you solved the problem and reached the place where you wanted to be.
Google Maps mixed up the streets and took me to the wrong street. I had seen her house earlier and I knew that I was in the wrong street. But It was a funny situation for me that when I came via a car I never got lost but this time when I walked so I lost. So I called up my friend and told her the whole scenario. She laughed and told me the right direction, she went to the terrace and tried to find me. I was a little stressed but I was okay as I knew it was for only a few minutes.
Closure – Describe a Time when You got Lost in a Place You did not know About
When you are ending your description, You can talk about how you found your way, what happened at last and how did you feel?
My friend helped me find my way back to the main street and then I was able to recognize the way. And Now I was visible to her from the terrace, so she was able to guide me better. This was a great experience and I felt stupid for not remembering her home because I had some to her place 2-3 times earlier.
Follow-up Questions – Describe a Time when You got Lost in a Place You did not know About
After you have finished your description, the examiner will ask you a few questions and this is generally a discussion. Examiners can ask you generic questions related to the topic given or they can ask you from the experience that you have put forward. To find the list of few questions given below:
- Was this the first time that you were lost?
- Are some people better at map-reading than others?
- How easily you remember road maps and locations?
- Is map-reading skill important?
- Should they find information about the place before going there?
With the help of this cue card topic: Describe a time when you got Lost Somewhere, you will get insight into how to structure your answer in the speaking section. The first impression is the last impression and you wouldn’t like it to get spoiled in front of the examiner by answer in an unstructured way.