IELTS Speaking: Standard ID Check questions

In Speaking test, there are few initial id check questions which you’ll find in every speaking test. So, it is always better to be ready with answers to these questions to make a good impression right from the beginning.

So, in this post, I will show you some of the ways you can reply to these questions and some common mistakes students make.

Generally, the examiner first introduces himself/herself.

Good morning/evening/afternoon. My name’s Mr. (First Name, Last Name). Can you tell me your full name, please?

In response to this question simply tell your full name. That is First name and last name. Another important point is that you should also greet them in a friendly manner. It always makes a positive impression if you say Good morning or Good afternoon.

Respond with answers like:

Good morning. My name’s Robert Wang.

It would be even better if you could remember the first name of the examiner and tell greet them with their name. It is not necessary to really greet them in a formal manner.

Good morning. My name’s Jenny Howng. Can you tell me your full name, please?

Answer 1: Good morning, Jenny. My name’s Robert Wang.

Answer 2: Good morning, Ms. Howng. My name is Robert Wang.

The first answer looks proper whereas second answer looks bit too formal.

Common Mistakes:

Some students reply with a short answer which is absolutely impolite and annoying for the examiners.

Good morning. My name’s Jenny Howng. Can you tell me your full name, please?

Answer: Robert Wang

Few candidates give detailed answers to these questions. This is just verification process, so it is not necessary to give unnecessarily long answers.

Good morning. My name’s Jenny Howng. Can you tell me your full name, please?

Answer: Well, My family name is Wang and my first name is Robert. My friends usually call me “Rob” which is kind of cool for me.

You can see that above answer is unnecessarily stretched and it feels irritating.

Next question would most likely be:

What should I call you?

There are many possible answers here but my personal favourite is:

Please, call me Robert.

OR

Please call me by my first name, Robert

OR

Just call me Robert

OR

You can call me Robert.

If you want to be called by two word name. Put extra stress on the first name because that is important. Practise saying that with extra emphasis on your first name.

Common Mistakes:

Students sometimes mistakenly say:

You should call me Robert.

This is unnecessarily forcing the examiner to call you Robert. Some students who do not know English grammar properly, they make this kind of mistakes.

Can I see you identification, please?

Answer 1: Yes sure, Here you are.

Answer 2: Sure.

Common Mistakes:

Answer 3: Answer Here you go.

Answer 4: There you go

Answer 5: Obviously.

Answer 6: Yes, please take it.

Answer 3 and 4 looks too casual. You might have seen or heard them in English movies; however, they are improper for IELTS speaking test.

Answer 5 looks bit like you’re telling the examiner, you obviously you can. It seems like he doesn’t know that he can see. You are informing him.

Answer 6 is telling the examiner to take the identification. He wants to see it. He may not need to take it. This answer also looks little bit rude even though there is politeness of “please”.

Where do you come from?

I’m from Sydney, Nova Scotia province.

I’m from Sydney, Nova Scotia. It’s in the northern part of the country.

You can also add extra information about the city if you wish. However, you must answer the question directly in the first sentence.

I’m from Bombay, the financial capital of India. It’s an industrial hub and one of the world’s largest film industry, Bollywood is located here.

Common Mistakes:

I came from Navoi city.

That day you might have come from Navoi but the question is asked in simple present tense, so always respond with simple present tense.

 

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