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IELTS Speaking | Tips

Speaking tips:
  • Many people agree that the secret of success in the Speaking test is being confident and creative person. Does it mean that others will fail? Not at all! This test is PREDICTABLE. Use the following tips to prepare yourself to what’s coming and the confidence will come.
  • What are the examiners looking for?
  • If you know what is important to IELTS examiners, it improves your chances of success. These guidelines refer to every part of the Speaking test. Stick to them and you will satisfy your examiner.
  • Speak without long pauses (when you are trying to think of something to say)
  • Understand what the examiner asks you and confirm that by answering accordingly.
  • Demonstrate how many "smart" words you know.
  • Use all the tenses when you speak - past, present, future – and use them correctly.
  • Pronounce the words correctly.
  • Important! Accent has nothing to do with pronunciation, so it will not affect your score.
  • Keep it simple!
  • This tip refers to the whole Speaking test. Don’t start long and complicated sentences if you don’t know how to finish them! Keep your sentences simple, and words - understandable. If you make grammatical error – it’s ok to correct yourself, but don’t overdo it, you must sound fluent.
  • When you hear a question, your mind automatically draws an image with the answer. You can describe this image in your own language, but when you start to describe it in English, suddenly you don’t have enough words in your vocabulary. So try to think of what part of that image you can describe, do it and stop there. Don’t let yourself show what words you don’t know by saying incomplete sentences.
  • Ask Questions to the Examiner:
  • If you don’t understand the question, there is nothing wrong in asking the examiner to repeat. If you have any confusion regarding the question asked, you can clarify it by asking the examiner to repeat. You will not lose marks for asking doubts.
  • Bring Emotions in your Speech:
  • While taking the speaking test, choose the words carefully. Bring in emotions, wherever necessary. Try to be like a native English speaker.
  • Extend your Speech:
  • If the examiner asks you to speak about some topic, do not finish it in one sentence. Try to talk about the topic completely.
  • Do not panic if a mistake happens:
  • If you make a mistake while speaking, do not get scared. Instead, try to correct the mistake. There will be no deduction of marks if your thought process is good.
  • Keep a separate time to think for an answer:
  • Listen to the question carefully. If you do not understand the question or if you are unsure about the answer, admit frankly to the examiner so that he gives another topic. Or ask for some extra time to think about the answer. The examiner may not refuse to give you the extra time.
  • Do not learn the answers by heart:
  • When you are practicing for the speaking test, do not memorize the answers. Try to make an innovative and impressive content on your own. From the way you talk, the examiner can easily find out if you are spontaneous or not.
  • Focus on what is important:
  • You can try to improve your vocabulary by practicing. Identify the common mistakes you make and try to rectify them.
  • Stick on to the topic:
  • It is very important to be explanatory but do not divert from the topic. Stick to the topic and speak for it. Deviating from the topic will give a bad impression to the examiner.

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