The Intro Questions in the IELTS – Know What to Expect

In the IELTS, each module has its limitless importance. The marks you score in each module are added to award you the final score in the form of a Band that can be anything between Band 1 to Band 9 depending on your performances in the different modules and sections in each module. Therefore as an applicant, it is mandatory for you to give importance not only to each module but to each section in the four modules of the International English Language Testing System test. Similarly, IELTS Speaking Intro Questions also demand you to invest time and practice answers to the most common questions asked based on the topics that primarily include – your educational background/study, work, home or hometown, and birthday. 

This post is for all the applicants preparing for the crucial International English Language Testing System test. Here, we have covered information about the Intro Questions in the IELTS, their purpose of it, what things an examiner expects from you, the common categories or topics, the sample question & answers, and more.

The IELTS Speaking Module – Introduction

As soon as the term ‘Intro Questions’ comes to mind of an IELTS applicant, it reminds you of the Speaking Module. The reason is the exam format in which out of the 3 parts, Part 1 in the IELTS Speaking Test Format includes the ‘Introduction Questions’ that has a specific purpose.

Introduction questions in the IELTS Speaking Module part 1 are personal questions. It is a vital part of the test format and can help add to your overall score. These questions are related to you and revolve around the topics you are familiar with such as your birthday, hobbies, family, area of interest, work/studies, hometown, etc. This section generally lasts for 4-5 minutes. It consists of a few simple introductory questions about you and your background. 

Here are a few sample questions that can be asked – 

  1. What is your full name?
  2. Where are you from?
  3. What is your occupation?
  4. What is your hobby?
  5. What do you like to do in your leisure time?
  6. What are your favourite food items?
  7. Do you live in an apartment?
  8. Can you tell me something about your hometown?

Why IELTS Applicants are Asked Intro Questions?

There are various reasons for asking the different types of questions in the IELTS Speaking test under part 1, part 2, and part 3. Let us learn the purpose or aim of asking questions related to the personal introduction. 

The applicants are asked intro questions with the aim to –

  • Make you comfortable
  • Boost your confidence
  • To know you better
  • Evaluate your ability to speak
  • To help you score better in the examination

The Tips for You to Perform Well in Part 1

Keep in mind that tips for you can act as a true companion. They can help save your time, focus on your studies, prepare well, and score higher Band with less effort.

The below tips can help you perform better in the Speaking Test:

  • First and foremost have a good understanding of the exam format
  • Devote your time to each part 
  • Make yourself familiar with the type of questions asked 
  • Practice a lot the answers to the questions related to the familiar topics
  • Communicate confidently in the English language
  • Leave your worries out of the test room
  • Calm your mind and stay relaxed
  • Concentrate on the test 
  • Use appropriate vocabulary and grammar
  • Provide relevant information with suitable examples
  • Do not stretch your answers unnecessarily

What you can expect as a student?

As a student or IELTS applicant, you can expect an examiner to ask you simple and multiple questions about you. The questions may be of interest to you, related to studies, your hometown, profession if experienced, etc. You are required to stay confident and give answers to the questions asked using correct English. You can expect good marks provided you perform well and satisfy the examiner with your correct answers. So, there is a need for you to do good preparation and stay prepared to crack the test with total confidence.

What does an Examiner expect from You in Part 1 – Intro Questions?

The examiner in the IELTS speaking test expects you to answer a series of simple questions. You are further expected to stay calm, and answer questions asked to you based on your hobbies, academics, profession, hometown, and others with confidence. The examiners there wish to make you comfortable, develop your confidence, and help you get prepared for the challenging questions in the Part 2 and Part 3 sections. Part 1 is nothing but a very good option to practice and work on your speaking ability. 

The Common Topics & the Sample Question and Answers

Now, we are going to discuss and learn about the varied type of categories, question types and the way the answers are given.

We will understand it better by considering a student ‘X’ working as software professional. His hometown is Lucknow and he wishes to do a Master’s Degree Study in Computer Science in Canada. 

A few of the model questions and answers on the varied topics related to ‘X’:

Study-related Q & A

  • What motivated you to pursue a Master’s degree in computer science?
    • I have always been interested in computer science and technology. Pursuing a Master’s degree in the field of interest would enable me to deepen my knowledge, develop expertise in the subject, and enhance my existing skills in software engineering.
  • Why did you choose Canada for MS in Computer Science?
    • I chose Canada to pursue MS in Computer Science because of many good reasons. The country is popular for its excellent universities, academic excellence, and research facilities. Also, Canada has a low crime rate, comparatively low tuition fees, and a very welcoming culture.
  • What aspect of computer science interests you the most?
    • I am particularly interested in the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence in various industries, such as healthcare and finance, to develop solutions that can improve the lives of people and lessen human efforts.
  • Have you done any research or projects in computer science before?
    • Certainly, I worked on several research projects related to data analysis and software development during my undergraduate studies. It helped me gain experience; develop curiosity, and developed in me the desire to study computer science.

 Work/profession-related Q & A

  • What do you think are the most important skills for a software developer?
    • According to me, the most important skills for a software developer are problem-solving, attention to detail, and the ability to work well in a team. In addition to technical skills, good communication skills and time management are also essential.
  • What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your profession?
    • The biggest challenge that I have experienced is dealing with complex problems that required an in-depth knowledge, enhanced skills, and a good understanding of the software architecture. Sometimes I had to invest a lot of time and effort to find the root cause of a specific problem and come up with an effective solution.
  • What do you enjoy most about your work as a software developer?
    • What I enjoy the most as a software developer is the entire process of creating software or an innovative App useful for society at large. I like the challenges and love to continue learning.

 Birthday-related Q & A

  • When is your birthday?
    • My birthday is on 5th March.
  • What was the best surprise you got on your last birthday?
    • A 3 days trip to Goa was the best surprise gift I got on my last birthday. I celebrated my birthday with my family and friends at home. The trip to Goa was an unforgettable experience for me.
  • How do you usually celebrate your birthday?
    • I like spending time with my best friend. I usually celebrate my birthday in the company of my friends and loving family. We organize a party, enjoy food, and like spending time together.
  • Do you like to visit a temple on your birthday?
    • Yes, on my birthday I wake up early and visit a temple to seek blessing from the Almighty every year.

Apart from the above-mentioned model answers, you can practice many more question and answer to improve your speaking skills while attempting the intro questions in the IELTS Speaking.

Final Thought

Thus, in the IELTS speaking test, the examiner is expected to commence with the introduction question section. The only aim is to ensure a student does not feel nervous and gets to develop a flow of the answer along with developing a command of the language. If you are seeking more information on it or looking for a good IELTS coaching institute in Delhi or other cities, call Study Smart Overseas Education today.

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