Are you feeling nervous about taking your IELTS Speaking test?
We’ve got you covered! All you need is practice and some extra advice. We’ve got 6 useful tips for you that will help you be more confident and achieve your desired IELTS band score.
Firstly, the face-to-face Speaking test is the same for both paper-based IELTS and computer-delivered IELTS. Secondly, it consists of three parts. Before going through the tips, it is important to be familiar with the test structure. This will ensure that you are prepared.
You will engage in a 4-5 minute conversation with your IELTS examiner about yourself on topics such as –
- Personal interests
You will receive a card with a topic. In addition, you will have a pencil and paper to make notes and prepare your response. Finally, after one minute of preparation, you must speak on the topic for 2 minutes.
You will engage in a conversation about the same topic from Part II with your IELTS examiner. The discussion will be more detailed and may be completed in 4-5 minutes.
Here are our top 6 IELTS Speaking tips –
- Don’t worry about impressing your examiner with big words. Avoid using words you are not familiar with. It may result in mispronunciation or using them. Consequently, you have a higher chance of making mistakes that can affect your final band score. Use words that you know. In addition, the words you use must be relevant to the topic of discussion.
- Take short pauses to think before speaking. This will help you process each question. Alternatively, you can use phrases such as:
- That’s an interesting question
- Let me think about that for a minute
- Let me see
- That’s a good point
- Be confident and refrain from using filler words. We use fillers such as “Um”, “Ah” and “Like” in day-to-day conversation when we don’t know what to say. However, the examiner may think that you are unable to access the suitable language or ideas. Additionally, you can use the phrases given the second tip.
- During the second part of the IELTS Speaking test, you must speak on a given topic for at least 2 minutes. Practice common IELTS topics with family and friends to improve vocabulary linked with each topic. You can practice on topics such as:
- Tourism and travel
- Family life
- Sport and recreation
- The internet
- Don’t memorize your answers. Memorized answers may give the examiner an incorrect understanding of your English-language skills. This can affect your evaluation which in turn may influence your final band score.
- Don’t worry about your accent! Your IELTS examiner can understand different accents. Moreover, clear communication is far more important. However, be aware of sounds that you have difficulty with. Practice stress and intonation as English is a stress-timed language. In addition, practice with family and friends. They can tell you if they are unable to understand what you are saying.
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