IELTS Speaking tips you shouldn’t miss！
Saturday, 1 June 2019
The IELTS speaking test is one of the challenging parts of the exam for many students. However, there are many things you can do to help you achieve your goals in this test. IELTS Speaking is a short face-to-face interview. It requires concentration, accuracy, and a strong ability to ‘think on your feet’ and adapt your answers to the interviewer’s questions promptly.
Staying calm and remaining confident during the speaking test will help a lot. Being alert but relaxed is what you want to aim for. The best way to ensure this is by studying hard and preparing well. Becoming familiar with the IELTS Speaking exam and practicing answering as many practice questions as possible will help you to perform well during the exam. You get graded on four features of your speaking: fluency and coherence, vocabulary, grammar and accuracy, and pronunciation.
When you enter the room for your test, there will be just the one examiner there waiting for you. Just take a seat, answer their questions regarding your name etc., and be prepared to show your ID to confirm your identity. The IELTS exam has three parts, and as soon as the examiner has checked your ID, they’ll start Part 1.
Part 1 consists of short questions from the examiner about yourself and everyday situations. The first topic is always either your work/studies or your home. You will be asked four or five questions about the first topic, and then about three or four other topics about yourself. Listen to the examiner’s questions carefully. You cannot speak about different topics or try to recite any memorised answers. You can ask the examiner to repeat a question if necessary, and you can ask them to explain a word. Look out for questions about the past or future and adapt your answers accordingly. Avoid long pauses at the start of your answers by using gap-fillers. Make sure you answer each question as clearly as possible and that the examiner can understand what you say. Your answers in Part 1 don’t actually need to be very long, but try to give a full answer. Use full sentences to show the examiner your use of grammar. Show the examiner that you can give reasons for your answers and link your ideas together using connectives and discourse markers.
Part 2 is a very important part of the exam. The examiner will tell your some instructions and give you a piece of paper, a pen or pencil, and your topic written on a card. You have one minute to write some notes about the topic you will speak about. These notes are purely to help you remember things you want to say while you’re speaking, and nothing else. Choose an idea that you think you can speak about well and write a few key words on the paper to help you. The examiner will give you two minutes to speak about the topic. This part is very important because while you are speaking for two minutes, the examiner is listening to you carefully and thinking about the score that they will give you. Pay special attention to the tense you should be using. You can use the card as much as you like, but try to paraphrase the wording. Try to speak for the whole two minutes and show the examiner all of the positive aspects of your speaking. Once the two minutes is up, the examiner will ask you to stop speaking and may ask you a simple follow-up question. Just answer this question as briefly as you can and be ready to start Part 3.
In Part 3, can extend your answers a little more than in Part 1 and try to persuade the examiner to give you a higher grade than they had been planning to give. The examiner wants to hear you discuss some general but more abstract topics which are related to the topic from Part 2. It’s important that you give full and relevant answers in Part 3, and that you link your answers to reasons or alternative points of view. Don’t worry too much about the actual content of your answers too much. You are only graded on the quality of your English, not your actual opinions or ideas themselves. Take every opportunity you get to impress the examiner by demonstrating the quality of your English. Part 3 is a good time to show that your can keep talking clearly and smoothly without much hesitation.
Throughout the exam, you want to show that you can use a wide range of vocabulary appropriately and accurately. Working on expanding your vocabulary prior to the exam can be very useful. You also want to display a wide range of complex grammar structures. Recording yourself speaking before the exam can help you to identify errors that you make frequently, so you can improve on those. The examiner will be evaluating your pronunciation throughout the exam, so listening to native-English speakers and trying to copy their intonation can be very helpful.
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