IELTS Speaking Tips

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IELTS Speaking Tips
Before the Test

Familiarize Yourself with the Test

The IELTS Speaknin test for General and Academic is the same.

There are three sections in the IELTS Speaking Test

* introduction
* presentation
* conversation

Use Appropriate Structures

You will be marked on your grammar and sentence structures.

To score level 5, you need to use level 5 structures. To score level 9, you need to use level 9 structures.

If you do not know which structures belong to which level, you need to take some classes! You may only need one class to familiarize yourself with the requirements! Call!

Practice Producing Cohesive Responses

You will be marked on your fluency and how well your response sticks together.

Record your responses and listen to yourself for:

* repetition
* big gaps
* frequent self-correction
* obvious thinking in your own language
* answers that don’t make any sense
* anything that hampers your fluency

If you need help preparing for your speaking, please call 403-350-8709

Prepare Multipurpose Stories

You know that you will be asked to talk about a personal experience, so make up a couple of little stories about yourself that you will be able to use in a variety of situations.

Your ‘most embarrassing moment’ could be the same experience as ‘a time when you felt determined’, or ‘a memorable family outing’. It might even be related to ‘a person who inspired you’. Be creative.

Remember! No-one is going to accuse you of lying – it’s a language test! 

Practice Using a Range of Sentence Structures and Tenses

This example uses:

One of the most historic places I’ve visited (present perfect) is (present) London Bridge. It’s located (present passive) in London and spans (simple present) the river Thames.

I visited (simple past) the bridge with my family back in 2012 and was (simple past) very impressed by the sheer size and strength of the structure. The current bridge was preceded (past passive)  by several bridges dating (gerund – double action) back to London’s (possessive) Roman founders. That first bridge had been built (past perfect) from timber.

 I left (simple past) the bridge wondering (gerund – double action) how on earth the Romans had managed (past perfect) to build (infinitive – double action) anything across such a large expanse of water.

IELTS Speaking Tips
During the Test

Make a Good First Impression

Answer your examiner’s first question with a response that is informative and interesting.

Speak More Than Your Examiner

While the test is conversational, you should aim to speak for about 80% of the time.

Provide Complete Answers

Start your answers with the big picture and then drill down to details before concluding your response.

For Example, if you are talking about a historic place you’ve visited, you might say:

Big picture:  One of the most historic places I’ve visited is London Bridge. It’s located in London and spans the river Thames.

Details: I visited the bridge with my family back in 2012 and was very impressed by the sheer size and strength of the structure. The current bridge was preceded by several bridges dating back to London’s Roman founders. That first bridge had been built from timber.

Conclusion: I left the bridge wondering how on earth the Romans had managed to build anything across such a large expanse of water.

Use a Broad Vocabulary

You will be marked on your vocabulary.

As you practice each of the three sections, make a note of any words you have to look up. Make sure you use this vocabulary every time you practice.

Use our One-A-Day workbook series to improve your vocabulary and increase your tense accuracy:

* Basic tenses
* Perfect tenses

Speak Clearly

If you are going to make a mistake, make a good one! Speak clearly so that the examiner doesn’t assume you have made a mistake.

Endings Matter

Say the whole word. If you miss an ending off a verb, the examiner won’t know whether the action is in the present, past, or future. If examiners can’t hear your time indicators, they can’t give you the score you want.

Take a Deep Breath

Take a slow, deep breath during the last 5 seconds of your preparation time. It will reduce your stress and help you relax.

Correct Yourself

If you know you’ve made a mistake, correct it.

It is best to speak fluently, but being able to correct yourself shows the examiner that you recognize your error.

There are probably many time when you correct yourself in your native language – it’s normal!

Take a Class

If you are unsure about your ability to achieve the level you need, please call us to arrange an IELTS Preparation class.

You may only need to take a single one-on-one class to familiarize yourself with the high-scoring structures you need to include to get your score.

IELTS Speaking Examples

These IELTS Speaking examples will give you an idea of the fluency you need to achieve to be sure of a speaking  bandscore between 6.5 and 9 on the IELTS Speaking Test.

 

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