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Speaking – Tips

Before the Test

  • Practice your speaking whenever possible: One of the keys to speaking is practice
  • Record yourself: Recording yourself and playing it back and listening to it, will assist in you identifying your mistakes.
  • Intonation: Use intonation in your voice. Listen to the tone and pitch of words in speech and try to practice.
  • Accents: Don’t worry about accents, concentrate on clarity
  • Read Aloud: Reading books/articles aloud helps with foundation skills in speaking and fluency.
  • Know how the IELTS listening test is structured: This will assist you in evaluating things prior to the test day

During the Test

  • Use correct grammar: Pay particular attention to basic grammar. Speakers of different languages will struggle with particular parts of grammar, some have difficulty with articles (A, An, The), some have difficulty with verb-noun agreements.  
  • Don’t rush when speaking: Often student thinks speaking fast makes them sound more natural, however, good speakers speak with clarity and pause at intervals to increase understanding.
  • Don’t talk to softly: Speaking in a clear confident voice, yet loud enough that the examiner can hear you clearly.
  • The speaking test is a face-to-face interview between the test taker and an examiner.
  • The examiner on the day will be the one who marks your speaking
  • The speaking test is recorded so you can ask for a remark.
  • Extend you answers: Don’t just give single word answers like ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Answer in as much detail as you can.  The examiner wants to hear whether you can talk at length on a range of topics.
  • Draw on your own experience, when possible, and give examples. Make it personal when possible.
  • Use contrasting phrases, to assist with making the conversation interesting
  • There are no right or wrong answers in the Speaking test. The examiner will assess you on how well you can express your ideas and opinions in good English.
  • Stick to the topic and questions being asked, don’t ramble off into different directions.
  • Talk as much as you can for the entire time allocated.
  • Do not use memorised responses. Not only may you not get the question, but also model answers often sound memorised
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