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IELTS Speaking Strategies

Communication can be made in many ways like writing, speaking, gestures etc, but speaking is the most widely used carrier to run empathy. You can survive in any country on the earth if you are familiar with the respective language of that country. Speaking is what all you need to manage your lifestyle and to explore around. May be this prominence might’ve made speaking module in ILETS test to get hold of huge eminence when compared with the rest of three modules. Let’s understand the speaking test strategies you should follow during the test.

  • To clear speaking module with best score all you need to have is confidence, exceptionally fluent communication skills and impulsiveness. Practice speaking tests as many times as you can, because you will be assessed on various factors like continuity in speech, confidence, way of being while communicating, fluency etc. These Practice tests can make you cover all these elements of speaking.
  • Being a test taker, you must have awareness about IELTS speaking test format and the types of questions you are going to face in all the three tasks. By having awareness on the test format and question types you can easily traverse each task with prior preparation.
  • Just get relaxed (that doesn’t mean you can get too casual) once you enter into the interview arena, if you are panic it can spoil your score gain even though you have excellent speaking abilities. Just make examiner feel like you are relaxed.
  • You have to be very coherent and calm in the test room because excitement can makes you stumble rather answer the questions with excitement to make interviewer sense your confidence levels. Give a firm push to yourself that “you can do it”.
  • There is a saying, “First Impression is the Best Impression” and similarly you have to gain the impression of examiner with your initial presentation. You can get the best appreciation for your English speaking abilities with your introduction, so make sure your introduction is attractive and effective in task-1. It’s better to exaggerate about certain elements in your bio-data like your native place, your favorite hobbies. Try to elaborate above elements which reflect your fluency and continuity to the examiner.
  • We all know that vocabulary is the heart of English language and it’s obvious that using high level vocabulary can make your speech attractive. But in IELTS examiner is not looking at very complicated or high level vocabulary but "less commonly used" words. And you are required to show variety of sentence structure which has a balance of simple, compound and complex structures. Vocabulary should be used appropriately and correctly in the sentence. Lot of candidates will just learn vocabulary and synonyms but do not know where they are aptly used. Hence, that will bring down the scores. Many applicants think using high level vocabulary while giving speech can impress the examiner in the test, but all you have to realize is IELTS speaking module is purposed to analyze your speaking abilities not your range of vocabulary in speech. You can use high level vocabulary while speaking if you are confident about your abilities. But it’s advisable to use moderate English vocabulary to eradicate stumbling.
  • You have to make sure that your eye contact should not go off the examiner because it may show your nervousness and timidity.
  • Do not use same words again and again while you speak, which means repeating words you’ve already used in you speech can make interviewer yawn and can create disinterest on your profile.
  • The IELTS test is purposed to assess how far your English language abilities can match the native English language used in foreign countries, so make sure that your language, accent and words match with native English language. Doing this can elevate your success probability in the test.
  • Let’s discuss a very important strategy every test taker should apply, i.e. never keep your answer precise. The name of the module itself says you have to speak, so make sure that your answers are in at least two lines.
  • Try to speak more than the examiner as this is the test to prove your speaking skills in English. Always be alert to the examiner while listening to his questions. Never try to question back examiner as it may leave a negative impact, all you need to do is you just have to answer to the questions.