IELTS Speaking Test Advice for Students

Speaking can be frightening, especially when it’s not your native language. Students who are introvert and do not open up easily usually tend to face difficulties when speaking in front of almost everyone, let alone be examiner.

We have seen students who are good at writing, listening and even reading, but tend to give away things when it comes to speaking. Well, speaking is a skill that needs you to have two elements to be successful – confidence and experience.

Here are some of the tips and tricks that can help you gain confidence and experience to succeed in your IELTS speaking module. All you have to keep in mind is that the examiner will grade you on 4 different factors, namely:

  • Fluency and Coherence
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation

Here are the mantras to scoring high in your IELTS Speaking module.

1.Be Yourself

The last thing you can do on your test day is trying way too hard. The idea is to be relaxed and keep the nervousness away, as much as possible. Just be natural and speak in flow. Do not be like a robot.

Smiling while speaking will make you feel relieved and confident, which will help you score more. Use as much emotion as possible, but don’t overdo things. There is a very thin line between doing it perfectly and overdoing things; you have to make sure you don’t cross it.

Stress on important words and convey the right meaning to the examiner. Avoid fumbling.

2. Know What the Examiner is Looking for

You’ll come to know soon that what is the examiner looking for exactly. In order to do well on the IELTS speaking module, you need to have to have a high English level, but you must also know what the examiner is listening for on the Speaking test.

3. Use Interesting Vocabulary

If you are looking for a great score in IELTS speaking module, you got to use interesting vocabulary. Your sentences should not sound ordinarily framed. Use idioms, slangs and synonyms wherever possible to make things more interesting. The examiner actually wants to listen to the words you didn’t learn from the textbook.

4. Use Linking Words

Use lots of linking words. Do not be afraid to use linking words like also, but, as well, etc. You can experiment a lot with this section, but make sure you do things correctly. Do not be overexcited. Keep your head cool and use linking words appropriately.

5. Practice More

There cannot be an advice simpler than this. The more you practice, the better you get at it. Speak in front of the mirror and practice harder. Watch English movies, web series, serials using earphones; this approach will make your ears tune to words and you’ll be able to frame sentences in a better way.

Do not stop in between sentences; longer pauses should be avoided totally. No uhs and ums. Try to repeat while you listen to English content; this will improve your fluency.

Do not feel shame. Open up. Be confident.

Sticking to the aforementioned tips will surely help you score great marks in your speaking module of IELTS or any other English language proficiency test for that matter. Most importantly, take your IELTS coaching seriously!

All the best!