IELTS Speaking Exam- How to Introduce Yourself?

Introducing oneself is the first thing we learn since our childhood. Introductory lines are the first impression of another person whom we are talking to. It reveals a lot about our personalities. The introduction should be very strong as it makes the listener interested in you. It also acts as an opening to your speaking. Whether it is your regular college viva or a professional interview, introduce yourself, is the first question you will be asked for. So, make it listen-worthy.

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About IELTS Speaking Exam

Speaking test in IELTS is a one-to-one interview Test that consists of three rounds out of which the first round is all about your introduction. It is something that can’t be memorized and it shouldn’t be too. It is the opening of your test and an important round that can help you score better. This article will focus on giving a good introduction along with some tips and tricks to get used to it.

1. Greet the examiner: -

After entering the premises, you will be called for your interview as per your turn. Enter the room and greet the examiner as per the timing. It can be good morning or good afternoon or good evening. You can also wish by saying hello.

2. About your name:-

Yes, after greetings, you will sit and your name will be asked.

Examiner:- What is your name?

Student:- Hi, I am …..

My name's….

I am….


Everyone calls me…

You can call me….

My first name is …. and my last name is….

3. Giving information:-

After the name, tell something about yourself. It can about your city, your academics, hobbies, your achievements, about your work or profession.

Remember to keep it short and crisp. Do not go on telling the memorized answers. It should be natural as IELTS speaking test is there to check your natural English and not the written one.

Questions about the city

Examiner:- Where do you live?

Student:- I live in…..


  • I hail from….
  • Examiner:- Tell me about the place you live?
  • Student:- I’ve been living here since…
  • It is located in….

Talk about the environment or greenery, or any famous monuments or landmarks.

Examiner:- What kind of jobs do people have there?

Student:- Well, many a job, like agriculture is the main occupation there…….

Examiner:- What kind of accommodation do you live in?

Student:- I live in a…. (House/flat). It is a two-storey or one-storey……

Examiner:- With whom do you live in

Student:- talk about your family or friends or peers with whom you live.

Questions about the work or study

Examiner:- What do you do? Or What you are doing recently? Or Are you a student?

Student:- I am working currently as a…. (Post)… in (name of company)….

Yes, I am a student…..

Examiner:- Can you describe your working environment?

Student:- talk about the place, your cabin or your room, your furniture, your colleagues and peers…..

Questions about hobbies:-

Examiner can ask you some questions regarding your hobbies too.

For example:- about your reading hobby, questions can be:-

How often do your read?

How reading is important to you?

Tips and tricks or some common Do's and Don’ts:-

▶️ Reach the examination center much before time. It is a trick to avoid last-minute hustle which can make you panic during tests. As there is a proverb, “Early to bed, Early to rise, makes a man, healthy, wealthy and wise.” To reach your destination prior some time and try to get familiar with the place.

▶️ Prepare yourself mentally. Talk to yourself that you can do it. Smile more and be confident. Just love what you do. Love your speaking too. Ignore that if not passed, will cost you more. Ignore what others say. Ignore the tension of being asked any difficult question. Just enjoy your English speaking.

▶️ Keep your answers brief and to the point. Do not go on for speaking stretched. Talk relevant and to the point in the introduction part. Just give the answer to the question. Here you are not being judged for your marks but to make you comfortable with the speaking.

▶️ Do not bother what the examiner writes. During your speaking, there are chances that the examiner himself makes notes about your speaking or notes down some points regarding what you speak. Ignore and just concentrate on what you speak.

▶️ It is perfectly okay to repeat the question. Whatever the examiner asks, you can repeat that and it will not cost you your band.

Examiner:- Which is your favorite pet?

Student:- Well, which is my favorite pet? Umm, although I am least interested in having pets at my home, still, I can have a cat of my own.

▶️ Don’t be over-friendly with the examiner. It means that you should not use acronyms while giving your introduction like gonna, wanna, or hell yeah, etc. Use formal language only as the introductory part will put you into your speaking part.

▶️ Cover all the major points during your introduction that you expect that the examiner can ask. For example:- Hi my name is………….. I am from Punjab. I am recently doing my higher secondary. In my free time, I enjoy reading books, playing cricket, and watching television. I have my parents and my 2 elder sisters in my family.

▶️ A very important point to remember that listening to the question carefully. Many of the students do not listen to the question carefully and then they give irrelevant answers. It will surely cost your bands. If you do not get the question in the first time, you can ask for the question again and it is perfectly OK to have a repeated question from the examiner.

▶️ Do not give one-word answers try to speak for at least two to three lines for the questions in the introductory part.

▶️ Many of the students have the mother tongue influence in their speaking. Do not try to mimic the artificial pronunciation in the introductory part as you will tend to get nervous in the further parts. To speak in your natural tone and practice your pronunciation in the best possible way.

Giving an introduction is an art. A student should prepare for the introductory part in a good way as it makes the student comfortable with the examiner and vice versa. Although the introductory part is not here for the evaluation it gives an idea to the examiner that what kind of speaking can be expected from a student in further parts.

Dr. Roma

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