IELTS Speaking Tips - 15 Top Tips For Success

IELTS Speaking Tips - 15 Top Tips For Success

Melbourne Classical Radio Welcome to another article, guys! I am happy to see you on my website!

And today we are going to talk about IELTS speaking test.

Probably, you know I got 7.5 for speaking. Of course, It is not 8 and it is not 9….but I have something to tell you. Tips, I am going to mention, helped me a lot and, if you use them too, I believe you will get a band score you need.

Keep read this article, if you really want to better your IELTS speaking result.

As I mentioned before in one of my vids, it is extremely important to know the exam structure and assessment criteria. By knowing them, you will know what to expect on the day of

your exam and what you need to work on to get a high band score.

Okay! There are some tips I learned throughout my preparation.

#1 You should not worry about your accent. In the exam, it does not matter what accent you have. Nobody is going to judge you for that. Just make your speech understandable, pronouncing words clearly and accurately. 

#2 There are no wrong or right answers in the exam. You don’t need to learn and search the Internet trying to find a right answer to the question like “Where do people in your country buy clothes?” No. You have your opinion. Express your idea. The examiner will assess you on how well you can do it.

You can lie, make up stories nobody will check it.

#3 Listen to questions carefully. Listen to what tenses are used in the questions and use correct verb tenses while answering. If the examiner uses present perfect tense, you should answer using present perfect. To the question, like, have TV shows changed since you were a child? You can start your answer like this – Yes, I think, the shows have become very different. And give clear explanation.

#4 If you don’t understand the question, ask it again. There’s nothing wrong in asking the examiner to repeat. It is better to ask a question one more time than lose points answering another question you came up with.

#5 Provide relevant answers. Avoid rambling on about everything you can think of. It is a big mistake, which exam takers make. You can go around and do not respond to the question

at all, that’s why you should work on #6 structuring your answers.

#7 Give as much details as you can. Come up with the longer answers. Don’t just say ‘yes’ or ‘ no’. Such answer does not show your wide range of vocabulary. You take the exam to assess your level and I am pretty sure you want to get at least 6, so try your best. 

#8 Create sample answers, especially for speaking cards. For some learners it is challenging to keep speaking for 2 minutes. By preparing speaking cards, you will able to manage it and expect a high band. I have strategy for part 2 to share with you, guys. This strategy helped me get from 6 to 7.5 within short time.

If you are interested in it, make sure you subscribed to my channel because the vid about my strategy is coming soon. #9 avoid using ‘Ummm’ sounds because they show that you are not able to continue speaking. Actually, the tip ?8 will help you avoid these sounds. Instead, you can use fillers like well, to be honest, I think and so on… You can use them to fill the gaps while you think…

#10 avoid using advanced vocabulary you are not sure about. If you have a look at the examples of band 9 speaking on the Internet, you will see that performers do not use extraordinary words. They speak simply but fluently. 

#11 Examination is always stressful. Exam stress might affect your result. That’s why try to imagine that you are talking to your close friend or relative to feel more relaxed and be yourself.

In term of choosing a day of the exam 

#12 I would recommend you not to rush with it because every 4 months IELTS updates speaking topics –(in January, May and September). And, from my point of view, it is better to take the exam right before the topics changed (at the end of December, April and August), so you will know 99% of topics and you will have enough time to prepare all of them. 

#13 If it’s possible, take the speaking test on the same day with papers based parts. You can call the IELTS center where you are going to take the test and ask them about it. I believe that during the paper based exam you can recall and learn some phrases, activate your brain and set the proper mood for the most difficult part of the exam. 

#14 My first IELTS experience taught me to be ready to be interrupted and not to expect emotional feedback from the examiners. When the examiner interrupted me during the exam, I was a bit confused and was sitting and thinking what I did wrong…However, after the speaking part I asked other exam takers about their experience and some of them told me that they were interrupted as well… Then, I realized that the examiners act so when you run out of time and they need to move on the next question. So, do not be confused like me And the last one

#15 Practice as much as possible. That’s it! Hope my tips will help you to take the IELTS exam successfully. 

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