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Yes, I should say that there is a part zero on your IELTS speaking exam day that you need to get prepared for perfectly!
Just after you walk into examination room, the bit at the very first moment of presence in the room so keep this moment precious to get the score you have prepared for, to make sure that you are not going to waste any of your efforts that you have made to get the goal score of yours.
It is primarily about greeting the examiner and giving your identification document. First impression is the last impression! Do you agree? well the examiner agrees; Therefore, you had better believe so;) which means that it is a considerable moment for you as an IELTS candidate, the examiner will always try to be fair-minded or impartial through the whole exam, but bare it in mind that you can give him/her a noble first impression to help them be more favorable towards your speaking quality performance.
When you first walk in the door, the examiner will greet you. They will probably say something like:
EXAMINER: Good afternoon, my name is James Harison. Could you please give me your full name?
TO REPLY: Just keep it short and simple and try not to use a title with his or her first name. Avoid getting the wrong title like for example Mr.James×
You can simply say: Good afternoon James or Good afternoon Mr. Harison. My name’s ——-.
Be friendly but not overfriendly, this is a formal exam that you are in and everybody is serious about it to measure your level of language proficiency. One of my students once asked me if she could say something interesting or ask the examiner is he/she fine? Or ask them how she/he is? Or ask “wassup?” ” how’s it goin’?” my answer was to be as polite and formal as she could. However, you should smile to create a positive atmosphere and the first impression I mentioned above.
The next question will most likely be:
EXAMINER: What shall I call you?/ What can I call you?
TO REPLY: simply say you can call me ___. Avoid giving a long story about your name or telling him/her about the meaning of your name in your mother tongue language (you will have plenty of time to show off your speaking competency later).
It is totally acceptable to use your English name or real name here, for example some people with the name Maryam tell the examiner their English name and tell the examiner in response to call them in their English name Merry.
EXAMINER: where do you come from?/ May I ask where you are from?/Could you tell me where you came from?/ Where are you from?
TO REPLY: you should simply say I come from Iran./ I’m from Iran. you can add a little detail about which city of your country you are from, for example: I’m from Tehran, the capital of Iran.
There is no need to go into any further details here, it is not necessary at this point. At this stage of the test you just need to clarify important information about your origin and identification.
NOTE: You do not need to ask the examiner where he/she comes from! do not give recommendation to come and visit your city because it is very beautiful!
For this last part of part zero (0), you will simply be asked for you ID card.
EXAMINER: Can I please see your identification?/ Could you show me your identification, please?
TO REPLY: Give your ID card to the examiner and simply say “Here you are”/”Here it is” / Certainly, here”
You can even say nothing while handing over your ID card. But always a short, polite phrase will probably be the best.
To wrap up, I should say it goes without saying that part 0 is really easy, but it is still very important try to get prepared to go off for the parts 1, 2 and 3 with confidence. practice answering the questions correctly, remember a smile, relax, be confident and start your test in the right way.