How to get a better score in IELTS Speaking?
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is regarded as the world’s most popular English Language Proficiency Test. It is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge and IDP. B-GHUD provides you with the best IELTS online/offline coaching in Kerala, India.
The only key to score 7+ in speaking is NOT to push yourself for high vocabulary words. You might have seen many of the mentors speaking about using higher vocabulary words which I feel is not necessary. To score a 7+ band in speaking, one has to practice speaking English daily and try to be as fluent as possible. In the speaking section you only have to focus on the fluency of the language and not only mugging vocabulary.
Here are a few tips that will help you in acing the IELTS speaking test –
- Avoid memorizing the script
The speaking test examines the candidate’s ability to survive in an English speaking country. The examiner would expect you to start a conversation. Thus, it would appear automated if you mug up the conversation starters. The conversation should flow naturally.
- Don’t use uncommon words and slangs
It would help if you showed the examiner that you have a good vocabulary. However, it doesn’t imply that your conversation has to be wordy. Using uncommon English words, especially when you are conscious of what you speak the entire time, would only result in incorrect usage of these words. Remember that IELTS speaking is a semi-formal speaking test i.e., the conversation mustn’t be completely formal or informal. Above all, don’t use slang.
- Work on your grammatical range and accuracy
Grammatical errors, while speaking, are common. When we speak, we use broken language and avoid complete sentences to save time. This isn’t how your IELTS speaking answers are supposed to be. You must use complete sentences and use various kinds of sentences (such as compound and complex).
- Pay attention to what you will wear
The examiner records the entire speaking test and usually evaluates once the candidate leaves. One might be tempted to wear casuals, but keep in mind that the first impression is the last. Furthermore, wearing appropriate attire will give you the confidence that will make your speech more impactful.
- Practice with non-verbal language
Most of our communication is non-verbal. Using hand gestures and facial expressions help in maintaining the flow of the conversation. It also creates a connection with the listener. Many public speakers have said that moving your hands while speaking makes your speech more engaging and powerful.
- Take natural pauses
You don’t need to rush from one sentence to another because you have a timer over your head. It’s perfectly fine to take a break to breathe or before starting a new sentence.
Practicing your pauses as a comma requires you to take a shorter break as compared to a full stop.
- Don’t change your accent
The speaking test requires you to enunciate each spoken word. You don’t need to develop an American or British accent to get an 8 or even 9 band in the IELTS speaking test. You must, however, have a neutral accent. This means that your mother tongue should not influence your conversation in English.
- Avoid using informal fillers
Words like ah, hmm, yeah, you know, so, etc. should be avoided as they give the impression that the candidate lacks conversational skills in English. It also reflects low self-confidence. Even if your arguments are extraordinary, you may still lose a band because of these fillers. Instead, you should use conversational fillers such as “that’s a good question” and “I have never really thought about it.”
- Utilize the time properly
This section is a timed test. Each task has the maximum time allotted for it. You must ensure that you make the most of the time given to you. For instance, in task 2, you have to give a speech or a monologue. You should have enough points to keep your speech going for at least 2–3 minutes.
- Use stress and intonation
You should use stress and intonation whenever you want to emphasize a particular word or phrase. This will keep the conversation interesting and the examiner will be able to connect with your recording as he or she will be evaluating your answers after you leave.
- Use the scratch paper
You need not write complete sentences on scratch paper. You are not supposed to read from scratch paper. It is only a point of reference if you get stuck. Create the structure of your answer on it and write only the important keywords.
- Identify common topics to practice
As you practice, you will find some repetitive topics in the previous IELTS test papers. Make a list of these and start practising with a friend or a family member.
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