Tips for IELTS Speaking

One of the most critical aspects of IELTS examination is the Speaking module. A mistake in this area may change an examinee’s overall points. To do well in the IELTS Speaking exam segment, you should be thoroughly prepared. In this area, one’s peaking power and natural flair for the English language is tested. Questions should be answered accurately and with confidence. The following are some tips that will help you pass the Speaking Module of the IELTS examination.

  1. Do not speak too fast or too slow.
  2. Make sure to include more information in your answer. Don’t just give one word answers. Many questions can be answered with just a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ but you can usually expand on this a little e.g. “Yes, because…” Give the examiner something to work with.
  3. Never hesitate to ask the interviewer again, in case you have not understood or heard any question properly. But do it politely. If you don’t understand what the examiner has said to you, don’t worry, just say you didn’t understand what he said or ask him to repeat the question. You are being marked on your speaking, not listening ability.
  4. Do not focus on your accent rather on the clarity of your speech. The most important thing in the speaking module is how you enunciate that the examiner can understand what you are saying. If pronunciation problem is bothering you, practicing ahead of time is the only solution. It would be better to get a feel of interviews at your home. Ask your friends or family members to conduct a one-on-one interview sessions with you and test your speaking skills
  5. Use formal English language in answering questions. Slang or informal language does not parade the best English you knew for years.
  6. Never attempt to memorize answers. There are no “right answers” in the speaking module. The examiner is concerned with how you answer the questions rather than ‘what’ your answer is. Indeed, if you answered with an opinion that was contrary to the examiner’s own, or if you said something the examiner found offensive, it should not affect your score.
  7. Be confident! Sometimes, students mumble and speak very softly because they are nervous or unsure of their words. Use simple, correct language rather than complicated vocabulary and speak loudly enough that the examiner does not have to strain to hear you. This indicates self-confidence and command of the language.

Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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