IELTS Speaking Tips: Tips to improve your score both before, and during, the test

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IELTS Speaking Tips
Before the Test

Familiarize Yourself with the Test

The first IELTS Speakign tip  is to familiarize yoruoself with the test. Knowing what to expect reduces your stress and increases your chances of success.

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

There are three sections in the IELTS Speaking Test

* introduction
* presentation
* conversation

Use Appropriate Structures

The second IELTS speaking tip is to make sure you 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, we’ll probably be able to  schedule your class for later today! Call or text 403-350-8709.

Practice Producing Cohesive Responses

The third IELTS speaking tip is to 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

The fourth IELTS speaking tip is to 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) 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) 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.

Take a Class

And finally, our last IELTS speaking tip for the day of the test is to 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.

You could probably take a class today. Call or text 403-350-8709 to check available class times.

IELTS Speaking Tips
During the Test

Make a Good First Impression

Our first IELTS speaking tip for the day of yoru test is to make a great impression on your examiner.

Answer your examiner’s first question with a response that is informative and interesting. Don’t try to rehearse your introduction because you risk being so pre-occupied with remembering it that you don’t listen to the examiner’s question. This IELTS speaking tip is absolutely critical if you’re lookign for a score above band 6.

Speak More Than Your Examiner

Our second IELTS speaking tip for the day of the test is to make sure you speak more than the examiner.

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

Provide Complete Answers

Our third IELTS speaking tip for the day of the test is to ensure you provide complete answers. Listen to the question carefully and answer every part of it.

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

Our fourth IELTS speaking tip for the day of the test is to 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

Our fifth IELTS speaking tip for the day of the test is to 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

Our sixth IELTS speaking tip for the day of the test is to make sure your examiner hears ALL of your endings.

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!

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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